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Basic Seminars

"Basic Seminars" were established as a feature of the advanced liberal arts curriculum at Osaka University in the 2010-2011 academic year. In less than a year, Basic Seminars established themselves as the most popular subject, one in which a limited number of students learn through roundtable-type discussions with a teacher.

These seminars take many forms: experiment-focused, practice-focused, debate-style, and seminars focused on fieldwork and/or career development as well as seminars integrating literature and science. There are also "discovery seminars" in which participants jointly "discover" an issue to examine. Since the 2010-2011 academic year, high school students have been able to participate in advanced liberal arts seminars targeted at first year university students. Moreover, from 2011-2012, the President plans to recommend topics and vehicles to further promote Basic Seminars.


Students participate in an Interactive Basic Seminar in an Open Seminar room

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Basic Fieldwork Seminar

The following two pictures show students studying architecture and urban planning in a basic fieldwork seminar.

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At Tekijuku, a traditional machiya [town house], students listen to Associate Professor Suzuki as they learn about the use and meaning of space.

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In Yodoko Guest House (designed by the world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright) students view and learn about the environmentally-friendly factor of the high windows placed in the room for ventilation.


Experiment-type & Training Basic Seminar

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Using the AMOEBA water tank, students study wave action on a ship.

 

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Students and their teacher at the end of a training voyage on the training ship Fukae-maru.

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