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UC Osaka Office Lecture Series -- Case Based Critical Thinking Series No. 3

2015-3-19 (Thu) 13:30 -

The UC/UCEAP Osaka Office and Osaka University's North American Center for Academic Initiatives will be holding the third lecture in the special lecture series "Case Based Critical Thinking." The lecturer for this series is Dr. John Hampton Ino, Specially Appointed Professor, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University (and Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; former Director, UC Tokyo Study Center).
This special English lecture series is being conducted in an interactive seminar-style, based on group discussions about familiar topics. Participants consider things from multiple viewpoints, critically and pleasantly, through stakeholder analysis in order to develop logical thinking ability and communication skills. 

Any student from OU may attend. Faculty wishing to observe the lecture are also welcome. You may attend this lecture even if you have not attended a lecture in this series before, so we hope to see some new faces as well!

*This lecture will be held in English.*

Date and Time

Thursday, March 19, 2015 -- 13:30~15:00 and 15:10~16:40


Lecture Hall, 7F, Interdisciplinary Bldg., Toyonaka Campus

Lecture Overview

This lecture will challenge the students’ critical thinking skills. Students will be given case studies from new disruptive technologies. They will analyze the issue and answer the general question, “What should I do?”

The general “tools” they will use for analysis are: 
1) stakeholder identification,  2) brainstorming rules

The personal dilemmas they will struggle with are: 
1) Where should I stop on this "slippery slope"? 
2) What is influencing my actions: feelings (emotion) or thinking (intellect)?

1.  Brainstorming Session:
Using the Rules of Brainstorming, students will be asked:
• How can Japanese students get more involved during discussions?

2.  “Do you want to choose the sex of your child?”
Considering the current technologies in reproductive medicine, students will be asked additional questions such as:
• Would you choose a child with a higher IQ?
• Would you choose a child with better athletic ability?"

How to Apply

Please send an email entitled "Attending 3/19 UC Osaka Office Special Lecture" to by Tuesday, March 172015. Include your name with furigana and Roman letters, affiliation with alphanumeric code and year in school (ex. M1, D2), telephone number, and whether you can attend both sessions in the text of your email.  


NAKAYAMA, UC Osaka Office
Tel: 06-6850-6785

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