Courses

EDUC 210/ASTU 210 (3 credits) Introduction to Global Citizenship (Part 1)

This course makes use of in-class and online discussions to create a coherent and challenging interdisciplinary introduction to key topics in the area of “global citizenship studies”. Activities and materials are designed to strengthen participating students’ ability to assess critically and reflect upon the ideas and information under consideration, and their academic language development (written and spoken, formal and informal). This course offers  skills and knowledge that are foundational for a range of more specialized elective courses that they will choose to pursue as part of their study abroad program. For UBC-based students this course will provide an enhanced opportunity for intercultural exchange in a challenging academic context.

ASTU 211/EDUC 211 (3 credits) Introduction to Global Citizenship, (Part 2): Capstone Conference and Service Learning

This is a core course in the Ritsumeikan-UBC Global Citizenship Program. This course is also available to UBC students. Its prerequisite course, ASTU 210 & EDUC 210, Introduction to Global Citizenship, Part 1 is taken in Term 1, and is designed to create a coherent and challenging interdisciplinary introduction to key topics in the area of “global citizenship studies.” ASTU 211 & EDUC 211, Introduction to Global Citizenship, Part 2 focuses upon two main student learning experiences:

  • A carefully selected and supervised Community Service Learning (CSL) placement; and
  • A student-led Capstone Conference that applies the student’s experience of Community Service Learning to one or more core course concepts acquired in Part 1 of the course sequence.

CSL is presented as a clear bridge in the student learning experience between the theory of global citizenship, learning about global issues and the practice of active citizenship.

ASTU 201 (3 credits) Canada Japan and the Pacific: Cultural Studies

Students will be exposed to many fascinating topics within two overarching themes: “Environmental Governance” and “Migration & Culture.” In the first half of the course (Environmental Governance), students will be challenged to recognize the causes and repercussions of climate change, decide who should govern environmental issues, appreciate how politics and economics influence local and international environmental policies, and evaluate different approaches and strategies proposed by leaders in the field. In the second half of the course (Migration & Culture), students will consider how countries deal, at the policy level, with migration, and how people’s lives are influenced by these cross-cultural experiences.

ASTU 202/GEOG 281 (3 credits) Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Political, Economic, and Geographical Perspectives

This course is an introduction to the core geographical, historical, cultural, political and economic forces that shape the Pacific Rim, together with an exploration of the role of Japan and Canada in this region. The Pacific region today is the world’s most dynamic region in terms of economic growth, and is increasingly important in terms of technological development. Overall, the course seeks to interpret the Pacific region by offering an introductory explanation of its history and current economic and political situation.

LLED 200 (3 credits) Introduction to Writing in Academic and Professional Registers

This course reviews the knowledge and skills that are central to the production of academic and professional texts. It provides students with extensive opportunities to develop writing abilities and, simultaneously, to increase awareness of the ways key language features vary across different academic and professional registers. The course promotes a deeper understanding and control of these registers, and a greater strategic awareness of those features that help to create effective texts.

LLED 201 (3 credits) Critical Reading and Writing in Academic and Professional Registers

This course builds upon the skills acquired in Introduction to Academic and Professional Registers (LLED 200) to further develop students’ knowledge of the different textual features that characterize written texts from a variety of disciplinary genres, with a particular emphasis on developing their critical reading and writing skills. In addition to reading and responding to a variety of texts from different disciplines, throughout the course students will receive step-by-step individualized guidance as they compose a research paper using analytical and critical skills.

LLED 210 (3 credits) Introduction to Analyzing Meanings of Images in Texts

This course will introduce you to systematic ways of analyzing verbal images through a ‘grammar’ designed for this purpose. It will help you describe, interpret and critique relations between visual and verbal meaning-making. It will also enable you to create innovative texts and explore how meaning is constructed through relationships between visual and verbal modalities. The main focus will be on relations between still images, such as photographs and diagrams, and language in print and digital texts, along with some limited, analytic discussion of film.

LLED 211 (3 credits) Field Research in Social Processes of Inclusion and Exclusion: Discourse Perspectives

This course introduces and explores the roles that language plays in the social inclusion and exclusion of marginalized groups in Canada. You will be provided with opportunities to engage in conversations with representatives from different off-campus cultural groups and community organizations as you learn to apply a variety of data collection and analysis strategies. Integrated into the lecture sessions are opportunities for you to develop specific information technology skills that will help you conduct field research.

LLED 212 (3 credits) Introduction to Language Communities and Variation in Language Practices

This course will explore differences in the ways that people use languages in both conscious and unconscious ways. Through class activities and readings you will examine some of the key factors influencing language variation in different communities of interest. As a result of this course, you will become more aware of the choices people make about how they use language, and the impact this has for their identities and communities.

LLED 213 (3 credits) Introduction to Intercultural Communication and Socialization in Multicultural Contexts

This course introduces theories and models concerning the experiences of immigrants and sojourners in host cultures. You will have the opportunity to read and discuss issues of acculturation and integration and examine the role of language in these processes. Course assignments will include small research projects, presentations, essays and personal reflections on your own experiences of acculturation and second language socialization in Vancouver.

LLED 220 (3 credits) Introduction to Translating in a Globalized Society

This course introduces you to translation in an increasingly globalized society, and offers a forum for reflection and discussion on issues, decisions and consequences related to transferring a message from one language to another. The course presents translation as a way to increase your sociocultural understanding, intercultural communication, pragmatics, and written English. You will have hands-on opportunities to translate and discuss various assigned texts designed to help you integrate new insights on decision making (e.g., translate or “trans-create”), the appropriate application of electronic translation tools, reading between-the-lines, and dealing with socio-culturally sensitive issues, among others.

LLED 221 (3 credits) Language Maintenance and the Integration of Immigrants in Canada: An Introduction

This course focuses on first and second language loss and maintenance as core concepts within the study of multilingualism. You will learn about the multilingual landscape of Canada and the challenges faced by immigrants, as well as services available to them. The role of language in the process of integration is examined in detail to better understand the interplay between culture, language maintenance, and identity. Through examining the experiences of multilingual Canadians, this course will help you deepen your understanding of the complex relations between multilingualism, an individual’s sense of self, and the communities in which they live.

LLED 222 (3 credits) Introduction to Public and Private Language Practices in a Globalized Society

This course explores the interrelationships between the language we use in our private lives and its expression in public. In cross-cultural settings, successful transitioning between these two spheres of communication is often challenging for communicants. The course will consider style, context and register and discuss analysing discourse with a view to helping students build an understanding of public language practices in cross-cultural settings. Course discussions will also focus on reflective exercises and self-regulated learning by helping students reflect on their private language practices in order to develop a “toolkit” of strategies for improving their ability to become self-sufficient language learners.

LLED 223 (3 credits) Introduction to the Nature of World Englishes

This course focuses on the privileged position of English varieties as a language of ‘global communication’. It examines the historical, cultural, political, and geographic reasons linked to the rise of English around the world, as well as key debates, controversies and questions linked to tensions between English’s post-colonial nature and its proposed role as a neutral, or desirable tool for global communication. By studying specific cases drawn from the literature on world Englishes, you will explore factors linked to global languages and their relationships with language policies and language planning, including, for example, educational policies.

ICS (not for UBC credit) Introduction to Canadian Studies

Students will become familiar with some of the key cultural, social, political, and economic issues that are unique to this country. Rather than simply providing facts about Canada, the aim of the course is to question ways in which Canadian culture and identity have been both constructed and perceived.