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Curriculum Policy (Faculties)

Shizuoka University Curriculum Organization and Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)

The curriculum of Shizuoka University, based on its diploma policy, is organized and implemented in accordance with the following policy.

  1. University courses consist of core courses to impart fundamental learning methods, proficiency in foreign languages, and essential skills for information processing, career formation, and so on; general courses in contemporary issues to impart an international mindset; and foundational science courses and courses for educational and other qualifications to acquire fundamental scientific knowledge and to acquire qualifications for teaching and other careers.
  2. Specialized subjects encourage independent learning in specialized areas based on each faculty's diploma policy, systematically assigning courses to impart foundational knowledge and methods.
  3. Courses incorporating student interaction, fieldwork, experimental and practical work are assigned to ensure that students can identify problems themselves and cooperate with others to solve them, while opportunities for interaction with local and international communities are actively given.
  4. Sufficient time for learning is provided in all classes, with performance assessed based on objective standards.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Curriculum Design and Implementation (Curriculum Policy)
Following the curriculum policy of Shizuoka University as well as its own academic charter, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, while respecting students' own judgments in pursuing their own academic interests, designs and implements its curricula with the following points in mind:

  1. Students will acquire proficiency in English and other foreign languages and study both natural sciences and interdisciplinary subjects, to ensure a balanced view of their own specific area of study.
  2. The four departments collaborate in offering classes that aim to address overarching issues.
  3. Each department offers classes in its own specialized academic areas.
  4. The faculty continues to examine and improve its education in a systematic and organized way, making sure that assessment and grading are fair.
Department of Social and Human Studies

The Department of Social and Human Studies designs and implements its curriculum as follows:

  1. It offers introductory classes in preparation for specialized study.
  2. It offers lectures on advanced research topics.
  3. It offers core subjects in each specialized field in order to cultivate abilities in identifying and solving actual social problems.
  4. It requires four seminars (Research Seminar I and II, Graduation Seminar I and II) and a graduation thesis.
  5. It also offers classes that prepare students to obtain professional qualifications in various career areas.
Department of Language and Literature

The Department of Language and Literature designs and implements its curriculum as follows:

  1. It offers first-year students introductory classes in Japanese and Asian studies, American and English studies, French and German studies, and comparative studies, so that students can sample a variety of areas and then decide for themselves which coursework to pursue in the following years.
  2. It makes two classes compulsory for all second-year students: An Introduction to Literature and An Introduction to Linguistics. Basic classes in each specialized area are also offered.
  3. It offers third- and fourth-year students advanced lectures and seminars. Students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to complete their graduation thesis.
Department of Law

The Department of Law designs and implements its curriculum as follows:

  1. It offers first-year students basic classes in the so-called "three basic laws": constitutional, civil and criminal, and other introductory classes in law and politics. Advanced lectures and seminars allow second, third, and fourth-year students to explore and analyze legal and political problems with both imagination and rigor, while developing their own thinking.
  2. It offers small-sized seminars that help students learn to put their own ideas into words and to exchange their views with others and that prepare them to write a substantial thesis.
  3. The department's library and computer room provide students with a diverse array of legal and political literature and information.
Department of Economics

The Department of Economics designs and implements its curriculum as follows:

  1. It offers lectures and seminars in systematic steps for daytime and evening program students. The daytime program offers coursework in three areas: economic theory and information, economics and policy, and business and economics.
  2. It offers first-year students introductory classes in economics and management. From the second year onward (from the third year, in the night program), students select specialized seminars, acquire advanced knowledge, and develop the abilities to identify and solve problems and build successful relationships with peers and others. A great emphasis is put on small seminar classes.
  3. Students are encouraged to be actively involved in lectures and seminars. Seminars, in particular, require a great deal of pre-class reading, preparation for presentations, and after-class reflection on classroom performance.

Faculty of Education

Curriculum Organization and Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)
The curriculum of the Faculty of Education, based on its diploma policy, is organized and implemented in accordance with the following policy.

  1. Foundational courses, courses in contemporary social issues, foreign languages, and specialized educational courses are offered to impart a sense of public purpose, ethical perspective, and educational values firmly centered on the thorough-going learning required of a specialist in education.
  2. Educational courses encourage independent learning in specialized areas in each major based on the Faculty of Education's diploma policy, systematically offering courses to impart foundational knowledge and methods.
  3. Courses (which involve experiments, practical training and exercises, and practice teaching) and a graduation thesis, work, or performance, help students acquire specialized knowledge concerning what is being learned, the ability to systematically review to bridge the gap between educational theory and practice, and a practical attitude.
  4. Lectures and exercises are provided to allow an impartial assessment of practical educational activities, along with encouragement of participation in educational or local volunteer activities, so as to impart the leadership and communication skills necessary for cooperation with others in educational work.

Faculty of Informatics

Curriculum Organization / Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)
The Faculty of Informatics, based on its diploma policy, shall organize and implement its curriculum in accordance with the following policy:

  1. Educational programs shall be developed in our three program fields of Computer Science (CS), Information Systems (IS) and Information Society Design (ID) to give our students a solid grounding in Informatics, which includes both Information Sciences and Information Arts studies.
  2. The faculty shall systematically assign classes for each educational program to impart the fundamental knowledge and techniques in each specialized field.
  3. Common subjects taken by students in all three program fields shall be established to encourage a multifaceted learning in Information Sciences and Information Arts.

Faculty of Science

Curriculum Organization / Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)
Students in the Faculty of Science shall follow a program designed to enable a structured and independent approach to learning, based on the faculty's diploma policy. The program will consist of the following subjects which will be established according to the policy of each department, and include practical exercises and training, fieldwork and creation of a graduation thesis.

  1. Cultural subjects to impart a wide-ranging cultural education and international mindset
  2. Fundamental science subjects taught in a cross-sectoral approach to acquire foundational scientific knowledge
  3. Specialized science subjects to acquire advanced theories, experimental methods and techniques in each specialized field
  4. Qualification subjects required to gain certification as a teacher, curator or another professional role.

Faculty of Engineering

Curriculum Organization / Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)
The Faculty of Engineering, based on its diploma policy, shall organize and implement its curriculum in accordance with the following policy.

  1. Offering contemporary cultural subjects to impart an international mindset, problem finding and solving abilities, a wider perspective, and flexibility of thinking. In addition, offering core subjects to impart the essential skills, culture and practical abilities required for members of a society.
  2. Establishing fundamental science subjects (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology), making mathematics compulsory, and establishing subjects for physics, chemistry and biology for students to gain knowledge through lectures and experiments in two specified main fields.
  3. Systematically arranging specialized subjects for each year to allow students to learn through lectures, practical exercises and training and experiments specialized knowledge in each department.
    Students will also be required to learn an overview of knowledge from other departments in order to learn about engineering fields outside of their own.
  4. In order for students to acquire creativity, independent learning skills, research accomplishment skills, communication skills and presentation skills, subjects for interdepartmental practical learning about Creative Engineering will be set in the first year, and research for graduation in the fourth year.

Faculty of Agriculture

Curriculum Organization / Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)
The Faculty of Agriculture, based on its diploma policy, shall organize and implement its curriculum in accordance with the following policy.

  1. The faculty will provide education to impart to students a wide-ranging perspective on agriculture and advanced knowledge of it, from the fundamental disciplines in natural sciences to specialized disciplines in each department.
  2. First and second year subjects will include those teaching culture and languages, fundamental subjects for sciences and introductory subjects for specialized disciplines; subjects for specialized disciplines will be available in the third and fourth years, the emphasis being on continuity throughout.
  3. There will be an emphasis on fieldwork-based scientific education to cultivate an attitude of independent learning.
  4. There will be an emphasis on practical exercise and training subjects to cultivate powers of observation and insight, and to improve the ability to investigate issues.
  5. Students will belong to a research laboratory from the second half of the third year, working towards their graduation research. Through this they will gain specialized knowledge and techniques and all-round thinking.
  6. Subjects will be provided with help in developing their careers and forming social sensibilities, enabling them to complete their studies with a clear path forward past graduation.
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