Voice of Faculty

Understanding the world through food issues

KAWAMURA, Ritsuko

Rural Sociology
Professor

KAWAMURA, Ritsuko

Acquire different ways of seeing

There is more to learning at the College of International Relations than just thinking, “I like English. I want to go abroad.” In my Development and Food course, using materials including the newspaper, FAO newsletter, etc., we discuss causes and responses to today's food problems and famines. In other lectures provided by various professors, a wide range of areas are covered such as international politics, international economy, and sociology. In essence, I think the College of IR wants students to know the reality of the world. I want students to develop methods of approaching issues in their fours years here, not only from a language point of view but from various disciplines.

A learning attitude that asks, “Why?”

KOGA-BROWES, Scott

Media Studies
Professor

KAWAMURA, Ritsuko

Question everything I teach

When learning about cross-cultural communication, it's first essential to ask, “What is culture?” We also study differences in world cultures, why some individuals from different cultures don't get along. What's important is an attitude that always asks, “Why?” That includes, for example, what is being taught in class. One must keep asking, “Why is it like this?” I hope all my students can develop a critical attitude towards all things, learn to gather information and think for themselves. I don't want students to simply go through university without thinking. In your 4 years here, I hope you have many experiences in this diversified environment and discover what's important to you.