The International Studies Association of Ritsumeikan University has started the bi-weekly “IR Brown Bag Seminar” in English for its undergraduate and graduate students.
The new IR Brown Bag seminar offers International Relations students the opportunity to discuss current international affairs in an informal setting. Held every second week during lunch time, these seminars are a student-led initiative aimed at providing:
・an avenue for students to discuss and learn more about IR current affairs
・a new forum for students to meet other international/Japanese IR students
・an informal platform for students to practice debating skills
During each seminar, one student will briefly prepare and present the main topic of discussion and then lead the discussion. In this fall semester, students are discussing topics such as “Environmental Sustainability in Japan: A Post 3.11 Analysis”, “Mali Crisis: Mali Crisis: A new base for Islamic terrorists?” and “Training for Torture: The School of the America” The Graduate School of International Relations started its English-based program, GCP in 2003. In addition, the College of International Relations’ recently established the English-based “Global Studies Major” in 2011.
Many of our Japanese and international students are now studying in global environments. In the next Brown bag Seminar, students will discuss on following topic, “The Media and the Right to Privacy: How far should the Media go?”
Link: College of International Relations, Global Studies Major http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/ir/
Link: Graduate School of International Relationshttp://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/gsir/eng/