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Highlights of Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences / Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences


TKR(Taka-Ko Research) TKR Small group seminar

Research activity through conversational sessions with the instructors in small groups. This is to train the ability to “study and inquire” by obtaining communication skill with others, and the ability to find interesting issues and resolve problems.

Progress making is laid out in 3 steps, Touch-Stage, Know-Stage and Research-Stage, respectively.

Information (2 credits)and Integrated Study(2 credits)  are allocated.

TKR-Iα Touch-Stage (The first semester of the first year)

Take 4 basic seminars

Reading seminar : Train information collection skill.
Read English writing and analyze the structure to understand what “communicative writings” is.

Writing seminar : Summarize the information in writing.
Learn logical writing structures and compose report of “Advice for XX” taking the readers into account.

Expression seminar : Analyze the information.
Learn basic skills of data input, analysis, and how to design tables and graphs on Microsoft Excel.

Speaking seminar : Present the information.
Learn how to make a good presentation on a chosen topic.

TKR Iβ Know-Stage (The second semester of the first year)

Students are to pick each one class up from the Humanities and Social Sciences course and Natural Sciences course, respectively.

The Humanities and Social Sciences course

On Makurano-soshi, learn about ancient Japanese words still used today, to know how they deviated in their meanings.

Make a presentation on the articles in the Weekly  Student Times after investigating on it.

Train in media literacy. Utilizing newspaper articles, analyze the writer’s intention and fully understand the contents.

Natural Sciences course

What is the binary system: Binary calculation and basic binary function practices.

Microscope practice and data analysis.

By researching Toyama local cuisine, try cooking and even arrange it in a modern style with a look into its back ground ideas or scientific verification on it.

TKR II Research-Stage (Second year)

Research the process in investigation and problem solving on self selected themes.

Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences examples

_r2_c2Linguistic Investigation

“Love” in novels

Does UNICEF World Heritage recognition help developing countries?

Restoration of Takaoka castle based on ancient maps.

The jury system and research on civil judicial recognition.

Promote Takaoka traditional industry to the world.

Research the cultural difference seen in sayings in Japanese and English.

Research the difference seen in the original films or books and their
translated version.

Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences examples

photo2Research how aerodynamic characteristics depend on the shape.

Measurements how sound arresting effect depends on the material.

Building parabolic antennae.

Manufacturing LC material. search the relationship between dyeing technology and fiber structures.

Research the difference between fermentation and putrefaction of yogurt.

Research on Natto bacteria.

Flying models of flying dinosaur.

Computer operation by human actions.

Digitalizing moving images and compressing information.


Taka-Ko Experience

To develop rich humanity by touching real things which cannot be obtained from written material or images.

To train students’ cooperativeness and self integrated activeness through planning and operating the programs by themselves.

Programs are to be carried out in the long school holidays such as summer, winter or spring breaks.
This is qualified as Integrated Study ( 1 credit).

Tateyama program

photo3Deciphering the Tateyama mandala

Visiting the Tateyama Museum

Misery walk hiking in Midagahara and Murodo

Nature observation in Bijodaira

Murodo-yama climbing and the observation of alpine plants

Scientific pilgrimage


Visit to the Tokyo National Museum and the National Museum of Nature and Science. See and talk to their seniors at Tokyo University etc..
Visits in small groups to, for example, the National Diet Building, the ANA maintenance facility, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation or the Edo Tokyo museum, followed by group presentations.
Science tour in Tsukuba

Other examples

Visit to the Takaoka branch of the Toyama District Court

Visit to universities

Visit to art museums or exhibitions