Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Academic Information
  1. Chapter 8: APS / Chapter 9: APM / Chapter 10: ST
  2. 6. Common Education Subjects (Common Liberal Arts Subjects)

6-2. SSW & MCW

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Student Success Workshop


This course aims to equip first-year students with academic skills and the skills and mindsets to study independently, autonomously, and cooperatively to be successful in various academic and social experiences at university.

Class Method

In the first half of the semester, students learn about learning together with others and coordinating studying on their own through readings and discussions. In the second half of the semester, students learn in a practical way how to find academic resources, how to write academically, and the difference between plagiarism and citing. Lastly, students listen to the stories of senior students and graduates invited as guest speakers, and set goals to increase their motivation to study. This class makes extensive use of group learning by dividing students into small groups, with undergraduate TAs acting as facilitators.

Multicultural Cooperative Workshop


Working cooperatively with people from different cultural backgrounds is everyday practice at APU and has become commonplace in today’s globalized society. This course aims to equip first-year students with the basic skills and attitudes for intercultural communication and cooperative learning required in such settings.

Class Method

This class is based on a combination of lectures provided by faculty members and workshops facilitated by teaching assistants (TAs). In principle, the lectures will be held in large classrooms separated by Japanese and English language bases, and the workshops will be held in small classrooms mixing Japanese and English language bases. In these work shops, students will be further divided into small groups mixing Japanese and English language bases to focus on acquiring skills and attitudes related to intercultural learning and multicultural cooperation. In the second half of the course, students will work on a group project while applying such skills and attitudes, and present their group project during a final presentation event.

Information related to taking First-year Education subjects

Item Content
Course Offering Format In principle, these courses will be held in the in-person format.
Course Registration / Time Period, etc.
  • All first-year students will take First-year Education subjects (SSW and MCW).
  • The time period of each subject varies depending on the enrollment period. (Details are shown in ◆ Course Period.)
  • Registration is automatic. (The university designates a class for each student.)
  • Classes will be announced by the Course Registration Period.
Course Language
  • Student Success Workshop: Divided by language basis
  • Multicultural Cooperative Workshop: Held by mixing language bases (lectures are held separately for Japanese- and English-basis students in large classrooms, and workshops are held with a mix of Japanese-basis and English-basis students in small classrooms)
Grade Evaluation Method As with usual evaluations, the grade will be evaluated with five levels (A+, A, B, C, and F).
  • Faculty members and teaching assistants (TAs) will be arranged for each class.
  • For the content of each lesson, please refer to the syllabus.
  • Non-degree students cannot take these courses.
  • If a student enrolls in the Spring Semester, takes a leave of absence in the Fall Semester (during their second year), and becomes a second year student in the Fall Semester of the next academic year they cannot take MCW.

Course Period

  Spring Semester (during first year) Fall Semester (during first year)
Students enrolled in the Spring Student Success Workshop Multicultural Cooperative Workshop
Students enrolled in the Fall Student Success Workshop
Multicultural Cooperative Workshop

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