English for Social and Economic Sciences

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Wed Jun 21 15:18:09 2017

  • After class I said the meeting next week (June 28) is optional. This is incorrect. Attend to complete course evaluation. There is no final examination or lecture. An optional help session for Wikipedia will be held.
  • The class wiki is now working. It appears the database server crashed, but as far as I can tell no data was lost.
    • Important: The browser I use (Google Chrome on Macintosh) does not follow the link correctly. I get a blank page. However, if I use "Open in new tab" or "Open in new window" (control-click on Macintosh, right-click on Windows), it does work correctly. I am pretty sure this is a problem with the browser, not with my server, but please report any problems.
    • The due date for Post your reviews is now June 26 (Monday), 11am.

Wed May 31 15:01:30 2017

  • According to TWINS, there are no students who entered the University in H24 or H25 registered for the "additional required class" FH11041. If you need this course, please contact me immediately. (If you have not been "ryuunen" or taken leave for at least two years, you do not need this course.)
  • The link to Homework #3 on Decisions and systems has been fixed. If you have not submitted it yet, please do so as soon as possible but no later than June 7, 11:00 am.
  • Links to Lecture Notes have been updated.
  • If you submitted Part 2 of the Final Report assuignment, you should have received a comment by now. If not, please contact me.

Wed May 17 13:42:11 2017

  • The class wiki is now functional. Please log in and change your password. There is additional information on using MediaWiki available.


Course Outline and Goals

This course is a more or less random walk through topics of social and economic science that I find interesting at a level appropriate to this course, taught mostly in English.

  • It is not an English course, although I hope to help you improve your English.
  • Nor is it a social science course. Although I hope to present new and interesting topics to you, there is not going to be a coherent focus, nor will I try to do a comprehensive survey.
  • Short readings will be distributed to be read with written assignments as homework.
  • I plan to add software (e.g., a wiki) to the class website to make out of class discussion possible. In-class discussion is obviously not something I can require, unfortunately.

Grading and Assignments

I do not think it is appropriate to set a written examination for this course. Instead, grades are based on a project and homework assignments, and possibly a final interview depending on class size. The project description is linked below. Homework (50%) and final project (50%) are about equally weighted. Attendance will be taken occasionally at random times, but does not count heavily in final grades.

Additional homework will be assigned for students taking FH61041 concurrently.

Old News

Wed Jun 29 16:06:35 2016

  • I have commented on all existing user pages. If you haven't started, do it now.
  • At last check, all but two existing user pages had links to English Wikipedia article, the Japanese Wikipedia article, and your new translation. If you don't have all three, please fix up the page now.
  • To review another person's translation, navigate to the user list (sidebar "Special pages" (特別ページ) -> "User list" (利用者リスト). The "User list" is under "Users and rights" (ユーザーと権限). Then select a user (not yourself, not me, and not the example user "S1554321"!), click on the link to their translation, and then click on the tab for the "Discussion" page (議論). Add your review at the bottom of the Discussion page.

Wed Jun 8 14:40:58 2016

  • User accounts have been created.

    You can now log in!

    Please read the `introduction to using Mediawiki`_, reset your password, and create your home page as soon as possible!

Wed Jun 8 13:26:55 2016

Wed Apr 27 10:50:16 2016

Wed Apr 20 14:13:03 2016

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