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GLFP Curriculum

Fellows from our partner universities in the U.S. and Waseda Fellows returning from their one-year study abroad will be enrolled in the Global Leadership Fellows Forum and the U.S.-Japan Zemi.

Global Leadership Fellows Forum

The Global Leadership Fellows Forum provides a place for the community building among U.S.-Japan GLFP Fellows. All the Fellows will meet regularly every week to discuss global issues and work together for the group projects.


1. Global Perspective

GLFP Fellows are expected to develop a global perspective through analysis and discussion of various issues in global society. Topics for analysis include global peace, global environment, and human rights. While students have an opportunity to analyze these issues, they are encouraged to understand the situation in a global context. Students are also welcomed to bring their own interests and agenda to share and discuss with other fellows in the forum.

2. Leadership Experience

GLFP Fellows are encouraged to be actively engaged in a discussion and to lead the groups for discussion and research projects throughout the academic year. Fellows are expected to work together to understand perspectives of others who have different academic and cultural backgrounds. Fellows have practical experience to develop leadership skills through cross-cultural interaction and cooperation while understanding different views and opinions. These experiences would be an ideal opportunity for the fellows to practice a leadership for the prospective leaders who expand their horizon and shape our global future.

3. Group Project

GLFP fellows are expected to conduct group research projects on global issues. Fellows who are from various disciplines learn from each other to understand different approaches and perspectives to analyze the issues, and discuss the possible solutions. Fellows will present their research and have feedbacks and comments in class. At the end of academic year, GLFP Fellows will present their group projects to the public audience at Waseda.

U.S.-Japan Zemi

A "Zemi" is a unique Japanese-style seminar with an internationally acclaimed small-group pedagogical method. In this Zemi, students work on the subject in a specific discipline in either Humanities or Social Science under a close supervision by professors.


GLFP Felows will be enrolled in one of the zemi courses. (one offered by School of Political Science and Economics and the other by School of International Liberal Studies/10-15 students enrolled in each zemi)

1. Academic Study

GLFP Fellows are expected to have a close reading of texts and discussions in a specific discipline in the field of Humanities or Social Science. Topics for analysis and discussion may include the U.S.-Japan relations or comparative study of the U.S. and Japan. By gaining academic knowledge and theories in a discipline, students would develop another field of academic expertise to strengthen and deepen their academic study.

2. Research Project

GLFP Fellows are expected to conduct a research and write a research paper under the guidance of professors of Zemi. Their research projects would be presented to receive feedback by professors and students in class.

Introduction of the Zemi

Marisa Kellam (Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Economics)
Directed Research Seminar - Theories and Methods of Political Science 01

[Zemi Syllabus]
Zemi Syllabus - Prof. Marisa Kellam  

[Message to the Prospective Fellows]
By acquiring theoretical understanding of political science and economics and by developing skills in rigorous methods of research, you can transform your initial curiosity about the world into knowledge that may benefit the world.

Richi Sakakibara- (Professor, School of International Liberal Studies)
Global Leadership Fellows Program Directed Research Seminar

[Zemi Syllabus]
Zemi Syllabus - Prof. Sakakibara 

[Message to the Prospective Fellows]
Reading literature is a great way to understand culture. In my US-Japan zemi, we’ll read and discuss various literary works of modern and contemporary Japan. All of these works address universal issues ? love, violence, war, gender, identity, terrorism, sexuality, etc.? but at the same time, these issues manifest themselves in a local manner. By analyzing the way in which these familiar issues are represented in literature, we will be able to see the specific cultural/historical situation Japan has been placed since 1945. I’m looking forward to working with you in my zemi!

  • *The professors and syllabuses will be subject to change.

What is Zemi?

Introductory video about Japanese unique pedagogical style called "zemi"