This course utilizes authentic reading materials like Japanese newspaper articles related sustainability issues* and novels, essays, manga and folk tales. The students will acquire extensive and intensive reading skills through collaborative pair-work activities, class discussion, and writing assignment. These skills and knowledge of sustainability issues in Japanese society are highly useful and respected in professional environments. After completion of this course, the student will be able to build confidence in Japanese reading and critically reflect sustainability issues in Japan and elsewhere. * This course is partially supported by and part of Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) initiative, which provides students with opportunities to combine their academic and career interests with their desire to make worthwhile contributions to the world and build sustainable communities where people and nature thrive, in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe. More information about SLS can be found at www.serve-learn-sustain.gatech.edu. Visit the website to sign up for the SLS Email List, view the full list of affiliated courses and projects, and find links to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.