2021 Theory of Sustainable Society and Economy

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Undergraduate major in Industrial Engineering and Economics
Masui Toshihiko  Kanamori Yuko  Yamato Takehiko 
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Course description and aims

Based on the various discipline such as engineering and economics, generation and solution of environmental problems will be discussed theoretically, and the relationship and gap between theory and practice on the environmental problems will be explained through the actual policy making process.
From the scenario analysis to solve the actual environmental problems, the process of problem establishment, planning of policies, and their implementation will be utilized for the actual problems.

Student learning outcomes

Based on the economic theory and engineering approach, the students will be able to explain the environmental problems and their solutions. And the students will also be able to explain the gap between theory and practice by taking the actual environmental problems.
The students will propose and assess the environmental policies to an actual environmental problem.


sustainable development, environmental problem, climate change, policy, scenario

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class will be explained by using the related literature. And through the presentation by students, the students will deepen the debate on the solution by environmental policies.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Consumer behaviour analysi Understanding the consumer behaviour analysis
Class 2 Climate change and history of emission reduction target Understand the mechanism of climate change problem and the countermeasures to solve it, and discuss the solutions
Class 3 Sustainable Development Goals Understand the concept of SDGs and their related actions
Class 4 Consumer behaviour and time use and wage Understanding the relationship between consumer behaviour and time use and wage
Class 5 Various consumer behaviour Explain the various consumer behaviour in Japan
Class 6 Future scenario and uncertainty (Group work 1) Explain the scenario development to treat uncertainties
Class 7 Climate change and consumer Explain the relationship between climate change and consumer behaviour
Class 8 Waste problem and consumer behaviour Explain the relationship between waste problem and consumer behaviour
Class 9 Vision and roadmap (Group work 2) Understand how to realize future visions from both macro and micro scopes
Class 10 Presentation on expected socio-economic activities in 2050 Make a presentation on the result of group discussion on socio-economic activities in 2050
Class 11 Food loss and consumer behaviour Explain the relationship between food loss and consumer behaviour
Class 12 Social issues and consumer behaviour Explain the relationship between social issues and consumer behaviour
Class 13 Marginal cost and environmental policies Understand the concept of marginal cost to reduce the environmental burdens and related environmental policies
Class 14 Presentation on realization of decarbonized society in 2050 Make a presentation on the result of group discussion on the roadmap to achieve decarbonized society in 2050

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Since the topics cover very broad issues, the related literatures will be provided each time.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

The related literatures will be provided each time.

Assessment criteria and methods

Periodical small report for each class (50%), presentation (25%) and final report (25%)

Related courses

  • IEE.B333 : Environmental Economics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Prof. Toshihiko Masui (masui[at]nies.go.jp)
Prof. Yuko Kanamori (kanamori[at]nies.go.jp)

Office hours

Contact using email, because usually professors work at National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba.

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