2021 Graduate Lecture in Education, Welfare and Health F2

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Nagamine Mitsue 
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Course description and aims

The theme of this course is “Psychophysiological stress mechanism”. In particular, we will deepen our understanding of the stress response by reading literature on the polyvagal theory which has received much attention in recent years.

This course aims to cultivate the students’ abilities to: understand human-beings multilaterally, and select an appropriate physiological parameter to conduct stress research.

Student learning outcomes

(English) Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Explain the mechanism of psychophysiological response to stress;
2) Explain the polyvagal theory;
3) Explain the trauma informed approach.


health, psychophysiology, stress, autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, polyvagal theory

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The students learn mechanisms of physiological stress response through group work and lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The Forefront of Stress Research State the forefront of stress research
Class 2 Evaluation of stress: psychological aspect Explain the mechanism of psychological stress response.
Class 3 Evaluation of stress: physiological aspect Categorize the evaluation methods for physiological aspect of health
Class 4 What is "Polyvagal theory”? State the "Polyvagal theory".
Class 5 Polyvagal theory and trauma State the traumatic stress by polyvagal theory.
Class 6 Psychological stress experiment: planning Make a plan for psychological stress experiment
Class 7 Students present their understanding and their plans for stress experiment. Present a plan for psychological stress experiment.

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.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are posted on OCW-i or T2SCHOLA.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussion and group work during classes. For evaluation of several physiological stress responses, each student writes and submits a “short report” on what he/she learned through the lecture and original survey. Moreover, each student writes and submits a “final report” on experiment planning.

Assessment will be based on: “short report” (30% in total); final report (50%); and four presentation (in total 20%).

Related courses

  • SHS.D461 : Graduate Methodologies in Education, Welfare and Health S1
  • SHS.D441 : Graduate Lecture in Education, Welfare and Health S1
  • SHS.D442 : Graduate Lecture in Education, Welfare and Health F1

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

Students are expected to be familiar with searching for articles in an academic article database (EBSCOhost, Web of
Science Core Collection, PubMed, etc.), and be interested in understanding people from many perspectives.

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

Mitsue NAGAMINE, nagamine.mitsue[at]ila.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.


This course consists of the content of science.

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