2016 Contemporary Society B

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Ikegami Akira  Ikegami Akira 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Tue5-6(W241)  Fri5-6(W241)  
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Course description and aims

The principal aim of this course is that students will gain knowledge of contemporary society deemed necessary for students in the modern age when they enter the real world, including the Constitution, Japan-US Security Treaty, Japan-US relations, media literacy, the Islamic world, the US presidential elections and North Korea.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to have his or her own perspective to understand and judge everyday news .


Media literacy, constitution, U.S. President, contemporary history of China, North Korea, the Cold War, Japan-U.S. relations, summit meeting

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course assists students in gaining basic knowledge and values discussions and expressions of the student opinions on what they should think about the topics covered.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Constitution of Japan Explain the significance of the Constitution of Japan.
Class 2 Post-war political history of Japan Explain the significance of the rise and fall of the 1955-system.
Class 3 Cold War Explain the historical importance of the Cold War I.
Class 4 Nuclear and Japan Explain the background reason why Japan has taken the nuclear energy policy.
Class 5 Post-war Japan US relationship Explain the Japan-US relationship over the Security Treaty.
Class 6 Progress in mass media technology Explain the technical advance in mass media.
Class 7 Japanese mass media Explain the influence of the emergence of new media.
Class 8 U.S. presidential election Explain the procedure and the significance of the US presidential election.
Class 9 "Islam" and "Islamic world" Explain the basic idea of Islam.
Class 10 "Islamic State" Explain the origin and the goal of IS.
Class 11 Contemporary history of China Explain the background of the anti-Japan sentiment in China.
Class 12 North Korea, "Mysterious country" Have a historical perspective on North Korea.
Class 13 Summit Explain the history and the significance of the Summit meetings.
Class 14 EU Explain the history and the problem of EU.
Class 15 Summary Summarize the lectures and explain the significance of learning contemporary social history.


A textbook may be suggested for the course as needed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books and course materials will be suggested.

Assessment criteria and methods

Description type examination. Attendance points should not be included.

Related courses

  • None

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

No Prerequisite

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