2016 Transdisciplinary studies 14:Science, Technology and Society 2: Design and Innovation

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Shirabe Masashi  Ito Tomoyoshi  Kinoshita Yasuhiro  Hirakawa Hideyuki  Matsumoto Sayaka  Endo Ken 
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Course description and aims

This course is to study examples of problems among science, technology and society, and past solutions to them in order to tackle these problems.

This course is designed and delivered to cultivate the following abilities, attributes, and perspectives which are appropriate and required for those students who study at one of the top leading comprehensive universities of science and technology in Japan.
By the completion of this course, the students will have
1) the ability to recognize and explain the nature and broadening scope of certain fields and/or disciplines in science and engineering,
2) the ability to examine the ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications/Influences) of those fields and/or disciplines and what role they should play in society and for society,
3) the attitude to seek the broad and transdisciplinary perspectives on science and engineering, and
4) the ability to develop an attitude to examine one's own field of study with a multi-dimensional framework.

This course is designed, developed, and offered jointly by the respective School and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Student learning outcomes

Students should learn the ability to have multiple perspectives to understand design and innovation in society


design; innovation; understanding of different fields

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

As with all other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), this course is offered in the "Active Learning" mode which requires students to take an active role in their own learning. Therefore, students are required to submit a summary report at the end of each session. (In case you are not able to attend a class, you should inform the instructor of your reason for absence in advance.) Class attendance is required and taken into account for grades.

At first, lecturers have 60 minutes talk, then students are expected to join discussion. At the end of lecture, students make comment sheets.

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Class 1 Details will be announced in due course. TBA



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Assessment criteria and methods

For the credits of this course, as with all other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), students must submit an original paper which addresses "the nature and scope" of a given field/discipline and its "societal role." An important part of the assessment is based on the quality of the paper. The instructor will explain details of the requirements for the paper in the first class meeting.

Term paper 50%, comment sheet 50%

Related courses

  • LAH.T409 : Transdisciplinary studies 9

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