2017 Strategy for Mental and Physical Health 1

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Hayashi Naoyuki  Nagamine Mitsue 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on 1. summary of stress and mental health including the present status, 2. lifestyle tips for better physical and mental health, and 3. basic knowledge of stress management theory.
Many diseases are originated from daily physical and mental stresses, while these stresses are necessary for better phsical and metally active states. This course introduces basic concept of stress, what kind of lifestyles are good and bad for physical and mental states, and some effective methods for stress management.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, in order to tough phsical and mental states, students will be able to:
1) explain basic concept of physical and mental stress,
2) acquire the ability tof stress management, and
3) propose a better practical lifestyle for stress management for yourself and others.


pysical and mental states, toughness, stress management

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The classees are consisted mainly of lectures, and includes some exercises for stress management methods.
Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of physical and mental stress Understand the concept of stress.
Class 2 Theory of stress. Understand the cognitive appraisal theory of stress.
Class 3 Effect of stress on physical and mental states. Understand the emotional, cognitive-behavioral and physiological changes in response to stress
Class 4 Stress management methodology Acquire effective stress managements. Midterm paper.
Class 5 Current situation around mental health and its related diseases Understand current situation and stats on mental health and diseases.
Class 6 Physiological and psychological responses to short and long term stress Understand responses to stresss.
Class 7 Preferable effects of various activity (physical exercise, mental tasks and relaxation) on physical and mental states Understand effects of leisure activities on physical and mental states. Final paper will given for homework. This will be used for groupwork in the next class.
Class 8 Desirable lifestyle for phsically and mentally tough states Propose a better lifestyle in response to other lifestyle proposal in group work.


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

R.S. Lazarus& S. Folkman, Stress, Appraisal, and Coping, New York: Springer, ISBN-13 978-0826141910 (English)
D.Meichenbaum, Coping with stress, Century publishing, ISBN-13 978-0712602426 (English)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on midterm and final papers (80%) and exercise acquiremets (20%).
The instructor may fail a student if s/he repeatedly is absent and comes to class late too often.

Related courses

  • LAW.W101 : Health Science
  • LAW.W111 : Laboratory of Health Science
  • LAH.T312 : Special Lecture: Sports Science

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No classes will be given on April 5 (Wed) because of the orientation sessions for incoming first-year students. Second year and above graduate students do not need to attend these orientation sessions.
Date of the first class is April 12 (Wed).

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