2017 Transdisciplinary studies 12:Financial/Economic Activities and Corporate Strategy

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Okano Takeshi  Ota Tamami 
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Course description and aims

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.

The theme of this course is “Financial/Economic Activities and Corporate Strategy.” This course is designed for students to understand the outline of economy and society, even without preliminary knowledge. The course contains basic knowledge to be familiar with finance and economy, and viewpoints required to consider corporate activities.

This course aims to develop ability of each student to be more successful in the real world with wide range of knowledge and views regarding economy and society.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand broad pictures and recent trends of topics in each class, as shown below.


economy, industry, finance, investment, risk-management, research and development, social-responsibility

Competencies that will be developed

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

As with all the 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, it is 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.

Class1-Class7:Lecture、Class8:Review and Report

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Basics of Corporate Activities Understand the framework of financial statements
Class 2 Corporate Activities and Economy Grasp broad picture of industries and economy
Class 3 Finance and Financial Products Understand the basics of corporate finance and financial products
Class 4 Corporate Analysis and Investment Strategy Obtain viewpoints of corporate analysis and investment strategy
Class 5 Risk Management and Governance Acquire knowledge of corporate risks and structure to mitigate the risks
Class 6 R&D and Innovation Understand economic effect of research and development
Class 7 Social Subjects and Corporate Strategy Consider social rolls and responsibilities of corporates
Class 8 Review (Report) Review and summarize the course


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be projected in the class room

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on attendance and contribution to classes (35%), and report at the end of the course (65%).

For the credits of this course, as with all the other courses in this category (400 Transdisciplinary Course), students have to submit an original paper which addresses "the nature and scope" of the given field/discipline and its "social role." An important part of assessment is made on the quality of the paper. Details of the requirements of the paper will be explained in the first class meeting.

Related courses

  • SHS.P441 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration S1A
  • SHS.P442 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration S1B
  • SHS.P443 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration F1A
  • SHS.P444 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration F1B

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

Prospective students should have interests in finance and economy.

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

Takehiro Inohara, inostaff[at]shs.ens.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Instructor’s office: Rm. 813, 8 Fl., West Bldg. 9. Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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