2017 Understanding and Analyzing Social Trends

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Humanities and social science courses
Okano Takeshi  Matsui Ryosuke  Kamio Atsushi  Kato Atsuo  Kasahara Ryohei 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Course description and aims

This course is designed for students to understand the outline of social trends, even without preliminary knowledge. The lecturers will explain broad pictures and recent trends of topics in each class, as shown below.

Student learning outcomes

This course aims to develop ability of each student to be more successful in the real world with knowledge and views regarding domestic and international social trends.


Internet of Things, Working-style reform, FinTech, Balance of payments, Economic development,
Japan-U.S. relations

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Class1-Class7:Lecture、Class8:Review and Report. In 2017, classes are scheduled on April 12th, 19th,26th, May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and June 7th.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Domestic and international social trends To grasp broad picture of social trends
Class 2 Business Innovations with IoT To understand essence of business and social impact in the IoT era
Class 3 Working-style reform in Abenomics To review Abenomics achievements and Working-style reform
Class 4 FinTech and Society To understand technological background of FinTech business and the impact upon society
Class 5 International relations of japan To understand international relations of Japan by balance of payments
Class 6 Growth and challenges in Asia To consider economic development and present challenges in Asia
Class 7 US and Japanese economies To review general knowledge of US economy and To understand relation with Japan
Class 8 Review (Report)


Not required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be projected in the class room

Assessment criteria and methods

Attendance, Contribution, and Report at the end of the course will be considered

Related courses

  • LAH.T412 : Transdisciplinary studies 12:Financial/Economic Activities and Corporate Strategy

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

Prospective students should have interests in social torends.


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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