2018 Transdisciplinary studies 15:Chemicals in Society and its Safety and Security 2

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Takata Toshikazu  Fudano Jun  Ishizone Takashi  Ougizawa Toshiaki  Otsuka Hideyuki  Kikutani Takeshi  Hayakawa Teruaki  Mouri Hiroshi  Wada Takeharu  Okuyama Manabu  Kishimura Kotaro  Takeyoshi Masahiro 
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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.

In recent years, the safety and security of goods and social systems have received much attention from the society. Nowadays, the idea and concept of the safety and security have become essential in a variety of products and their raw materials. In this class, the safety and security of plastic and rubber and related products including chemicals, which have widely penetrated into society and in everyday life, are introduced. In addition, modern safety evaluation technology, prediction technology of degradation and lifetime, improved resistance technology are discussed, whereas high performance and strengthening technology and materials are introduced. Lecturers are the specialists in various science and technology fields. In particular, the safety-evaluation technology, design of novel plastics and rubbers are mainly explained and discussed.

(aim) The aim of this class is to understand the basis for designing the future materials produced according to the concept of safety and security.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the class, the students will be able to
1. explain examples for safety and security of plastics and rubbers.
2. explain safety-evaluation technology of chemicals and polymer materials.
3. explain design technology and evaluation technology of novel plastics and rubbers for safety and security


1. plastic wrapping container 2. safety of chemicals and related laws 3. composite materials and high performance polymers 4. safety and security of automobile tire 5. skin stimulation by polymer materials 6. Safety of chemical process

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 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.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Safety and security of automobile tire summary report
Class 2 Analytical chemistry and its relation to society (environment, food, and human body) summary report
Class 3 Safety management of chemical process ~ plastic manufacturing process as an example ~ summary report
Class 4 Wrapping of plastic container and safety of food -Dealing with ocean plastic problem summary report
Class 5 Self-healing polymer: polymer capable of healing own injury summary report
Class 6 Safety and security of polymeric fiber materials summary report
Class 7 Allergy by rubber and plastics and its detection method summary report
Class 8 Ultrasuper minute processing for next generation corresponding to low environmental load summary report and final report


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are posted on OCW-I and/or provided during each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

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

  • LAH.T413 : Transdisciplinary studies 13:Chemicals in Society and its Safety and Security 1

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

No prerequisite



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