2019 Special Lecture:Contemporary Society

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Ikegami Akira 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue5-6(S222)  Fri5-6(S222)  
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Course description and aims

The principal aim of this course is that students will gain knowledge of contemporary society deemed necessary for students in the modern age when they enter the real world, including the Constitution, Japan-US Security Treaty, Japan-US relations, media literacy, the Islamic world, the US presidential elections and North Korea.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to have his or her own perspective to understand and judge everyday news .


Constitution, U.S. President, contemporary history of China, North Korea, the Cold War, Japan-U.S. relations, Islam

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course assists students in gaining basic knowledge and values discussions and expressions of the student opinions on what they should think about the topics covered.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The birth of President Trump Think globalism and anti-globalism.
Class 2 America, "Wonderland" Explain the historical background of America.
Class 3 Cold War Explain the historical importance of the Cold War I.
Class 4 EU Explain the history and the problem of EU.
Class 5 Post-war Japan US relationship Explain the Japan-US relationship over the Security Treaty.
Class 6 Constitution of Japan Explain the significance of the Constitution of Japan.
Class 7 Okinawa Explain the history and the problem of Okinawa.
Class 8 Nuclear and Japan Explain the background reason why Japan has taken the nuclear energy policy.
Class 9 High economic growth and Pollution problem Explain the Historical change of the economy and Pollution problem.
Class 10 Progress in mass media technology and Refugee problem Explain the technical advance in mass media and Refugee problem.
Class 11 Middle East problems Explain the Middle East problems.
Class 12 "Islam" and "Islamic world" Explain the origin and the goal of IS.
Class 13 China 1: Failure in China Explain the tragedy for Mao Zedong after the founding of China.
Class 14 China 2: China's success Explain the development by Deng Xiaoping and the challenges of China.
Class 15 North Korea, "Mysterious country" Have ahistorical perspective on North Korea.


A textbook may be suggested for the course as needed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books and course materials will be suggested.

Assessment criteria and methods

Description type examination. Attendance points should not be included.

Related courses

  • None

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

No Prerequisite

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