2019 Understanding and Analyzing Social Trends

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Okano Takeshi  Kamio Atsushi  Kondo Tomoya  Arai Teppei  Ohashi Tetsuyuki 
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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

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

Class flow

This course requires students to take an active role in their own learning. It is required to submit a summary report at the end of each session.

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 Declining population and Working-style reform To overview issues raised by declining population and To understand recent working-style reform
Class 3 Business Innovations with IoT To understand essence of business and social impact in the IoT era
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 US and Japanese economies To review general knowledge of US economy and to understand relation with Japan
Class 7 Globalization and recent trends To understand the impact of globalization on the world and recent trends
Class 8 Review (Report)


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be provided on OCW-i in advance and projected in the class room.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on attendance and contribution to classes (30%), and report at the end of the course (70%).

If you are absent from a class, regardless of the reason, points are subtracted from the evaluation portion of the "attendance and contribution to classes."
There are no make-up assignments.
Read the course materials posted on OCW-i to find out the content of the class you missed.

Details of the requirements of the report will be explained in the first class meeting.

Related courses

  • LAH.S438 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences43:Financial/Economic Activities and Corporate Strategy

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

Prospective students should have interests in social torends.

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

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


No classes will be given on April 10 (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 17 (Wed).

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