The principal aim of this course is for students to gain the knowledge of contemporary society and the international situation that they will require upon graduation, with a focus on the U.S., Middle East issues, the Islamic world, and North Korea.
Students will be able to have his or her own perspective to understand and judge everyday news .
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
An instructor with work experience in news coverage and journalism will provide hands-on education.
Students will be able to have his or her own perspective to understand and judge daily news .
Constitution, U.S. President, contemporary history of China, North Korea, the Cold War, Japan-U.S. relations, Islam
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|Class 1||The U.S. from the perspective of the presidential elections||Thoughts on American democracy|
|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||Okinawa||Explain the history and the problem of Okinawa.|
|Class 7||Nuclear and Japan||Exposing the attachment to nuclear development in the shadow of Japan’s “Three Non-nuclear Principles”|
|Class 8||High economic growth and Pollution problem||The connection between the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a case of environmental pollution from the era of the postwar economic miracle.|
|Class 9||Progress in mass media technology and Refugee problem||Explain the technical advance in mass media and Refugee problem.|
|Class 10||Middle East problems||Explain the Middle East problems.|
|Class 11||"Islam" and "Islamic world"||Explain the Middle East problems.|
|Class 12||China 1: Failure in China||Explain the tragedy for Mao Zedong after the founding of China.|
|Class 13||China 2: China's success||Explain the development by Deng Xiaoping and the challenges of China.|
|Class 14||North Korea, "Mysterious country"||Have ahistorical perspective on North Korea.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
A textbook may be suggested for the course as needed.
Reference books and course materials will be suggested.
Description type examination. Attendance points should not be included.