2020 Special Lecture:Contemporary Society

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Ikegami Akira 
Class Format
Lecture    (ZOOM)
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 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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Course taught by instructors with work experience

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

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 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.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

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, 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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