2020 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences23:Contemporary Society Viewed from Medical Care

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Kagawa Yumi 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on contemporary social challenges viewed from healthcare. We will discuss about 3 main topics - chronic disease, physical disability, and cancer- through lectures and group work.
The aims of this class are:
1) To learn various point of views on medicine and patient care.
2) To make opportunities on communicating with others about the offered topics.
3) To facilitate students’ ability to setting agenda for problems crying out for solutions.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1) Understand contemporary social challenges viewed from medical care.
2) Discuss about social challenges in a logical way and propose plural solutions.
3) Explain one’s own opinion logically to others
4) Understand others’ way of seeing, communicate and facilitate consensus-building
5) Understand the process of “consensus-building” and “value-creation”, and learn how to apply the skills to other topics.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Instructor has experiences on establish and managing a non-profit organization which support patients to be “patient storytellers” by offering workshops. In this course, the instructor will introduce a several patients’ real voice and actual case of patient-company collaboration on healthcare needs to make each lecture more effective.


Healthcare, Medical Sociology, Sociology, Medical Engineering, Biotechnology, Medical Ethics, Science Communication

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Class 1: Guidance
Class 2-4: Lectures on topics and group discussion.
Class 5-7: Group-work on social agenda and solution for people living with healthcare.
Class 8: Case-study discussion and report writing.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Class guidance 1) Understanding the social problems in healthcare. 2) Understanding the value of “consensus-building” and “value-creation” with others.
Class 2 An interactive discussion (1): Chronic disease and medical technics 1) Understanding the he challenges and difficulty for people living with chronic disease and recent progress on technics and medicine. 2) Discussing the impacts of technological innovation on patients’ life and further patients’ needs.
Class 3 An interactive discussion (2): Physical disability and ancillary technology 1) Understanding the challenges and difficulty for people living with physically disability. 2) Discussing the impacts of ancillary technologies for people with physically disability and society.
Class 4 An interactive discussion (3): Cancer treatment and social life 1) Understanding the cancer treatment and challenges and difficulty for people living with cancer. 2) Discussing the social agenda and solution for people living with cancer.
Class 5 Group-work: Further discussion on the topics and preparing for the presentation 1) Discussing further about offered topics through group work.
Class 6 Group presentation 1) Making the presentations on the topics.
Class 7 Overview 1) Case-study discussion and report writing.

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.


None required

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books: None required.
Course materials: course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

submitting report after each class: comprehension, logicality and originalty(50%)
submitting report after group presentation: comprehension, logicality and originalty (50%)

Related courses

  • LAH.S401 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences1:Toward Our True Nature

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

Japanese-speaking ability is needed.

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