2020 Seminar on Social Science(US-Japan Relations: Military Base Problem in Okinawa)Introduction 2)

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Humanities and social science courses
Kawana Shinji 
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Course description and aims

In this class, students acquire the fundamentals of politics and political science by discussing the interesting matters freely.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to obtain the basic social scientific framework by critical thinking, discussing, writing resume.


International Politics, Political Science, Social Sciences

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course will consist in a series of seminar sessions with pre‐assigned readings. Students are expected to do all the readings prior to each session, as well as attend and participate in all sessions. The weekly sessions will focus on laying out the main arguments of the assigned readings and critically discussing them. In general, students should focus on key arguments or perspectives provided by each reading. Think about how readings relate to each other and other concepts we
have discussed. What evidence does the author use, and do you find the argument convincing?

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 critical reading, reporting, presentation, study camp, projects, etc. to be instructed appropriately

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.


to be instructed appropriately

Reference books, course materials, etc.

see Japanese

Assessment criteria and methods

Your performance and final grade for the class will be evaluated as follows:
Discussion: 80%
Group works : 20%

Related courses

  • LAH.S104 : International Relations A
  • LAH.S204 : International Relations B
  • LAH.S305 : International Relations C

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Office hours

12:10-13:10, every Friday. required pre-contact.

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