2020 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences31:The logic of Synergetic Society

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Sano Michiko  Goto Minoru  Tateoka Yasuo  Ichihari Genichiro  Kagoya Kazuhiro  Ikeda Shingou  Kuribayashi Atsuko 
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Course description and aims

A synergetic society gives rise to the emergence of new social phenomena which cannot be made by alone bringing out the capabilities of each other's. After all synergy means making the most of opportunities that diversity provides. Though synergy is becoming increasingly important in complex society of our age, it is improbable to grow. We try to explain the formation and expansion of synergy from the viewpoints of instrumental and consummatory dimension to explore its multifaceted significance.
The aim of this course is to give a synergetic opportunity for awareness in confronting real life. The development of synergetic society depends on whether synergetic activities produce meaningful social value for public interest. The starting point of synergy lies in the occurrence of synergetic events. Therefore, we hold small-group workshops to create a synergetic experience in the final stage of our course making good use of broaden knowledge of synergy from the beginning. In this process, it is desirable to imagine what a non-synergetic society is like so that you can discern the attitudes toward synergetic society. We hope each student to be an active agent of opening the way to the future motivated by our course considering appropriate utilization of technology which is progressing very rapidly.

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to raise high awareness and search ideal way of life to create a synergetic society with deep understanding of theory and specific mechanism.


synergy, instrumental/consummatory, synergetic experience, care for others, social value

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Topics are to be learned through lectures and discussion on important issues. Students are required to read related chapter before attending classes. Classes are created to raise distinguished awareness between lecturers and students mutually holding some workshops.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The Basics of a Theory of Synergetic Society (Minoru Goto) Understand synergy as communication system and consider the transformation of modernity.
Class 2 Synergy and Local Community(Kazuhiro Kagoya) Understand the necessity of temporal-spatial synergy to make sustainable local community.
Class 3 Synergy between Work and Family Life(Shingou Ikeda) Understand HR management to utilize synergy between work and family life.
Class 4 Synergy between energy and environmental issues(Gen Ichihari) We would like to discuss about energy and environment in perspective of global economy and technology.
Class 5 Life Planning and Synergy(Atsuko Kuribayashi) Explain the relationship between uncertainties in daily life and synergies.
Class 6 Age of Synergetic Consumption (Michiko Sano) Consider the plenitude and happiness generated by synergetic consumption.
Class 7 Business science and Synergy(Yasuo Tateoka) Referring to the theory of management, SHIEN-ology is introduced to realize synergy in actual business arena.  Also the participants experience synergy through SHIEN-ology workshop.

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.


T. Imada and Y. Tateoka (eds.) The Advent of a Synergetic Society, The University of Tokyo Press (Japanese only).

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Distributed as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Comment on each lecture (70%), final report (30%), total (100%).

Related courses

  • LAH.S404 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences4:Sociology
  • LAH.S413 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences13:Contemporary Society
  • LAH.S510 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences45:Social Sciences with Evolutionary Simulation

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

Students are expected to recognize the difference of position between self and others and build a positive commitment caring for others.


No classes will be given on April 8 (Wed).
Seven total classes will be held for this course: April 15 (Wed), April 22 (Wed), May 13 (Wed), May 20 (Wed), May 27 (Wed), June 3 (Wed), ※June 5 (Fri).
※Please take note that June 5 (Fri) is a Friday but is part of the Wednesday course schedule.

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