2021 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences51:Studies on Future Society

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Humanities and social science courses
Jibu Renge 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on a future society from the perspective of leader.  For the last 10 years, Japanese society has been experiencing decreasing population and labor force which are serious economic issues. In this course, we will read many cases about business leaders, social entrepreneurs, politicians who are tackling the issues. The aim of this course is to learn practical skills such as effective communication or listening to minorities' voices which are essential for leaders. Also we will learn what technology can contribute to build better future.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) Listening to team members' voice with diversified background. 2)Communication skills which enables to share goals and risks. 3) Understand social issues. 4) Integrate their science knowledge to social issues.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The instructor of this course has 20+year experience of journalist covering corporate executive and young leaders. Based on the experience, I deliver the practical knowledge about good and bad leadership.


Leadership, Diversity management, SDGs, Business, Community

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Before the beginning of each class, students submit pre-assignment (1000 words report). At the beginning of each class, the instructor share the good reports. Then the instructor talk about each class. In the end of each class, the instructor explain about the next pre-assignment. This course encourage to attend international students. Instructor speaks in Japanese but the students can speak both in Japanese and English. A part of reading materials can be access by English.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Leadership and communication for building future society(1) facts and narrative Reading treaty or other policy papers and novels related with nuclear war which we should definitely avoid in future.
Class 2 Leadership and communication for building future society(2)technology and media How AI technology can be used to deliver historically important message?
Class 3 Diversity management (1) capacity to listening How good leader listen to diversified voices? Learn from case study of global business people.
Class 4 Diversity management (2) remember "minority experience" Do you have any experience being minority?
Class 5 Case Discussion: If I were a leader… Reading case study of leadership failure and discuss.
Class 6 Leadership with gender lens Reading leaders' declarations of G20 , G7 related with gender equality.
Class 7 Leadership for sustainable community development and SDGs Sustainable community development and the role of leaders.

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.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Jeffrey Lewis"The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel"(Mariner Books), Anju Niwata and Hidenori Watanabe"AI to color ka shita shashin de yomigaeru Senzen Sengo"(Kobunsha shinsho), and other policy documents.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students knowledge and analytical skill are assessed by: Pre-assignment(35%=each 5 %)、Contribution to the class(30%), Final report(35%)

Related courses

  • LAH.T114 : Studies on Future Society A
  • LAH.T214 : Studies on Future Society B
  • LAH.T318 : Studies on Future Society C

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