2022 Studies on Future Society C

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Humanities and social science courses
Jibu Renge 
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Mon5-6(W921)  Thr5-6(W921)  
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Course description and aims

This class is about Future society from the perspective of working style. Traditional workers needed to go to their offices and factories. Thanks to the development of internet, we can work whenever and wherever. The working style has completely changed.
There are gaps, however, among regions, socio-economic status and gender. People and organizations which can utilize technology and not are totally different. In this class, we learn the diversification of the working style. Students learn about pros and cons about the changing working styles. Plus, they will discuss the new rule in the "Future of Work."

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:1) Understand the change of circumstances of corporations after globalizations and spreading internet. 2) Understand the worker's rights. 3) Understand global discussion on "Future of Work." 4) Speak about technology and working style based on their own ideas.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The instructor is a business journalist with 20+years experience interviewed over 1000 people including corporate executives and young professionals. Based on the experience, I provide practical and the latest knowledge about global business.


Telework, Working style, Gigworks, Diversity, Work and Life integration,

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In addition to lectures, students have opportunities to think and talk when they participate in group work and whole class. The instructor often asks many questions to students. This course encourages international students to participate in. The instructor speak in Japanese but students can talk both in Japanese and English. There are some reading materials students can read both in Japanese and English.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Understand about the goal of this class, and discuss how our working style changed.
Class 2 How people worked in dacades ago? Submit a report based on interview with people who are older than you.
Class 3 Variety of working styles Learn about membership type and job type, negotiaton of salary.
Class 4 Work life balance for men: a case of Japanese company Learn about a trial all male workers take parental leave.
Class 5 Group discussion Sharing report based on the case and discuss in the class.
Class 6 Reading assignment 1) "Aa Nomugi Toge" Discuss working style around 100 years ago.
Class 7 Reading assignment 2)"Rongo to Soroban" Learn and discuss "integraton of economy and morality."
Class 8 Technology and working styles Learn about working style and technology.
Class 9 Long working hours and Karo-shi Learning about long working hours.
Class 10 Work and Life Balance Learn about work and life balance.
Class 11 Working styles in the U.S. companies:Guest lecture Learn from several cases.
Class 12 Group discussion Discuss based on learning from cases.
Class 13 Reading assignment 3) "No Rules" Discuss based on reading a book about working style in Netflix.
Class 14 Ideal future of work What is the issues we need to fix?

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

Three times of reading report assignment and reflection paper of based on guest lectures. Each report will be 1000-1200 words. Reading books requires several hours.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

In the first class, reading assignments will be assigned.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students knowledge, analytical skill and active participation are assessed. Mid-report 50%, participation to group work and class 30%, final report 20%.

Related courses

  • LAH.T114 : Studies on Future Society A
  • LAH.T214 : Studies on Future Society B
  • LAH.S443 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences51:Studies on Future Society

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


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Renge Jibu  jibu.r.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Please contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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