2022 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences51:Studies on Future Society

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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, Business, Community

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 will have opportunities to talk in group works and in the whole class. 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 Introduction What is the leadership? What is the definition of good/bad leaders?
Class 2 Leadership and "Listening power" How good leader listen to diversified voices? Learn from case study of global business people.
Class 3 How we can prevent war: AI and human power Students will read assigned book, write their own paper, attend and talk about it with classmates.
Class 4 Guest lecture: Anju Niwata (Univ. Tokyo) Co-author of the assigned book who is undergrad student will talk.
Class 5 Remember "minority experience" Do you have any experience being minority?
Class 6 Make a change in community Learn what can you do in schools, communities and home.
Class 7 Global leader and gender lens Learn about commonsense shared by global political and business 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.


Anju Niwata and Hidenori Watanabe "AI to Colour-ka shita shasin de yomigaeru senzen/sengo"(Kobunsha Shinsho)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Assigned in the first class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students knowledge and analytical skill are assessed by: Mid-reports (30 %)、Contribution to the class(30%), Final report(40%)

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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