2024 Special Lecture: Introduction to the Design of Future Society

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Humanities and social science courses
Yanase Hiroichi  Jibu Renge 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Course description and aims

The purpose of this lecture is to think about "desirable future society" in 2050. In this class, students imagine the future "daily life" and "working style" based on development of science and technology. In addition to lecturers, students will participate in group works.
In 2024, we will focus on how we can create a society and future free of bullying, harassment, and hardship. The main focus is to have students come up with suggestions based on their own abilities.

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this class is to make it possible to show the ideal image of the society in 2050. It should be designed by incorporating the progress of science and technology, and social issues such as climate change ,gender gap,harassment bullying in the world. Being able to imagine how big scientific and global change affect our daily lives.


Design of the future society, SDGs, Science&technology in the society, Diversity, Gender, Group work, Creating the media Harassment, bullying issues, difficulty in life

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The instructors will give talks. Students will be divided into several groups. Each group will research the future society, design it, and make a presentation. Business people whose employers are cooperated with D-Lab at Titech might participate in this class. For the detail, students will have information in the first class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation for future society design:may be, should be, want to be. Overview of modern history about science & technology. Collection of future forecast data
Class 2 SHOULD BE:Study future image based on SDGs and group work Preparing the contents of SDGs Refrecting the study of the SDGs
Class 3 Future Strategy in Business(1) Talk by guest from corporations Reflection of guest talk
Class 4 Future Strategy in Business (2) Talk by guest from corporations Reflection of guest talk
Class 5 Group work for creating future newspaper Preparation of deeloping idea of future newspaper
Class 6 Group presentation Preparation of presentation for future newspaper
Class 7 Reflecting group presentation and whole process Reflecting group presentation, think about good and can be improved poits

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.


Will be assigned in classes if it is nessesary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Watching films or reading novels describing future society or alternative history science fictions helps students to think about the class.
ex)Film "2001: A Space Odyssey"(Stanley Kubrick)
Novel" Nineteen Eighty-Four"(George Orwell)
Comic "Oooku"(Fumi Yoshinaga)

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation to the class(Active participation in every homework submission and every group work. To be specific, speak actively, have a role in joint work, and commit):70% Final project and a report:30%

Related courses

  • LAH.S112 : Media Studies A
  • LAH.T114 : Studies on Future Society A

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

This class will be face-to-face.
Group work will be conducted in each class. Please be sure to bring your computer and smart phone with you to class. They will be used for class and attendance checks.

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