2024 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 learn governmental institutions, corporations and NPOs which tackle the issue.
The aim of this course is to learn practical skills such as effective communication by using statistical data and cases.

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.


care work, policy, family, comparison between countries

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 Orientation What is Care or unpaid care work?
Class 2 Person who give care and person who are cared Lean about the relation between care and life stage of human beings.
Class 3 Study about policy issue Students will read assigned book, write their own paper, attend and talk about it with classmates.
Class 4 Guest lecture Listening to talk by a person who is tackling the problem
Class 5 Studying about global perspective. Learn about other countries
Class 6 Make a change in community Learn what can you do in schools, communities and home.
Class 7 Business cases Learn from good companies.

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.


"Young carer: children who care their family" (Mainichi shimbun shuppan)

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

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



No classes will be given on April 10(Wed).
Seven total classes will be held for this course: April 17 (Wed), April 24 (Wed), May 1 (Wed), May 8 (Wed), May 15 (Wed), May 22(Wed), May 29(Wed).

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