2021 Special Lecture: Introduction to the Design of Future Society

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakano Tamio  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 bring the vision and imagination to design a scientific, realistic and ideal future society with group work type classes.We keep the future of science and technology and human society in mind.

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 in the world.


Design of the future society, SDGs, Science&technology in the society, Group work, Creating the media

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

As of Spring 2021, no decision has been made as to whether face-to-face classes will be reinstated , or whether they will remain zoom classes in the fourth quarter For this reason, the case of zoome classes will be noted. If face-to-face classes are restored, we plan to conduct regular group work in the classroom.

This class will be held at zoom. In addition, we plan to use the breakout function of zoom for group work. Ask the students to be divided into multiple teams. Each team will research the future society, design it, and make a presentation. In addition, each team will be asked to edit the “Future Prediction Newspaper”, which is based on the image of the newspaper's New Year featured article.

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 Preparing the contents of SDGs Refrecting the study of the SDGs
Class 3 WANT BE: Study of visionary futures. Reflecting the sutdy future of visionary futures.
Class 4 Disucussion for Group Presentation Group work practices
Class 5 Planning work shop facilitated by the guest teacher Preparation of the group presentation
Class 6 Preparation of the group presentation Reflecting the whole learning process. Mini report writing
Class 7 Sharing the best future article Reflecting the whole process Live the future society

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.


None.We distribute documents as needed during class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

We distribute documents as needed during class.

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

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

This class will be held at zoom. And we plan to carry out group work using the breakout function of zoom. For this reason, it is desirable that all students taking the If face-to-face classes are reinstated, there is nothing special to prepare. have an internet environment and equipment (a personal computer that can relay videos) for that purpose.

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