Education & Reseach

Course Introductions


Please find below a sampler of courses offered at the ISS. Courses are subject to change from one academic year to the next.

Social Science Courses

Law and Economics

Taught by: Associate Professor HOSHI, Akio Taught in: English

Economics has been an important and internationally-common analytical tool for those who want to understand the effect legal rules have on the way people behave. This course provides a fundamental economic analysis of core areas of private law: property, torts and contracts.

International Economics
Bridge Courses A Economics

Taught by: Professor ITO, Tadashi Taught in: English

In this course, students will learn basic concepts of standard international economics in plain English. In lectures, lectures are to slowly explain the contents with emphasis on key words and concepts. This lecture is one of the ”Bridge Courses”, and aims to acquire basic skills for learning social sciences in English.

Introduction to the Global Economy

Taught by: Professor ISHIKAWA, Jota Taught in: Japanese

The class overviews various global issues such as foreign exchange rates, trade in services, and global warming. Through the study, students will be exposed to the concepts of economics, especially international economics.

International Finance 

Taught by: Professor KASHIWAGI, Masanori Taught in: Japanese

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand various issues related to international finance. The topics include the functions of financial institutions, present value, exchange rate systems, and the balance of payments.

The Economic Development of Japan
Bridge Courses B Economics

Taught by: Professor INUI, Tomohiko Taught in: English

The aim of the class is to understand the Japanese economic and social development by applying the standard economic analysis and the data. Several aspects of the development and characteristics of the modern Japanese economy and society will be analyzed and discussed in the class.

Organizational Behavior

Taught by: Associate Professor KIM, Soyeon Taught in: Japanese

Students learn theoretical knowledge and ideas about individual behavior in organizations such as personality and motivation, collective behavior of teams and groups, and organizational behavior of organizational systems and structures. Students discuss and analyze specific business cases.

Global Marketing

Taught by: Professor USUI, Tetsuya Taught in: English

This course provides an in-depth application of marketing practices and theories in the global marketplace. Students will learn how theories and frameworks can be applied to solve real global marketing issues. Therefore, the course consists of lectures and active learning opportunities such as presentation projects and group discussions.

Innovation Management and Globalization

Taught by: Professor SHIBATA, Tomoatsu Taught in: English

The aim of the class is to learn what kind of strategy and organization will be useful to generate innovation within the company. The class, we will use both theory and real case that describe what actually happened in the innovation to promote understanding.

Financial Accounting

Taught by: Professor GARCIA, Clemence Taught in: English

After a general presentation of the four financial statements, cross-sectional analysis and time series will also be used to introduce basic techniques in financial statement analysis.Last, students will choose and analyze their own case study using real financial statements.

Quantitative Sociology

Taught by: Associate Professor TAMAKI, Emi Taught in: Japanese

Students will learn how to use quantitative methods in analyzing society. In particular, students learn how to design social surveys and conduct statistical analyses using quantitative data. Topics include family, health, population, and education. Japanese as well as international surveys will be covered in the class.

Geography of Development and Environment 
Area studies

Taught by: Professor MAKITA, Rie Taught in: Japanese

Human geography not only describes places and peoples in various parts of the world, but also explores relationships between humans and the natural environment. This course aims to cultivate a geographical way of thinking through the study of developmental and environmental issues in the Global South.

Introduction to the African Economy
Area studies

Taught by: Associate Professor YAMASAKI, Izumi Taught in: Japanese

This course will introduce the challenges facing African economies and societies, utilizing statistics, economic theories, and regression results. After explaining history and geography, it will cover various topics such as impediments to economic growth, poverty and inequality, and human capital investments in Africa.

Emerging Asian Economy and Society
Area studies

Taught by: Professor KUBO, Koji Taught in: English

No shortcuts to learning social sciences in English! If you are willing to put in the hard work of reading the thick report “Asia’s Journey to Prosperity”, you will be able to talk key concepts of the Asian economies in English.

Modern Chinese Economy
Area studies

Taught by: Professor ZHAO, Meng Taught in: English

This course will provide an overview of diverse backgrounds of Chinese economy and guide students to use economic tools to explore, understand and analyze the dynamic transformation of Chinese economy and society.

Bridge Courses support studying specialized courses in English

At the ISS, study of social-science courses in English is phased in beginning spring of the second year. To support this study, the faculty has set up social-science lecture courses in English and small-class language courses which deal with the same themes and content. These “Bridge Courses” support each other to facilitate students' understanding as they begin their social science education in English.

English Language Courses

English Communication/Academic Skills/Presentation/Self-Directed Learning

Taught by: English Language Teachers Taught in: English

These are required for first-year students with six sessions per week to enhance the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Our English language courses follow the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) framework.

Economics in the World
Bridge Courses A

Taught by: English Language Teachers Taught in: English

Beginning with overviews of how the world economy is globalized, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts necessary to understand the discourse on “ International economics”.

Issues in the World
Bridge Courses B

Taught by: English Language Teachers Taught in: English

Students in the course will progress from the basics to a better understanding of economic and social development. They will develop the basic language and concepts necessary to understand the discourse on ”The Economic Development of Japan”.

CLIL Seminar

Taught by: English Language Teachers Taught in: English

These English courses focus on a field researched by each professor of English. Students will learn about topics related to social sciences such as: human rights and economic development, language and business, film studies, linguistic landscapes, and data analysis using R. These courses have the dual aim of improving academic language skills while also acquiring subject-specific knowledge.

Seminar Courses

Basic Seminar

Taught by: Social Science Teachers Taught in: Japanese

First-year students will acquire fundamental academic skills through small-group classes. Students will learn how to formulate research questions, construct logical arguments, collect and analyze data, and present results through report writing and presentations.

Advanced Seminar/Graduation Seminar

Taught by: Social Science Teachers Taught in: Japanese/English

Students will engage in in-depth learning experience in seminar-style settings. The course structure may vary according to the instructor and may include academic depates, presentations, data analysis, and graduation thesis. The class will be conducted in either Japanese or English.

Study Abroad Courses

Study Abroad Ⅰ

Taught by: Professor NOZAKI, Yoshiko Taught in: Japanese/English

In this class, students deepen their understanding of study abroad, which is a graduation requirement of this faculty, learn the necessary knowledge, and make plans for study abroad. One of our goals is to help students acquire proactive attitudes through the process of thinking about what the most appropriate study abroad program is for them and planing it by themselves.

Study Abroad Ⅱ 

Taught by: Professor NOZAKI, Yoshiko Taught in: Japanese/English

In this class, students will reflect on their study abroad experiences (i.e., cross-cultural experiences and diversity understandings) , and consider how to connect it to studies in the social sciences and their career formation. Guest lectures by people with overseas experience will also be given to make students aware of the importance of various options and self-analyses in career formation.