Course Details

Type of Courses Language
of
Instruction
Name of Courses Outline
English
Language
Courses
level
100
English English Communication Ⅰ The aim of the course is to develop effective communication skills in English with a particular emphasis on listening and speaking. Students will use English to understand and respond to content that is relevant to their university life and subsequent academic work. In small-sized classes, students will engage in communicative tasks such as pair activities and group discussions as well as short speeches and leading group discussions which require preparation and rehearsal in advance.
English Academic Skills Ⅰ Students will develop their reading and writing skills. To assist in both areas, they will study academic vocabulary and expressions. They will learn and practice different ways of reading, researching, organizing, and writing information and ideas. They will learn how to self edit and peer edit their work. The underlying principle of the course is to help students become more proficient in academic language use. Students will be required to practice these skills in class and on their own.
English Presentation Ⅰ In this class, students will learn basic academic English skills, vocabulary, and broad perspectives that are needed to study, examine, discuss, and make effective presentations on various aspects of Japanese culture. They will also learn how to gather textual materials written and spoken in English about Japanese culture on the Internet, and the processes to put them together to make meaningful presentations for audiences interested in social science audiences.
English Self-Directed Learning Ⅰ Self-directed learners form their own goals, select learning tools, and evaluate their achievements. However, students must learn to manage their studies and have access to the resources they need to accomplish these three aims. This course will provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to organize and monitor their own learning more effectively. Learners will acquire techniques for: managing time; setting appropriate goals; reflecting and reporting on their learning; and adjusting their studies to meet their personal language learning needs. Instructors will evaluate progress and assist learners in applying language learning techniques and principles, and using study tools effectively.
English English Communication Ⅱ The aim of the course is to further develop effective communication skills in English with a particular emphasis on listening and speaking by utilizing the skills and vocabulary gained in English Communication I. Students deal with more complex and sophisticated content presented in English that is relevant to their university life and subsequent academic work including lectures and academic texts. In small-sized classes, students continue to engage in communicative tasks such as pair activities and group discussions as well as making short speeches and leading group discussions which require preparation and rehearsal in advance.
English Academic Skills Ⅱ Building on the knowledge base and abilities acquired in Academic Skills I, this course will continue to develop students' reading and writing skills, this time with stronger emphases on reading longer, more sophisticated texts, on critical thinking about the texts and concepts therein, and on notetaking. Vocabulary development will continue to be a focus, using the Academic Word List (AWL) as the corpus. In addition, more sophisticated research skills will be addressed to assist students in improving summarizing and paraphrasing skills, with the end goal of writing a referenced academic essay.
English Presentation Ⅱ In this class, students will learn academic English skills, knowledge, and broad perspectives that are needed to study, examine, discuss, and make effective presentations on various spheres of Japanese society. The students will also learn the ways to gather textual materials in written and spoken English about Japanese society on the Internet, and the processes to put them together to make an academic presentation for social science audiences.
English Self-Directed Learning Ⅱ This course will provide learners with guidance and support needed to apply the knowledge, skills, and understandings gained in Self-directed Learning I to better organize and monitor their own learning more effectively. Learners will apply techniques for managing time, setting appropriate goals, evaluating performance, and reporting on their English language learning to plan and carry out individual study plans that meet their individual language needs and personal interests. Reflection activities will help learners understand how to apply these skills more broadly to learning other subjects as well. Instructors will assist learners in effectively studying the English language as self-directed and more autonomous learners.
level
200
English Economics in the World Beginning with an overview 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. Students will learn about, and speak and write about various issues in the world economy by looking at specific examples. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Issues in the World Beginning with an overview of international development and cooperation, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts necessary to understand the discourse on global development. Students will learn about, and speak and write about various issues associated with development of countries by looking at specific examples. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Globalization and Business Beginning with an overview of globalization and how it has been affecting business, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts related to globalization with an emphasis on business. Students will learn about, analyse, and speak and write about globalization and business by looking at specific examples. They will look at various forms of globalization and the impact they have on society and local businesses. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Peace and Conflict Beginning with an overview of resolved and unresolved conflicts around the world, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts to aid students to understand international affairs. Students will learn about, analyse, and speak and write about peace and conflicts by looking at specific examples. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Advertising and the Media Beginning with an overview of advertising and the media, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts of advertising. Students will learn about, analyse, and speak and write about how advertising works by looking at specific examples. Similarly, they will look at various media forms and the impact they have on society. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Social Diversity Beginning with an overview of how many societies are becoming more diverse, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts of social diversity. Students will learn about, analyse, and speak and write about how increased diversity impacts social interaction and integration of societies by looking at specific examples. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Global Challenges Beginning with an overview of practical challenges and dilemmas the world faces, the course will progress to the basic language and concepts related to global development. Students will learn about, analyse, and speak and write about development of countries by looking at specific examples. Students will continue to develop the communication and academic skills they acquired during their first year.
English Theme-Based Discussions
: The Economy
Students will learn how to lead and participate in discussions on topics related to the economy. They will develop their critical thinking skills, the ability to express their ideas clearly, and the ability to respond to what others say. They will use the reading, listening, and note-taking skills that they developed in the first year to prepare for and participate in classes.
English Theme-Based Discussions
: Law and Society
Students will learn how to lead and participate in discussions on topics related to law and how it functions in and affects society using key vocabulary and concepts. They will develop their critical thinking skills, the ability to express their ideas clearly, and the ability to respond to what others say. They will use the reading, listening, and note-taking skills that they developed in the first year to prepare for and participate in classes.
English Theme-Based Discussions
: Business
Students will learn how to lead and participate in discussions on various business topics using key vocabulary and concepts. They will develop their critical thinking skills, the ability to express their ideas clearly, and the ability to respond to what others say. They will use the reading, listening, and note-taking skills that they developed in the first year to prepare for and participate in classes.
English Theme-Based Discussions
: International Relations
Students will learn how to lead and participate in discussions on topics related to international relations using key vocabulary and concepts. They will develop their critical thinking skills, the ability to express their ideas clearly, and the ability to respond to what others say. They will use the reading, listening, and note-taking skills that they developed in the first year to prepare for and participate in classes.
English Group Project This class helps students acquire introductory level social science terminology and language in English, while learning how to use academic English skills, knowledge, and vocabulary involved in basic social studies research processes. The project topics and themes may include, but are not limited to: diversity, sustainable development, innovations, and information technologies. The students will gather data though field research, mainly by conducting surveys and interviews.
English Business Communication This is a practical English course that introduces students to some of the major forms of communication in a business environment, including, but not limited to: correspondence, requests for information, presentations, proposals, and reports. They will also have training in how to write resumes and prepare for job interviews. They will learn the relevant vocabulary and the procedures for preparation and delivery of these through role-plays, simulations, and case studies. Students will work in pairs and small groups using all four English language skills, further building on the language skills that they developed in their first-year foundation courses.
English Critical Reading This class helps students acquire knowledge and skills for critical reading, as necessary academic and intellectual tools to participate fully in social studies research communities worldwide. In particular, students will learn a set of critical viewpoints from which they can examine various types of materials (e.g., written, audio, and visual). They will understand the effects of social and economic activities from multiple critical perspectives and develop vocabulary and strategies for critically discussing theoretical and practical aspects of social studies issues.
English Advanced Academic Writing Students will develop their critical thinking and writing skills. They will use the research skills they developed in their first-year foundation courses to find, evaluate, make notes on, analyse, and write about a topic. Students will work in pairs and groups in activities such as brainstorming, outlining and peer editing as they proceed through the research and writing processes. The goal will be for students to become competent writers in English in the field of social sciences.
English Oral Fluency The aim of the course is to refine the oral communication skills developed in English Communication I and II in the first year. The expanded use of authentic materials and collaborative tasks will provide challenges and opportunities for students to use all four skills at a higher level and expand their vocabulary. Using the content relevant to their academic interest, students will engage in communicative tasks and further develop their oral fluency.
level
300
English Area Studies This course will build upon the content and language skills acquired through successful completion of previous elective courses. Area studies courses will take an interdisciplinary approach; students will further develop their English language proficiency by studying the peoples, history, society, and culture of a designated region through the disciplines of economics, business, law, or political science. Students will also acquire an understanding of some of the problematic issues in studying "other" peoples or cultures in an international context. Successful completion of the course will equip students with a deeper understanding of the studied region and the language skills needed for more extended research and study. Students will complete a significant final paper, presentation, or other evidence of learning for public review.
English Independent Studies This course is for students who have excelled in their previous coursework or otherwise shown significant mastery of language and content in international social studies. Students enrolled in this course will design a detailed personal learning plan and present this proposal for review. This plan should fall within the disciplines of economics, business, law, or political science; and, it should focus on one or more of the themes of globalization, diversity and mobility, sustainability, and media. The plan must show how English language use will be integral to the project. If accepted, the student will carry out the plan and review and evaluate learning and outcomes regularly. The student will complete a significant final paper, presentation, or other evidence of language proficiency and subject area mastery for public review.
Study
Abroad
Courses
level
100
Japanese Study Abroad Ⅰ Study Abroad is an integral part of learning at the Faculty of International Social Sciences and also a requirement for graduation. In addition to deepening their understanding of Study Abroad and increasing their motivation, students in this class will consider what kind of study program is appropriate for them and formulate corresponding plans. As basic knowledge to prepare for study overseas, students will learn about the content and format of teaching at overseas universities, official procedures, how to adapt to overseas lifestyles, risk management, opportunities for community involvement and extracurricular activity, and other relevant matters. To cultivate a proactive attitude of independent initiative, the class will divide into teams for discussions and presentations.
level
200
English Study Abroad Ⅱ Looking back on their Study Abroad, students will reflect on its benefits and the programs studied from various perspectives to arrive at an objective evaluation. In order to heighten the value of their overseas studies, each student will be encouraged to explore and report on avenues for linking their overseas experience and learning to their social science research and career going forward. In addition to formulating a Study Abroad report, students will engage in team-based discussions and presentations designed to maintain the spirit of challenge and the positive approach which they acquired through their experience overseas.
Social
Sciences
Courses
level
100
Japanese Basic Seminar Ⅰ Participants will study the approaches of social science and its basic analytical methodology in small-group exercises. The course begins with a discussion about what social science is. Next, using libraries, databases, and other resources, students will learn how to collect and use materials through practical experience of doing so. Finally, with reference to concrete examples from international society, students will study methods of formulating reports and the ethics of composing essays and other materials. Specifically, we will learn how to (1) frame issues (2) structure a logical discussion (3) select relevant methods of data collection and utilization, and (4) methods of developing a convincing discussion through the process of writing research papers.
Japanese Basic Seminar Ⅱ Applying the basic methodology studied in Basic Seminar I, students will analyze real-world issues. Lessons take the form of small-group exercises to practice the methods of social science. The main focus of the Basic Seminar courses is not full-scale analysis involving application of theory, but rather the acquisition of the methodology needed to establish and demonstrate hypotheses. In addition to deepening the learning results of Basic Seminar I, students will learn effective presentation and discussion through the use of presentation software and other tools in this course.
Japanese Introduction to Business Law The course presents an overview of the legal system that covers international corporate activities. The course aims to equip students with the minimum knowledge of corporate legal affairs and concepts required to communicate effectively with legal professionals when faced with legal issues in future international business activities. The course content will therefore focus on outlining the functions and structures of the legal system, and will not deal with the principles of legal interpretation. The course is based on the Japanese legal system, but will also make reference to the legal systems of other jurisdictions.
Japanese Geography of Development and Environment Geography is an academic discipline which not only describes the natural features of different regions and human livelihoods in the regions but also explores relationships between humans and the natural environment.  Geography seeks to establish a comprehensive understanding of a ‘space or place’, by investigating all events observed in the space or place.  This approach allows us to view developments in developing countries from a variety of angles which may be different from the economics-based initiative taken by developed countries and aid organizations such as the World Bank.  Focusing on development and environmental changes as its result, the course primarily aims to (1) identify development and environment issues in the contexts of urban and rural spaces and (2) examine spaces or places from multiple different perspectives.
Japanese Sociology In this course students will learn the basics of sociology and how to analyze contemporary society through a sociological perspective. After introducing an overview of major theories and research methods, the course will outline how sociology has analyzed the family, school, work, nation, and other 'societies' in our everyday life. Students will then apply the sociological insights to the range of social phenomena both in Japan and in other countries and societies. Through this course, students will gain a sociological understanding of the relationship between individuals and society, functions of society, and changes in society, and also learn how to analyze social structures across diverse societies.
Japanese Introduction to the Chinese Economy Over the last 30 years, China has achieved a rapid rate of economic growth, making it the world's second largest economy today with a reputation as the ‘workshop of the world'. The ongoing globalization of the Chinese economy, as well as its impacts on the world economy, has been drawing more and more attention. This course will introduce students to the historical background and economic systems and policies of the Chinese economy. How has the Chinese economy developed over the past 30 years?  Why could China achieve such a high rate of economic growth? What are the issues the Chinese economy is now facing and what is her future? The course will provide detailed on these topics.
Japanese Introduction to the Asian Economy Asia is a region with increasing importance from the perspective of Japan. The course proposes three development indices for the study of Asian (international) society: economic, social, and human. It will then demonstrate that Asian society does not constitute a single uniform region, but has great diversity in terms of its population size, geographical conditions, ethnic and linguistic composition, and religious makeup. The course will tackle a series of issues, from Asian economic growth and poverty and the wealth gap to demographic transition, agricultural development, industrial development, the labor market, education systems, and global environment issues. In this way, students will develop an understanding of the current state of the relationship between Asia and Japan and the issues Japan needs to address going forward.
Japanese Introduction to International Development The course will address the various issues facing developing countries and provide insight into international cooperation. Specifically, participants will study issues in the fields of poverty, food and nutrition, health and hygiene, gender, education, agriculture, economy, employment, government and politics, and the environment. Students will learn how these issues are being tackled variously by binational and multinational aid organizations, NGOs, and corporations, and will additionally examine what kind of contribution Japan is making in international society. The course introduces specialist terminology and simple statistics relating to each of the themes. At the same time, it draws on the experience of faculty members in international organizations and NGOs to present concrete case studies with use of visual and video materials to elucidate the various issues.
Japanese Microeconomics This is a course in international standard microeconomics. Microeconomics is the foundation of various fields of economics, and the course is therefore an important first step for students wishing to become proficient in economic science. We will study rational behaviors of economic agents, the markets in which these behaviors interact, the maximization of social welfare through market mechanisms, and the conditions under which market mechanisms fail to function adequately. The course will also examine taxation systems and the market in production factors (labor and capital).
Japanese Introduction to Data Analysis In social science analysis, it is essential to test the various social science theories using data relating to actual social phenomena. One of the main statistical methods used for this testing is regression analysis. Having presented the theoretical background to regression analysis, the course will employ Excel to teach methods of applying regression analysis using actual socioeconomic data. Students will also be taught how to interpret the results. The course will additionally present methods of obtaining data and writing reports. The final objective is to gather data on a socioeconomic activity of interest to the individual student and to prepare a report using relevant empirical analysis.
Japanese Macroeconomics This is an introductory course in macroeconomics. The aim is for students to learn the basic concepts and theory of macroeconomics in a systematic fashion and to acquire the ability to identify recent trends in the Japanese economy and the international economy from a macroeconomic perspective. The course will also seek to raise awareness of issues in the real economy by emphasizing attention to data. The themes covered will include personal income statistics, consumption and investment, currency demand and supply, and IS-LM analysis. The course will take the form of lectures. Teaching will be based on the designated text books, but where appropriate newspaper articles and data on related topics will also be presented.
Japanese Introduction to the Global Economy The course will discuss  the global economy with emphasis on actual examples and will apply the knowledge gained to learning basic concepts of international economics . Specifically, the course will address subjects such as trade and investment, exchange rate movements, international corporate activity, trade negotiations, global environmental issues, and movements in the current account balance. This course will also touch on how the day-to-day movements of the Japanese economy are connected to the global economy.
Japanese Introduction to Management Starting from the question of what management is, we will take an overview of the main theories of management so far put forward. In this course, we will examine how organizations function, and how they interact with the environment. Specifically, this course will address basic management theories focusing on themes including (1) the change of views of human, (2) work motivation, and (3) international business management. Examples from a wide variety of companies will be presented.
Japanese Accounting The course will teach the basic concepts of accounting. Based on an understanding of the purposes of accounting, it will explain how accounting systems are designed in order to achieve these purposes. As well as capital accounting and the recognition and measurement of profit, assets, and liabilities, the course will study variations in the fiscal period allocation of income and expenditure and variations in the allocation of expenses, seeking to understand of how these issues can be explained in terms of the purposes of accounting. Students will also learn about the concept of net income, which is used to measure corporate performance, and the constituent elements of the balance sheet, which expresses corporate financial position. Using case studies from multinational enterprises where appropriate, students will also aim to acquire a basic understanding of financial statement analysis.
Japanese Marketing The first half of the course presents an overview of the business management and management strategy of various global corporations. In Lessons 1-2, students will develop an understanding of the role of business management in the operations of global corporations and the basics of management strategy. Lessons 3-5 will study the company-wide strategy of global enterprises. Lessons 6-8 will be devoted to corporate strategies in individual business sectors. In the second half of the course, students will learn the basics of marketing, which plays an important role in the management of global enterprises. In Lessons 9-10, students will aim to understand what marketing is. Lessons 11-12 will look at market segmentation and targeting. In Lessons 13-14, students will study positioning and 4P management, which are the basis of marketing practice. At each stage, discussions will draw on examples from a wide range of global enterprises.
Japanese Bookkeeping Double-entry bookkeeping is a system for establishing the financial position and the business results of enterprises by recording and calculating corporate economic activity (transactions) from two separate approaches. Double-entry bookkeeping is nowadays in widespread use around the world, and knowledge of it is not only the foundation of accounting–related subjects, but also required for the study of business management and economics. This introductory course explains the basic systems of double-entry bookkeeping in easily accessible stages.
Japanese Statistics This course for students approaching statistics for the first time explains basics relating to the concepts and the practice of data analysis and statistics. The course is suitable for both humanities and science students. The main focus is on understanding the concepts of probability distribution (modeling of phenomena), independent uniform distribution  (repeated experiments under the same conditions), and statistical estimation (deduction of cohort  from data), which play a particularly important role for students taking sciences as a major subject .
Japanese Mathematics for Social Science The course teaches the basics of differentials . The explanation will proceed in three stages: (1) First a (to some extent) formal definition is given, (2) to understand this, it is given a directly observable significance (for instance a geometrical significance or an analytical significance, (3) corresponding concepts in economics are explained. Following this, in addition to calculation exercises, a simple model is outlined and actual resolution methods learned through application to economics. The course deals with differentials of single variable functions, higher-order differentials, partial and total differentials of multiple variable functions, and differentials of exponential functions and logarithmic functions.
Japanese Management Strategy In all organizations, management strategy is the core of the ‘steering function’ that has a great impact on future direction and day-to-day operational methods. With its central focus on the theory of corporate management strategy, the course presents an overview of the academic theories developed so far in a form readily understandable to beginner learners. The aim is to transmit to students the thinking patterns that are the foundation of business activity. About half of the course time will be spent mastering the basics of the various theories of management strategy with reference to texts. In the other half, the aim will be to cover some issues in applied management strategy in an easily understandable fashion. These will include (1) the latest trends in strategy theory (2) the practice of international business strategy (3) work-based strategy analysis.
Japanese Religious Cultures in the World Myth and religion as a cultural resources have had a major influence on pictorial art, music, and other expressions of the human imagination. In modern times too, there are many examples of the influence of myth and religion in films, manga, computer games, and so on. As the multicultural development of society progresses, there are increased opportunities in everyday life to make contact with overseas religious cultures and to reassess Japan’s religious culture. The course will first of all provide a basic knowledge of the world’s major systems of myth and religion. It will then progress to considering the ways in which the ideas of these religious cultures come into play in international society.
level
200
Japanese Comparative Company Law The business organization known as the company is a structure essential to contemporary economic activity. At the same time, it produces conflicts of interest among its constituencies. These are known in economics as agency problems. The objective of company law is to put in place structures to resolve agency issues arising among the stakeholders of the company. These concrete structures vary according to the company law of different jurisdictions. The course presents an outline of the functional similarities and differences in these structures from the perspective of comparative law. The course will not limit itself to Japanese company law, but will also cover that of the major developed countries.
Japanese Global Poverty Issues Poverty remains an important global issue in the 21st century, not to mention the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  Poverty is not only an issue in developing countries but also our own issue in Japan and other developed countries facing problems such as the increase of the working poor.  Taking a step back from the microscopic realities of poverty, the course focuses on how social sciences have approached poverty issues and what social sciences can do for poverty reduction.  By reassessing poverty from global, universal, and abstract perspectives, the course aims to provide students with a new viewpoint on specific issues of poverty and social vulnerability they may be concerned with individually.  Another aim of the course is to deepen the general understanding of social sciences through the keyword—poverty .
Japanese Quantitative Sociology This course teaches students how to understand and analyze society through quantitative methods used in sociology. In particular, students will learn how to design social surveys and conduct quantitative analysis on various sociological issues including social consciousness, stratification, family, and health. Reference will also be made to real-life examples and actual surveys from Japan and overseas. Specific topics will include hypothesis, measurement and scales, sampling, coding, descriptive statistics, elaboration, statistical tests, correlation, and regression.
Japanese Economic Analysis of Chinese Society Although China has become the world's second greatest economic power, more than 170 million people, or 13% of the Chinese population, have not benefited adequately from the country's economic advancement and are still living below the poverty line as defined by the World Bank (daily income of 1.25 US dollars). As well as stirring discontent among the economically vulnerable and threatening the political stability of society, the rapidly expanding wealth gap has a negative effect on domestic demand and the accumulation of human capital. The course will highlight China's poverty and inequality issues and explore their causes and serious effects, in depth and from multiple perspectives.
Japanese Area Studies Methods The course will explain why area studies, rather than being an independent discipline such as economics, international political science, or anthropology, is instead a research technique for the purpose of understanding 'the other'--other countries and societies--and at the same time an indispensable technique for acting in international society. The course will then go on to present the characteristics and significance of area studies in concrete form under three category headings: materials (imported foods), locations (the workplace and the living environment), and corporate activity. The practical aspects of overseas surveys, for instance how to take field notes, will also be introduced. Finally, mention will be made of the issues faced by area studies with the spread of globalization and the Internet information society.
Japanese Introduction to the African Economy The course will start by examining the influence on Africa's economy of its historical and geographical background. It will then progress to detailed study of the problems of Africa's economy. Specific themes will include the following: Africa's colonial and slavery systems and their impacts down to the present day; the characteristics of Africa's different regions; the post-independence history of politics, policy, and conflict; factors that have inhibited Africa's economic growth to date; cumulative debt and restructuring measures; recent economic growth and the influence of China; trade and relations with the rest of the world; agriculture and land ownership; poverty and inequality; human capital investment; the informal economy. Explanations will draw on economic theory and employ the results of simple regression analysis and other tools.
Japanese International Trade This is a course in international standard trade theory. Starting with an overview of the history of international trade and current trade structures, the course will then employ the basic theoretical frameworks of the Ricardo model and the Heckscher-Ohlin model to understand how trade has served society. We will then progress to an examination of new trade theory, multinational enterprises, and the international fragmentation of the production process. The course will also deal with strategic trade policies and economic geography.
Japanese Economic Growth After reviewing the basics of production functions , the course will adopt the classic Solow growth model of macroeconomics to study the basis of growth theory. Building on this, the course will examine the important growth factor of productivity, its measurement methods and determining factors, with reference to the standard literature in the field. While studying the determining factors in productivity, students will be equipped with the basic minimum knowledge of econometrics required to understand the results of empirical analysis. The course will introduce analytical techniques through presentation of analyses using actual data on the economy of different countries. It will also present methods of obtaining data required for problem analysis.
Japanese International Finance This is a foundation course in international finance. The aim of the course will be to provide the basic knowledge required for an understanding of the full range of issues relating to international finance. The goal for students taking the course will be to gain the ability to independently read newspaper articles and other media on international finance. The lessons will focus especially on the structures of international finance and systematic frameworks. The themes handled include foreign exchange rates, the foreign exchange market, the international balance of payments, and the international currency system. The course will take the form of lectures. Teaching will be based on the designated text books, but newspaper articles and data on related topics will also be presented where appropriate.
Japanese Economic Policy The course examines in concrete detail each of the policies pursued by the Japanese government. This will lead not only to an acquaintance with the content of economic policy, but should also encourage a deeper understanding of the Japanese economy and the global economy. The policies dealt with include those at the macroeconomic level, such as fiscal and monetary policy, microlevel policies such as deregulation, taxation systems, and policies related to the international economy, such as foreign exchange and trade policy.
Japanese Organizational Behavior The field of organizational behavior (OB) represents an approach to human issues in organizations from a micro-level perspective. Drawing from fields including organizational psychology and behavioral science, OB provides a foundation for the overall efficiency of the organization by clarifying how people in organization behave. The course will explain basic OB theories by concentrating on themes including (1) personality and value systems (2) individual and organization (organizational socialization) (3) team and organization, and (4) organizational culture and cross-cultural comparison. Concrete examples from a variety of organizations will be presented.
Japanese International Accounting The course teaches about financial accounting on the basis of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In addition to studying the actual financial reports of multinational corporations, the course will examine the current state of the IFRS in Europe, North America, Asia, and Japan, studying the differences between Japanese accounting standards and IFRS and how these differences arise from differences in ideas. Students will come to understand how these differences impact the structure of financial statements in the IFRS, the recognition and valuation of assets and liabilities, the recognition of revenue, the various conceptions of profit (net income, comprehensive income and other comprehensive income) and profit recognition and measurement. In this way, students will acquire a systematic knowledge of IFRS.
Japanese Marketing and Consumer Behavior Communication between consumers, information collection by consumers, and other developments progressing day by day on the Internet have come to exert a major impact on today's marketing, which global corporations now conduct based on a wide range of digital marketing research. Having taught the basics of modern consumer behavior, the course will seek to understand the consumer-to-consumer communication and contagion which are particularly active on the Internet. Students will then discuss from a wide range of perspectives how global enterprises and organizations have responded through digital marketing in light of this modern consumer behavior.
Japanese Game Theory In the most abstract sense, international society is the collection of complex human relationships.  In order to understand complex relationships, it is helpful to deconstruct them to minimal factors and then to analyze them in an objective way.  Game theory provides such a tool.  Through this course, students are expected to learn the basic concepts as well as the method of game theory by using examples.
English Law and Economics Since the early 1960s, 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 systematic economic analysis of core areas of private law: property, torts, and contracts. The course is aimed at a general audience of students. No economic background is needed to take the course.
English Sustainable Development The idea of sustainable development forms a staple part of most debates about environment and development. The pursuit of sustainable development is now stated as a principal policy goal of many of the major institutions of the world including the United Nations and the World Bank. As an introduction to sustainable development, this course focuses on tracing the origins of the idea and its varied meanings as well as on considering the contemporary global challenges of sustainable development. Through this course, students are also expected to get familiar gradually with an undergraduate-level social science textbook used in English-speaking countries.
English Sociology of Population This class provides an overview of sociology of population. Specifically, students will learn how to analyze society and social change through fertility, mortality, migration, and other related population processes. Special focus will be placed on family and fertility, health and mortality, and urbanization and international migration. We will also cover sociological perspectives on population, including life-course perspective, socialization, modernization, gender, and aging. Historical as well as international trends on population will be also considered.
English Modern Chinese Economy China is today a transitional economy; that is, it is an economy in transition from planned socialism to capitalism. The modern Chinese economy has many unique characteristics that differentiate it from other economic systems. What is the "socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics" advocated by the Chinese government? How does China successfully make the two traditionally opposite economic forms work well together? Can China's economic reforms and growth be repeated in other developing economies? How does the globalization of Chinese economy affect the world economy and Japan? 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.
English Emerging Asian Economy and Society Emerging Asian countries, including China and India, have become the most important driving forces for the world economy. As a result, many arguments have focused on the rapid growth of these countries, but they have hardly touched on increasing social problems. This lecture provides four different pictures of emerging Asian economies: Factory Asia (production networks, regional economic integration etc.), Consumer Asia, Aging Asia, and Exhausted Asia (economic inequalities, stress society). Students are requested to debate each issue in reference to the desirable new role of Japan in this area.
English Economic Development This course is an introductory course on the theories and empirical studies in development economics. The topics covered in the course are theories of economic development, poverty and inequality, population growth and development, urbanization and rural-urban migration, human capital, agriculture and rural development, development policy making, trade and development, financial and fiscal policies, and foreign finance, investment and aid. The course uses one of the popular textbooks on development economics written by scholars in English.
English International Economics The aim of this course is to understand an English textbook on the globalised world economy written by economist. Students are to read through the relevant part of the textbook before coming to each lecture with the minimum understanding of 60 percent of its contents. Lectures are to slowly explain the contents with emphasis on key words and concepts. The lecture contents are subject to be shortened depending on the level of understanding of students and time constraints.
English Productivity and Efficiency Analysis The aim of the course is to provide an overview of productivity and efficiency analysis using standard micro economic theory. In order to estimate the productivity and efficiency, students are required to study the micro economic theory on production function and consumption function. In addition, students are required to acquire the basic knowledge on econometrics, and to estimate TFP and efficiency by using actual data. More specifically, students are asked to estimate TFP by using the Japanese Industry Productivity database and statistical software such as Eviews. This course provides the basic analytical framework for understanding the difference of economic developments across countries.
English International Finance: Theory This course discusses undergraduate-level standard theory of international finance. The course objective is to equip students with a theoretical framework to analyze issues of international finance. Topics include theory of exchange rate determination, balance of payments, purchasing power parity, and the Mundell-Fleming model. Given the topics, this course uses a certain level of mathematics, which is explained in class if necessary. The class introduces not only theory but also related data and newspaper articles. Although the main part of the course is lectures, problem solving is also incorporated in tutorials, where students are expected to participate in discussions and present their work.
English Japanese Economy This course covers various topics on the Japanese economy. Lectures will be provided in Japanese, but English terminologies will be provided at the same time so that students are given opportunities to have better access to English materials. In this lecture various topics such as macroeconomic issues, international economic issues, energy and deregulation policies, that is both macro and micro subjects, will be discussed. The main purpose of this course is to provide introductory survey of the Japanese economy, but it also provides students opportunities to have access to economic analysis.
English Cross-Cultural Organizational Behavior In an age where organizations straddle and traverse national boundaries with considerable ease, future managers aspiring to work in the international arena need to familiarize themselves with the international dimensions of management disciplines such as organizational behavior. This course seeks to expose students to a broader, global perspective on organizational behavior and business management. The course is composed of three topics: (a) organizations and culture (communication and motivation), (b) global leadership, and (c) team diversity in a multicultural environment.
English Financial Accounting In this class, the major concepts of financial accounting are introduced based on a case study approach. After a general presentation of the four financial statements, specific measurement issues concerning assets and liabilities will be studied. In this class, we will study the particular features of financial statements based on case studies like Pepsico, Toyota, Kering, Huawei, Volkswagen, LVMH, Apple, Amazon, H&M, Roche, Rakuten, ArcelorMittal, Unilever etc. Cross-sectional analysis and time series will also be used to introduce basic techniques in financial statement analysis.
English Marketing Strategy In this course students will learn the overview of global marketing strategy and the theoretical backgrounds of each strategy. We will discuss market segmentation, product lifecycle and customer's profile theory, technology lifecycle, B-to-B marketing strategy, brand management, media management and marketing communication, and how to manage distribution channels. The goal of this course is to understand the theories and implementations of marketing.
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English Corporate Finance and Law The principles and concepts of corporate finance are essential to understanding modern international corporate transactions and structuring them in ways that achieve particular business objectives. This course examines legal, economic and policy aspects of corporate finance transactions. The course is based on a business school textbook and involves some manageable numerical analysis. It is therefore important that students enrolling in this course are comfortable working with numbers.
English Case Study Methods Although case studies are frequently used to analyze a variety of issues in real settings, they are not necessarily understood properly as a research approach. This course provides basic strategies of the research approach with students who plan to use case study methods for their graduation theses and/or who want to apply the methods to a wide range of academic and professional research activities after graduation. Students are expected to do brief exercises and read research papers adopting case study methods, which will help students understand key points of lectures more deeply. In the latter half of the course, students will have an opportunity to actually design and practice some of the learned case study methods in groups.
English International Migration This class aims to familiarize students with the history, theories, data, and policies regarding international migration. Using Castles et al. (2013), "The Age of Migration" and other sociological studies of international migration, Weeks 1 through 12 will focus on various issues in international migration. Topics will include theories of international migration, social, economic, political, and cultural integration of immigrants, transnational migration, and policy debates. In Weeks 13 and 14, students will present immigration policies of a country of their choosing and compare and contrast challenges of immigrant-receiving societies. Through this class, students will be able to understand why international migration occurs, how immigrants transform societies, and the reaction of host countries.
English China's Economic Sustainability and Social Issues China's fast economic growth has been slowing down under the influence of the global financial crisis and recession. The Chinese government took a series of stimulus measures to prevent a further slowdown of the economy. However, these measures are not able to solve the fundamental problems facing China. Besides the deep rooted structural problems, various environmental and social problems are casting serious doubts on the sustainability of Chinese economy. This course will provide detailed discussion on various economic and social issues, including structural economic issues, environmental and natural resource problems, inequality problems, social security issues and so forth. Students will be guided to explore these problems to develop a better understanding of China's economic sustainability.
English Politics and Economy in Southeast Asia Southeast Asia or ASEAN countries are one of the most important areas for contemporary Japan. Lectures provide five major characteristics shared by ASEAN countries: colonial regimes, Japan's occupation and political independence, developmental regime, democratization, and trial of welfare society. Furthermore, particular topics are selected in each country such as Thailand (monarchy and democracy, NAIC economy), Malaysia (multi-ethnicity state, the middle-income trap), and Indonesia (the curse of resources). The birth of the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC and the rise of new members of ASEAN (CLMV) are also discussed in lectures.
English Education and Economic Development in Africa This course provides an introductory survey of the links between education and economic development. Topics covered in the course are average years of schooling and investment in education, issues in adult literacy, the factors that influence access to primary and secondary education, higher education and its impacts on economic development, inequities in educational outcomes on the basis of income/gender/race/ethnicity, the impact of structural adjustment on education spending, demand for education and the returns to schooling, cost of education, issues in quality of education, decentralization and school choice. Case studies are used to explain the topics.
English Current Economic Issues in the Global Economy This course will discuss issues such as trade dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization;preferential trade agreements, which are currently hotly debated in Japan; and, the Euro problem. The lecturer also explains relatively recent topics in international trade, such as the heterogeneous firms trade model, and the supply chain and value-added.
English Globalization, Economic Growth and Income Distribution The aim of the class is to understand the impact of globalization on the economic growth and income distribution by using the standard economic analysis. Several aspects of the economic impacts of globalization will be analyzed and discussed in the class. Major themes covered in the class are international productivity comparison, international technology spillover and catching-up mechanism, international competition and resource allocation, the effects of ODA on economic development and the impact of globalization on the domestic labor market. The subject matter of each day will be lectured in the first 50 minutes, then the students will be asked to discuss this and related issues. The necessary material and data for the discussion is provided in the previous lecture.
English International Finance: Policy This course discusses policy and topics in international finance, using the theory studied in "International Finance: Theory". This course aims to enable students to analyze real-world issues of international finance through a theoretical framework. Topics include international monetary policy cooperation, exchange rate regimes, optimum currency areas, and currency crises. This course consists of lectures based on the textbook and discussions on related articles written in English. As for discussions, students are required to read the assigned material in advance and actively participate.
English International Business This course will provide lectures on the behavior of Japanese companies in the global economy and have some class discussions on case studies of Japanese companies. Knowledge of corporate behavior in the global economy will provide a better understanding of the global economy itself. Various topics will be discussed in this course such as foreign direct investments, case studies of individual companies, economic institutions such as economic partnership agreements and taxation system relating overseas corporate activities, exchange rate fluctuation and corporate response, and so on. In this course, various case study materials will be used for class discussion method.
English International Human Resource Management As companies and organizations become increasingly international, issues of national culture can often stand in the way of a seamless progression of HRM across national boundaries. From a cultural perspective, the course explores how cultural differences impact on patterns of HRM practices in different countries. Also, the course investigates how multinational organizations are managing their way through this complexity, making strategic choices in international HRM. The course is composed of three topics; (a) national culture theories, (b) comparative HRM theories and practices, and (c) global employee relations theory and practices (talent management).
English Cost Accounting This course provides an overview of cost accounting techniques and theories. Starting with the purpose of cost accounting, it focuses on what kind of information is necessary for management planning and control. Then, after introducing the difference between fixed and variable costs, the course goes on with breakeven analysis based on concrete examples. Quantitative techniques used in stock assessment, standard costing, the allocation of indirect costs, and activity-based costing will also be introduced. Last, the role of budgeting in management planning, including Japanese-style target costing and kaizen costing will be introduced.
English Marketing Strategy and Consumer Research in International Markets To develop and execute strategies based on the traits of each market is essential in current international marketing. In this course, we learn the methods of current global marketing and the basis of strategy planning based on research data of each market. We also study the basis of consumer research in order to understand characteristics of consumers in each market, research design and data collection, various biases in multi-country research, predicting sales of global market, comparing consumer behavior between markets, and how to execute marketing according to the traits of each market.
English Asian Business Law Goods and services are traded across borders, and people move between borders. Laws are stipulated by nations, and multi-lateral and bilateral treaties exist between multiple countries, mixed like spaghetti in a bowl. Each country faces and has to prioritize different tasks and issues. Different levels of economic development exist in different countries, and specific values, including religious values, are embedded into the rules and regulations of different societies. In the Asia region, each country has a different background in terms of history, social and economic institutions, religion, and level of economic development, while at the same time becoming more integrated from the perspective of economic activity. Economic activities of enterprises are rarely conducted purely inside only one country, they are often exposed to cross-border elements. With such a background, we would like to talk about legislation policies of different countries, and legal strategies used by enterprises to survive and navigate in a more and more integrated world.
English International Comparison of Law and Society We are accustomed to seeing structures of government organizations being classified into three powers --- legislative, administrative or executive, and judicial --- and allocated into three separate branches, each monitoring and checking the other two so that the others may not become absolute and each coordinating with the others so that all powers are balanced. Yet, this separation and check-and-balance theory only emerged in modern times. Historically, lawmakers may have governed the process but did not dominate the meaning of law. There are various factors which influenced the evolution of laws and legal systems, among which education of jurists, formation of legal professionals, and circulation of legal ideas and models are essential. Our analysis will be based upon case studies of different laws and legal systems. The course will be co-taught by two instructors.
English International Trade Law This course provides an overview of laws and rules that govern international trade, recently often referred to as transnational commercial law, from the perspective of businesspersons. In particular, we will discuss some topics regarding laws on international sale of goods, carriage of goods by sea as well as air, international payment and settlement, distribution agreements, and resolution of conflicts through international litigation and arbitration. Since these instruments are written in English, the class will be conducted in English. However, for Japanese students, books and articles written in Japanese will also be mentioned in the class.
English Game Theory and Negotiation Negotiating well is one of the most important skills that we need in international society. This lecture studies the rational aspect of negotiation by applying game theory. Through this lecture, the students are expected to learn how to view negotiation in an objective perspective and to approach it in a prepared manner. For each topic, the students are asked to conduct mock negotiation, through which they experience the principle of negotiation at first hand.
Japanese Advanced Seminar Ⅰ Students will acquire the practical knowledge needed to write essays in the field of social science and will prepare a simple report at the end of the course. Based on a set theme for each exercise, students will research an actual problem and derive a solution to its issues. In their analysis, applying the techniques of social science, students will employ an approach suitable to the specialist nature of the specific exercise. By applying to real situations their knowledge of the theories and systems so far studied, students will aim to acquire the ability to interpret and elucidate complex realities.
Japanese Advanced Seminar  Ⅱ Having acquired the practical knowledge needed to write essays in the field of social science, students will compose a report at an advanced level. They will make a presentation of the prepared report, and the content of the report and the style of presentation will be discussed by the group and the comments used as feedback to cultivate presentational abilities and learn methods of composing advanced report content.
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400
Japanese Graduation Thesis Students will write a graduation thesis based on their studies in the faculty. The graduation thesis consists of either at least 3,000 words of English or at least 15,000 characters in Japanese, accompanied in either case by an abstract written in English. Students will also prepare presentation materials in English. Outstanding essays and presentations are nominated by the supervising faculty member, and the best essay and presentation from the whole faculty is selected for an award. In the essay, students are required to test a hypothesis using data and materials based on social science techniques and to propose solutions to the issues raised.
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Japanese Introduction to Information Processing 1 Contemporary society has developed a complex range of uses for the computer, and mastery of computer techniques is an essential skill for people today. For instance, it has become usual practice for reports to be written on a word processor, and the Internet is now commonly used to access job-search information, to order documents, and to carry out other everyday procedures. The course objective is to learn how to use the computer effectively in place of physical writing materials. Aimed as an introduction to information processing, it should be taken at the earliest stage possible as it teaches skills necessary in everyday student life. In addition, the course will teach how to use the Internet, with its worldwide links, how to avoid potential problems arising from its use, and the ethics of information. As a result, students will learn to use the word processor as a practical writing tool and acquire a minimum level of proficiency in using spreadsheet software.