Humanities and Social Science Courses

Key Courses where students are encouraged to learn from each other fall under this category. Other courses that are taught using novel techniques are in the areas of humanities (philosophy, literature, cultural anthropology, art, etc.), social sciences (jurisprudence, political science, sociology, psychology, etc.), and interdisciplinary humanities and sciences (science and technology studies, statistics, decision theory, etc).

Humanities and Social Science Courses

Featured Courses

  • Modern Society Theory B

    Modern Society Theory BUndergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Through this course, students acquire knowledge that is essential to our lives in modern times such as the Constitution of Japan, Japan-US relations, Chinese contemporary history, and furthermore gain the opportunity to think deeply about these topics.

    Professor Akira Ikegami

    Undergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Message from the teaching staff

    The course provides the necessary materials and pointers to aid students' interpretation and understanding of the various events that are reported daily by the media.
    What can be gained from this course is down to the individual student.

  • Art B

    Art BUndergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Students study representative works of art of the 20th century from cubism to pop art and it is the students themselves who take center stage in this course to view and appreciate these artworks.
    Each person looks at an artwork from their own perspective and by hearing the unexpected viewpoints of others and learning the background of a piece of art, students are sure to realize the depth and joys of appreciating art.

    Associate Professor Asa Ito

    Undergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Message from the teaching staff

    Art is similar to science and technology — it is about making something.
    However, the two disciplines sometimes express completely opposite values. By being exposed to art, not only do students become culturally knowledgeable, but it should allow them to break free from constrained ways of thinking, thus allowing them to interact with others with a more open-minded attitude.

  • Science and Technology Ethics B

    Science and Technology Ethics BUndergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Studying the diverse ways in which science and technology is related to society and the environment.

    Additionally, situations where scientists and engineers are likely to face ethical issues are simulated to teach students ethical decision-making techniques.

    This course does not simply teach preventive ethics concerned with 'what should not be done', but also places great emphasis on aspirational ethics that considers 'what can be done' as scientists and engineers.

    Professor Jun Fudano

    Undergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Message from the teaching staff

    Ethics should never have to be rigidly formal.
    This course is intended to engage students with the following question: "to what purpose do we use the science and technology that we study?
    Furthermore, using the latest scientific findings on psychology and neuroscience, the course examines how acting ethically as scientists and engineers is not only beneficial to the welfare of society but can elevate one's own well-being.

  • Decision-Making Theories A

    Decision-Making Theories AUndergraduate Degree Program (100-Level)

    Students consider various solutions to decision-making problems. Their advantages and disadvantages and what they imply are scrutinized through discussions, group work, lectures, and exercises. The purpose is to understand and master the basic concepts and fundamental perceptions of decision -making theories, and to raise interest in the topic.

    Professor Takehiro Inohara

    Undergraduate Degree Program (100-Level)

    Message from the teaching staff

    Various decision-making problems such as elections, distribution of resources and expenses, site selections for public facilities, management of both individual rationality and overall efficiency, and donations are scrutinized in a quiz style, and students consider methods for presenting and analyzing problems interactively. My hope is that students acquire a way of thinking that integrates arts and science from this course.

  • Introduction to Opera

    Introduction to OperaUndergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Two or three carefully selected operas are introduced, and multiple aspects of the works along with the attractions of composite arts are considered from various angles including: (1) analysis of the script and score, (2) cultural, historical, and thought backgrounds, (3) history of the opera and the connection between history and the opera (changes in style, and the impact of transition from aristocracy to civil society), and (4) comparison of stagings (how the same work can be seen in an entirely different light).

    Professor Taro Yamazaki

    Undergraduate Degree Program (200-Level)

    Message from the teaching staff

    Composite art opera, which expresses people's emotions related to love and death and social situations on a stage by integrating music, words, and visual elements, is the essence of European history and culture, and is a mirror that reflects our modern society. Students can fully enjoy its charm by actively viewing, listening, and thinking about it.

The complete listing of Humanities and Social Science Courses is available at TOKYO TECH OCW 100-300-levelwindow, 400-600-levelwindow.

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