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Course Detail

Standard Academic Year
Course delivery methods
Biological sciences, Physical sciences, Social studies
School of Integrative and Global Majors
Bachelor's Program in Global Issues
Tsukuba Campus
9G401 9G401
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
October - November
October - December
Weekday and Period
Thu3,4 Mon1,2
Course Number

General Introduction to Global Issues University of Tsukuba

Course Overview

Students look at global issues from various perspectives through this course. First, we discuss what global issues are and share a basic perspective. It then considers specific issues based on sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Learning Achievement

The academic goals of this course are as follows.
-To be able to link between the problems one can encounter locally and personally with problems other people can encounter in another place in the world.
-To get aware about issues that happen globally on the planet, and understand how everything is linked.


This coursework links up with the academic goal of the BPGI in general.
- [General competences]
Transferable knowledge for working on the Global Issues
- [Specific competences]
Basic and expert knowledge for working on the Global Issues
Imagination, creativity, and application for future plans
Communication with other fields and presentation skills
Analysis and Management for addressing the issues

Course prerequisites

Grading Philosophy

This course is evaluated by the mixture of both human and environment part. The evaluation in each issue is converted into 100 points and the final evaluation is made on the average of the two scores.

[Human part]
1. Report for every lecture 70%
Look at assignment page of manaba
2. Final presentation 30%
10-15 minutes presentation with slides
”What is the most important global issue for you, and how can you solve it?”

[Environment part]
- Final presentation 100%.
Clear investigation of environmental challenges 30%
Outline its socio-environmental impacts 30%
Potential solutions 30%
Appropriate response to questions and comments: 10%
- The attendance rate less than 7/10 will be D.

Course schedule

[Human] Monday 1st and 2nd periods (Morio T., Akiyama, H, Sandoval F., Aoki, S., Professors for the BPGI)
I. Invitation to Global Issues
1-2 (3 Oct.). What are Global Issues? Human and Environmental Perspectives (Akiyama)

II. Human and Global Issues
3-4 (10 Oct.). SDGs and Human (Akiyama)
5-6 (17 Oct.). Human as Identity (Aoki)
7-8 (24 Oct.). Nation-state system and the United Nations (Akiyama)
9-10 (31 Oct). Health (Sandoval)
11-12 (14 Nov.). Global Issues and Africa (Morio)
13-14 (21 Nov.). Education and International Cooperation (Morio)
15-16 (5 Dec.). (Critical Perspectives of) Human Rights, Happiness and Well-being (Akiyama)

17-18 (12 Dec.). Design the future through Sci-Fi story making (Morio)
19-20 (19 Dec.). Student Presentations and Concluding discussion (Akiyama)
[Environment] Thursday 3rd and 4th Period in Fall A (Nomura N., Eom S., Dr. Kumar, Dr. Singh)
1-2 (6 Oct.) Rapid global changes and its impacts on natural resources/Water Resource Management
3-4 (13 Oct.) Integrated Waste Management, Environment, and SDGs/Material flow and Recycling of resources
5-6 (20 Oct.) Sustainable Cities and Communities: Pollution/Natural disaster (Policy and governance)
7-8 (27 Oct.)Open waste burning and its impact/Development of City Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan
9-10 (8 Nov.) Student presentations

Course type


Online Course Requirement


Morio Takahiro,AKIYAMA Hajime,Nomura Nakao,Sandoval Felipe,EOM SUNYONG

Other information

Be proactive to have basic and solid knowledge, without being lost on the Internet.
Be eager to build an original perspective.
Be interactive during classes, and do not be afraid to make mistakes.

Site for Inquiry

Link to the syllabus provided by the university