SCOPE (Sustainability Co-Creation Programme)

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POL200HA(政治学 / Politics 200)
Global Society 1

Kohtaro ITO

Class code etc
Faculty/Graduate school SCOPE (Sustainability Co-Creation Programme)
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code C3605
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 火3/Tue.3
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市BT‐0806
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Category 展開科目/Disciplinary & Elective Courses
環境総合科目/Environment & Society

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Outline and objectives

This course examines "peace," which is one of the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" listed in the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" adopted at the United Nations Summit in 2015. The SDGs are the goal of realizing a sustainable and better society where no one is left behind, and in order to achieve that goal, the realization of "human security" is required.
Understand the concepts of “peace and security” and learn about the "threats" that impede them.
The feature of this lecture is how to maintain peace based on the "fictitious scenario" of peace by utilizing the active learning method and actually becoming a political leader or policymaker. Incorporate a policy simulation that discusses and presents the best method with other students on whether to foster it.
In addition, we will deepen our understanding of the work of achieving peace and conduct off-campus training to interview practitioners engaged in peacebuilding.


(1) What is "peace"? Organize what kind of state is called ‘peace’.
(2) Understand the concept of “security” and learn examples of what threatens ‘peace’.
(3) Learn the problems that must be overcome in creating peace through policy simulation.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Among diploma policies, "DP2" is related

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

This course consist of lectures, discussions, group research, presentations, policy simulation, and various activities including final essay.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face


Week 1[対面/face to face]:Introduction

Overview of this lecture

Week 2[対面/face to face]:What is ‘Peace’?

About the concept of peace

Week 3[対面/face to face]:What is ‘Security’?

Organize the concept of the difference between human security and national security.

Week 4[対面/face to face]:International Relations Theory (1) Realism and Liberalism

Introduce the theory as a tool for understanding international relations.

Week 5[対面/face to face]:International Relations Theory (2) Neorealism and Neoliberalism

Introduce the theory as a tool for understanding international relations.

Week 6[対面/face to face]:Globalization

What is the impact of globalization on international affairs?

Week 7[対面/face to face]:Terrorism and Religion

Understand terrorism, which has become a global threat after the collapse of the Cold War, including its relationship with religion.

Week 8[対面/face to face]:Nuclear and International Relations

Think about the impact of nuclear weapons on international affairs and will deal with the issue of nuclear proliferation.

Week 9[対面/face to face]:United Nations and the international community

Think about the role and significance of the United Nations in building peace.

Week 10[対面/face to face]:What is ‘Peacebuilding’? (Fieldwork)

Interview with practitioners who are actually doing the work of “creating peace”.

Week 11[対面/face to face]:Discussion

In order to organize the knowledge gained through the lectures and fieldwork so far, the instructor will give various issues and the students will discuss with each other.

Week 12[対面/face to face]:Experience “what peace is”. (Policy Simulation 1)

Experience what it takes to maintain or build peace based on fictitious scenarios.

Week 13[対面/face to face]:Experience “what peace is”. (Policy Simulation 2)

Make final policy decisions and evaluate the results together.

Week 14[対面/face to face]:Summary / Overall Feedback

Reflections and final remarks

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

(1) Pick up news related to each lecture theme by the next lecture, and summarize where the problem is and (2) possible solutions.
(2) Reviewing is also important. Summarize the points learned in the lecture and review the advice from the lecturer.
Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


Materials will be distributed in this lecture.
Use news search on the Internet for your pre-learning.


References will be introduced in this lecture.

Grading criteria

Participation (30%), Presentation and Discussion (30%), Final report (40%)

Changes following student comments


Equipment student needs to prepare

No equipment is needed in this class.


Please note that if the number of students attending the first class significantly exceeds expectations, in order for the instructor to effectively manage the class, the number of students who are allowed to register for the course may be limited.

I have working experiences in the Executive and the Legislative bodies of Japan to deal with international relations, especially national security affairs. I will introduce actual examples from a practical point of view.