Teaching

  • Present Courses Taught
    • Modern Economics A (Microeconomics)
           This course provides 1st-year students of the School of Business Administration with the basic knowledge of microeconomics that is necessary to understand the theory and practice of business administration. Microeconomics analyzes how the price mechanism leads the individual behavior of households and firms (referring to market prices) to the equilibrium of demand and supply in the market and to the efficient allocation of scarce resources as well as assesses the resultant welfare. On this course, we especially study the following factors that have close relations with business management: consumers’ utility, firms’ profits and cost structures, and competition in the market. Market failure is also explained.
       
    • Modern Economics B (Macroeconomics)
           This course provides 1st-year students of the School of Business Administration with the basic knowledge of macroeconomics that is necessary to understand the theory and practice of business administration. Macroeconomics analyzes the economic situation of a whole country, based on the relationship between economic variables such as production, income, consumption, government expenditure, investment, exports and imports, money stock, interest rates, price levels, and unemployment. On this course, we especially study the following factors that have close relations with business management: the circular flow of the economy, Say’s law and the principle of effective demand, and fiscal and monetary policy by the government. The limitations of economic policies are also explained.
       
    • Business Economics A *from 2018
           This course provides students of the School of Business Administration who will engage in for-profit or non-profit management practices with knowledge of economics that will serve for understanding actual economic trends and managerial decision making. A is a “micro part” that aims to apply knowledge of microeconomics to understanding the actual market structure and behavior of economic agents. In classes, we confirm the theoretical framework to grasp the overall picture of the market, and then visualize and study the market structure and behaviors of consumers and corporations using various graphs.
       
    • Business Economics B *from 2018
           This course provides students of the School of Business Administration who will engage in for-profit or non-profit management practices with knowledge of economics that will serve for understanding actual economic trends and managerial decision making. B is a “macro part” that aims to apply knowledge of macroeconomics to understanding the actual trends of Japanese economy. In classes, we confirm the theoretical framework to grasp the overall picture of the macroeconomy, and then visualize and study the aspects of Japanese economy using various indicators.
       
    • Fundamental Specialized Seminar A (Theme: Microeconomics) *from 2017
           Microeconomics as a discipline starts with consumers and producers who refer to market prices and then studies the mechanism by which demand and supply attain equilibrium and scarce resources are allocated efficiently. The discipline is thought to be an essential body of knowledge in the fields of economics and business; it is, in fact, a global standard. In this seminar, to acquire basic knowledge that can be applied to societies globally, we study microeconomics using the literature written in English.
       
    • Seminar I, IIA, IIB, IIIA, IIIB (Theme: Economics of Markets and Organizations)
           This seminar chooses the “Economics of Markets and Organization” as its topic and provides students of the School of Business Administration with a place to study and discuss economics together. Students systematically study the approach of new institutional economics, which has a close relation with business administration as a discipline, while they can choose their own topic for their individual study and graduation thesis that relates to economic theories, thoughts, or affairs. In this seminar, which spans two and a half years from the autumn semester in the second year to graduation, students are taught to develop their abilities to think and express ideas and to find and solve problems by themselves.

  • Past Courses Taught
    • Japanese Economy *until 2017
           To engage in the management of a for-profit or non-profit organization, it is essential to grasp the macroeconomic situation in Japan, thereby ensuring an enlarged scope of vision and broadened prospects for the future. Particularly in this age of globalization and digitalized information, the Japanese economy is embedded in a global transaction network. Even domestic-oriented organizations are not independent of influences from other countries. Therefore, as information about the Japanese economy increases both within and outside the nation, managers and entrepreneurs must learn to collect and analyze such information. Through the presentation of various economic indicators and visual charts, this course provides basic knowledge of macroeconomics in English and explains the specific structures and situations of the Japanese economy compared with other economies, while considering the varieties and diversity that exist among economies.
       
    • Liberal Arts Seminar A (Theme: Introduction to Economic Thought) *until 2017
           How people live in an economy and how they narrate the economy is inseparably related. However, modern economics is driven to refinement, aiming to make it an objective science, divorcing it from the fundamental problems with value judgment. Although anyone who lives in modern society faces inevitable questions, such as “is it a good thing to pursue your own greed for profits in economic activities?” Modern economics does not provide resolute answers for these questions, except when the discipline explains these phenomena in terms of the efficiency of market mechanisms. If indeed these questions concern the domain of economics, how do we decipher the controversies between previous economists? How do we face up to the economy? In this seminar, we are going to read texts on the history of economic thought, touching on the thoughts of all ages from all countries, and we will strive to envision where the economy could take the human species.
       
    • Liberal Arts Seminar A (Theme: Introduction to Economics) *until 2016
           Every one of us who lives in a modern society is more or less a part of the economy, engaging in his/her economic activities. Although the whole economy is too large for an individual, while working forces are invisible, we cannot neglect the existence of the whole economy. For those who engage in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, expanding their horizons into the economic society is an essential quality. In this seminar, using an introductory textbook without graphs and equations, students study the basic economic terms and ideas and begin to understand the mechanism of the whole economy.
       
    • Liberal Arts Seminar A (Theme: Morality of the Market) *until 2014
           Is it a good thing to pursue profits in the market? Does the market bring freedom and equality or encourage immorality? In a modern society based on a market economy, everyone faces these unavoidable questions, especially managers in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Then, why do we not yet have a definitive answer to this question, even though past and present economists and political philosophers have expressed various opinions on it? In this seminar, using an English textbook on this topic, students study the thoughts of leading modern economists such as Friedman, Buchanan, and Hayek and examine the morality of self-interest and of the market.

*This webpage only shows the course outlines, not the official syllabi. Prospective students of the courses should also refer to the official syllabi.