Here are courses I have taught in the past.

Social Stratification (SOC305, 2013)

Of all the changing fields of sociology, studies of social stratification most obviously continue to have clear relevance to everyone. Inequality and social stratification affect all areas of life, from health, education and political influence, through to the creation of and access to different types of culture (including ‘popular culture’). This course will introduce the main classical and modern theories of social stratification. We will explore the causes and consequences of inequality, focusing specifically on class, race and ethnicity, and gender. The course will examine case-studies, some produced by students themselves, which will help us to understand the powerful structures and effects of social stratification in the U.S., Japan and other countries.

Taught at Sophia University


Contemporary Sociological Theory (SOC406, 2009)

This course examines contemporary sociological theory as it emerged in the 20th century and developed to the present day. Major thinkers will be introduced and students will develop an understanding of how to relate theory to contemporary social experience via readings, lectures and exercises. Cutting-edge developments in social theory are also examined such as those dealing with gender, science and technology, ecology and the non-human.

Taught at Sophia University


Development and Community (SOC402, 2009)

This course offers an overview of the emergence of ‘development’ as a discourse and practice. It places this within the context of globalization and examines the relevance of development approaches in the contemporary world. Using a case- study approach along with theoretical texts we will explore the failings and successes of intervention, focusing on the importance of sociological and cultural perspectives. We will learn how community in its various forms is central to understanding how and why implementations of different development approaches differ in outcome.

The course emphasizes both theory and empirical research. In addition to understanding the given theoretical texts, the principle goal is for students to engage sociologically with the realities of contemporary development through their own study. The aim is to understand the sociology of development in a critical, but realistic and practical manner.

Taught at Sophia University


Development and Social Change (AG5050, 2009)

This graduate seminar explores the emergence of ‘development’ as a powerful discourse and practice. We begin by exploring commonly used theories of development and social change including modernization theory, world-system theory and dependency theory. Following this, newer approaches are examined, influenced by recent developments in sociological theory and evaluations of development interventions. Through readings of case studies and student-led research, we will learn to understand the place of development in the substantive areas of health, gender, the environment and new areas of global risk.

Taught at Sophia University


Drama Communication (2011, 2012)

Taught with Naoki Takei and Kayoko Nohara


This is a workshop for students who want to improve their presentation skills, build confidence, and learn how to effectively communicate their research to a wide variety of target audiences. There is no restriction on school or year for students.

In the workshop, we will look at how influences from the world of theatre and theatrical performance can be used to improve successful communication. We will investigate what it is that makes a presentation effective, engaging, and essential, working towards a small performance piece where we can be put into practice what we have learnt.

Because a story is one of the most important tools for us to understand the world, things, people and events around us, it can also be a tool to make the audience understand our idea. A story is something like the music of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Once it starts and attracts you, you can not help running after him. In this workshop, you will be given the framework of the story to express something related to science and society. You create the scripts etc. in English, Japanese, Chinese… and based on the framework of the story, you perform the drama.

Taught at Tokyo Tech


Past Courses