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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Law Law Evening Course
Lecture Code F0040970 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 進化政治学
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Evolutionary Political Science
Instructor ITO RYUTA
イトウ リュウタ
Campus Higashi-Senda Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  First Semester
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1st) Tues13:*Higashi-Senda Lecture Rm S208, (1st) Tues14
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Political Science
Eligible Students All
Keywords Political science, international relations, diplomatic history, political psychology,
evolutionary theory, security studies
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within Educational
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Class Objectives
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In this class, we aim to master the cutting-edge field of evolutionary political science, which is now emerging in political science. Issues such as what is the human mind and why do wars occur will be discussed in detail. The goal of the class is to be able to explain political phenomena from the perspective of evolutionary political science. 
Class Schedule 1. Guidance
2. Naturalistic fallacy
3. Principles of evolutionary political science
4. What is the human mind?
5. Why do humans initiate war?
6 Criticism of evolutionary political science
7. In-group and out-group
8. Why are leaders overconfident?
9. What is emotion?
10. Why do Suicide terrorism occur?
11. Is the world becoming more peaceful?
12. What is morality?
13. Case study: Russo-Ukrainian War (2022)
14. Case study: World War II
15. Summary

In-class quizzes to check understanding

Although I will introduce various theories in class, I would like to add that these are only academic findings and have nothing to do with the values and norms of social life. 
Text: 伊藤隆太『進化政治学と平和――科学と理性に基づいた繁栄』(芙蓉書房出版、2022年)。 
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Read the textbook thoroughly before and after class. 
Grading Method In-class quiz (100%) 
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Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Questions (about classes, career paths, etc.) are always welcome. If you have any questions, whether in class or out of class, please ask immediately. I also gladly accept questions via e-mail at any time. Let's do our best together. 
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