SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentProgram(p.h.d level) Program(master level)
Course NameEducation and Sustainable Development Goals in East-Asia
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule


Session 1: Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Session 2-3: Understanding Education & SDGs

Session 4: Reimagining future of education: Communication with high school students in Japan

Session 5: Education and SDGs in East Asia

Session 6: Group discussion and presentation

Session 7: Workshop at JICA Tohoku Center

Session 8: Group discussion and presentation

Session 9: Group work

Session 10-11: Education in Japan (Field work in Higashimatsushima City)

Session 12-13: Education in Japan (Field work in Higashimatsushima City)

Session 14: Group work


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Participants are supposed to take part in the class through, lectures, group work, field visit (online), and presentations.

• Please read the references below in advance.

• Please consider progress and challenges relevant to education and sustainable development goals in your country and East Asia before the class. These information and knowledge will be used for presentation(s) in the class.

• Please bring your laptop to the class for both individual and group work.

Active participation (50%); Group works (30%); One A4 page reflection report (20%)

Textbook & Reference

Please read the following references before your departure. PDF files of Reference 1-4 will be provided to participants by the mid of June, 2022. Please download Reference 5-7 from the links below.

1. Wulff, A. (Ed.). (2020). Grading Goal Four: Tensions, Threats, and Opportunities in the Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education. Leiden: Brill Sense.

2. Tokunaga, T. (2018). Breaking in or dropping out? Filippina immigrant girls envisioning alternative lives in a globalized world. In R. Tsuneyoshi (Ed.), Globalization and Japanese "Exceptionalism" in Education: Insiders' Views into A Changing System (pp. 95-111). Abingdon: Routledge.

3. Tsuneyoshi, R. (2018). "Exceptionalism" in Japanese education and its implications. In R. Tsuneyoshi (Ed.), Globalization and Japanese "Exceptionalism" in Education: Insiders' Views into A Changing System (pp. 19-42). Abingdon: Routledge.

4. JICA (2004). The History of Japan’s Educational Development. Tokyo: Institute of International Cooperation, JICA

5. United Nations (2015) Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. New York: United Nations. (

6. UNESCO (2021) Global Education Monitoring Report: Inclusion and education: All Means All. Paris: UNESCO. (

7. UNESCO. (2021). Reimagining Our Futures Together: A new social contract for education. Paris: UNESCO.


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