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Political Science 410/510: Trans-Pacific Leadership Study Abroad Info Session
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:00pm to Friday, April 6, 2012 - 1:30pm


Political Science 410/510: Trans-Pacific Leadership Study Abroad Info Session
Friday, April 6, 2012
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., SMSU 298

Trans-Pacific Leadership is a new course offering made possible through a partnership between Portland State University (PSU) and Waseda University (WU), with support from the Waseda-Oregon program. Funding for Trans-Pacific Leadership is provided by the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation. Trans-Pacific Leadership provides PSU and WU students with the opportunity to collaboratively explore aspects of leadership that are necessary to develop and support the concept of “civil society”.

Course Description: This course will be based on the life and philosophy of Eichii Shibusawa, a major force behind Japan’s early modernization, who emphasized the importance of ethical conduct in business and civil society’s place in good governance. The many dimensions of international leadership will be examined, with emphasis this year on post-WWII relations between Japan and the U.S., and the disaster recovery efforts since the March 3, 2011 catastrophe in Japan.

Course structure: Trans-Pacific Leadership is a partnership course with Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. Students will participate in three weeks of classes at PSU, and will travel to Tokyo for an intensive, 10-day class session, including field work, at Waseda. The relevance of Shibusawa’s ideas will be considered via lectures by Asian and U.S. leaders and visits to Portland-area and Tokyo-area organizations. Teamwork will be emphasized.  The course is worth 4 credits.

Students interested in Trans-Pacific Leadership can attend this information session to meet program faculty and have questions answered.

Contact: Kyle Bray, Program Coordinator,

***A cooperative project between the Institute for Asian Studies and Waseda University. Sponsored by the Shibusawa Foundation***