Search Google Appliance


New Summer Course - Political Science 410/510: Trans-Pacific Leadership
Author: PSU and Waseda University
Posted: May 17, 2013

Trans-Pacific Leadership is a new course offering made possible through a partnership between Portland State University and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). Trans-Pacific Leadership provides PSU students with the opportunity to study alongside Waseda students at PSU to collaboratively explore aspects of leadership that are necessary to develop and support the concept of “civil society.” The course is based on the thinking and life of Eiichi 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 relevance of Shibusawa’s ideas is considered via lectures by Asian and American leaders and educators, as well as by field work at Portland-area organizations. In addition to general concepts, leadership is explored through three focus areas: community-supported agriculture, women's leadership roles, and disaster recovery efforts (added in response to the 2011 Tohoku tsunami). Students will learn about ethical/authentic leadership, partnership development, community engagement, and other concepts related to civic leadership and civil society.

Contact Program Coordinator Kyle Bray at or visit for more information.