English for Policy and Planning Sciences

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News about this course, including homework assignments, will be posted here. If an assignment is posted on this website, you are responsible for completing the assignment on time. More examples of the kind of thing posted to the website appear below in the Old News section.

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  1. Click the "Log in" (or "ロギン") link in the upper right corner of the page.

    Your user name (利用者名) is the user part of your email at s.tsukuba.ac.jp. For example, if your email address is s1799999@s.tsukuba.ac.jp, your user name is "S1799999". (I think the "S" can be upper or lower case; if one doesn't work, try the other. In the database it's uppercase.)

    Your initial password is your 9-digit student ID (in the example above, it would be "201799999").

    I think I got all the passwords right, but since I had to type by hand there may be some mistakes. If after several tries it doesn't work, you can try the "Forgot password" (パスワードをお忘れですか?) link (which will probably work immediately), or email me (which takes longer).

  2. First, change your password. After one week, I will change passwords of any accounts with the initial password to something random. If that happens to you, use the "Forgot password" link.

    First click on the Preferences (個人設定) link in the upper right (usually after your user link and talk page link). Then click on the Change password (パスワードを変更) link in the middle of the settings page. You need to log in again, then you get the usual "new password" + "confirm password" screen.

  3. Now, you can do your work.

    First, create your personal home page. Click on your username link at the top of your page. This will take you to an edit page where you can create the page. Make links for your English page on the Wikipedia, and for the Japanese page if it already exists. You can use the button with the image of the Earth to create these external links.

    Also make a link for your translation, using the toolbar button labeled "Ab" to make an internal link. It doesn't matter that the page doesn't exist yet. When you click on that link in View (閲覧) mode, the page will automatically be created and you will get an edit screen for it.

    You should ignore the users' Talk (トーク) pages and individual pages' Discussion (議論) pages for now.

  4. Try hard not to edit others' pages. If you do that, or make any other mistakes, don't panic. Mediawiki keeps a revision history, and it is possible to revert to earlier revisions of the page.

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Course Outline and Goals

This course is a more or less random walk through topics of social and economic science that I find interesting at a level appropriate to this course, taught mostly in English.

Grading and Assignments

I do not think it is appropriate to set a written examination for this course. Instead, grades are based on a project and homework assignments, and possibly a final interview depending on class size. The project description is linked below. Homework (50%) and final project (50%) are about equally weighted. Attendance will be taken occasionally at random times, but does not count heavily in final grades.

Additional homework will be assigned for students taking FH61041 concurrently.

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