Moral Science Course Syllabus

The “Moral Science” course is built on the foundation of “Moralogy,” the philosophy which Reitaku University founder Chikuro Hiroike sought to establish. Based on the founding philosophy of ” the unity of knowledge and virtue,” the course aims to develop effective post-graduation use of the international and specialized knowledge acquired at the University. Teaching staff in charge of “Moral Science” share this objective while employing unique approaches in line with their specialized fields to offer various courses.
Here is one example:

4201 Moral Science A
d Class, 2 units in the first semester of the first year
Nobumichi Iwasa

[Theme]Human life examined from the perspective of Moralogy


People live in a complicated network of co-dependence and reciprocality. This subject examines moral science as the academic means of considering these ways of life, while referring to the theories of Moralogy advocated by the founder Chikuro Hiroike. The focus is placed on finding lifestyles that can enrich and expand these myriad associations. (Objective shared by 2nd semester course “Moral Science B”)

[Class content]

Following introductory lessons in the first 5 to 6 classes, the class uses various materials to examine what it means for humans to live. As one of the many lifeforms that exist on the Earth, humans are supported by numerous elements (the self, others, society, government, world, nature, etc.) within a network of co-dependence and reciprocality. This course explores what this signifies as it pertains to our lifestyles.

[Class plan]

Session 1: Morality in modern society
Session 2: Examining one specific issue for exploration
Session 3: Can human behaviors be deemed good / evil or superior / inferior?
Session 4: Misc. elements of life (Meaning of human character and its role in life)
Session 5: Inazo Nitobe and Chikuro Hiroike: Their encounter and profound mutual trust
Session 6: Achievements of Chikuro Hiroike and his philosophy (Actions for peace and Moralogy)
Session 7: Human life from a broader perspective
Session 8: We are “vitalized” in the network of co-dependence
Session 9: Nature’s function of creating and nurturing all existences
Session 10: Humans are but one lifeform: Examining animal behaviors to consider human lifestyles
Session 11: Co-dependence in human society
Session 12: Three levels of co-dependence
Session 13: How to receive co-dependence: The power of gratitude
Session 14: Clean Campaign
Session 15: Reflecting upon the first semester: Expanding the network of enriched minds


Common textbook for all classes: “Introduction to Moral Science” compiled by Moral Science teaching staff and published by Reitaku University Press

[Reference materials]

“General Anthropology / Moralogy Overview” by the Institute of Moralogy (1,800 yen)
“Biography of Chikuro Hiroike” by the Institute of Moralogy (2,800 yen)

[Assessment method]

Comprehensive assessment: takes class attendance, involvement, assignments and reports into account


[Acceptance of auditors / program-only part time students]No
[Acceptance of students from other majors]No
[Acceptance of students from other faculties]No
[Related subjects available]None
[Language used]Japanese
[Comment from the lecturer]


See theUniversity Syllabus for details of other classes.
Note: The above link to the Syllabus will open the search page for Reitaku University programs / courses. Enter “道徳科学”(Moral Science)and click the [Search] button.




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