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GUC24S331C | Governance for Sustainable Development

About the lecturer

Naomi Aoki is an associate professor of public management in the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo. She specializes in public management – a field that encompasses organizational and human resource management in the public sector and the governance of public service delivery. In April 2020, having taught at the National University of Singapore for eight and a half years, she assumed her current position at the GraSPP, where she teaches the courses “Introduction to Public Management” and “Policy Process and Negotiation.” She is a recipient of teaching awards from both the National University of Singapore and the GraSPP at the University of Tokyo. She holds a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in public administration from Syracuse University, both in the United States. More information about the lecturer can be found at:
Assoc. Prof. Naomi AOKI

Video Introduction

Governance for Sustainable Development


1 Subject Governance for Sustainable Development
2 Field Public Policy, Public Management
3 Key words governance, public policy, public management, sustainable development
4 Global Unit 1
5 Lecturer Naomi AOKI
6 Period July 17 - 26, 2024
7 Time 13:00-14:30, 15:00-16:30 [July 17, 19, 22, 24, 26]
(Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style In-person (on Hongo Campus)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90–100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods Attendance/Participation 50%
Final Essay 50%
11 Prerequisites There is no prerequisite.
12 Contents Purpose
This course will focus on governance – the structure and process of making and implementing decisions concerning public policies, in particular for sustainable development. It aims to help students understand the connections between types of governance and progress towards selected sustainable development goals.

The course meetings will consist of five three-hour, in-person sessions. Each session will focus on governance issues in a policy area pertaining to sustainable development. Classes will combine lectures with case-based exercises in which students will be asked to critically engage in debates, take positions, and exchange ideas about how various modes of governance ought to be designed, given their merits, drawbacks, and unintended consequences. 

The following is a tentative schedule that may be subject to slight changes before the course begins:
  1. Governance for Achieving Quality Education
  2. Governance for Building Disaster-Resilient Communities
  3. Governance for Conserving Biodiversity on Earth
  4. Governance for Creating Livable and Green Cities
  5. Governance for Empowering the Disadvantaged

Students will be required to submit a reflective essay at the end of the course. It should be approximately 1800 words in length (but no more), excluding the title, the student’s name, and the reference list.
13 Required readings For each session, students will be required to prepare for the discussion by reading an assigned case or other materials, if any. These readings will be announced prior to the beginning of the course.
14 Reference readings -
15 Notes on Taking the Course -
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