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Master of Arts in
SOCIO-CULTURAL STUDIES
Master of Arts:     English Language and Literature   Japanese Language and Literature   History   Socio-Cultural Studies   Philosophy   Human Sciences (Psychology and Education)
Doctor of Philosophy:     Humanities   Socio-Cultural Studies   Human Sciences (Psychology and Education)

   The program involves the study of modern society and culture, which are changing and fluid. Society and culture are studied both in macroscopic terms in the context of countries and areas, and in microscopic terms in the context of families and their members.
   The program aims to integrate two areas: 1) Studies of Family and Social Systems focusing on systems of social interaction among individuals, families, peoples, and international societies; and 2) Studies of Comparative Culture focusing on underlying cultural/psychological elements such as thought, history, and language.
   Thus the program aims to give students the ability to analyze and understand human societies through the integrated knowledge of these areas.

   In recent times, internationalization and information resources have increased around the world, leading to structural changes and instability in societies, cultures, and even the family, the fundamental unit of life. These changes have affected ethnic groups, countries, and various regions of the world.
   Students in the Department of Socio-Cultural Studies consider problems related to modern society and changing cultures. Two dimensions of society and culture are examined: the macroscopic dimension involving countries and regions, and the microscopic dimension involving families and individuals who make up the family.
   Courses cover two areas of study, and students are required to take courses from both areas of study. Studies in Family and the Social System deal with the social reciprocal system between human beings at each level of society, including the individual, family, ethnic, national, and international levels. Studies in Comparative Culture deal with cultural factors that form the basis of the system, i.e., ideas, histories, and languages.
   Students are required to write a master's thesis under the supervision of an academic advisor and a second academic advisor.
   Studies in this department aim to increase both highly specialized knowledge and broad interdisciplinary understanding.


   From 2009, the Socio-cultural Studies course provides a curriculum which is necessary to be accredited as a "Certified Social Researcher". A "Certified Social Researcher" is an advanced certification for a "Social Researcher". By acquiring professional knowledge and higher research skills in graduate school, those who have been certified as a "Social Researcher" will be accredited by the Japanese Certification Board for Social Researcher as a "Certified Social Researcher".



FACULTY MEMBERS AND THEIR AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

HATA, Kouichirou (Lecturer):
   French culture and literature
ISHII, Yoko (Associate Professor):
   Cultural Anthropology; Ethnography of East Africa; Studies of Development and Culture
IWAKAMI, Mami (Professor):
   Family Sociology; Life Course; Study of European Youth & Family Policies
KOSHIRO, Eiko (Associate Professor):
   Social Psychology; Study of Mass-Communication
KUBOTA, Tomotoshi (Associate Professor):
   Chinese Philosophy; Ancient Chinese Thought and Culture; Analysis of the Acceptance of Chinese Philosophy in Japan
MATSUURA, Seiko (Associate Professor):
   Civil Law; Effects of Contract
OGAWA, Sayuri (Professor):
   Comparative Culture-Europe and Japan; Analysis of the Acceptance of Christianity in Japan
OHASHI, Masaaki (Professor)
   International Development Studies; NGO Studies; South Asian Studies
OTSUKI, Nami (Professor):
   Sociology of Work; Gender at workplace
SUGAWARA, Kensuke (Professor):
   Social Psychology; Self-regulation in the Public situation; Shame, Embarrassment and Social Anxiety

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN Socio-Cultural Studies
   A Doctor of Philosophy in Socio-Cultural Studies is offered for students who wish to pursue further research.