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Graduate School of Politics (Ichigaya Campus)

The study of politics addresses a diverse range of specific affairs, including domestic issues related to cities, education, waste, and the elderly as well as international issues such as development, ethnic conflict, peace, and globalization. It not only offers criticism on these issues, but also involves the exploration of their causes, the identification of their larger mechanisms and structures, and the study of policies for solving them. Contemporary political problems require more than traditional, classical knowledge; they require advanced, specialized knowledge of financial policies, laws, organizations, and wholly new stakeholders that might be leveraged to solve those problems. This graduate covers two majors: the major in politics, for cultivating researchers who want to study and solve various problems in contemporary politics, and the major in global and Asian politics, which focuses on training advanced professionals who will play an active role in today’s global society.

Major in Politics (Master’s Program, Doctoral Program)

“Exploring the diverse fields in which today’s political problems emerge”

The study of politics is the examination of diverse, specific phenomena. These range from issues affecting everyday life, such as cities, education, the environment, aging, and gender to international issues, such as development, ethnic and national conflict, and globalization. In this program, students explore the causes of these problems, identify the mechanisms and structures involved, and study potential solutions. Solving the myriad political problems that exist in contemporary society requires knowledge of traditional political theories, as well as broad yet specialized knowledge of laws, financial policies, economics, public administration, and organization. This program covers the orthodox study of politics, including political theory, thought, and history, and political institutions and processes, as well as more creative subjects in newer fields, such as urban policy studies, local government studies, community theories, and feminism and gender studies. Particularly strong efforts have been made to bolster the examination of cities and public policy. This programs aims to teach students how to understand and interpret the problems in contemporary society and equip them with a living knowledge of politics that can lead to effective solutions. It cultivates researchers who are not closed off into narrow specializations, but instead take a broader worldview.

Major in Global and Asian Politics (Master’s Program)

“Cultivating specialized professionals with practical knowledge and English-language skills who will play active roles in fields involving global issues and Asian international politics”

We are facing new challenges in the 21st century, like a ship sailing in uncharted waters. All over the world there is evidence of conflict and opposition between globalization—the propagation of global standards—and localization (the demonstration of individual distinctiveness). In this new age, we need to cultivate individuals who can adapt to the need for international cooperation and communication under these circumstances. For Japan, a country striving to promote international peace, there is an urgent need to cultivate talented individuals who have the ability to come up with political solutions to the global-scale problems that accompany globalization, and who can conceptualize, negotiate, and execute those solutions backed by specialized knowledge in fields like global politics, international development, global environmental issues, peace building, human security, and Asian governance (politics and diplomacy).
Taking advantage of its outstanding performance in research and education and its team of full-time professors in the fields of global governance and Asian international politics, the Graduate School of Politics at Hosei University is striving to cultivate advanced, specialized professionals who can successfully navigate the global arena, building on its record of achievement and establishing the graduate program in global and Asian politics (called G-GAP) to meet the needs of a new age.

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