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Graduate School of Sociology (Ichigaya and Tama Campuses)

The Graduate School of Sociology was established to train students to become real-world researchers and professionals with the talents befitting holders of a master’s or doctoral degree in sociology. To recognize and identify the social challenges being faced in the 21st century in Japan and around the world, students engage in research activities in various subjects centered on the sociology of social problems that focus on humanity. The curriculum is built around the two key courses of sociology and media studies, and offers small-group education tailored to each student’s interests. The graduate school has a credit transfer system in place with 23 graduate schools that offer sociology programs in the Kanto region and have many years of demonstrated academic excellence. It also recognizes credits from other programs, enabling students to receive guidance from first-rate instructors in their field through cross-enrollment in classes offered by other Hosei University graduate schools.

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

  1. Sociology Course (daytime course), Ichigaya and Tama campuses
  2. Media Studies Course (daytime and evening courses), Ichigaya Campus

Sociology Course and Media Studies Course
A new two-course system with courses in sociology and media studies will be launched in the 2013 academic year to meet the needs of contemporary society

Human beings cannot survive on their own, and societies emerge when humans gather into groups. Sociology is a discipline that studies the various activities of people and societies. People and societies are always changing, and with the spread of the Internet and globalization and people moving across borders, the shapes of families and marriages are also rapidly changing. In the graduate program in sociology, disciplines aimed at solving challenges in contemporary society are being integrated into a Sociology Course and a Media Studies Course, and in 2013 the program will start offering classes based on this new format.
The Sociology Course will enable graduate students to study sociology from its central foundations in survey research and will cultivate researchers who can address a variety of social issues by incorporating knowledge from other fields of social science. Sociology Course classes will be offered during the daytime at both the Ichigaya and Tama campuses. The Media Studies Course will enable students to learn about the media theories, survey methods, and newsgathering and reporting required of professionals in the media industry, and to develop the skills they will need to effectively utilize media technologies. Classes in the Media Studies Course will be held on weekday evenings and Saturdays on the Ichigaya Campus, providing a convenient learning environment for working adults.

Sociology Course

After learning the core concepts of various sociological theories and social issues in the basic sociology workshop class, students will study individual sociological theories at a deeper level in the theoretical sociology class. They will learn social survey methods through extensive sociological research and exercises related to the environment, families, and social status.

Media Studies Course

Students will master basic mass communication theories in the media and sociology basics workshop class, and deepen their understanding of history, ethics, and technology in the media theory class. In the special media research class, they will conduct research in individual fields such as advertisement, social media, and media culture, and improve their skills through writing exercises and practical training in survey and research techniques related to reporting.

Doctoral Program

As in the master’s program, the core topic in the doctoral program is the sociology of problems that focus on human interaction. The goal of the doctoral program, however, is to encourage students to give even more thoughtful consideration to theoretical and historical backgrounds underlying these issues as they write their doctoral dissertations. For this reason, students will be encouraged to study abroad as part of their program. The program will offer a system of multiple academic advisors, allowing students to have two professors formally serving as their research instructors. When a dissertation is submitted, a dissertation acceptance subcommittee will be formed, and students may receive guidance on their dissertations from any subcommittee member.

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