Politics is the process by which the members of a society make and implement collective decisions in order to solve the problems that they face. Addressing these political problems demands a scientific approach, historical understanding, and conceptual skills rooted in philosophy or ideology. The Department of Political Science nurtures educated political citizens with the all-around decision-making and critical thinking skills, courage, and empathy to work toward solving such problems.
The Department has only two required courses: Intro Seminar of Political Science and Elements of Political Sciences. After mastering the foundations of political science in their first year, students choose freely from courses in three areas of study: Governance, covering public policy and local politics; International Politics, covering international relations and diplomacy; and Media and Politics, covering polimetrics and the media.
Students plan and run political debates and lectures by politicians for students in lower years on themes determined by the students themselves. The Department of Political Science has a tradition that all students take responsibility for all aspects of these events, from choosing which politicians to invite to negotiating with them on arrangements and taking charge of the running of the event on the day.
In Current English, journalists use English-language newspapers as the basis for instruction. For ambitious students, it’s the ideal opportunity to learn about the media and sharpen English skills at the same time.
From foundational first-year seminars to intensive third- and fourth-year classes and graduation thesis supervision, the Department provides extensive small-group education. In the Fieldwork course, students explore a subject of interest in the field of real-world politics by conducting interviews and research at Diet members’ offices, government agencies, and newspapers. Supervised by faculty members, they ultimately write up their findings in a research paper of at least 8,000 characters.
In the first year, students develop discussion and presentation skills and become a self-directed learner in small basic seminars. In the second year, students build up their knowledge of specialized subjects. They receive one-on-one tutoring from a faculty member as they carry out fieldwork research. In the third and fourth years, the Department offers many active seminars. Some involve overseas internships or active participation in academic conferences, while others encourage students to consider how political participation can be encouraged through their own participation in counting ballots.
Through the history of modern and contemporary Japanese politics, students will learn about the dynamics at the center of national politics and how the state of politics has changed in Japan, and develop an eye for politics.
With the goal of addressing various social problems that arise in society, students will learn about the reality of social problems and the nature of public policy, which are solutions based on policy theory. We will also consider the roles of government, business, and non-profit organizations in such solutions.
Which countries are likely to democratize? Which municipalities are shortening waiting lists for childcare services? You will be able to learn tools for quantitatively understanding and analyzing these political phenomena.