April 1994 College of Policy Science established
April 1997 Master's Program in Graduate School of Policy Science established
April 1999 Doctoral Program in Graduate School of Policy Science established
Successive Deans of the College
and Graduate School of Policy Science
Dean of the College of Policy Science
April 1994 - March 1996 YAMAGUCHI, Yasushi Professor
April 1996 - March 1998 SHIBATA, Hirofumi Professor
April 1998 - March 2001 IWAMI, Toshikatsu Professor
April 2001 - March 2003 MIZUGUCHI, Norihito Professor
April 2003 - MURAYAMA, Hiroshi Professor
Dean of the Graduate School of Policy Science
April 1997 - March 1998 MIYAMOTO, Kenichi Professor
Since April 1998 Dean of the College holds the post
Educational Philosophy and
Objective of College of Policy Science
The major objective of the College of Policy
Science is to nurture students who can assess problems and work out
the right solutions for them. It is very controversial what "problems"
or "solutions" exist in this society, where there are many
problems and solutions. Social science started originally and now
is developing as a problem-solving-oriented science, which is based
on objective analyses of social structures and laws of general social
growth. Contemporary society faces drastic changes on a global scale.
That fact was the impetus for developing policy science as a new field
of social science, one that reverts to the original purpose of social
science -- problem assessment and solutions in order to review social
structure and the laws of general social growth.
In this college, students can learn basic approaches
to identify and solve problems, and the methodologies and processes
necessary to create workable policies. Accordingly, policy science
does not necessarily offer professional skills and techniques. What
is more important is to stimulate the desire to solve various issues
and foster "policy-making mindedness" among students.
Grasp problems and form purposes
What should be done in order to solve problems
is firstly to grasp the core of problems and clarify a direction for
solving problems. The process is affected largely by individual values
and historic viewpoints. While at present there are various values
that should be respected, in this college students are expected to
deepen an understanding of global environments, peace, democracy,
human rights and coexistence. In addition, it is essential to develop
practical understanding to grasp what the problem is so that students
are required to experience not only the study of texts but also case
study and fieldwork.
Solving problems includes the process of collecting
information, analyzing it, thinking of practical solutions, making
a decision, putting it into practice and evaluating the results. For
this purpose, students need to learn various skills in a general sense.
First, in order to grasp issues from a global perspective and propel
policy based on an understanding of international society, students
are required to improve their skills in using foreign languages. Second,
in order to exchange information and communicate regardless of nationality,
place, and time, skills of information technology are indispensable
to them. Third, students are required to learn the skill of pursuing
practical solutions through summarizing ideas, explaining their own
opinion (presentation) and discussing with those who have different
ideas (debate). Thus, an important objective of the College of Policy
Science is to acquire these skills as well.
Participatory Policy Maker
Although people have a image of policy makers
as a competent officials having specific management skills and making
policy for the government, we regard policy for citizens as more important.
This idea indicates the importance of citizens and students actively
committing themselves to and participating in policy-making processes.
Similarly, students are expected to actively commit themselves to
and participate in their studies.
1. Courses Offered
1) Placement of Courses Offered
Policy in reality is usually complex. In order
to understand policy issues clearly and work out right solutions,
students need to acquire basic knowledge and build a broad perspective
to observe social phenomena from many angles.
Also, it goes without saying that the ability
to communicate is essential for students to be engaged in policy-making
processes in this society.
Accordingly, the Courses Offered are the subject
for acquiring basic knowledge to research professional policies and
make practical policies.
2) Courses in General Subjects and Courses in Basic Subjects
We encourage students to build a board perspective
towards society, humanity and nature in the Courses in General Subjects,
and to acquire knowledge of social science in the Courses in Basic
Subjects. We hardly aim for a society in which technocrats make policy.
Only those who combine specialist skills and an understanding of culture
can be deemed competent for the position of policy-makers. We hope
that you will understand our belief from the aim of the establishment
of those subjects and then study well.
"Introductory Policy Science"
in the Courses Offered is a subject that offers the methods to harmonize
much knowledge and information with a discipline of the College of
Policy Science. This subject takes a central part as "a compass"
and you will put a ship to "the grand ocean", that is, to
"Introductory Policy Science"
is closely related with contents and methods of Basic Introductory
Seminar which students will take at the same time. We hope that you
will make the best use of what you study in this subject for Basic
Introductory Seminar and develop a critical mind through the study
of this subject. The college provides more detailed syllabuses on
all subjects. We would like you to look at the syllabuses for further
information on the interrelationship of subjects.
3) Courses in Computer Science
We regard subjects of information as courses
in language and technique in the Courses in Computer Science because
computer literacy becomes indispensable for students.
As "Introduction to Computer I" and
"Introductory Computer Science I" are required courses,
we assume that all students can acquire the ability to use a computer
as an essential tool in studying Policy Science. The courses also
make it possible to register subjects systematically such as courses
in advanced computer skills so that students can freely choose subjects
according to their own interests and needs. We also hope that students
are able to effectively use information network systems in this college
as a tool. We encourage students not only to learn basic skills but
also to acquire rules and manners, which they can utilize in public
environments such as network systems.
Concerning introductory required courses, "Introduction
to Computer I" is a subject for learning basic computer skills
as a tool, and "Introductory Computer Science I" is one
for acquiring knowledge of computer science and learning rules.
4) Foreign Language Courses
Without languages, can we recognize society,
think matters over, communicate and express our own ideas?
Learning foreign languages in the college means
that people objectively and consciously study languages as the basis
of study, and that they understand different cultures through studying
languages as cultural assets, and finally that they make personal
and academic exchanges with foreign countries
In that case, which languages are necessary
to study? In this college, we offer courses in the following foreign
languages: English, Chinese, German and French.
English, which already has the status of the
"international language". Chinese can be clearly understood
as important, in terms of cultural, geographical and historical relationships
between Japan and China. German and French are also important languages,
taking into consideration that those two countries have affected the
whole world for over 1,000 years.
Studying foreign languages requires much time
and effort. In this college, students can take an intensive language
course and learn one language from English, Chinese, German and French.
The language courses focus on fostering the four skills of "reading,
listening, writing and speaking ". However, the most important
thing is self-knowledge and self-expression, which can be achieved
by earnest effort in all fields of study.
2. Courses Offered in Areas of Specialization
1) System of Courses Offered in Areas of Specialization
A fundamental subject in the College of Policy
Science is the Courses Offered in Areas of Specialization. Freshmen
study methods of study in Policy Science through the Basic Introductory
Seminar. Sophomores begin to study subjects on policy-making processes
(Courses in Policy Process and Organization), whatever policy fields
they have interests in. At the same time, as they experience the policy-making
process on the spot in "Introduction to Research" and make
efforts to give presentations, we expect students to find their special
fields. Juniors enroll in the Advanced Seminar and take the "Courses
in Policy Process and Organization" and the "Courses in
Advanced Policy" which are closely related to their special fields
in the Advanced Seminar. Seniors register for the "Advanced Seminar
II" in order to generalize the results of their studies for four
The following will explain "Basic
Introductory Seminar", "Introduction to research",
"Advanced Seminar I" and "Advanced Seminar II"
assigned to each year.
2) Seminar Courses
1. Basic Introductory Seminar
In the Basic Introductory Seminar, about
35 class students are formed into 5-6 small groups and then members
of each group debate problems in policies, taking a specific stand.
In the discussion, as students play a role in support of specific
policies and dispute with group members who support different policies,
they experience how to plan policies and propel them, and understand
what they should do in order to realize their objectives. In addition,
one of important aims of the course is to understand the process of
group work through study within small groups.
In the policy-making process in real society,
there are all sorts of different answers according to the interests,
situations and concerns of various people and groups, although no
right answers may be found. It is natural that "a legislator"
may not lead to the right policy and that policy can be formed as
a result of organizing people and cooperating together.
In this sense, the Basic Introductory Seminar
in the classroom reproduces the situation of conflicts in policy-making
processes in society, and offers the opportunities to practice policy-making
organization for facing up to conflicts.
The college provides an "office hour"
where all of the full-time professors advise on the study. We expect
students to make use of this office hour.
"Introduction to Computer I", a required subject, makes
it possible for students to become accustomed to using the information
networks in this college. As a result, they can continue with discussions
in the Basic Introductory Seminar on the networks, and also utilize
the networks in preparing for presentations. This emphasizes the practical
applied parts of the computer literacy education.
2. Introduction to Research
Different from the Basic Introductory
Seminar, the Introduction to Research for sophomores allows students
to choose a class according to their interests.
Introduction to Research is divided into a specific
project and a general project. The specific project is one the college
prepares for research fields outside and within the country. The general
project is one where students make plans for research by finding a
subject and the method of research by themselves. In each class, small
groups with around 10 members are formed, and they set a specific
theme of research, make research plans, and summarize the results
of this research. The specific project is not largely different in
terms of proceeding with independent group work, except that it is
hard to change the main direction of research, because outside organizations
such as local governments and corporations provide fields for us.
The main point of this course is that every
student is actively engaged in independent studies in the group.
Another point of Introduction to Research is
to gain "experience in policy-making fields ". The objective
is to foster a critical mind, and further offer the opportunities
to deepen a specialty of studies after the junior year. Students are
expected to broaden the knowledge gained in the freshman year.
The Introduction to Research course aims to
foster "policy-making mindedness" through fieldwork and
3. Advanced Seminar I
The Advanced Seminar I provides many themes
from specific analysis of policy to the system of policy planning.
The objective of this course is to deepen
the students' own academic interests aroused from an accumulation
of their studies. We provide two types of seminar. One is a seminar
that professors who teach the contents of policy in the Advanced Policy
course undertake the task of tutoring students. Another is a seminar
that professors who teach policy-making process in Courses in Policy
Process and Organization take the job of tutoring students. Students
can choose the most interesting field as their own specialty.
4. Advanced Seminar II
The Advanced Seminar II is research guidance
to complete theses on outcomes of studies using foreign language skills,
computer skills, a broad perspective and professional knowledge fostered
through the education of the previous three years.
Though we assume that students write a thesis
to show the results of their own research, we also expect them to
establish databases that can be made available as materials of research
and develop programs useful for other students. These projects can
be inherited as intellectual assets of this college for a long time.
3) Courses in Policy Process and Organization
What should be studied about policy can be divided
into two parts; contents of policy and policy-making process. It is
a difficult task to comprehend everything about policy, and if possible,
the study ends in accumulation of miscellaneous knowledge. On the
other hand, the Courses in Policy Process and Organization include
subjects applied to any policy processes, and offer the necessary
knowledge for specialization in policy planning, whatever interests
students may have.
The College of Policy Science places this course
as a core subject in Courses Offered in Areas of Specialization and
this course is at the center of the educational philosophy of the
college. Thus, this course represents our objective of fostering a
"policy maker " as a generalist.
4) Courses in Advanced Policy
The Courses in Advanced Policy equip students
with the core contents of each policy. It is hardly possible to comprehend
and teach all the points of present policies. Accordingly, we arrange
and focus on important subjects of policies around a period of transition.
We encourage all students to register subjects
referring to the syllabus as they discover what fields they are particularly
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