Educational Policy of Department of Regional Development Studies (Regional Development Studies Course) 国際地域学科国際地域専攻の教育方針(ポリシー)

Education Policy of the Regional Development  Studies

Admission Policy

Amid the simultaneous progress of globalization and localization in various fields, including the natural environment, as well as social, economic and political fields, as seen in environmental, poverty, employment, and human rights problems, community-based approaches have great potential for providing solutions for a completely unprecedented type of creation of urban and regional societies, as well as the creation of the environment. Such approaches require human capabilities to understand various phenomena in regional societies from a wider perspective, and to find solutions based on the “on-site, hands-on experience first” principle through communication with diverse people, observing the philosophy of “Think globally, act locally,” which encourages us to address problems from a global perspective and take practical action in a local area.   
Therefore, the Regional Development Studies Course in the Department of Regional Development Studies welcomes:

  1. Students who aim to acquire knowledge useful to leading actors in the global society, practical language proficiency, and communication ability, and
  2. Students who aspire to develop capabilities to objectively understand and analyze various problems in regional societies from a wider perspective, and to practically use the capabilities in order to take action on-site.

And, the Course hopes that such students and faculty members learn and grow together. We hope that candidates have:

  1. Serious interest in various problems in regional societies
  2. Aspiration to contribute to society by actively using their own knowledge and experience
  3. Readiness to cooperate with other people with diverse cultural backgrounds while actively communicating with them

Curriculum Policy

To achieve our educational goal, we have designed the curriculum under the following policies:

  1. We offer students opportunities to acquire extensive knowledge from a wide range of academic fields, including the humanities, and social and natural sciences, related to the creation of vibrant regional societies in Japan and abroad, as well as provide the six study programs of international development, comparative culture and society, public policies, regional design, and the environment and disaster prevention, as well as Japan and Asian Studies, and the program system to enhance their expertise.
  2. We improve foreign language education, and teach specialized subjects in various fields in English, in order to help students acquire high practical English proficiency. In addition, we aim to enable students to increase their own expertise-focused communication ability in English, using a wide range of all-university initiatives (including LEAP, and the English Community Zone, where people inside and outside the university come together to communicate in English), as well as training outside Japan and the English Special Program (ESP), which is aimed at assisting intensive English learning.
  3. Under the “on-site, hands-on experience first” principle, we offer students many opportunities of onsite and on-the-job experience through field studies, internship subjects and the like, and enable them to attend small-group seminars from the first year for practical learning focused on their goals and character.
  4. All students are required to submit an undergraduate thesis. They will refer to literature written by predecessors, pose their own questions based on the literature and choose suitable approaches to the questions. In this way, students find their own answers and get ability to develop things actively.

Diploma Policy

Our educational goal is to foster human assets who have useful knowledge for creating regional societies using regional characteristics both in Japan and abroad while maintaining harmony with the environment, and the practical ability to use the knowledge to create regional societies on-site. We require students to acquire a high level of cross-cultural and multicultural communication ability, and to develop the capabilities to address problems from a global perspective and take action in a local area.

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国際地域学科国際地域専攻 3つのポリシー


環境・貧困・雇用・人権問題に現れているように、自然・社会・経済・政治など様々な分野での地球化と地域化が同時進行する中で、これまでとは全く異なる都市づくり、地域づくり、環境づくりなどに、地域(コミュニティ)から解決策へとアプローチすることは大きな可能性を有しています。地球規模の視点で問題をとらえローカルな場で具体的に行動する、いわゆる、Think globally, Act locallyという哲学のもとに、地域社会におけるさまざまな現象を幅広い視点でとらえ、「現場主義」にたち、さまざまな人々とのコミュニケーションの中から解決策を探っていく人間力が求められます。


  1. 国際社会を舞台に活躍できるような知識、実践的な語学能力、コミュニケーション能力の修得を志す学生 
  2. 地域の諸問題に対して広い視野から客観的に把握・分析する能力を修得し、現場において具体的な行動として実践していく意欲のある学生が教員と一緒になって相互に学び成長していくこと



  1. 地域社会におけるさまざまな問題へ関心を持っていること、
  2. 自身がもつ知識や経験を積極的に活用して社会に貢献しようとする意欲、
  3. 他者と積極的にコミュニケーションを図りながら異なる文化を持つ人々とともに働くことへの意欲




  1. 国内外の地域づくりに関わる人文社会科学、環境科学の広範な学問領域から幅広い知識を習得できるようにするとともに、「公共政策」、「比較文化・社会」、「国際開発」、「地域デザイン」、「環境・防災」の5つの履修コースとプログラム制により専門性も高めます。
  2. 外国語教育を強化し、さまざまな分野の専門科目を英語で実施することで実践的かつ高度な英語力が身につくようにしま す。また、全学での様々な取り組み(例えば、LEAPや学内外の人々が英語で自由に集うイングリッシュコミュニティゾーンなど)の活用や、海外研修や集中的な英語学習を支援する英語特別プログラム(ESP)を通じて、英語による専門性を重視したコミュニケーション能力の向上を目指します。
  3. 「現場主義」を掲げ、フィールドスタディやインターンシップ科目などにより現場・実務体験を充実させるとともに、1年次から少人数のゼミでの各個人の目標や個性を重視した実践的な学習を行います。
  4. 卒業論文を必修とすることで、過去の先達たちによる先行文献を正しい形で参照し、先行文献を踏まえた自らの質問を設定し、質問に適合した研究方法を選択した上で、質問への自らの答えを導き出し、説得的に展開する能力があることを保証します。





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