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Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Sociology

Educational Goals

The Department of Media and Communications aims to train talented individuals who can excel in any field, including the IT and media industries. The department accomplishes this by conducting research and providing education about information and the various forms of media used in our advanced information society.

Overview

In the Department of Media and Communications, students systematically acquire knowledge and technical skills related to media communications by starting at the beginner level and sequentially moving to the advanced level.

We aim for students to begin by learning the academic theory and technical knowledge related to information and media. Then, for students to effectively utilize this theory and knowledge in the real world, they must master several types of media communication and learn the skills to create, transmit, store, and search for information. Furthermore, during their undergraduate career, they will acquire the abilities to accurately receive, judge, and evaluate information content. Through their freshmen and sophomore years, students attend classes on the basics of media communications and also attend a seminar. In the advanced level specialized courses, students learn the functions and effects of mass communication, and they acquire the knowledge and skills required to handle information through practical subjects such as Computer and Programming Practice and Database and Practice.

Characteristics

The curriculum covers three areas of study: informatics, social informatics, and media studies. Students can determine their area of study according to their own interests.

The department has prepared practical subjects for students with different interests. Students who aspire to work in the IT industry or as media creators can take courses such as The Information System Design and Practice and The Information Network and Practice, while those who aspire to work in the media industry can take courses such as The Writing Skills for Mass Communication and Production of Media and Practice. By taking these courses, students learn technical and sophisticated skills that they can apply in their professional career.