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Faculty of Economics, Department of Policy Studies//経済学部総合政策学科

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Department of Social Psychology

Educational Aims

The overall goal is for students to develop an understanding of the importance of how policy influences our daily lives: socially, politically, educationally, and economically. Students learn through specific and general coursework, seminars, and research. Students are expected to demonstrate what they have learned through in-class communication, debate, and ultimately, through the capstone experience of their graduation thesis. Whether through in class participation or their graduation thesis, students have the goal of using their own ideas to propose policy solutions.

Curricular Outline

The Department of Policy Studies offers students various opportunities to consider economic issues in relation to technological, social, political, and environmental concerns. Students learn fundamental theories and methods of economics and proceed to investigate diverse aspects of the aforementioned based on their own interests. All students are required to take small-class seminars. First-year students acquire the basic knowledge and skills essential to university life such as IT skills and presentation skills. In following years, students extensively study specific fields of economics and politics through their seminar activities, with the goal of writing a graduation thesis in their final year.

Curricular Features

For first year students, our annual debate contest offers a good opportunity to make the most of what they learned in their first year seminar session activities. Three of the most important study activities in our faculty are debate, presentation, and thesis writing. These play important roles in the social and work life of all our students and our graduates.  As such, these activities are heavily featured from the first year onward in both regular and seminar classes.

The small class seminar, starting in the second year, is one of the most important features of our faculty. Students have an opportunity to work closely with their seminar professors to pursue their personal study interests in conjunction with each particular professor’s field of expertise. The seminar activities help students cultivate abilities to pinpoint issues and problems, carefully analyze them, and offer solutions. Working both individually and in small groups, our students develop and strengthen over time the skills needed to make policies and propose alternative political and economic measures.

教育目標

日本の現実の社会・経済が抱える問題と課題に立ち向かうため、自ら問題を掘り下げ、自分自身の手で政策と企画を描いて提案できる力を身につけ、新しい社会・経済をデザインする人材を育成します。

総合政策学科のポリシー

概要

総合政策学科は、前身の社会経済システム学科の基盤と蓄積を引き継いで、平成20年度にスタートしたばかりです。この学科は、さまざまな経済問題を技術、社会、文化、政治、環境やメディアなどの問題と絡めて考えるなど、社会経済を幅広い視点で捉えるユニークで先進的な学科です。学生一人ひとりが自らテーマ設定をし、経済学の基本理論をベースに社会問題への政策立案を行っていきます。

1年次から4年次まで、少人数制のゼミナールが必修になります。1年次では、大学生として基礎的な知力を身につけ、パソコンの活用法、研究発表のしかたなどを学びます。2年次以降は、各自興味のある領域の専門分野を徹底的に学び、グループワークで発表と討論を重ねるなどし、最終的には卒業論文の作成を目指します。

特色

1年次から4年次まで必修のゼミナール教育では、1年次から、資料の読み方や論文の書き方、パソコンの活用法、研究発表のやり方やディベート、グループワークや人とのコミュニケーション、チームや組織のマネジメントなどを学び、社会で活躍するための基本を学習することができます。ここでは、テーマの設定を学生自身が行うことで、自ら問題を発見し解決する力や、新しい社会経済のあり方をデザインしていく力を身につけることができます。

なお、毎年恒例のディベート大会は、最初の1年間の集中的な学習の効果をみなさんに発揮してもらう最大の機会です。