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Department of Policy Studies

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.