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Course of Sociology//社会学研究科社会学専攻

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Course of Sociology

Addressing various issues faced by modern society armed with knowledge



Chair of the Course of Sociology

Sumiko Yamamoto
山本 須美子

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Message from the Course Chair

Researching the various issues faced by modern society

The Master’s course comprises three divisions: Contemporary Sociology, Sociocultural Symbiotic Studies, and Media and Communication Studies. Contemporary Sociology encompasses fields such as sociological theory, family, culture, crime, urban studies, religion, international studies, and education. Sociocultural Symbiotic Studies addresses issues such as the environment, multicultural symbiosis, and cultures in developing countries. Media and Communication Studies focuses on mass communication theory, informatics, web communication theory, media industry theory, and disaster information theory. The course is characterized by its wide coverage of the various issues facing modern society in the above fields.

Students select one of the three divisions and prepare a Master’s thesis while developing expert knowledge and advanced decision-making skills. They simultaneously strengthen their basic research skills by attending classes focusing on the basic elements of social science methodologies and social research.

When conducting research, it is important to maintain an inquiring mind toward the research theme. Research is said to be a process of trial and error, and to ensure that we continue without quitting halfway through, we must focus on research themes that truly resonate with us. Having established a research theme, students explore this theme by conducting a thorough review of the relevant previous research, identifying the appropriate methodology for their study, and collecting and analyzing materials and survey data. Lastly, students logically compile this data in academic theses, culminating in the final Master’s thesis. In this process, we encourage students to meet their research supervisors, receive advice from seniors and peers at the Graduate School, and actively take on the challenges of giving presentations and submitting manuscripts for academic societies and research symposiums.

The Doctoral course aims to nurture researchers who build on their achievements in the Master’s course by conducting research at a more advanced level. Although the Doctoral thesis demands a tremendous amount of time and energy, our faculty members provide detailed guidance throughout the process, from the selection of themes to the methodology. Furthermore, we offer systematic guidance up to submission using steps that include oral presentations at academic conferences and the presentation of research results.

We hope that your experience of exploring the field of sociology at the Graduate School will benefit you.

Overview of the Course

For the Master’s course, in addition to classes on the basic elements of social science methodologies and social research, we offer three divisions of study, Contemporary Sociology, Sociocultural Symbiotic Studies, and Media and Communication Studies. The course fosters expert knowledge and advanced decision-making skills.
For the Doctoral course, we aim to nurture researchers who conduct research at a more advanced level.

The social research elements of the course provide certified qualifications for “specialized social researchers,” and those intending to work as researchers are considered for teaching assistant and graduate researcher posts.
A key feature of the course is that classes are held both during the day and in the evening for the benefit of working adult students.

  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 10 students; Doctoral program – 3 students
  • Lecture times: Day/Evening (mainly day)
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Teacher’s license: Senior high (Civics); Junior high (Social Studies)
  • Degree: Master’s program – Master of Arts in Sociology; Doctoral program – Doctor of Letters in Sociology
  • Entrance examination for international students: Master’s program and Doctoral program
  • Designated teacher training program provided: Master’s program











  • 入学定員:前期課程10名/後期課程3名
  • 開講時間:昼夜開講(昼間主)
  • キャンパス:白山
  • 専修免許状:高校(公民)/中学(社会)
  • 学位:前期課程 修士(社会学)/後期課程 博士(社会学)
  • 外国人留学生入試:前期課程・後期課程
  • 教育訓練給付制度指定講座:前期課程