Course of Sociology

Course of Sociology

Addressing various issues faced by modern society armed with knowledge



Chair of the Course of Sociology


Bin Umino

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Message from the Course Chair

Do research on various issues of modern society

The Master’s course comprises four divisions: Contemporary Sociology, Sociocultural Symbiotic Studies, Media and Communications Studies, and Sociological Studies for Pracademics. 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 Communications Studies focuses on mass communication theory, informatics, web communication theory, media industry theory, disaster information theory, and advertising. Sociological Studies for Pracademics addresses issues such as employment and labor, education, gender, poverty and inequality, social inclusion, and supportive social mechanism.Thus, the course characterizes wide coverage of various issues of modern society in four divisions.

Basically, students select one of the four divisions and prepare a Master’s thesis while developing expert knowledge and advanced decision-making skills. They can also learn social science methodologies and social survey research skills.

When conducting research, it is important to maintain an inquiring mind toward the research theme. Research is 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 the theme by conducting a thorough review of the relevant previous research, identifying the appropriate methodology, 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 consult their research supervisors, discuss with seniors and peers at the Graduate School, do paper presentations, and submit manuscripts to academic conferences and symposiums.

The Doctoral course aims to nurture researchers at a more advanced level. The Doctoral dissertation demands a tremendous amount of time and energy, and our faculty members provide the most appropriate guidance throughout the process, from setting themes to finding sound methodologies. We also advise how to do presentations at academic conferences and get research published.

We hope that you share with us the great experience of academic life at our Graduate School of Sociology.

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 four divisions of study, Contemporary Sociology, Sociocultural Symbiotic Studies, Media and Communications Studies, and Sociological Studies for Pracademics. 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
  • 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
  • Training and Education Benefits System: Master’s program
  • Teacher’s license: Senior high (Civics); Junior high (Social Studies)