Course of Social Psychology

Course of Social Psychology

Dynamically interpreting human, social, and cultural relations and strengthening adaptability in the real world




Chair of the Course of Social Psychology

Hideya Kitamura

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Message from the Course Chair

Dynamically interpreting human, social, and cultural relations and strengthening adaptability in the real world

The Course of Social Psychology at Toyo University Graduate School is a unique course. The discipline of “social psychology” examines relationships among humans and between humans and society/culture from a holistic perspective. Human behavior and thought alter in various ways under the influence of people, society, and culture. In contrast, humans influence others and society/culture and cause changes. The discipline of social psychology attempts to express these influences dynamically and identify the relevance and causal relations that exist within them. For example, in recent years, the way in which we communicate has changed considerably due to advent of the mobile phone and the growth of smart phones and SNS (social networking services). Moreover, major changes have occurred in the structure of society, including in the way we connect with others socially and shop for goods and services. Social psychology interprets these phenomena from the perspective of both humans and society/culture, observes them using empirical methods such as surveys and experiments, analyzes the data obtained, and elucidates the underlying processes; furthermore, it simultaneously considers how the findings can be applied in practice.

The course has a lot of members. They include psychology experts specializing in a wide range of subject areas, including interpersonal psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, criminal psychology, clinical psychology, personality psychology, affective psychology, industrial / organizational psychology, stress psychology, consumer psychology, and positive psychology. One key feature of the course is that these researchers are jointly involved in providing education and research centered on social psychology. Using our faculty member introduction page, it is easy to find a supervisor who is conducting research related to the theme you intend to pursue. In terms of curriculum, in “Introduction to Social Psychology,” students acquire knowledge regarding the fundamental approaches to social psychology. They can then attend seminars and lectures and participate in discussions related to their own research theme with each teacher while connecting these experiences to the completion of a Master’s or Doctoral thesis. Moreover, in the “Integrated Seminar on Social Psychology,” students have the opportunity to attend lectures by invited speakers, listen to other graduate students’ presentations, and exchange opinions with their peers. We also provide classes for improving English ability and acquiring qualifications as “specialized social researchers.”

All our faculty members are friendly and communicate actively with one another, and we are all passionate about providing excellent guidance to students. Senior students take good care of their juniors, and many students work as university instructors or in pivotal business roles after completing the Master’s course and the Doctoral course. With a community that includes graduates as well as faculty members, we pride ourselves on being a course in which students can develop academic and practical skills and improve their ability to transmit and understand intelligent ideas while adapting to society.

Overview of the Course

Our Master’s course aims to foster basic abilities for understanding human behavior at a deeper level based on a wide range of knowledge in the field of social psychology.

In the Doctoral course, we nurture outstanding individuals with the ability to solve various current issues, and we provide education and research for mastering various research methods and developing internationality while also focusing on ethics and social relations.

Furthermore, in the “Integrated Seminar on Social Psychology,” which is open to all graduate students and teachers, the discussion is always lively, providing an excellent opportunity to practice with participants from outside the university. We also actively encourage students to give presentations at conferences in Japan and overseas.

  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 12 students; Doctoral program – 5 students
  • Lecture times: Day
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Degree: Master’s program – Master of Social Psychology; Doctoral program – Doctor of  Social Psychology
  • Training and Education Benefits System: Master’s program
  • Teacher’s license: Senior high (Civics)