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Faculty of Policy Studies

Faculty of Policy Studies

Faculty of Policy Studies was established in 2007. The purpose of this faculty is to train qualified students with the ability to find both the problems and their appropriate solutions within a certain condition. The term “policy” in our faculty name does not only mean public policies set by governmental officials, but also a wide-ranging framework for action to achieve a breakthrough in an impasse.

We now live in an era of extreme uncertainties. Especially here in Japan, we are facing serious and impending problems in almost every aspect of society. In those circumstances, people tend to be more pessimistic, sticking to some established conventional ideas or practices, which we believe is precisely what we need to tackle with. What is needed are those of innovative spirits with optimism based on the solid understanding of the current state of affairs. Our faculty aims to develop people who can contribute to the society with adequate knowledge and skills.

In order to gain those knowledge and skills, which include creating and realizing innovative and effective plans to change the current status quo, students are expected to establish a wide-range of balanced social scientific knowledge base for analyzing and to connect it with practical experiences in real world. This faculty offers to our students essential trainings through four courses bellow. In addition, the faculty offers highly praised first-rate foreign language programs that provide another essential opportunity for those who wish to work in a globalized world.
Our faculty consists of two departments:

Department of Policy Studies

This department offers opportunities to get comprehensive knowledge of social sciences, including law, economics, politics, business studies, and international relations. With this broad perspective, students can pursue their own specific interests in four courses bellow:

1. International Politics and Economics

This course aims at developing human resources who are capable of building up a symbiotic relationship within and among globalized contemporary societies. The course is designed for students who wish to analyze complex causal relationships that drive today’s international politics and economics. In doing so, students are expected to gain abilities to tackle with problems in various transnational organizations with sensitive understanding of cross-cultural issues. This course has a strong emphasis on politics and economics.

2. Politics and Policy

This course aims at developing human resources who are capable of contributing to new public spaces in the 21st century. The course is designed for students who wish to analyze various aspects of contemporary social lives in Japan, such as the nature of political decision-making process, the relationship between law and social life, and changing functions of the media. In doing so, students are expected to gain abilities to analyze public policies from various angles.

3. Local Community and Administration

This course aims at developing human resources who are capable of contributing to autonomous and sustainable local communities. The course is designed for students who wish to explore various contemporary problems faced by many local governments and communities. In doing so, students are expected to gain ability to design appropriate forms of local administrations and services as well as to solve those problems of each own. This course has a strong emphasis on practical hands-on education conducted in collaboration with various local governments and organizations in Kansai region.

4. Organization and Management

This course aims at developing human resources who are capable of creating a better relationship between individuals and organizations. Here we do not only deal with private and public sector organizations but also with voluntary ones. The course is designed for students who wish to understand various complex ways to run organizations in terms of laws, decision-making processes and inter-organizational networks. In doing so, students are expected to gain abilities to make practical proposals to solve diverse problems found in many organizations. This course has a strong emphasis on both legal aspects and social roles of professional management.

Department of Global and Asian Legal Policy Studies

In this department, students are expected to have a better understanding of contemporary international society especially with a legal perspective. Every society has its own legal system, which we need to know appropriately if we want to fully understand various institutions that constitute a society as a whole. The department offers opportunities to study diverse range of legal systems in the world, i.e. not only those of the West but also of various Asian countries. The department expects students to develop abilities to form necessary public policies to solve social problems in our increasingly globalized world from a legal perspective.

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