Faculty of Sociology
Founded in 1967, while inculcating its students with a fundamental knowledge of social and communication sciences, the Faculty of Sociology stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to social studies. In addition, the faculty teaches statistics and both theoretical and applied information-processing, thus equipping its students with the ability to grasp contemporary social issues scientifically, and to cope with these creatively.
Sociology is concerned with the full spectrum of the social behavior of individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and whole societies. This discipline assists students to understand the human being as a social animal, in order to get closer to the reality of the social realm, and to become more aware of ways in which to achieve a more desirable society.
The major offers a variety of courses and programs of study, ranging from theoretical to applied sociology, and from methodology to practical research concerning social problems. And it provides students seeking careers in the professions and business with both a strong intellectual background and the requisite specialized skills.
Staffed by a large number of experts in such fields as social industrial, clinical, and experimental psychology, the Psychology Major offers several courses dealing with different facets of contemporary psychology. As concerns methodology of study in these various fields, the major lays weight upon quantitative analysis of human behavior, upon statistical analysis conducted by computer, and upon the use of psychometrics.
Guided by an extensive and systematic teaching program, students study not only questions concerning the functioning of such basic mental mechanisms as cognition, learning and motivation, but also both psychological theories and empirical findings concerning such problems as personality, lifestyle, group dynamics, social attitudes and behavior, work motivation, career development, consumer behavior, communication and advertising, mental health and personal adjustment, human engineering, and computer science. The major conducts these courses in small-sized introductory classes, foundation lectures, and advanced seminars.
Media Studies Major
The Media Studies Major is concerned with the study of human communication, mass communication and the relationships between these and contemporary society.
The development and spread of media communication has made their influence very powerful, a process now being by the emergence of such new information technologies as the Internet, the mobile phone and so on.
As the subject of study is complex and many-facetted, cooperation between various disciplines is indispensable to the pursuit of that study. The staff of the major are experts in a full spectrum of relevant disciplines, such as those of sociology, social psychology, politics, and philosophy, and cooperates in joint research designed to tackle various difficult yet important problems.
The major offers a variety of courses, both theoretical and practical, in order to be able to respond to and satisfy the demands of not only its students but also society at large.
Social System Design Major
The Social System Design Major provides students not only with a broad understanding of social systems but, further, with the insights and skills required for designing them at various levels of organization.
For Japanese society, the half-century following the end of World War II was an era of successive challenges: first, reconstruction during the aftermath of the war, next the period of the Sixties, during which the chief goal was economic growth, followed in the Seventies by a stage at which the elimination of environmental pollution became most urgent, and so on. Japanese society coped successfully with these challenges by mobilizing its potential for growth. After the collapse of the manic boom of the early Eighties, and in the wake of the onslaught of external demands for globalization in the 90s', this society lost its sense of direction, and lapsed into a state euphemistically termed ‘a society of maturity,'in which regimes hitherto valid, because still capable of necessary organic growth and change, became stylized and static, and ceased to function usefully. Since then, the primary task of social scientists has been to review and renovate key spheres of social activity, untrammeled by hitherto-conventional concepts of systems and organizations. This is a task that requires a cross-disciplinary approach, and is one that this major, addressed through just such an approach, makes the principal focus of its curriculum and research program.
Since its inception, the major has been organized and staffed so as to be cross-disciplinary, comprising teachers and research-workers in fields ranging from Economics, through Information, Administrative Science, and Sociology, extending as far as the History of Science and Technology. Thus, in class students are encouraged to consider and explore from a multitude of perspectives the grave issues now confronting Japanese society.
In addition to cross-disciplinary understanding, students are expected to study statistics and its application to social analysis so that their understanding of society may be underpinned by empirical findings. In certain courses, students leave the campus to conduct fieldwork in society at large, interviewing business managers in the Kansai district and learning how society works in real life. Through such studies students are able to develop their overall abilities, including the capacity to propose new systems - a capacity that will be ever-increasingly indispensable to their future careers.