Outline / Three Policies

Outline of the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences

Name of graduate course/major
Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences, Kansai University
・Master's Program
 Disaster Prevention and Reduction Major
・Doctoral Program
 Disaster Prevention and Reduction Major

Name of Degree
・Master’s degree (academic)
 Master of Arts and Sciences
・Doctoral degree (academic)
 Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Capacity
・Doctoral Program First Semester:15 students
・Doctoral Program Second Semester: 5 students

3 policies

Doctoral Program First Semester

Admission Policy
 The Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences accepts students who are able to receive the education that is specified in the diploma policy and in the curriculum policy, and those with the following knowledge/techniques, abilities such as thinking, judging, and expressing themselves, and an independent attitude.

1. to have strong concerns about societal safety and to have acquired basic specialized knowledge and skills and in the field of societal safety sciences; 2. to think by themselves about the problems of societal safety from the global perspectives, to access them from versatile standpoints, such as law and political science, economics and business administration, sociology, psychology, physics, informatics, engineering science, labor and social medicine and so on, and to be able to contribute to the society with their strong leadership; 3. to have strong willingness to implement research proactively in order to solve the various problems of societal safety.

Policies to organize/implement the curriculum (curriculum policy)
 In the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “Graduate School”), in order for students to obtain the necessary knowledge/techniques and abilities such as thinking, judging, and expressing themselves specified in the diploma policy, as well as an independent attitude, the required subjects are systematically organized as a curriculum based on the following points:

1. Education Content
(1)Liberal Arts Education
A) By specifying lectures by all the full-time teachers as compulsory subjects (“relay lectures”), learners are expected to obtain a wide range of knowledge in various fields of societal safety, as well as in their own specialized fields.
B) Through practical classes by their advising teachers, students are expected to obtain the skills to accurately understand, describe, and express themselves in Japanese and one or more foreign languages.


(2)Liberal Arts Education
A) “Core Subjects” that cover the field of “Disaster prevention/disaster mitigation” and “Related Subjects” as peripheral subjects have been arranged.
B) In practical courses, etc., in addition to each student receiving instruction related to his/her own specialized field from his/her advising teachers, by the student receiving diversified lectures and suggestions through his/her elective subjects, he/she can have an organized system to obtain high-level research capabilities.
C) In addition to one main teacher, two assistant teachers from different fields are appointed, thus providing interdisciplinary research instruction.


2. Educational Evaluation
(1)An annual “Interim Presentation of Master’s Degree Thesis” is held in order for all students to make oral presentations regarding the progress of their researches pertaining to the theme of master’s degree thesis and future policies in front of all the full-time teachers.
(2)After careful examination of the master’s degree thesis of the students by the three teachers (one main teacher and two assistant teachers), the students shall submit the final version of their master’s degree thesis reflecting the instruction/advice from said teachers.
(3)After the oral examination and “Presentation of Master’s Degree Thesis”, the ones who meet the evaluation standards of the Graduate School shall be deemed to have passed.

Policies to confer diplomas (diploma policy)
 The Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences (the Master’s Degree Program) awards the master’s degree to those who have completed the prescribed education curriculum and have acquired the following knowledge and skills, abilities to think, judge and express themselves as well as proactive attitudes.

1. (Knowledge and skills)
Students can not only analyze the current situation in a multifaceted manner in order to create a safe and secure society, but also make use of high levels of expertise required for creating a new theory by inheriting and developing the existing ones.
2. (Abilities of Thinking, Judgement and Expression)
Students have practical and specialized abilities not only to assess the risk of disasters and accidents quantitatively from natural science and engineering, but also to develop a method to assess more comprehensively the risk by qualitative assessment of social sciences and propose and plan policies in order to achieve a safe and secure society with the high level of power of ‘Think and Practice’.
3. ( Proactive Attitudes)
Students can carefully observe a variety of information related to the societal safety to find issues and proactively cope with them to give a solution.

Doctoral Program Second Semester

Admission Policy
 The Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences accepts students who are able to receive the education that is specified in the diploma policy and in the curriculum policy, and those with the following knowledge/techniques, abilities such as thinking, judging, and expressing themselves, and an independent attitude.

1. to have strong concerns about the problems of societal safety and have acquired expertise and skills in the field of societal safety sciences; 2. to think by themselves about the problems of societal safety from the global perspectives, to access them from versatile standpoints, such as law and political science, economics and business administration, sociology, psychology, physics, informatics, engineering science, labor and social medicine and so on, to be able to create new academic field of societal safety science, and to contribute to the society through creation of new theory and policy proposal for disaster prevention and reduction; 3. to have strong willingness to tackle with research proactively in order to solve the various problems of societal safety.

Policies to organize/implement the curriculum (curriculum policy)
 The Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences (hereinafter referred to as “Graduate School”) configures essential subjects systematically in the curriculum based on the following points in order to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills, capacities and abilities as well as attitudes according to diploma policy of the Graduate School.

1. Education Content
(1)The Graduate School configures its curriculum focused on fostering of specialized researchers and highly-qualified professionals in the field of societal safety science and systemizes the subjects under the three categories of Science and Engineering System, Social System and Humanities System, respectively.
(2)The Graduate School arranges a system in order for the students to acquire a high level of research ability, not only through guidance of academic advisors on their specialized field in exercise subjects, but also by receiving a variety of lectures and suggestions in selective subjects.
(3)Students will acquire the skills to adequately understand, write and express in more than one foreign language in addition to Japanese and also acquire the skills to communicate and make a presentation through exercises by academic advisors.


2. Evaluation of Learning Achievements
(1)The doctoral thesis intermediate presentation meeting is held twice in which all students make an oral presentation in front of all full-time teachers for recognizing progress and contents of research on their master thesis.
(2)All master theses are examined by three examiners; one chief examiner and two sub-examiners, and students will submit their final version by reflecting their guidance.
(3)After the oral examination and public inquiry students who have satisfied with the evaluation standards of the Graduate School are deemed as qualified.

Policies to confer diplomas (diploma policy)
 The Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences (the Ph.D. Degree Program) awards the Ph.D. degree to those who have completed the prescribed education program and have acquired the following knowledge and skills, capacities and abilities, and proactive attitudes.

1. Students can not only analyze the current situation in a multifaceted manner in order to create a safe and secure society, but also have outstanding expertise required for creating a new theory by inheriting and developing the existing ones. 2. Students have autonomous research abilities in the field of societal safety science and can create theories and propose policies with an outstanding power of ‘Think and Practice’. 3. Students can carefully observe a variety of information related to the societal safety science and find issues and deal with them in a proactive manner to give a solution with high professional ethics.

Connection with other faculties/graduate schools

Relationship with the Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences
 In the Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences, students aim to learn, in a practical manner: the basics/foundation of evaluation methods of science and engineering regarding risk of disasters and accidents; knowledge about basic theories regarding disaster prevention/disaster mitigation and risk communication and risk management and apply such theories to actual society; and legal and management systems, through lectures, practical training, and seminars.
 In contrast, the Doctoral Program First Semester of the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences is aimed at developing experts that have research abilities to suggest policies and design systems to realize a safe and secure society not only by quantitatively evaluating the risk of disasters and accidents using science and engineering methods, but also adding qualitative evaluation utilizing the social sciences. Additionally, in Doctoral Program Second Semester, the Graduate School is aimed at developing human resources that have specialized research capabilities to be able to contribute to creating theories and suggesting policies for realizing disaster prevention/disaster mitigation, in order to cope with natural disasters and man-made disasters that threaten the lives of people, through interdisciplinary research in specialized fields that go beyond the borders of humanities and science.

Connection with other faculties/graduate schools
 In Kansai University, in addition to the three professional graduate schools (Graduate School of Law, Graduate School of Accountancy, Graduate School of Psychology, Major in Professional Clinical Psychology), there are other graduate courses established for Law, Literature, Economics, Business and Commerce, Sociology, Integrated Information Science, Science and Engineering, Foreign Language Studies, Psychology, East Asian Culture, Governance, and Health and Well-being. Almost all of such graduate courses are related to the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences. Additionally, the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences is connected to these graduate courses and departments as they form the basis of the graduate courses of the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences. Furthermore, the graduate and undergraduate courses are linked to the Institute of Legal Studies, the Institute of Economic and Political Studies, and the Organization for Research and Development of Innovative Science Technology.