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Faculty of Sociology

Based on the University’s basic educational goals, the Faculty of Sociology aims to train capable graduates with the holistic conceivability to help realize a more desirable society, through education and research that cultivate a critical spirit and sympathetic communication abilities, based on identification of diverse social issues analyzed from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Diploma Policy

Together with realizing the core educational goals of Musashi University, the educational policy of the Faculty of Sociology calls for educating graduates who will be able to respond appropriately to the various social issues and challenges arising amid the changes taking place in today’s increasingly complex and rapidly changing society. To realize this policy, the Faculty awards a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology to students who have mastered the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and other objectives described below by completing the Faculty’s designated compulsory classes and earning the 124 course credits required for graduation.
 
  1. Familiarity with a broad range of educational subjects from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, attained through Faculty-wide general-education subjects
  2. Attainment of specialized knowledge and mastery of the abilities of theoretical thinking in the field of Sociology or Socio-Media Studies
  3. Familiarity with specialized methodologies and skills related to social research and data analysis—the core of learning in the Faculty of Sociology—as well as interpretation, preparation, and literacy, and having deepened his or her experiences through practical learning
  4. Ability to investigate socially significant research themes on their own and to carry out fact-based critical analysis, through specialized seminars and graduation theses or projects
  5. As global citizens, acquiring a disposition toward cross-cultural and international understanding, respect for other cultures, and the capacity for collaborative learning across diverse values and opinions for the overall good of society
  6. Attainment of the skills needed properly to express and communicate one’s own thoughts among people from diverse backgrounds
  7. Mastery of the practical foreign-language abilities needed for purposes such as collecting, organizing, and studying useful information in a global society
  8. Having the motivation to put specialized knowledge and practical skills from sociology to use in contributing to society and community development, and the ability to act independently toward this end

Curriculum Policy

Based on the University’s Curriculum Policy, the educational curriculum of the Faculty of Sociology consists of the three categories of general education, foreign language, and specialized education—through which are collectively imparted the knowledge, skills, attitudes, etc. called for by the Diploma Policy. In general-education classes students learn a broad range of knowledge, in foreign-language classes they learn the practical ability to express their own thoughts in English and other foreign languages, and in specialized education classes—organized systematically into the four groups of seminars, methodological subjects, theoretical subjects, and advanced subjects—they master systematic knowledge, skills, and methods from the first through the fourth year of the program and acquire the competency in problem-solving, thinking, judgment, and self-expression.
All departments
  1. To master a wide range of educational subjects and to attain a comprehensive grounding in the humanities, students must complete a total of 20 course credits in general-education subjects from the first through the fourth year of the program, including at least two course credits from each of the following six areas: Information and Communication; History and Culture; Contemporary Society; Nature and Environment; Body and Mind; and Life Management and Career Design.
  2. Foreign-language classes enable students to learn about the societies and cultures of different countries and to acquire the abilities needed in this global age to communicate smoothly as well as to collect, organize, and analyze information. English is a required subject in the first and second years, with small classes in the first year organized to match the levels of students’ English-language abilities.
  3. Seminar classes are the pillars of undergraduate education, based mainly on small-group classes taught by students’ faculty advisors. They consist of basic and applied seminars in the first year, methodological seminars in which students learn various methodologies in the second year, and specialized seminars in which they complete their graduation theses or projects during the third and fourth years.
  4. Methodological courses comprise basic classes on research methods in the first year and a diverse range of methodological classes from which students can choose those that interest them beginning in the second year, to ensure that they attain the requisite knowledge and skills and to provide opportunities to enrich their analytical abilities as sociologists.
  5. Theoretical courses comprise basic classes on theory and the discipline in the first year and more specialized theoretical classes intended to improve students’ theoretical knowledge beginning in the second year.
  6. Each department offers specialized programs for each major beginning in the second year.
  7. Students are required to complete a graduation thesis, graduation project, or similar graduation activity both to build on the specialized knowledge that they have learned through undergraduate education and to put their experiences in sociological research and media production to use in improving their presentation and communication abilities, as a distillation of what they have learned in their four years of undergraduate education.
  8. The classes offered in each department are open to students in the entire Faculty, so that they can study freely the subjects that interest them.
  9. Some specialized elective classes are open to all students at the university regardless of their faculty affiliation, to facilitate the cultivation of broad-ranging perspectives and to deepen students’ understanding of their own field of specialization.
  10. Specialized seminars in the third and fourth years stress sequential learning, with completion of basic subjects as prerequisites for enrollment.
  11. Classes authorized by the Japan Association for Social Research are provided, making it possible for many students to earn Social Researcher qualifications.
  12. Opportunities are provided for field work in Japan and around the world as well as learning about various social issues, social developments, and local issues in the field.
  13. In the Global Data Science (GDS) Program, students take specialized major classes beginning in their first year, through a systematic class structure intended to improve their practical foreign-language and discussion abilities as well as obtaining in-depth knowledge and experience related todata science.
  14. Classes are arranged systematically through a numbering system to promote cumulative learning, and roadmaps toward degree completion are provided.
  1. Results of learning are assessed through comprehensive evaluation of the following considerations for each class: (1) knowledge and skills, (2) competency in thinking, judgment, and self-expression, (3) independence, the ability to cooperate with others, etc. Specific means of assessment such as final exams and papers, quizzes, various assignments, and class efforts in areas such as presentations, field studies, and field work, and the contribution of each of these to the final grade, are described in the class syllabus and elsewhere. The graduation theses or graduation project is evaluated by the student’s faculty advisor (as the chief evaluator) and a second reader, and the student must pass both an assessment of their thesis or project against the relevant criteria and an oral defense of their work.
 
Department of Sociology
  1. During the first year, students take the Basic Sociology Seminar and Applied Sociology Seminar to learn the basic skills needed in university learning, including reading, writing, presentation, and discussion skills.
  2. In the second-year Sociology Methodology Seminar, students learn diverse research methods including questionnaire surveys, interviews, participatory fieldwork, and media analysis, to elucidate social phenomena, as well as human behavior and consciousness.
  3. Programs are set beginning in the second year for purposes of systematically learning specialized knowledge and skills, and a roadmap toward completion is provided for each program. The Department of Sociology offers three major programs: Social Issues and Empowerment, International Society and Networks, and Culture and Identity.
  4. A graduation thesis is required, through which students learn the abilities to analyze and examine various contemporary social issues on their own through empirical and theoretical writing supported sufficiently by evidence, based on the methods of social thinking and social research they built up over their four years of study.
 
Department of Socio-Media Studies
  1. During the first year, students take the Basic Socio-Media Studies Seminar and Applied Socio-Media Studies Seminar to learn the basic abilities needed in university learning, including reading, writing, presentation, and discussion skills.
  2. In the second-year Socio-Media Studies Methodology Seminar, students deepen their understanding of the media through understanding methodology, by learning the methods of media content analysis and quantitative study, data analysis, fieldwork, or content production.
  3. Programs are set beginning in the second year for purposes of systematically learning specialized knowledge and skills, and a roadmap toward completion is provided for each program. The Department of Socio-Media Studies offers the three major classes of Media Communication, Public Communication, and Media Production.
  4. A graduation thesis or graduation project is required, through which students demonstrate their ability to navigate and utilize a diverse media environment for their own ends, communicating information effectively to contemporary society based on the media literacy and media analysis or production techniques they built up over their four years of study.
 
Global Data Science (GDS) Program
  1. The GDS Program is a specialized program established in both the Department of Sociology and the Department of Socio-Media Studies. GDS students begin the Program in their first year.
  2. During the first year, in the second quarter term, students have the opportunity for intensive English-language study through Practical Foreign Language Study in the Field.
  3. The Program offers basic methodological courses needed for research in sociology and media studies, including Fundamentals of Data Science.
  4. Starting in the second year, students take diverse, specialized methodological classes, learning how to analyze domestic and international social and cultural phenomena, social issues, and other topics on their own using Big Data and other tools.
  5. Starting in their second or third years, students may take GDS Practice classes that provide opportunities for learning focused on global experience and experience in the field, including studying abroad and overseas volunteer and internship programs in which they put their English-language abilities to use.
  6. The addition of graduation activities as an alternative way to fulfil the graduation requirement, extending the options of a graduation thesis or graduation project, provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate the results of an undergraduate program with a greater focus on the ability to contribute practically to society.

Admissions Policy

The Faculty of Sociology seeks students who meet the basic prerequisites of understanding the Academy’s three founding principles, the University’s core educational goals, and the University’s three main policies; who have the clear intent to study in line with these; who, after diligent study through high school or further education, are interested in and concerned by various phenomena and developments arising in society, human behavior and consciousness; and who have sufficient academic competence and the appropriate aptitude to learning that will enable them to benefit from studying in the Faculty of Sociology.

-Types of students sought

All departments
  1. Those who have attained the basic academic abilities needed to learn about subjects such as the state of society and human behavior
  2. Those interested in and concerned by the various phenomena and developments arising in society and able to take action on their own, as well as being able to build positive relations and cooperate with diverse individuals regardless of differing values, cultures, gender, and other factors
  3. Those able to identify topics from among the various phenomena and developments arising in society and to collect information concerning their causes and solutions as well as responding appropriately and employing sound judgment
  4. Those able to listen to others’ thoughts and arguments and to state and express their own opinions
  5. In the Faculty-wide Global Data Science (GDS) Program, those motivated to attain language abilities in English and other languages and to master abilities related to methodologies of sociological study and information utilization skills as needed in the society of the future and the ability to use data science, in order to analyze scientifically domestic and international social issues from a global perspective, while also having the desire to communicate their findings not only in Japanese but in other languages such as English

Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology welcomes applicants who have the basic academic abilities needed to learn about the state of society and human behavior and the motivation to develop new concepts of society from various perspectives. It seeks students able to join with others to consider the issues that they themselves face from the perspective of the relationship between the individual and society, and to identify social issues with sensitivity and collect and analyze information and data regarding solutions to these issues on their own and work together with people who possess diverse values.
 
Department of Socio-Media Studies
The Department of Sociology welcomes applicants who have the basic academic abilities needed to learn about the state of society and human behavior and an interest in the various phenomena occurring in society. It also seeks students who are motivated to communicate their own thoughts and informational content to local communities and global society through collecting and evaluating information on their own while also analyzing and showing a deep understanding of mediacontent.
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