Foundations in Social SciencesStudents gain general knowledge and competence in the Social Sciences and So-cial Innovation by taking introductory courses in the following subjects: politics, economics, law, commerce, sociology, and the humanities. Through these courses students develop the theoretical frame-work needed to approach and find solu-tions for difcult social issues.Practicum CoursesPracticum courses give students hands-on, practical experience in one of the Four Fields. In these Practi-cum courses students will engage in either on-site re-search or classroom stimulations to nd feasible and sustainable solutions to social issues. By allowing students to engage with these social issues directly and in real time, students will have the opportunity to apply the theory and solutions they have studied and developed in the classroom. Having close contact with society and its problems is an important asset for future Social Innovators. Waseda students doing eldwork at a local village in Cambodia.Waseda students discussing with Dr. Xanana Gusmão (The first President of East Timor, Waseda University Honorary Doctorate) during their eldwork in Timor-Leste.Example of Past ThesisCommunity & Social Development▪Study on Social Security for the Old in Japan▪Research on Over Urbanization and Unbalance of Population▪Women and Gender in Contemporary Japanese Society▪ Ethnic Minorities of Japan – A Study of the Ainu People and the Ryukyuan People - Peace Building & International Cooperation▪ Analyzing the Driving Forces behind Japanese ODA under the Perspective of International Relations▪ The US Influence on China and Japan: The Triangular Relationship from the US PerspectiveEconomic & Environmental Sustainability▪ Quantitative Easing Policy of Japan: Realizing the Potential Negative Outcomes of the Japanese QE▪ “For the Establishment of a Sound Material-Cycle (SMC) Society”: Reduction of Resource Use on Containers and Packaging in JapanSocial Organizations & Working▪ The Competition between Japanese Companies and Chinese Companies in the Chinese Market▪ The Bitter Truth Behind Chocolates: Child Labor Issues and Challenges to the Chocolate Industry and International SocietyStarting from the rst year, students will take Seminar courses. These courses are small-sized classes where students de-velop thesis ideas and acquire the skills needed to complete a Capstone Project in their nal year. A Capstone Project is a report based on an individual or a group’s practical research in a chosen subject.SeminarInterdisciplinary Studies in Social InnovationThis is where students apply the general knowledge they acquired and delve into one of the Four Fields (Community & Social Development, Peace Building & International Cooperation, Economic & Environmental Sustainability, Social Orga-nizations & Working). Courses in the Four Fields fall into the following three main categories:▎Introduction Students acquire background infor-mation on their chosen Field.▎Field IssuesStudents learn about the common is-sues and problems of the Field of their choice through case studies.▎Practicum CoursesStudents engage in these issues and problems rst hand (See below).Example of Courses・Empirical Study on Policy Evaluation・Contemporary Political Analysis (Japan)・Marketing in Practice・Game Theory・Introduction to Mathematical Analysis・Science and Technology in Japan・Evolutionary Anthropology・Intercultural Communications・Contemporary Japanese SocietyPoliticsEconomicsLawHumanities & othersSociologyCommerceSocialSciencesWaseda students preparing for and presenting their research results at an urban development workshop in Kawaguchi city, Saitama Prefecture with government administrative ofcers and specialists in attendance.CURRICULUM4

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