Graduate School of Public ManagementWaseda University

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Course Descriptions

Educational programs that build a bridge between theory and practice are the Graduate School of Public Management’s greatest feature. Our curriculum offers a wealth of practical courses in addition to lecture courses. The principle classifications are field studies in self-governing and local government, case studies to deepen knowledge and understanding regarding problems in public management, as well as courses connected directly with careers (internships, public servant courses, etc.)

On this page, we’ll give a concrete introduction to these practical courses.

Field Studies

Approximately 1 week of on-site group work under the guidance of a self-governing body connected with the Graduate School of Public Management. The results of the group work will be delivered as a policy proposal presentation to the self-governing body.
In the past, there are cases in which these proposals have actually been adopted.

Main Lecture Subjects (2014 academic year)

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Subject name Location
Field study (Regional Community Innovation A) Kobayashi City, Miyazaki Prefecture
Field study (Local Regeneration: Practicum) Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Field study (Regional Independence A) Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture
Field study (Regional Independence: Practicum) Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Field study (Regional Regeneration and Governance A) Kyoto Prefecture and Wazuka

Click here to see reports from students that participated in field studies.

Case Studies

Case studies use individual precedents and group discussions in order to investigate problems concerning public management and further deepen knowledge and understanding. Examples may be given by the instructor or in some cases set by the students themselves.

Main Lecture Subjects (2014 academic year)

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Case study (top seminar) * (for reference) Click here for list of lecturers from last year
Case study (regional economy)
Case study (policy)
Cast study (public policy issues/agendas/alternatives)
Case study (policy making workshop)

Internships

Courses that use clinical teaching to cultivate the ability to manage policy formation, implementation and evaluation. After prior training, hands-on practice takes place with each participating institution. Participating institutions are planned to include central government agencies, local governments such as prefectural and city governments, think tanks, the National Diet offices and the like (2014 academic year).

Main Lecture Subjects (2014 academic year)

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Internship (Kokkai Toumon kai (one of Waseda Alumni Association Boards)
Internship (Research Institute of Manifesto) A
Internship (Self-government A)

Click here to see reports from students that participated in internships.

Civil Servant Courses

These courses are for those who aspire to a career as a government official or local government employee.
“National and Local Administration” cultivates the necessary ability to carry out with precision the duties required as a civil servant in either national or local administration. Furthermore, in “Practical Public Policy, you will receive a lecture regarding major policies directly from an active service government worker or a person in charge of policy, and deepen your understanding of these issues and see how things are from the perspective of a civil servant.

Main Lecture Subjects (2014 academic year)

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Public Service Course (National/Local Administration A)
Public Service Course (Practical Public Policy)
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