Graduate School of Social SciencesWaseda University

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Research Fields

English-taught Degree Program

The academic supervisors in charge of the following “research fields” speak English, and classes of those research fields will be taught in both English and Japanese flexibly adjusting backgrounds of the enrolled students. The interested students are suggested to consider carefully if one of the following research fields available in this academic year could match with their needs. The professor in charge of the chosen research field will work as a research supervisor until the program completes.

For more detail in the curriculum structure at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and the descriptions of the research areas, please see “Features and Organization”.

English-taught Research Fields

English-taught Research Fieldsas for 2021 September Enrollees

Majors Research Fields Research Supervisors Master’s Program Doctoral Program
Major in Global Society Urban Housing and Community Development Prof. SODA, Osamu Available Available
Global Governance Study Associate Prof. OKUSAKO, Hajime Available Available
International Finance Prof. KITAMURA, Yoshihiro Available Available
International Management Prof. HASEGAWA, Shinji Available Available
International Relations Prof. HORI, Yoshie Available Available
International Cooperation and Peacebuilding Prof. YAMADA, Mitsuru Available Available
Public Culture Prof. KONAGAYA, Hideyo Available Available
Comparative Study of Criminal Law Prof. NAKAMICHI, Yuki Available Available
Major in Policy Sciences Environmental Economics Prof. AKAO, Kenichi Available Available
Environmental Law and Policy Prof. KUROKAWA, Satoshi Available Available
Eurasian, and Global Food and Resource Economic Studies Prof. GEMMA, Masahiko Available Available
Game Theory Associate Prof. KASAJIMA, Yoichi Available Available
Social Governance Prof. SHINODA, Toru Available Available
Informatics Prof. NAKASHIMA, Kenichi Available Available
Philosophy of the Social Sciences Associate Prof. YOSHIDA, Kei Not available Not available

 

Summary of Research Fields

Major in Global Society

A. Theory of Urban Housing and Community Development (Prof. SODA, Osamu)

Research Area: Contemporary Japanese Studies

Housing and community development supervision provides students with an understanding of theory and practice in community management, particularly social and physical community development in low demand areas. Research emphasizes local planning and developmental context and pays particular attention to physical and socio-cultural conditions. It will be recommended students to join in participatory action research (PAR) projects in either urban or rural areas. Research addresses current topics, including community profiling, capacity building, collaborative planning, governance, community knowledge management, local housing strategies, institutional design, social innovation and resilience.

B. Global Governance Study (Associate Prof. OKUSAKO, Hajime)

Research Area: International Cooperation

(Master’s Program ) Many of current public policy problems have “cross-border”nature in at least three respects of geographical space, linkage among issue areas, and complexity/hybridity of relevant agents (governments, IOs, civil society actors, etc.). We have been unable to deal with such issues appropriately only through the nation state system as the existing basic political framework. Therefore, global governance study, which seeks to ameliorate and solve “cross-border”global public problems, has great value in searching for restructuring more effective and fairer politics, in this era of “political crisis”under the impacts of globalization. In this course, we will investigate the existing literature, especially the significance/potential and the problems/challenges of diverse theories and case studies on global governance, as systematically and comprehensively as possible.

(Doctoral Program) Many of current public policy problems have “cross-border”nature in at least three respects of geographical space, linkage among issue areas, and complexity/hybridity of relevant agents (governments, IOs, civil society actors, etc.). We have been unable to deal with such issues appropriately only through the nation state system as the existing basic political framework. Therefore, global governance study, which seeks to ameliorate and solve “cross-border”global public problems, has great value in searching for restructuring more effective and fairer politics, in this era of “political crisis”under the impacts of globalization. In this course, we will investigate how we can/should design, build and manage more effective and fairer global governance institutions (e.g. multi-level, multi-sectoral, and multi-stakeholders), referring to state-of-the-art theories, case studies, and comparative institutional studies.

C. International Finance (Prof. KITAMURA, Yoshihiro)

Research Area: International Cooperation

This course provides the elemental tools (especially empirical ones) to analyze the topics in International Finance. Beginning with uncovered interest rate parity (UIP) puzzle, several issues still have remained unresolved in this research area. To try these issues, you should understand essential financial theories at first. Based on them, you can try an empirical analysis. So, in your first stage, I suggest several text books and journal articles those show the theoretical explanations for the puzzles. When you are ready to understand these theories, you examine whether these are consistent with empirical evidence.

D. International Management (Prof. HASEGAWA, Shinji)

Research Area: Public and Social Policy

(Master’s Program) In this research field, the goal is for students to acquire the analytical skills to theoretically and empirically investigate various managerial problems firms are facing when internationalizing their business activities and organizations. Classes will be discussion based and we will not only be looking at recent domestic and international academic journals on related topics but will also,
through a firm understanding of its contents, get a grasp of recent research trends.
Through this method, the focus will be on the development of logical thinking while always being conscious of where the substantially inherent problems exist. At the same time, each student will develop ideas for their Master’s thesis and will, while using their viewpoints as a base, learn to consider their thesis topic deeply.

(Doctoral Program) Students will look at the managerial phenomena of multinational firms and learn to acquire the awareness of issues necessary to challenge long-established theories and, through the investigation of the reasoning and proving process (identifying an issue, proposing hypotheses, and testing the hypotheses), gain new insights on the topic.

E. International Relations (Prof. HORI, Yoshie)

Research Area: International Cooperation

(Master’s Program) Research Focus: Southeast Asia, Gender. This course is for writing a master’s thesis on Southeast Asia using the framework of international relations (especially political economy) and area studies. Students who want to do gender analysis in Southeast Asia are also welcome.  Field work is also encouraged. Firstly, we use some texts to understand the role of gender in economic growth in Asia and read materials on poverty/inequality and women’s migration etc. Secondly, students will present regarding papers and books related to their own research areas. Students will be expected to present which is related to development (including community-based development), gender issues, poverty and inequality, human rights, NGOs and civil-society in Southeast Asia.

(Doctoral Program) Research Focus: Southeast Asia, Gender. This course is for writing the D.Phil. dissertation on Southeast Asia using the framework of international relations (especially political economy) and area studies. Students who want to do gender analysis on Southeast Asia are also welcome. Students will be required to review previous research according to the theme of the students such as development (including community-based development), gender issues, poverty and inequality, human rights, NGOs and civil-society in Southeast Asia. More, field research is encouraged in related areas.

F. International Cooperation and Peacebuilding (Prof. YAMADA, Mitsuru)

Research Area: International Cooperation

The question of how to rebuild post-conflict countries has become one of the most urgent problems in the world today. According to a World Bank report, about 50% of post-conflict states are said to bring out conflicts again within five years. That’s why the main goal of peacebuilding is to prevent a relapse into violent conflict. The 2003 Revised Official Development Assistance (ODA) Charter indicates that peacebuilding is a critical issue. We will analyze and consider how Japan is dealing with peacebuilding processes in post-conflict countries, and we will compare them with those of other countries, UN organizations and so on.

G. Public Culture (Prof. KONAGAYA, Hideyo)

Research Area: Global Civil Society

This course explores the discourse and practice of public culture in relation to modernity, power, and knowledge, from anthropological, folkloristic, and cultural studies perspectives. It examines the way in which public culture has been constructed within a specific historical, social, and political context, particularly with regard to issues of nation-state building, social movements, cultural policy, democracy, colonialism, and globalization, focusing on theory, history, and politics. Students are expected to develop a critical understanding of public culture by engaging in discussions, readings, and presentations. Students should have background knowledge in anthropology, cultural theory, and cultural studies. Listening and reading proficiencies in Japanese are required.

H. Comparative Study of Criminal Law (Prof. NAKAMICHI, Yuki)

Research Area: Global Civil Society

(Master’s Program ) In Comparative Study of Criminal Law, we will be analyzing the existing Japanese laws critically and theoretically and, through comparative analysis of the legal systems and theories of other countries, we will try to discover the most suitable criminal law model for Japan and the universal theory of criminal law.

In this research field, students will develop a firm grasp on the criminal legal problems occurring in Japan as a point of comparison.  Then students will look at the legal systems adopted by other countries, including precedents, and understand objectively the theoretical basis of the country’s legal system.  Through this comparative analysis process, we will approach and study criminal law.  Due to the nature of this research field, students must have high reading comprehension in either English or German.

If you do not have much knowledge in Japanese criminal law, we recommend that you audit undergraduate courses in “Criminal Law General Part” and “Criminal Law Special Part” together with this course.

(Doctoral Program) In Comparative Study of Criminal Law, we will be analyzing the existing Japanese laws critically and theoretically and, through comparative analysis of the legal systems and theories of other countries, we will try to discover the most suitable criminal law model for Japan and the universal theory of criminal law.

In this research field, students will develop a firm grasp on the criminal legal problems occurring in Japan as a point of comparison.  Then students will look at the legal systems adopted by other countries, including precedents, and understand objectively the theoretical basis of the country’s legal system.  Through this comparative analysis process, we will approach and study criminal law.

Students are expected to have comprehensive knowledge in Japanese Criminal Law and Criminal Law Theory, as well as a general knowledge of the penal code of the country being compared.  The aim of this research field is not to rework or import criminal law theories from other countries, but to build an original and theoretical framework that would be most suitable for Japan or would be universally acceptable.

Major in Policy Sciences

I. Environmental Economics (Prof. AKAO, Ken-ichi)

Research Area: Sustainable Development

Environmental problems have caused serious health damage and huge social loss. Nowadays global environmental issues have been jeopardizing our life infrastructure on the global scale. Environmental Economics, as a field of applied economics, addresses these problems. The traditional approach is to characterize efficient pollution control and use of natural resources and to investigate effective policy measures for implementation. It also addresses a new challenge: the management of global public goods from the viewpoint of intergenerational equity with a century wide perspective. In order to contribute to this field, a researcher should not only have a serious interest in environmental issues, but also have solid and broad knowledge in economics. I hope to help students become equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills.

J. Environmental Law and Policy (Prof. KUROKAWA, Satoshi)

Research Area: Sustainable Development

(Master’s Program) You are expected to write a master’s thesis in relation to the legal system of environmental regulation. Air pollution, water pollution, waste management, soil contamination, climate change, or nature protection can be a field of your research. It is necessary to compare the regulatory scheme in Japan with that in another country. In order to analyze the environmental regulatory scheme, you need to realize the fundamental principles of environmental law, such as the sustainable development, the polluter-pays principle, and the precautionary principle. Also, you need get a skill to realize statues and to read judicial decisions precisely.

(Doctoral Program) You are expected to write a doctoral thesis in relation to the legal system of environmental regulation. I have studied environmental law with the background of administrative law. So I think that I can help you to write a good thesis if you search the environmental regulation of pollution or nature protection. You are to analyze cases and materials taking fundamental principles of environmental law like the sustainable development, the polluter-pays principle, and the precautionary principle. Comparative study is required.

K. Eurasian, and Global Food and Resource Economic Studies (Prof. GEMMA, Masahiko)

Research Area: Sustainable Development

For economic and social development, reforms have been implemented in many developing and transition economies. Efforts have been also made to alleviate poverty in developing countries and to reduce income disparity and environmental degradation in the middle income countries. Japan has gone through the challenges for economic and social development by introducing reform measures. We empirically evaluate economic and social reform measures of specific economies including Japan to derive general policy implications.

There also exist the problems in economic and social development that cannot be overcome only by reforms. Taking an example of the food economy, demand side challenges have been emerging in food and natural resource markets. Conflicts have been observed for energy security and food security goals in land use for energy and food crop production. We attempt to understand global food and resource challenges and to analyze the conditions for avoiding conflicts and achieving sustainable development objectives.

L. Game Theory (Associate Prof. KASAJIMA, Yoichi)

Research Area: Public and Social Policy

(Master’s Program) In this seminar, students receive research guidance on Game Theory and how to theoretically analyze situations where among multiple agents, individual agents affect each other. Students will learn two approaches to game theory: one where each agent makes decisions individually and one where each agent cooperates with one another to come to a decision. While presenting on existing research and having constant discussions, students will be able to find a dissertation topic and complete it. Existing research materials will mostly be in English.

(Doctoral Program) In this seminar, students receive research guidance on Game Theory and how to theoretically analyze situations where among multiple agents, individual agents affect each other. In particular, the theme of our research would be to design a desirable economic mechanism from the game theory viewpoint. In addition to gaining an accurate understanding of existing academic research (including an understanding of mathematical proofs), students will also gain the ability to write an original dissertation through constant discussion. Existing research materials will mostly be in English. Students will also be provided with guidance on how to present research results at international conferences and publish papers in an international journal.

M. Social Governance (Prof. SHINODA, Toru)

Research Area: Employment/Industrial Relations, Labor Movement, Cooperative Movement, Labor History, Labor Politics

This supervisor will welcome students who are interested in comparative and historical studies of employment/industrial relations, labor movement, cooperative movement, labor history, labor politics.

N. Informatics (Prof. NAKASHIMA, Kenichi)

Research Area: Public and Social Policy

(Master’s Program ) Informatics’ role in various Social Systems, particularly in Corporate Management, continues to increase in importance day by day.  In this research guidance, we will examine the basic concepts behind management systems and the significance and role of using information as a resource.  Furthermore, students will survey domestic and international publications related to the topic and will learn how to construct, operate, and evaluate system models while considering how to optimize a system for an ever changing environment.  Students will also look at cases where management informatics and smart factories are used in social systems so they can write a master’s thesis which combines theory and practice.

(Doctoral Program) While looking at a variety of social systems that utilized informatics, a research theme will be selected based on the student’s interest.  The aim of this research guidance is to teach students how to acquire advanced knowledge and expertise in their chosen field.  In addition, students will apply existing systems while conducting research related to the evaluation and optimization of information utilization systems.  Through presentations at academic and research conferences, students will deepen their knowledge in their respective fields and work towards the completion of their dissertation.

O. Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Associate Prof. YOSHIDA, Kei)

Research Area: Public and Social Policy

(Master’s Program ) The aim of this research field is to examine philosophical problems of the social sciences. To do original research for a master’s thesis, students are required to have knowledge about, and interests in, the philosophy of science and the social sciences. They also need to have a higher English proficiency to read and understand academic literature. Furthermore, those who are not native speakers of English would need to improve their English abilities, aiming to score above 100 in the TOEFL iBT test during the master’s program. Those who want to do social scientific research should apply to other research fields. Before applying to this research field, applicants are required to check research interests of the supervisor.

(Doctoral Program) The aim of this research field is to examine philosophical problems of the social sciences. To do original research for a doctoral dissertation, students are required to have knowledge about, and interests in, the philosophy of science and the social sciences. They also need to have a higher English proficiency to read and understand academic literature. Furthermore, those who are not native speakers of English would need to improve their English abilities, aiming to score above 100 in the TOEFL iBT test at their enrollment to, or during their early stages in, the doctoral program. This is necessary for writing a paper in English and having an academic discussion at an international conference. Those who want to do social scientific research should apply to other research fields. Before applying to this research field, applicants are required to check research interests of the supervisor.

 

English-taught Subjects and Seminar Courses

Subject Courses for 2018 (Excerpt)

Course Title
Comparative Immigration Studies: Contemporary Issues and Developments
Comparative Politics and Social Analysis I・II
Environmental Economics
Environmental Law in Japan
Global Food and Resource Issues
Housing and Community Development II
International Cooperation and Peacebuilding
International Relations I・II
Introduction to Research Ethics A・B
Japanese Economy: Current Structural Issues
Politics and Government of Contemporary Japan
Principles of International Law
Social History I・II
Social・Governance I・II
Studies of Solidaristic Society I・II

Seminar Courses for 2018

Course Title
Environmental Economics I・II
International Finance I・II
Seminar in Environmental Law and Policy I・II
Eurasian Studies I・II
Studies on Social Governance I・II
Theory of Urban Housing and Community Development I・II
International Management I・II
International Cooperation and Peacebuilding I・II
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