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Transitioning to a new English-based degree program

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From September 2018, the School of Social Sciences’ English-based degree program, the Contemporary Japanese Studies Program (CJSP), will become the Transnational and Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Innovation (TAISI) program.  The TAISI program is an expansion of the ideas and principles behind the CJSP curriculum, but with added emphasis on providing students with practical and hands-on experience and on making positive contributions to society.  Below are the three main differences between the TAISI program and CJSP.


■Three differences between TAISI and CJSP

<Point 1> More Flexible Admissions Process

The TAISI program now accepts application for admissions in April or September and has also increased the number of admitted students from 20 to 60 students.  Students applying for September Admission can take advantage of our new rolling admission policy.
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<Point 2> Practical and Experience-driven Curriculum

The new curriculum provides students with hands-on experience through fieldwork or on-site research courses and internship opportunities in Japan and overseas.  Students also gain practical knowledge through classroom stimulations and consideration of case studies.

<Point 3> Focus on creating Social Innovators and Leaders

Through our curriculum, students receive specialized, interdisciplinary knowledge through the study of four fields which are then divided into three types of courses: Introduction, Field Issues, and Practicum courses.  Taking courses in that order trains students to think critically, look at issues from multiple perspectives, and question the current state of global affairs.  Such skills are necessary for those who want to become leaders who can discover, develop, and carry out solutions to social issues that are fair, sustainable, effective, and good for society.


What is the TAISI program?

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Our Mission

The TAISI programs hopes to train students to become social innovators who aim to identify and confront a central issue facing global society, find a solution, and in cooperation with those around them make the solution into reality.  In this program, students will learn about contemporary Japanese society and look at domestic and international events from the Japanese perspective.  Using this knowledge and the practical experiences gained through fieldwork, we hope to create graduates who can take the comprehensive and interdisciplinary knowledge they gained and redefine it in the international context in order to find solutions for social issues such as poverty, conflict, economic disparity, environmental degradation, community collapse, and natural disasters.  It is in the TAISI program that we hope to create an environment for students from various backgrounds and countries and train them to become internationalized, foreign language speaking global leaders.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Innovation (The Four Fields)

In TAISI, student gain specialized and interdisciplinary knowledge in one of the following four fields.  Along with their studies in the social sciences, humanities, and the natural sciences, students will learn about existing frameworks of thoughts and institutions and develop the ability to look at and find new ways to solve social issues.

Field 01 : Community & Social Development
Study the necessary know-how for making sustainable communities and urban development a reality

Field 02 : Peace Building & International Cooperation
Study how to build a peaceful society and the international cooperation organizations that make it possible from the perspective of peace research

Field 03 : Economic & Environmental Sustainability
Studying environmental issues and international markets from the economic perspective

Field 04 : Social Organizations & Working
Learning how to create socially responsible businesses or organizations as well as how to address labor issues and social security













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