School of Contemporary Sociology

School of Contemporary Sociology

English-based Degree Program: N/A
Location: Toyota Campus

School of Contemporary Sociology
Department of Contemporary Sociology

In 1986, the School of Sociology was founded as the fifth school of Chukyo University, and reorganized into the School of Contemporary Sociology. The School enhanced its system to realize practical and academic approaches to the problems of contemporary society with these objects: organizing a research system to integrate sciences related to social life, and educating students to seek solutions to conflicting problems out of modern society without being disoriented in the abyss of social changes. Original principle is observed; a flexible structure with no boundaries between departments within the School, putting an emphasis on field working and research, and fostering sensitivity, creativity and the ability to take action.

Major in Sociology

This major cultivates the capability of developing a social vision for a new human connection.

Acquisition of Sociological Imagination Skills

Job shortages for young people, the social divide, poverty, social withdrawal, and other familiar social issues can be deemed to be attributable to various factors, such as economic policies, educational systems, laws, public awareness, and social customs. We can identify the phenomena in quantitative terms, while also focusing on the social systems and cultural backgrounds that underlie these issues. Based on cross-curricular studies in politics, economics, education, labor and other academic fields, students are expected to acquire sociological imagination skills that help them understand profoundly the various problems existing with the human connection to the general social structure.

Designing Social Visions

Unconstrained by their profound understanding of society, each student will analyze collected information and data in order to reflect on their social vision for creating a new human connection based on his/her own theme. Our curricula are designed to encourage students to actively devote themselves to achieving their goal, develop a sociological eye, and cultivate creativity and energy to affect social change.

Sociology of the Media and Education

With a strong focus on the media and its engagement in the wide transmission of information to the public, students will familiarize themselves with the characteristics, techniques, and effects of various media in order to become capable of disseminating their vision to society. They will also learn about educational issues affecting the habits and moral values of individuals, and also suggest new teaching methods.

Major in Community Studies

This major involves the acquisition of demonstration skills and practical competence through hands-on opportunities for establishing human connections.

Field Practice

By focusing on widely diversified communities comprising people connected with one another through the local community, the family, hobbies, and the Internet, students will independently experience, examine, consider and practice their ideas out in the field where people are likely to form connections and cooperate with each other. Students are also expected to develop field-based skills for thinking about and solving community problems in a scientific manner.

Social Survey and Psychological Approach

Studying both sociology, with an emphasis on groups, and psychology, with a focus on individuals, will allow students to become familiar with two research methods -- social survey and psychological approach -- to facilitate carrying out practical research activities. This major is designed to provide students with the skills to gather and analyze information, plan, and present information and attain other practical competencies that can be applied to various careers, through a social survey that is also compatible with the national qualification of "Certified Social Researcher."

Participation in Social Engagement Activities

Our program aims to develop empathetic community designers who are also enthusiastic about creative work, by encouraging interaction with organizations engaged in various activities and volunteer groups, as well as involvement in town development projects, jointly, with local governments, and large-scale social surveys and other events. Over the course of the curriculum, students are expected to acquire communication skills, a sense of cooperation, analytical ability, presentation skills, and other competencies which are deemed useful in the real world.

Major in Social Welfare

This major combines the theories and practices of welfare to create a new form of coexistence.

Interdisciplinary Learning

In order to find solutions to social welfare issues, our curricula, which incorporate the research approaches of sociology, psychology and cultural anthropology, are aimed at developing human connections for coexistence in order to protect the lives of people and enrich their daily lives. Hands-on experience in nursing care, childcare, disaster relief assistance, and other various fields will make students capable of analyzing and understanding social problems, developing solutions, and taking action to tackle the challenges.

Emphasis on Fieldwork

Prior to participation in fieldwork activities, students will understand the value and concept of welfare and acquire scientific knowledge and skills and techniques to support their thinking. They will be encouraged to enhance their teamwork spirit so that they are able to understand, and serve people in need of help.

Student Support for the National Qualification "Certified Social Worker."

We offer academic subjects which are pre-requisites for the examination for Certified Social Worker. With consideration for students studying for certification examinations, we also provide group and private instruction, mock tests, and learning counseling for individuals.

Major in Intercultural Studies

This major creates new human connections across the borders through intercultural practice

Understanding Humans from a Cultural Perspective

With emphasis on the relationship between global trends and local phenomena, students will apply an anthropological perspective and consider new human connections created through intercultural exchange and multicultural coexistence. Our curricula, based on the combination of cultural anthropology and museology*, are designed to empower students to understand the future of people's livesbackground of way of lives that are dependent on playing a key role in that concept.

Intercultural Practice and Overseas Fieldwork

During their fieldwork, students will visit the places where local people actually live their lives, so that they can learn their lifestyle and philosophy. The students are expected to familiarize themselves with the ethnographic methodology in order to then share with others the experience and resources obtained through their fieldwork, so that they can gain advanced communication skills which are useful in the real world.

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