Three policies for the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

For its common educational purposes, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences has three policies for the Division of Law and Letters (DLL) and the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation (DISMI), respectively, along with the curriculum policies of the Graduate School.
The three policies are: (1) Diploma policies, which summarize the basic concept of awarding a degree; (2) Curriculum policies, which summarize the basic concept of how the curriculum is organized and implemented; and (3) Admission policies, which summarize the characteristics of education and research, the images of expected students, and the methods of admitting new students.

In addition, as the four courses in the DLL and the DISMI are different in their academic and research fields, each Course (i.e., Law and Politics; Humanities; Economics and Management; and Environment and Resource Management) has its own admission and diploma policies.

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Curriculum policies

This is to show a set of basic ideas on the curricular organizations, the course contents, and the educational methods, all of which are necessary to achieve the educational goals and the diploma policies.

  1. The basic courses for each Division are designated for all first-year students and provide practical trainings of the basic skills that are required for research in specialized fields in the following years. In addition, the basic courses for the Graduate School are offered to cultivate a broad range of thinking ability by considering themes related to the GS’s educational philosophy of “creating new values and solving issues facing local communities.”
  2. As for the specialized courses, specialized courses (lecture or theory) and specialized courses (seminar or practice) are arranged in a well-balanced manner in the first year, while allowing for specialized courses (lecture or theory) from other Courses and/or other Division to be taken up to five or six credits. This arrangement enables graduate students to take a wide range of courses outside their specialized fields and thus acquire broad knowledge as well as abilities to see things from a higher perspective. Specialized courses (seminar or practice) are to develop practical abilities for research and include such courses as project seminar and project research. Seminar courses also incorporate classes for literature survey and field survey in line with research practice.
  3. For Master’s thesis guidance, “Research Guidance” by advisors is available in the second year, providing thorough thesis guidance to develop versatile research or practical research ability. Through research papers guidance, the ability to present practical proposals and solutions is developed. Coaching for master’s theses or research papers are conducted by not only students’ Advisors and Assistant Advisors, but also joined by multiple faculty members in the Division and the Graduate School through the “Thesis Proposal Presentations,” “Interim Presentations,” and “Achievement Presentations,” all of which are held by each Division.
  4. Career development courses are set up to help students acquire business mindset that are required to play an active role in the real world after completing the degree, and also prepared are other courses such as internship that can be taken according to their desired career paths after completion of the degree.

The Division of Law and Letters

Admission policies

The Division of Law and Letters aims to foster individuals who acquire, through the study and its practice in the Law and Politics Course or the Humanities Course, advanced and specialized knowledge and the ability to perform research that is based on such knowledge, and thus can turn the learning into intellectual resources and contribute to the development of local communities. To provide the admitted graduate students with a grounding in humanities and social sciences, we assess their knowledge, ability, and qualities under the following admission policies:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expressiveness in the field of application
    With regard to their desired field of study in the humanities and social sciences, the successful applicants possess specialized knowledge equivalent to the completion of a baccalaureate degree and can accurately express the content.
  2. Broad perspectives for humanities and social sciences and the ability to set up research topics
    With regard to their desired field of study in the humanities and social sciences, the applicants can logically grasp the field from a broad perspective and set up research topics with autonomy.
  3. Intellectual curiosity about society and motivation to learn
    The applicants have an intellectual curiosity about the society and are motivated to study to contribute to its development.
  4. Responsibility and attitude as a BA holder
    The applicants possess a sense of responsibility as a baccalaureate graduate and an attitude to build collaborative relationships with others while respecting diversity.

Curriculum policies

The Division of Law and Letters cultivates students’ advanced expertise in law & politics and humanities and the ability to research, and based on that, foster advanced human resources with ability to do research to resolve issues facing local communities. In order to develop such human resources, the Division of Law and Letters, which places a special emphasis on the development of versatile research ability with universal theories and skills in the humanities and social sciences, has been established with Law & Politics and Humanities as the targeted areas. The curriculum is organized as follows. Note that Roman numerals attached to class names indicate the types of courses, and Arabic numerals indicate the order in which the same courses are taken.

  1. The basic courses for the Law and Letters majors are designated for the first semester of the first year of study to provide practical training of the basic skills to be required for research in the specialized fields in the following years that students of any major should acquire in common. At the same time, the basic courses for the Graduate School are offered to help students to consider, across the fields, the themes related to the Graduate School’s educational philosophy of “creating new values and solving issues facing local communities,” and thereby to cultivate a broad range of thinking skills.
  2. As for the specialized courses, we arranged Specialized courses (lecture) and Specialized courses (seminar) in a well-balanced manner in the first year, while allowing Specialized courses (lecture or theory) from other Courses and/or other Division to be taken up to five credits. This arrangement enables graduate students to take a wide range of courses outside their specialized fields and thus acquire broad knowledge as well as the ability to think from a higher perspective. Specialized courses (seminar) are to develop practical research ability and include such courses as project seminars. Seminar courses also incorporate classes for literature survey and field survey in line with research practice.
  3. For Master’s thesis guidance, such courses as “Professional Research 1” and “Professional Research 2” by the Advisor are available in the first semester and the second semesters, respectively, of the second year, providing thorough thesis guidance to develop versatile research or practical research ability. Through research papers guidance, the ability to present practical proposals and solutions is developed. Coaching for master’s theses or research papers will be conducted not only by the Advisor and the Assistant Advisors, but also joined by multiple faculty members in the Division of Law and Letters and the Graduate School through the “Thesis Proposal Presentations,” “Interim Presentations,” and “Achievement Presentations,” all of which are held by the Division.
  4. Internships as a career development course are set up to help students acquire the business mindset required to play an active role in the real world after completing the graduate school, and also prepared are other courses that can be taken according to their desired career paths after completion.

Diploma policies

In the Division of Law and Letters, the graduate students acquire the following knowledge, abilities, and qualities through their study and practice in the Law and Politics Course and the Humanities Course:

  1. Knowledge of specialized fields and ability to carry out research
    The students have acquired advanced and specialized knowledge and the research ability based on this knowledge in the humanities and social sciences: ability to collect materials, ability to analyze information, logical thinking, and writing skills.
  2. Ability to identify problems with bird’s-eye-view thinking
    The students have ability to analyze various human activities and thus identify various problems with the ability to see the human society from a higher perspective.
  3. Communication ability and its social roles
    The students have the ability to communicate to bridge the gaps between diversity and universality through repeated dialogues with others and texts, and recognize the importance of its social roles.
  4. Knowledge of humanities and social sciences and the qualities to utilize it
    The students have the qualities to contribute to the local symbiotic society with the advanced and specialized knowledge of humanities and social sciences, as well as to precisely investigate various issues related to their specialized field.
  5. Attitude as a master’s degree recipient
    As a master’s degree recipient, the graduating students have a high sense of ethics and responsibility, and have a practical attitude to solve social issues in collaboration with others.

Law and Politics Course

Admission policies

The Law and Politics Course of the Division of Law and Letters aims to foster individuals who acquire, through the study and its practice in law and politics, advanced and specialized knowledge and the ability to perform research that is based on such knowledge, and can contribute to the development of local communities. To provide the admitted graduate students with a grounding in law and politics, we assess their knowledge, ability, and qualities under the following admission policies:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expressiveness in the field of application
    With regard to their desired field of study in law and politics, the successful applicants possess specialized knowledge equivalent to the completion of a baccalaureate degree program and can accurately express the content.
  2. Broad perspectives for the social sciences and the ability to set up research topics
    With regard to their desired field of study in social sciences, the applicants can logically grasp it from a broad perspective and set up research topics with autonomy.
  3. Intellectual curiosity about society and motivation to learn
    The applicants have an intellectual curiosity about society and are motivated to study to contribute to its development.
  4. Responsibility and attitude as a BA holder
    They possess a sense of responsibility as a baccalaureate graduate and an attitude of associating with others in a collaborative manner while respecting diversity.

Diploma policies

In the Law and Politics Course of the Division of Law and Letters, the graduate students acquire the following knowledge, abilities, and qualities through their study and practice in law and politics.

  1. Knowledge of specialized fields and the ability to carry out research
    The students have acquired advanced and specialized knowledge and the research ability based on this knowledge in the law and politics, i.e., ability to collect materials, ability to analyze information, logical thinking, and writing skills.
  2. Ability to identify problems with bird’s-eye-view thinking
    The students have the ability to analyze various human activities and thus identify various problems in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner.
  3. Communication ability and its social roles
    With practical interests in solving social issues in their background, the students have the ability to communicate with diverse people in the society to resolve issues and recognize the importance of its social roles.
  4. Knowledge of social sciences and the qualities to utilize it
    The students have the qualities to contribute to local communities with the knowledge of social sciences, as well as to precisely investigate various issues related to social science.
  5. Attitude as a master’s degree recipient
    As a master’s degree recipient, the graduating students have a high sense of ethics and responsibility, and have a practical attitude to solve social issues in collaboration with others.

Humanities Course

Admission policies

The Humanities Course of the Division of Law and Letters aims to foster individuals who acquire, through the study and its practice in the Humanities, advanced and specialized knowledge and the ability to perform research that is based on such knowledge, and thus can turn the learning into intellectual resources and contribute to the development of local communities. To provide the admitted graduate students with a grounding in humanities, we assess their knowledge, ability, and qualities under the following admission policies:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expressiveness in the field of application
    With regard to their desired field of study in the humanities, the applicants must possess specialized knowledge equivalent to the completion of a baccalaureate degree program and be able to accurately express the content.
  2. Broad perspective for the humanities and the ability to set up research topics
    With regard to their desired field of study in the humanities, the applicants must be able to logically grasp it from a broad perspective and set up research topics with autonomy.
  3. Intellectual curiosity about society and willingness to learn
    The applicants must have an intellectual curiosity about society and are willing to study to contribute to its development.
  4. Responsibility and attitude as a BA holder
    The applicants must possess a sense of responsibility as a baccalaureate graduate and an attitude of associating with others in a collaborative manner while respecting diversity.

Diploma policies

In the Humanities Course of the Division of Law and Letters, the graduate students acquire the following knowledge, abilities, and qualities through their study and practice in humanities.

  1. Knowledge of specialized fields and the ability to carry out research
    The students have acquired advanced and specialized knowledge and the research ability based on this knowledge in the humanities, i.e., ability to collect materials, ability to analyze information, logical thinking, and writing skills.
  2. Ability to identify problems with bird’s-eye-view thinking
    Capturing humans, languages, history, and regions from the holistic perspectives, the students have the ability to analyze various human activities and thus identify various issues in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner.
  3. Communication ability and its social roles
    The students have the ability to communicate to bridge the gaps between diversity and universality through repeated dialogues with others and texts, and recognize the importance of its social roles.
  4. Knowledge of humanities and the qualities to utilize it
    The students have the qualities to contribute to the local symbiotic society with the advanced and specialized knowledge of humanities, as well as to precisely investigate various issues related to humanities.
  5. Attitude as a master’s degree recipient
    As a master’s degree recipient, graduating students have a high sense of ethics and responsibility, and have a practical attitude to solve social issues in collaboration with others.

The Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation

Admission policies

The Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation aims to foster individuals who acquire, through the study and its practice in economic activities and business management, and in environment and resources (social environment, regional resources, etc.) management, advanced and specialized knowledge and ability to perform research that is based on such knowledge, and can contribute to the development of local communities. To provide the admitted graduate students with a grounding in economics and management, or in interdisciplinary complex areas of social sciences, we assess their knowledge, ability, and qualities under the following admission policies:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expressiveness in the field of application
    With regard to economics and management, or interdisciplinary complex areas of social sciences, the successful applicants possess specialized knowledge equivalent to the completion of a baccalaureate degree program and can express the content accurately.
  2. Broad perspectives for social sciences and the ability to set up research topics
    With regard to economics and management, or interdisciplinary complex areas of social sciences, the applicants can consider their expertise from a broad perspective and set up their own research topics with autonomy. To achieve their research goals, they can logically consider various issues from a multifaceted perspective using appropriate research methods and organize their own ideas.
  3. Interest in local communities and motivation to solve problems
    The applicants have strong interests in sustainable development of local communities and are motivated to resolve various issues in the regions to contribute to the creation of new values.
  4. Communication skills and attitude to collaborate with others
    The applicants can accurately communicate their research topics and results through oral and written expressions while communicating with others. In addition, they possess a sense of responsibility as a baccalaureate graduate and an attitude to build collaborative relationships with others while respecting diversity.

Curriculum policies

The Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation cultivates students’ advanced expertise in the areas of economics and business management and the areas of environment and resource management, and the ability to perform research, and based on that, foster advanced human resources with the research ability to resolve issues facing the local communities of Shikoku or Ehime. In order to develop such human resources, the Division places an emphasis on the development of practical research ability that enables approaches toward resolving issues in the real world with economics and management and other academic areas related to industries as the targeted areas. The curriculum is organized accordingly as follows. Note that Roman numerals attached to class names indicate the types of courses, and Arabic numerals indicate the order in which the same courses are taken.

  1. The basic courses for the Industrial Systems Management and Innovation majors are designated for the first year of study to provide practical training of the basic skills to be required for research in the specialized fields in the following years that students of any major should acquire in common. At the same time, the basic courses for the Graduate School are offered to help students to consider, across the fields, the themes related to the Graduate School’s educational philosophy of “creating new values and solving issues facing local communities,” and thereby to cultivate a broad range of thinking skills.
  2. As for the specialized courses, we arranged Specialized courses (theory) and Specialized courses (practice) in a well-balanced manner in the first year, while allowing Specialized courses (lecture or theory) from other Courses and/or other Division to be taken up to five or six credits. This arrangement enables graduate students to take a wide range of courses outside their specialized fields and thus acquire broad knowledge as well as the ability to think from a higher perspective. Specialized courses (practice) are to develop practical research ability and include such courses as the project seminar.
  3. For Master’s thesis guidance, the course “Master Thesis on Industrial Systems Management and Innovation” by the Advisor is available in the second year, providing thorough thesis guidance to develop practical research ability. For research papers guidance, “Project Practice Research” by the Advisor is scheduled for the second year to help develop the ability to present practical proposals and solutions. Coaching for master’s theses or research papers will be conducted not only by the Advisor and the Assistant Advisors, but also joined by multiple faculty members in the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation and the Graduate School through the “Thesis Proposal Presentations,” “Interim Presentations,” and “Achievement Presentations,” all of which are held by the Division.
  4. Career development courses are set up to help students acquire business mindset required to play an active role in the real world after completing the graduate school, and also prepared are other courses such as “Internship Practice,” “Special Lecture on Practical Skills,” and “Leaderships” that can be taken according to their desired career paths after completion.

Diploma policies

In the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation, the graduate students have acquired, at the time of completion, the following abilities and qualities through their study and practice in economics and management, or environment and resource management, or in the areas of social sciences and their research field of economics and management (social environment and regional resources, etc.), according to their study programs of the Economics and Management Course or the Environment and Resource Management Course:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of specialized fields
    The students have advanced expertise in social sciences and can understand the essence of industrial systems.
  2. Ability to identify issues and ability to perform practical research
    The students have a wide range of knowledge in social sciences, and can give multifaceted considerations with accurate analysis on industrial systems using theory and practice to identify issues in industrial systems. In addition, they can accurately set up research topics and goals and steadily advance their practical research using logical thinking and appropriate research techniques.
  3. Communication skills and leadership
    The students have communication skills and can communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders. They can demonstrate leadership in society and organizations.
  4. Ability to analyze and transmit information
    The students can efficiently collect and organize necessary information, accurately analyze research topics and issues quantitatively and qualitatively using data analysis techniques, and show the path to resolving issues. They can also accurately put out the results.
  5. Attitude as a master’s degree recipient
    As a master’s degree recipient, the graduating students have a rich sense of humanity, can continue to have strong interests in sustainable development of local communities and lead new value creation voluntarily using their practical research skills.

Economics and Management Course

Admission policies

The Economics and Management Course of the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation aims to foster individuals who acquire, through the study and its practice in economics and management, advanced and specialized knowledge and ability to perform research that is based on such knowledge, and can contribute to the development of the industrial societies. To provide the admitted graduate students with a grounding in economics and management, we assess their knowledge, ability, and qualities under the following admission policies:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expressiveness in the field of application
    With regard to their desired field of study in economics and management, or general social sciences, the successful applicants possess fundamental knowledge equivalent to the completion of a baccalaureate degree program and can express the content accurately.
  2. Broad perspectives for social sciences and the ability to set up research topics
    With regard to social sciences, especially economics and management area, the applicants can consider their expertise from a broad perspective and set up their own research topics with autonomy. To achieve their research goals, they can logically consider various issues from a multifaceted perspective using appropriate research methods and organize their own ideas.
  3. Interests in local communities and motivation to solve problems
    The applicants have strong interests in sustainable development of regional industries and local communities and are motivated to resolve various issues in the regions to contribute to the creation of new values.
  4. Communication skills and attitude to collaborate with others
    The applicants can accurately communicate their research topics and results through oral and written expressions while communicating with others. In addition, they possess a sense of responsibility as a baccalaureate graduate and an attitude to build collaborative relationships with others while respecting diversity.

Diploma policies

In the Economics and Management Course of the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation, the graduate students acquire the following abilities and qualities through their studies and practice in economics and business management:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of specialized fields
    The students have advanced expertise in economics and management, and can understand the essence of various problems in economic and industrial societies.
  2. Ability to identify issues and ability to perform practical research
    The students have a wide range of knowledge in social sciences, and can give multifaceted considerations with accurate analysis on practice of economic activities and business management activities using economic theories to identify issues in industrial societies. In addition, they can appropriately set up research topics and goals and steadily advance their practical research using logical thinking and appropriate research techniques.
  3. Communication skills and leadership
    The students possess communication skills and can communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders. They can demonstrate leadership in society and organizations.
  4. Ability to analyze and transmit information
    The students can efficiently collect and organize necessary economic and management information, accurately analyze research topics and issues quantitatively and qualitatively using data analysis techniques, and show the path to resolving the issues. They can also accurately put out the results.
  5. Attitude as a master’s degree recipient
    As a master’s degree recipient, graduating students have a rich sense of humanity, can continue to have strong interests in sustainable development of local communities and lead new value creation voluntarily using their practical research skills.

Environment and Resource Management Course

Admission policies

The Environment and Resource Management Course of the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation aims to foster individuals who acquire, through the study and its practice in environment and resource (social environment, regional resources, etc.) management, advanced and specialized knowledge and the ability to perform research that is based on such knowledge, and can contribute to the development of local communities. To provide the admitted graduate students with a grounding in environment and resource management, we assess their knowledge, ability, and qualities under the following admission policies:

  1. Specialized knowledge and expressiveness in the field of application
    With regard to the area of social sciences or interdisciplinary complex area, the successful applicants possess specialized knowledge equivalent to the completion of a baccalaureate degree program and can express the content accurately.
  2. Broad perspective for social sciences and ability to set up research topics
    With regard to social sciences, especially areas of social environment and regional resources, the applicants can consider their expertise from a broad perspective and set up their own research topics with autonomy. To achieve their research goals, they can logically consider various issues from a multifaceted perspective using appropriate research methods and organize their own ideas.
  3. Interests in local communities and motivation to resolve issues
    The applicants have strong interests in sustainable development of local communities and regional industries, and are motivated to resolve various issues in the regions to contribute to the creation of new values.
  4. Communication skills and attitude to collaborate with others
    The applicants can accurately communicate their research topics and results through oral and written expressions while communicating with others. In addition, they possess a sense of responsibility as a baccalaureate graduate and an attitude to build collaborative relationships with others while respecting diversity.

Diploma policies

In the Environment and Resource Management Course of the Division of Industrial Systems Management and Innovation, the graduate students acquire, through the interdisciplinary study and its practice in environment and resources (social environment, regional resources, etc.) management, the following abilities and qualities through their studies and practice in management:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of specialized fields
    The students have interdisciplinary expertise in social environment and regional resources, and can understand the essence of various problems in local communities.
  2. Ability to identify issues and ability to perform practical research
    The students have a wide range of knowledge in social sciences, and can give multifaceted considerations with accurate analysis to practice of environment and resource management using interdisciplinary theories to identify issues in local communities and industrial societies. In addition, they can appropriately set up research topics and goals and steadily advance their practical research using logical thinking and appropriate research techniques.
  3. Communication skills and leadership
    The students have communication skills and can communicate and collaborate with various stakeholders. They can demonstrate leadership in society and organizations.
  4. Ability to analyze and transmit information
    The students can efficiently collect and organize the necessary information on the regions, accurately analyze research topics and issues quantitatively and qualitatively using data analysis techniques, and show the path to solving problems. They can also accurately put out the results.
  5. Attitude as a master’s degree recipient
    As a master’s degree recipient, graduating students have a rich sense of humanity, can continue to have strong interests in sustainable development of local communities and lead new value creation voluntarily using their practical research skills.