- Faculty of International Political Economy
- Department of International Politics
- Department of International Economics
- Department of International Communication
- Other Seminar Instructors
Faculty of International Political Economy
Department of International Politics
- Rule of Law in the International Community
Students will learn the basic concepts and methods of international law through study of major judicial precedents. Through this work, they will improve their abilities in logical thought and critical analysis.
- This seminar aims to enable students to analyze theoretically and empirically diverse types of security and foreign policy problems, focusing on (but not limited to) alliance politics, great power competitions, and military/diplomatic conflicts.
- Contemporary Chinese politics and diplomacy
This seminar welcomes everyone who wants to think and talk about China intellectually and systematically and to be critical of all the stereotypes and “myths” about China.
- Globalization and Identity Today
How are the conflicting momentums of globalization and localization directing the 21st century? We will get to the heart of international relations from the new perspectives of cross-cultural conflict, dialogue, and coexistence.
- History of International Relations: Beyond the “History of Single-Country Diplomacy”
By deeply learning history, known as the “grandfather of all learning,” we will go beyond the framework of “the history of single-country diplomacy,” which examines history from the perspective of one country, to study the history of international relations in a multilateral way, from the perspectives of multiple countries.
- Economic Interdependence and International Politics
How does deepening economic interdependence affect international politics? The seminar explores this question. Topics of the seminar include various issues related to this question, such as global issues, the institutionalization of international society, foreign economic policy. A particular focus is on improving students’ capabilities to clearly identify their own research topics, and doing research independently.
- Empirical Analysis of International Relations
The goal of the seminar is to develop skills to theoretically understand important issues in international relations such as conflict and security, foreign policy, and international organizations and to generate new knowledge through systematic analysis of statistical data. This seminar is taught in English. Please check the seminar website for details.
- Politics and Society in the United States of America
In this seminar, we will discuss multiple aspects of contemporary American politics and society, such as the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, political participation, ethnic and racial relations, and social issues like gun control. We will approach these issues from multidisciplinary perspectives, not being confined to political science in a narrow sense.
- Politics of European Integration
What factors are considered to have contributed to the development of European integration? How has the EU reformed its institutions and policies in response to recent crisis? In this seminar, students will study a variety of topics concerning the past, present and future of European integration.
- This seminar aims at deepening our understanding of the countries and various issues in Asia-Pacific (or Indo-Pacific), through literature reviews and discussions.
- Problematique in Globalization
This seminar will cover issues that have become more complicated with the rise of globalism: conflict and peace; cross-border security concerns; development, poverty, and gender; the international order founded on liberalism and democracy and its limitations. The seminar will also cover the role of the UN and international cooperation in resolving these various issues. Research activities will be conducted in English.
Boyd James Patrick
- Political Development in Japan and Asia
This seminar is for students interested in topics involving political development in Japan and Asia.
- Comparative Environmental Politics, Policy, and Paradigm Shifts
How do massive policy shifts take place? What happens when there is a shift in a paradigm underlying the roots of society? In this seminar, we will examine these questions using environmental policy (especially climate and energy policies in Japan and Germany) as case examples.
- Political Economics of Globalization
We will approach the international systems and rules that are applied to the globalizing market economy from perspectives of both politics and economics.
Department of International Economics
- An Economic Analysis of Society, Organizations, and My Own Problems
How do the doubts and resentments you feel in your own life relate to society, and how do society’s problems relate to you? Through careful examination and economic analysis, we will cultivate the ability to get to the heart of the issues and resolve them.
- Empirical Studies of Japanese and International Economic Issues
Each student will select topics of interest to them in economics in Japan and internationally, employing an economic perspective to conduct empirical examinations based on objective facts and data, and collecting their findings in a thesis.
We will research specific applications of the data analysis required in various areas of society, such as business, public agencies, manufacturing, and hospitals.
- International Policy Competition and Cooperation
We will conduct joint research on a wide range of economic issues related to international competition and cooperation among governments. In doing so, we will learn basic stuffs of microeconomics.
- Environmental Economics and Risk Studies
In this seminar, we will study decision-making and optimal resource allocation in the presence of various risks and uncertainties, from such worldwide environmental risks as global warming, to nearby environmental risks such as urbanization and waste management issues.
- Japan and the International Economy
In this seminar, we will use globally influential research findings to obtain a basic understanding of Japan and the international economy, and we will use statistics and economics to analyze topics related to Japan or the international economy.
- Research Themes
- I have been conducting empirical research on economic development in Asia. In particular, I have been studying the SME development, the impact of infrastructure on poverty and employment using micro data of firm and household level. My current research topics include (1) the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small, and medium enterprises in Asia and their digitalization responses, and (2) the impact of electrification on employment, household income and child labor in Cambodia.
- Data Analysis of Corporate Activities and Policies for Regulation and Competition
We will analyze issues related to corporate activities and incentives (diversification, multi-nationalization, direct investments, M&A, R&D, innovation, cartels, consultations, etc.) and analyze various regulation and competition policies made by government ministries and the Japan Fair Trade Commission.
- Issues Faced by the Global Economy
Starting with an awareness of the concerns in resolving issues facing the current economy, we will consider solution strategies by comparing and examining similar historical economic events.
- International Economic Issues
With a focus on international trade, finance, macroeconomics, and environmental issues, students will examine a broad range of topics, practicing and experiencing the study of economics, to gain balanced knowledge and good judgment.
- In our research group, we discuss various economic issues and solutions from a global perspective. Additionally, we focus on topics related to impact evaluation, which is a cornerstone of projects by international organizations like the World Bank. We also learn statistical analysis tools, such as R and Python, to prepare ourselves for an increasingly data-driven society. Our seminars are primarily conducted in English.
- Global Economic History
How has long-term human networking formed the basis of the economic society in which we live today? We will answer this question by employing the methods of economic history, history, and economics.
- Development and Socoeconomic Change in Developing World
Understanding variuos problems faced by people in developing countries in the shift of economy from agri-based to non-agri based, including policy initiatives, people's decision-makings, etc.
Department of International Communication
- Cultura y Sociedad de Latinoamérica
A través de lecturas y debates estudiamos sobre la cultura, la sociedad y la historia latinoamericanas, e investigamos las relaciones entre América Latina y el mundo.
Latin American Culture and Society
We will study Latin American culture, society and history by reading texts and discussions. We investigate relations between Latin America and the world.
- The Structure of Language
After learning fundamental approaches to linguistic analysis, we will use discussion to cultivate an understanding of the topics based on students’ own interests.
- Aspects of Multicultural Societies
In many places throughout the world, there are issues that arise due to differences among ethnic groups and value systems. We will examine the underlying cultures and use a psychological approach to explore the effects of culture on human social behavior.
- Intercultural Communication in Multicultural Societies
The seminar develops critical understanding of intercultural communication and education in the context of global movements of people and the internationalization of education.
- Modern Culture
The goal of this seminar is to cultivate a broad understanding of British society and culture, studying the topic through reading texts and viewing videos.
- French Culture and Society
We will cultivate an understanding of “representational culture” in the form of films, literature, fine art, architecture, academics, comic books, and television programs.
- Interactions Between Language and Society
We will improve our insights while identifying data related to actual language use and language awareness, regarding aspects of language use, awareness, and policy, as well as the interactions among these.
- Cross-Cultural Communication
Addressing major topics that are dealt with in the realm of communication between different cultures, we will cultivate an understanding of the fundamental theories. Students will present their individual research topics and learn how to write a paper in preparation for their graduation thesis.
- Cross-Cultural Issues from the Perspective of Comparative Studies
Our behaviors and thought patterns are shaped with a great deal of influence from society’s values and norms. We will consider these topics using the method of comparison.
- Chinese Society and Culture
Students will learn fundamental information and research methods for a comprehensive understanding of China, and they will use this as a way to understand Japan and the world.
- Phonetic and Phonological Studies of Human Language
This seminar studies the theory of human language, especially in phonetics, phonology and their related areas. Students develop the ability to research and analyze linguistic phenomena in various languages.
- Chinese Communication
In this seminar, we will pursue questions related to China and the Chinese language, using the perspectives of the three focus areas of communication, culture, and language.
- History and Culture of Eurasian Peoples in the Past and Present
Using the perspective of comparison with foreign countries, this seminar will examine the characteristics of Russian psychology, behavioral patterns, and the arts. We will consider imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and the current Russian Federation in particular to culturally investigate each characteristic and its similarities and differences.
- International Ethics
This is an interdisciplinary course which attempts to link international dialogue on environmental issues to related areas in environmental studies.
- Cross-Cultural Examination of Modern Spanish Society
We will investigate how Spanish cultural and societal phenomena are represented and consumed by those of us in Japan who are both geographically and culturally distant from Spain.
Other Seminar Instructors
(Concurrent/affiliation: Graduate School of International Management)
- Corporate Management and the Creation of Values
By examining and researching business models, organizations, and marketing strategies that aim for sustainable development for a company’s future, students will develop the ability to create new value by discovering problem points on their own, reviewing solution proposals, and communicating them to third parties.
(Concurrent/affiliation: Graduate School of International Management)
- Securities Market Analysis
Students will learn to ascertain the value of securities correctly and to cultivate a better understanding of the market within a state of affairs in which new securities transactions, such as derivatives, are starting to occur, and market innovation is anticipated due to the spread of the internet.