2020 Graduate Methodologies in Politics, Law and Administration S1

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Kawana Shinji  Nakajima Takeshi 
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Course description and aims

Understanding the methods in the fields of social science, political science, law and public administration.
Understanding basics of public survey and its research design, designing practical survey plan.

We represent others through fieldworks and observations. And we analyze and describe various phenomena based on an academic point of view. However, in this act, dangerous violence is hidden. In this class, we think about the problem of "knowledge and power". And we think the possibility and problem of representation.

Student learning outcomes

About social science : discussing, understanding, expressing on recent public survey of social science. Students will be able to design research plan, make participants to understood the intention and improve the plan considering feedback by participants.

1, Understand the difficulty of representing others and know the danger.
2, Understand about “knowledge and power” and develop the ability to apply to specific policy.


case study, research design

Representation of others, Knowledge and power

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

students can study about the methodlogy of social science.

Combining class and discussion

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 introduction none
Class 2 epistemology Understanding textbooks(in Japanese)
Class 3 hypothesis, method, theory Understanding textbooks(in Japanese)
Class 4 explanation Understanding textbooks(in Japanese)
Class 5 induction, deduction, abduction Understanding textbooks(in Japanese)
Class 6 process tracing Understanding textbooks(in Japanese)
Class 7 case study Understanding textbooks(in Japanese)
Class 8 fieldwork Learn about fieldwork
Class 9 Agency, daily practice, resistance Learn about the subject
Class 10 Politics and subject Learn about fieldwork from Delhi slum cases
Class 11 Representation of the Vulnerable- Subaltern Studies Learn about Subaltern Studies
Class 12 Representation of culture, Representation of tradition Edward W. Said "Orientalism"
Class 13 Gender / Sexuality Learn about Gender / Sexuality
Class 14 Summary Summary and discussion

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


see Japanese

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Temporary distributed.

Assessment criteria and methods

class discussion(60%) and presentation(40%).

class discussion(40%) and report (60%)

Related courses

  • SHS.P441 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration S1A
  • SHS.P442 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration S1B
  • SHS.P443 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration F1A
  • SHS.P444 : Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration F1B
  • SHS.P462 : Graduate Methodologies in Politics, Law and Administration F1

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

It is desirable to have certain knowledge about social science

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Be sure to prepare the textbooks.

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