2022 Graduate Methodologies in Politics, Law and Administration S1

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Kawana Shinji  Akaba Sanae 
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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.

In this class, we discuss the problems of "knowledge and power" through topics such as culture, gender, sexuality, and race. We will also consider the importance of critical thinking towards the representation that we see in education, research, and society in general.

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 and the danger of describing others.
2, Understand “knowledge and power” and develop the ability to understand specific policies and examples through critical thinking.


case study, research design

Representation, 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.

Short lecture and discussion sessions

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 Subject and agency Learn about the subject
Class 10 Policy and agency - Ecological systems theory Understand policies through the lens of ecological systems theory
Class 11 Representation of the marginalized and vulnerable in society - Critical race theory and intersectionality Understand education systems through the lens of critical race theory and intersectionality
Class 12 Culture and customs - Critical race theory Understand culture and customs through the lens of critical race theory
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.

Will be distributed as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

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

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

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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