2016 Seminar on Social Sciences(Sociology of media and governance )Introduction 1

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Humanities and social science courses
Nishida Ryosuke 
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Course description and aims

Students will explore the theory and implementation of policy research, media research, governance research, and social problem resolution based on individual problem awareness and with a broad, interdisciplinary approach.
Moreover, students will in conjunction also deepen their problem awareness and social scientific thinking through the necessary reading of literature on sociology, political science, public administration, policy research, and media theory. Students will engage in research and implementation projects as needed. The course will generally be held Mondays from 7th to 10th periods, where students will read course literature (in English too) and engage in projects together with graduate students and research students from the graduate Nishida laboratory.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the fundamentals of social-scientific thinking methods through reading the literature, reading in turns, creating a resume, oral presentations, and projects.


seminar, sociology

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students will read literature, read in turns, create a resume, give an oral presentation, and have a study camp as needed. Be sure to contact the instructor in advance to take this course.

Course schedule/Required learning

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Class 1 critical reading, reporting, presentation, study camp, projects etc... Instructions will be given as needed.



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Assessment criteria and methods

Final assignment: 50%
Contributions to the class: 50%

Related courses

  • LAH.S107 : Sociology A
  • LAH.S207 : Sociology B
  • LAH.S308 : Sociology C
  • LAH.S404 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences4
  • SHS.U461 : Graduate Methodologies in Culture and Arts S1

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

nothing required.

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Office hours

12:10-13:10, every Friday. required pre-contact.

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