Department of Social System Studies


diagram of the department of social system studies

Study Scheme at Department of Social System Studies

  1. First year
    Lay a firm foundation
    Explore basic subjects in the social sciences by means of law, English communication, and information.
  2. Second year
    Expand your interest
    Take course-specific subjects in various areas of study to determine where your interests lie.
  3. Third year
    Choose a course of study
    Choose a course of your preference and deepen your expertise.
    Start preparing for graduation research in advanced seminars.
    • International Understanding Course Students develop understanding of different cultures and the ability to work internationally through learning about the current world situation not only from the Japanese point of view but also from various countries' perspectives. The course also improves students' language skills through English-language lectures on the history and culture of Kyoto and through English-language presentations.
    • Kyoto Studies and Tourism Course Issues covered in this course include how to attract foreign tourists to Kyoto, the history of Kyoto as a tourist destination, hospitality, and so on. Students deepen their understanding of Kyoto history, culture, and tourism while developing skills required to work in urban policy and the tourism business.
    • Life Management Course Students learn about various areas ranging from women's labor issues in Japan and the world to psychology, welfare, social security, and wellness. They accordingly acquire the ability to manage a truly rich life.
    • Business Management Course Students learn about examples of business ventures and internet business strategies as well as basic business subjects such as economics, accounting, and financial theory. Learning how businesses work equips students with the basic theories of business and a global perspective.
    • Jurisprudence System Course Students discuss issues in today's society from the legal point of view. Classes require active participation, enabling students to express their opinions effectively. Through the study of various laws that form the basis of society, students acquire legal knowledge that they can use for careers in the legal world or business.
  4. Fourth year
    Culmination of four years of study: The graduation thesis
    Students pursue their own research and argument on the basis of what they have learned, bringing it all together in a graduation thesis.


Point 1
Flexible curriculum to nurture independence and adaptability to society

Our department's biggest feature is that students can design their own curriculum, selecting subjects of interest from a wide range of study areas available. Starting with subjects in the three basic areas of law, English communication, and information, they go on to take subjects offered in their chosen course from the second year on. In the third year, each student chooses one of the five courses and will acquire practical expertise in her specialized area by learning about social systems from various angles. It is also possible to take subjects offered by courses other than the chosen one, so each student can design a curriculum that best suits the career path she wishes to pursue and her overall life plan.

Point 2
From the five available courses, select one that appeals to you

From the third year on, students pursue one of these five courses: International Understanding, Kyoto Studies and Tourism, Life Management, Business Management, or Jurisprudence System. They choose freely according to their interest and then acquire expertise in their area of specialization. At the same time, through the many opportunities of fieldwork, internship, and other practical experience in society that we provide, students get to communicate and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds—something that cannot be experienced in class or self study. Through these study options, students are expected to gain a global perspective and learn problem-finding and -solving skills to respond to social changes.

Point 3
Special program to improve English skills for a global career

English proficiency is becoming increasingly important for members of our ever-internationalizing society. Our department offers a special English program called CASE (Career and Academic Studies in English) with the aim of nurturing women who can play an active role both in Japan and overseas. Instructed by teachers who are native English speakers, program participants gain the advanced command of English that is required in the working world and graduate schools. A similar program, called "Rapeat Program," is available for the Chinese, French, and German languages. This multilingual study environment, ideal for those who aim for a global career, is one of the distinctive features of our department.