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New learning for the creation of a new multicultural society

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The rapid advance of globalization has given rise to intercultural conflicts wherever one looks. The world of tomorrow requires leaders who are able to grasp the cultural roots of such conflicts and take action in order to establish a society where the peoples of different cultures can live together in peace.

The aim of our program is to nurture such leaders through mentoring them in the Integrated Human Sciences—a new academic discipline that focuses on developing lasting solutions for the numerous problems stemming from the challenges associated with the need for peaceful coexistence in our globalized society. Taking its cue from traditional liberal arts education, the discipline of Integrated Human Sciences unifies the various fields of study relating to human beings.

The education that we provide in our program encourages our students to be proactive as they learn about the globalized world of today and work to acquire the communicative and creative implementation skills necessary to take a leading role in the world of tomorrow. The students graduating from this program will be equipped not only with a high level of expertise and a broad perspective on matters relating to human society, but with the insight and integrative ability required for collaborating with others in locating the problems and solving them through the creation and communication of new values, and through concrete actions in society.

The Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS) will produce the leaders of the next generation who will utilize the knowledge and skills they acquire through their interdisciplinary study of the Integrated Human Sciences to contribute in a creative and concrete way towards the building of the multicultural society of the future. Through the development of Integrated Human Sciences as a discipline, the program also aims to present to the society a new vision of the way in which the traditional disciplines of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences should be cultivated and taught at the graduate school level.


Integrated Human Sciences: Themes for Cultural Diversity

To address the challenges presented by cultural diversity through the Integrated Human Sciences, the courses in the program are structured around six themes: "Values & Sensitivities", "Disparities & Human Rights", "Human Mobility & Borders", "Information & Media", "Life & the Environment", and "Science, Technology, & Society". Each of these themes is approached though a combination of different disciplines in the hope that this synergistic approach will produce new ways of understanding and solving the problems relating to each of them. In order to give these themes a clear and specific context, they are applied to five different regions of the globe. This cross-combination of themes and regions will provide the framework for linking the understanding of the real-life situations with concrete proposals and actions for the resolution of the problems.

Integrated Human Sciences: Themes for Cultural Diversity
Integrated Human Sciences: Themes for Cultural Diversity

Six Themes for Coexistence

Science, Technology, & Society

This theme explores the complex interrelationship between human beings, science and technology, and society. The courses that come under this theme aim to nurture individuals who will serve to promote peaceful coexistence in technologically advanced societies.

Human Mobility & Borders

This theme proposes to look at society by focusing on the following concepts: human mobility and borders. The courses coming under this theme aim to find solutions to problems relating to such issues as cultural frictions within multicultural corporations, resource governance, and integration of international migrants.

Life & The Environment

This theme examines the human beings living on earth and in space from the perspective of "life". The courses coming under this theme aim to nurture experts who will tackle the issues relating to the coexistence of humankind with nature.

Disparities & Human Rights

This theme tackles the problems associated with the generational differences as well as with wealth disparities. Other areas of interest include states, languages, ethnicity, urban / rural areas, gender, and disability, and the resulting human rights questions.

Information & Media

This theme explores the ethics of the digital age that is characterized by the changed perceptions of time and space and the interpenetration of the public and private domains. It aims to nurture a new generation of journalists and communicators.

Values & Sensitivities

This theme elucidates the mechanism through which conflicts arise. It focuses on the differences in cultural values as it highlights human sensitivities and the nature of human interaction to find the means of resolving such conflicts.

Five Regional Units of Coexistence

Europe

This unit aims to have an overview of European concept of cultural coexistence through the studies on the literature of “civil society” and the fieldwork in the EU countries.

Middle East & Africa

This unit explores the issues on immigrants and poverty from the perspectives of human security and coexistence, deepening the understanding of the diverse cultures of Middle East and Africa.

Japan

This unit examines the possibility of diverse Japanese culture to contribute to the construction of theoretical framework for contemporary coexistence, based on the understanding of its historical background.

Americas & Pacific

This unit focuses on exploring societies that embrace diversity and that resist forces of globalization, particularly focusing on the concept of American neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism as well as multiculturalism.

East Asia

This unit pursues thorough understanding on the diverse standards of value based on the history of East Asian nation states and their international relationships as well as their geopolitical risks.


Providing a Unique Graduate Education

1. The International Team of Mentors

An international and multidisciplinary team of mentors supports the career progression of students. The program progress chart is used to provide graduate education customized to the needs of each individual student.

2. A Variety of Internships

A wide range of opportunities for internships is offered through collaboration with industry and government. The program also offers opportunities for "internal internships" - that is, internships that allow students to gain experience in a research environment that is different from their original area of expertise (the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences).

3. Overseas Study Programs and International Experiences

Onsite education in an international environment is offered through graduate conferences and short-term study programs. In addition to improving their English language skills, students on the program will have the opportunity to study other European and Asian languages.

4. Education for Mature Students

The program offers opportunities for lifelong learning. Our mature students are certain to contribute to ensuring that the society at large enjoys the benefits that the knowledge generated by the discipline of Integrated Human Sciences provides.

5. Links with Undergraduate Education

In collaboration with the undergraduate Global Human Resources Development Program, IHS provides a system of educational support that spans nine years from entering University to completing Graduate School.


Providing customized education

The program supports students as they choose their career path based on their individual characteristics. It aims to provide the world with specialists with doctorates who will apply their broad knowledge and rich expertise to the building of the multicultural society of the future.

The following is an example of a career path pursued by a female journalist who is currently highly active on the world stage.

Three years experience at a newspaper company. Enrolled in the Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity to further her career. The knowledge and experience gained from newspaper work are integrated with the knowledge acquired through course work on “Information & Media” and “Cultural Diversity in Japan”, and restructured within a broader perspective through the activities offered on the program. Classes in evenings and at weekends offer flexible support for mature students. A team of international mentors is always available to give advice on research and progression. Internship learning supported by education and research administrators. Wrote a doctoral dissertation on “Feminist Theory and Multiculturalist Journalism”. As a journalist, leverages the insight, integration, imagination, and cooperation abilities acquired on the Integrated Human Sciences program. Maximizes her skills while working as an international journalist specializing in gender issues.