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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Education for Reviewing Individual Sustainable Lifestyle and Ideals
Outline of the Departments / Features of the Curriculum

In the academic year 2013, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences became a school featuring Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as its pillar. As of the academic year 2018, NCU introduced a new curriculum positioning ESD as “education for inquiring into global society and human existence through our association with nature and others, and reviewing our individual sustainable lifestyle and ideals.”
In this school, in order to realize the philosophy of ESD, students will learn how to respect differences among individuals and to evaluate them as valuable diversity (Department of Psychology and Education). And they will develop the capacity to empirically grasp and review problems at sites of cooperation and mutual aid in the local community (Department of Social Studies). They will also acquire a truly global point of view that can look on other cultures with the same respect that they look on their own (Department of Intercultural Studies).
The school aims to develop individuals who will, after graduation, become members of sustainable glocal societies through its diversified educational contents and the assignment-oriented interdisciplinary and multiple educational programs that these three departments provide.

Department of Psychology and Education

The Department of Psychology and Education proposes to foster individuals as people who favor the scientific view and have a warm outlook on people. We want to develop students who can understand human diversity and put effort into supporting lifelong development and nurturing the next generation. For this purpose, the department is applying a curriculum based on psychology and education through the disciplines of “human understanding,” “human cultivation,” “lifelong development and environment” and “psychological and educational techniques.” As of the academic year 2018, the department has adjusted the curriculum to meet the requirements of the Licensed Psychologist examination, a national qualification for psychological specialists.

Department of Social Studies

The Department of Social Studies is dedicated to fostering individuals who can deeply recognize the complexity of modern society and provide for the welfare of all its citizens. Its curriculum, centering on sociology, is structured so that the students can develop their ability to analyze modern society from various perspectives. By studying politics, law, social welfare and history, they will acquire the skills to survey and analyze contemporary society and to develop the ability to design a better society.

Department of Intercultural Studies

The Department of Intercultural Studies provides a broad curriculum in order for its students to learn foreign languages as well as engage in cultural exchange and mutual understanding of different cultures from a comparative point of view. This is predicated on the belief that students can cultivate their minds to be open to “foreign cultures” through having an interest in and understanding of their own culture. The department aims to raise the knowledge and skills of students in order to enrich cross-cultural communication.

Faculty Members

Tohru Kawamoto American Literature and Film Studies
Mitsuru Hiki  English Grammar
Masaki Hirata American History, Peace Studies
Saho Matsumoto International History, Christianity and Politics
MOURI, Masako  Intercultural Communication, Interpreting
Akiyo Yamamoto  Eastern European and American Social History/ History of International Migration
Andrea Castiglioni Pre-modern Japanese religions; Shugendō
SAKAI YOSHIKI Japanese Folklore
Shoko Shiina Japanese Linguistics
TAKIZAWA Mika Japanese Literature
Kazuhiko Yoshida Japanese History

ENOKI Miki Area Studies (South Asian and Himalayan Region)
SANO Naoko Sociolinguistics
YAMADA,Atsushi Japanese colonial history
Yasuhiko Itoh  Political Philosophy
Naozo Kobayashi constitutional law
Kouichiro Hayashi  Urban Sociology
Bessho, Yoshimi German Philosophy, Philosophy of Sustainability
Satoshi Miura Local Government
Hitoshi Yano Operations Research
Kiwamu Ando Sociology, Family and Life Course
Nobuhiko Iijima Political sociology/Media studies
Nobuko Okuda  Social History of Britain (Modern and Contemporary)
Natsuno KIKUCHI Gender and Sexuality studies, Sociology
Koshi Takahashi Social Welfare
Yoshihiko Hizawa Social welfare and social work studies
Saori Miyashita sociology of work
Yoshida Terumi welfare for the elderly

Yuko Amaya developmental psychology
Nakagawa Atsuko Neuropsychology
Kenichi Kubota Social Psychology
Ueda Harutomo Early childhood education and care
Hiroyuki Koga Music Education / Music Psychology
Sachiyo Soga ESD(Education for Sustainable Development)
Yukiko Taniguchi Social Welfare / Child welfare studies
NAGASU,Masaaki. Sociology of Education
Hisako Nonaka Physical and Health Education
Nobuyuki Harada School Education, Curriculum Studies
Mika Yamada Comparative Education
ITO Ayako School Counseling, Clinical Psychology
Sei Ogawa clinical psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy
Hiroko Tsuboi Clinical Psychology
Akira Yamanaka Clinical Psychology
Yamamoto Tatsuya Cognitive behavioral therapy, depression