Graduate School of International Relations
Graduate Schools at Kinugasa
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The Graduate School of International Relations has developed a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum to approach the problems facing international society from a variety of perspectives through our “3 plus 1” programs.
Global Governance Program
Globalization has generated a crisis in the governance capabilities of nation-states. This program focuses on how international society should tackle emerging challenges that a nation-state is incapable of handling by itself, including ethnic and religious conflicts, international crimes such as terrorism and human and drug trafficking, environmental degradation and the spread of infectious diseases.
International Cooperation and Development Program
The economic disparity between rich “North” and poor “South” countries is widening. There is a pressing need for solutions to problems arising from the “North-South” divide and for the establishment of a new international economic system. Students in this program study the political and social background of these problems as well as policies aimed at sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Multicultural Understanding Program
The world is becoming more unified with the rapid progress of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This program examines the impact that the unification of the world through globalization has on cultures and identities of individual countries and societies.
Global Cooperation Program
This program enables students to participate in English-language discussions with fellow students from all over the world. It also seeks to promote networking while training young leaders who will play leading roles in the field of global cooperation. On this unique Master’s program, all subjects are taught in English, and courses have been designed to meet international graduate school education standards.
Doctoral Program in International Relations
We seek to produce scholars of international relations who illuminate modern society from a global perspective, as well as professionals with deep and specialized knowledge who proactively participate in and contribute to the international community. Doctoral students are assigned two academic advisors who guide them on everything from developing appropriate research to completing a final dissertation. Students are required to conduct two oral presentations at the faculty seminar and are encouraged to publish at least one article every year.