Last Updated: 29 May 2019
The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability aims to train individuals equipped with high expertise that enables them to find and implement solutions to the human survivability issues, not based on impracticable theory, but in accordance with the real situation. Thus, students are expected to acquire the ability to understand the big picture over diverse fields by learning a wide range of subjects from humanities to sciences. Students are also expected to develop their basic research skills under the guidance and advice of multiple faculty members, and to acquire empirical knowledge by modeling social practices conducted in Japan and abroad. Accordingly, the school educates students for global leaders who not only resolve individual problems, but also understand the nature of the contemporary challenges facing humankind, social systems, and global society. The graduates are expected to set and work on tasks with a deep philosophy, practical intelligence and high integrity based on Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability.
The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability seeks applicants with the following abilities, aptitudes, and aspirations:
1) The ability to set up research problems to find solutions for global issues; the strong will to complete research; and the basic knowledge necessary to implement research.
2) A strong interest and engagement in resolving global issues; the ability to make and implement their own future plan; and the motivation to become a global leader who can create diverse values and systems in society.
3) Communication skills including foreign language proficiency that constitute the basis of global success.
At the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, challenges have been set up to address and work on solutions, a tailor-made curriculum has been organized, and a qualifying examination is conducted as an interim examination for ensuring the quality of the five-year integrated doctoral program. (※ Refer to the course tree)
1. The focus of the curriculum is the implementation of doctoral dissertation research related to one’s research problem while receiving research guidance from several faculty members mainly from the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability. Evaluation is strictly conducted through the interim examination (qualifying examination) and the final assessment (degree examination).
2. To acquire the ability to propose solutions based on a deep understanding of contemporary social issues and by utilizing specialized knowledge from a wide range of study areas, the learning of eight disciplines across the humanities and sciences is implemented. Credit recognition is given for the completion of relevant class subjects.
3. To enable the implementation of research results and the acquisition of the ability to play a leadership role in a wide range of subject areas, activities are conducted to encourage students to hold discussions with leaders in various fields of study, implement initiatives contributing to society, and implement research results. In particular, to be successful in a global society, emphasis is laid on activities in English and overseas activities. Credits are recognized for each activity based on the evaluation methods, including the evaluation of submissions ranging from plans to reports on accomplishments and the evaluation of presentations.
1. The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, in principle, awards the doctoral degree of philosophy to students who have been enrolled for more than five years, have acquired the “necessary credits for completion” prescribed separately, have received research guidance and passed the evaluation of the doctoral dissertation and the examination conducted by this university, and have acquired the following skills:
(1) Are able to work independently with a high level of ethics in pioneering and original academic research from a holistic and global perspective to resolve the various complex and complicated issues of human and global survival and are able to achieve academic results that are innovative, original, and have applied value through excellent abilities to promote research planning.
(2) Have an understanding, based on pluralistic value systems, of the issues of a global society in which various value standards are intertwined, which includes various related challenges and the ability to consider, evaluate, and propose realistic means and methods to lead to solutions utilizing specialized knowledge from multiple disciplines across the humanities and sciences.
(3) Can create diverse values, systems, and innovations in society, are able to demonstrate the ability both in theory and practice required to fulfill progressive and leadership roles, possess a strong ethical sense of responsibility suitable for fulfilling public missions, and can act independently in a wide range of fields in a global society.
2. Under special circumstances, students who have been enrolled for more than two years and have acquired the prescribed credits, with having received the necessary research guidance and passed the evaluation of the master’s dissertation and the examination conducted by this university, are awarded a master’s degree of philosophy.