ACADEMICS

Fostering critical thinking and broad horizons

Undergraduate

Human Practice

The Human Practice unit provides courses in social psychology, social anthropology and social geography — all of which study, from their particular perspectives, everyday human interaction and practices, the origins/maintenance/changes of interaction patterns as well as their social and cultural consequences. Students who take subjects belonging to this study course will typically engage in surveys, experiments, fieldwork, analyses of representation and other kinds of empirical research; they will also learn relevant theories and methodologies. Our faculty curriculum offers a variety of lectures; examples of basic subjects within the three main sub-units include:

  • Social psychology - "Social Psychology I", "Social Psychology II" (the former places greater emphasis on the social aspect of the discipline, while the latter — on its psychological side), "Introduction to Mass Communication";
  • Social anthropology - "Theories in Social Anthropology", "Special Issues in Social Anthropology";
  • Social geography - "Global Issues" (North-South Divide), "Global Environment I" and "Global Environment II".

Furthermore, our unit offers a number of more advanced lectures which aim to present their subject matter in greater detail and also serve as an intermediate step towards graduate-level courses for students planning to further their education. At the same time, while we expect our students to acquire extensive knowledge in their chosen major, we also encourage them to seek a broader academic scope. For example, it is recommended that one first take introductory (foundation) courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology and gender studies, and enrol in foundation seminar classes and introductory seminars in social research. Selecting relevant subjects which belong to the courses of the Faculty's other research units as well as the other faculties at Hitotsubashi should also be considered.

The three basic disciplines taught within our own unit are each staffed by two or three professors. We also have two professors with a background in natural sciences; students can thus choose among a total of ten specialised seminars. In each of these seminars enrolees learn theoretical and practical aspects of their selected fields and work towards completion of their graduation theses.