Fostering critical thinking and broad horizons
Institute for the Study of Social Sciences
Reshaping Society, Advancing Human Development
1. Political Science
At our graduate school, we define and use the term political science in a broad sense and approach the subject from various angles, including in the context of a country's economy, society, history, culture and ideology. Our sub-unit is not designed for people planning to become politicians or bureaucrats. Rather, we try to teach politics by and for citizens as an integral part of our social sciences program. The main lectures offered are "Political Science" and "Political History"; in them, we approach politics in connection with other relevant parts of our graduate school's social sciences units, such as sociology and international sociology, policy management studies etc.
2. Sociology of Education
At our graduate school, this research sub-unit does not confine itself to just looking at past and modern systems of "study and learning". We strive to study and teach the relationship between education and society in a much broader sense, including areas such as sociology of education, educational policy and planning, social history of education, environmental and cross-cultural education, educational health etc. The subject matter of our courses also covers relevant aspects of child-rearing, labour, everyday life, historical/present-day identity formation etc., in domestic and global contexts.
3. Sport Sociology
At our graduate school, sport is studied from various angles - supply and demand, production and consumption, policy, organisation and movement, including activity and symbolism, i.e. everything that makes it an autonomous social and cultural system. It is also studied in terms of how sport became/will become a basic human right. Sport as a phenomenon is viewed as an additional and valuable perspective from which we can learn about society.