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 Program Overview   
 
 
Research and Education System of the SCS
 
 
About the Departments
 
  The SCS is comprised of two majors, which are the Department of Japanese Society and Culture, and the Department of International Society and Culture. You will need to choose one of them when you apply for admissions. Once you are enrolled in the SCS, you will belong to the department you chose. However, you are able to take courses in both majors and, actually you are required to take some credits from the other department or other graduate schools.
  All the faculty members belong to the seventeen specialized fields, but, in case of students, this does not mean that you will belong to that particular field.
 
About 'A Group of Supervisors'
 

  To complete the Masters  program, the graduate students must take certain courses and submit a dissertation, and then the dissertation must be approved. Four main subjects are offered in the SCS;  the person-to-person seminar , an ‘interdisciplinary seminar which is organized by several supervisors about diverse themes, ‘research methodology  where the purpose is to provide instruction on how to conduct survey research, and finally  special research , which is for writing the dissertation. Those courses don’t have standardized formats to follow because we emphasize sharing knowledge among supervisors in diverse fields and the students who have various interests. We expect both supervisors and students to find the best arrangement based on their thesis. Also, our hope is that in the SCS students can freely pursue their studies and obtain knowledge completely absent of barriers. In addition, we do not have an ‘interdisciplinary curricula  that is set in stone, but rather it would be up to each student’s originality and ingenuity to choose.
  Writing a dissertation is the most important project during the Masters program. The dissertation becomes proof of what students have done during the program. A brief description of the process is as follows; first, submit ‘a research plan  in the beginning of July in the first year, which is to declare your thesis and the research plan. Next, submit a ‘dissertation outline  in the middle of December of the same year, which is to show the specific theme and process of the dissertation. Finally, submit the complete dissertation in December of the next year for approval. Ultimately the students are responsible for completing the program, but we hope all the students will write an excellent dissertation through maximum utilization of our seminars and research facilities, and of course we will support you as much as possible.

  The doctorial dissertation is written with concerted efforts on the basis of expertise, extensive knowledge, outstanding originality and inquiry acquired during graduate school. The doctorial dissertation is not the culmination of research, but it is regarded as the starting point. Therefore, the dissertation will also be required to verify that a major development has taken place as a researcher. Students who have stayed for more than two years of the Ph.D. program and complete certain credits are allowed to submit the dissertation. The general procedure for obtaining a doctoral degree after completion of the third year is as follows; first, students submit ‘an outline of the dissertation in May of the third year. It must show that the students will complete the dissertation within six months. Then, the student submits the completed dissertation by the end of November.  The dissertation must then be evaluated by five judges, undergo public evaluation, and pass the faculty council, and then in March of the following year, the student will be notified of the degree awarded by the president.

  By any measure the three short years of the Ph.D. program are barely enough time to prepare the Ph.D. dissertation. Well-planned research schedules and close cooperation with supervisors will make completion of the Ph.D. program possible.
 
About the Education and Research
 
  To complete the Masters' program, the graduate students must take certain courses and submit a dissertation, and then the dissertation must be approved. Four main subjects are offered in the SCS;'the person-to-person seminar', an 'interdisciplinary seminar' which is organized by several supervisors about diverse themes,'research methodology' where the purpose is to provide instruction on how to conduct survey research, and finally 'special research', which is for writing the dissertation. Those courses don't have standardized formats to follow because we emphasize sharing knowledge among supervisors in diverse fields and the students who have various interests. We expect both supervisors and students to find the best arrangement based on their thesis. Also, our hope is that in the SCS students can freely pursue their studies and obtain knowledge completely absent of barriers. In addition, we do not have an 'interdisciplinary curricula' that is set in stone, but rather it would be up to each student's originality and ingenuity to choose.
  Writing a dissertation is the most important project during the Masters program. The dissertation becomes proof of what students have done during the program. A brief description of the process is as follows; first, submit 'a research plan' in the beginning of July in the first year, which is to declare your thesis and the research plan. Next, submit a 'dissertation outline' in the middle of December of the same year, which is to show the specific theme and process of the dissertation. Finally, submit the complete dissertation in December of the next year for approval. Ultimately the students are responsible for completing the program, but we hope all the students will write an excellent dissertation through maximum utilization of our seminars and research facilities, and of course we will support you as much as possible.

  The doctorial dissertation is written with concerted efforts on the basis of expertise, extensive knowledge, outstanding originality and inquiry acquired during graduate school. The doctorial dissertation is not the culmination of research, but it is regarded as the starting point. Therefore, the dissertation will also be required to verify that a major development has taken place as a researcher. Students who have stayed for more than two years of the Ph.D. program and complete certain credits are allowed to submit the dissertation. The general procedure for obtaining a doctoral degree after completion of the third year is as follows; first, students submit 'an outline of the dissertation' in May of the third year. It must show that the students will complete the dissertation within six months. Then, the student submits the completed dissertation by the end of November. The dissertation must then be evaluated by five judges, undergo public evaluation, and pass the faculty council, and then in March of the following year, the student will be notified of the degree awarded by the president.
  By any measure the three short years of the Ph.D. program are barely enough time to prepare the Ph.D. dissertation. Well-planned research schedules and close cooperation with supervisors will make completion of the Ph.D. program possible.
 
About the Graduate School and the Faculty
 
  Kyushu University has instituted a Graduate School and Graduate Faculty system as part of the overall reorganization of the university since 2000. This system is designed to separate the former Graduate School (which contained both the education body and research body) into the Graduate School (the education body) and the Faculty (the research body to which faculty members belong).
  Although it doesn’t change the former educational contents or curricula drastically, the new system will provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to access members from different faculties. Meaning that, more effective research training will be offered in the future.
  The Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies is comprised of three research departments: the Department of Environmental Changes, Social Studies, and Cultural Studies.
  The Department of Environmental Changes explores the fields of Global Environmental Changes, Biodiversity, and Basic Structure of Human Societies. The Department of Social Studies explores the fields of Analysis of historical Materials, Social Changes, and Socio-Information and Global Society. Finally, the Department of Cultural Studies explores the fields of Cultural Dynamics, and Culture and Literature.
  Other than those specialized fields, two more fields are also offered in the Department of Environmental Changes, cooperating with the Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC) and National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), which are the fields of Nature Conservation and Polar Geosphere System respectively. Therefore, a total of ten fields are offered in the three departments. (See the table for the faculty members).
  As you can see in this table, the faculty members belong to the areas that are not consistent with the majors or courses defined in the Graduate School, and the Graduate School and the Faculty use different course/field names as well as arrange groups of members differently.   The purpose of this website is mainly to introduce the Graduate School, so information given here refers to the Graduate School.