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Curriculum Policy

The Principles of the Curriculum

The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen  Japan’s  national  and  local  governments engage  with  the  existing  issues  of  decentral- ization  reform  and  local  sovereignty.  During this time, in an initiative of its own, the Graduate School of Governance Studies has undertaken to  establish  public  policy  studies  as  a  holistic science with a view to supporting “endogenous local development” through horizontal partner- ships  among  communities  both  domestically and internationally. Based on these public policy studies, it is our goal to produce well-educated political and administrative professionals with the breadth of knowledge and vision, keen insight, and good analytical and decision-making skills needed  to  address  the  issues  involved  in  ever more complex and specialized policymaking.

Curriculum Structure

The curriculum structure is of the cross-curricular type. First, to provide an understanding of gov- ernance from all aspects, the courses that make up governance studies are arranged in “fields”* which offer a broad international perspective within the three disciplines of politics and admin- istration, economics and public finance, and law (not offered in English), together with an array of policy studies courses designed to familiarize students with the actual status of developments in these areas. The Graduate School offers five course-taking models as follows, the five combinations of the fields most relevant to the different professional needs and interests found among our students, thus allowing them to choose the study model most suited to their personal goals. The five are: (1) the Urban and Local Politics (Focus: cultivating political leadership; intended students: elected representatives and leaders, and people who wish to enter politics); (2) the Local Government Management (Focus: innovating public adminis- tration ; intended students: people already in or wishing to enter public service); (3) Innovating the publics (Focus: creating new local communities; intended students: private corporations, employ- ees of NPOs, self-employed worker, professional of welfare and education etc. and community members); (4) the International Development and Cooperation (Focus: resolving global issues; intended students: people who are engaging in global businesses, and people who wish to enter global businesses); and (5) Consumer Policy and Market Growth (Focus: protecting consumer interests and market growth; intended students: those who work in the field of consumer issues). In addition, students develop their actual prob- lem-solving skills in Research Paper 1 and 2 and other practical seminars, and the final research paper is assessed after careful examination.

Distinctive Features of the Curriculum

The Graduate School of Governance Studies is a center that brings together. On one hand, sophisticated students with a particular interest (and perhaps previous work experience) in areas such as community building and renewal, and on the other, recent university graduates who aspire to create the communities of the future. This way, it forms a learning hub where innova- tive ideas germinate, spread, develop, and feed back into the creative process. This is made possible thanks to exchanges of information and personal contacts among wealthily-experienced ones, including the full-time and visiting pro- fessors of the Graduate School, special invited professors, and part-time / adjunct lecturers. Although we too use the word “graduation,” in fact many of our alumni remain involved in ongo- ing projects, and this continuity has been highly productive. In particular, the Governance Policy Research Network, the Urban Policy Forum, the Public Quality Management (PQM) Forum, and the Governance Salon are nodes of practice and research that serve to link not only fellow alumni but also alumni and current students—giving our graduates a very real presence on campus.

Curriculum Chart

Field A:Basic subject - Policy, administration, management

Governance Studies
Intergovernmental Relations
Urban Spatial Policy
Urban Management Policy
Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
Evaluation Theory and Practice
Comparative Local Government
TQM in Public Sector
Quality Management in Japanese Public Sector
Spatial Planning
Negotiation in the Public Sector
Government and Politics in Developing Countries
Global Governance (Theory)
Global Governance (Institutions)
NGO/NPO Policy
NGO/NPO Management
Crisis Management for Natural Disasters

Field B:Basic subject - Economic, finance, development

Public Financial Management
Public Finance
Macroeconomics A
Macroeconomics B
Microeconomics A
Microeconomics B
Growth Theory and Developing Countries
Economic Development
Politics and Economics in East Asia
Economic System and Environment
Social Policy
Social Development
Tax Policy and Tax Administration

Field C:Applied Policy Study

  • Policy, evaluation
    • Current Development in Public Policy and Management
    • Consensus Building in the Public Sector
    • Public Policy
    • Policy Evaluation
  • Public administration management
    • Japanese Politics and Society
    • Comparative Public Administration
    • Comparative Study of Corruption
    • Civil Service Systems in Japan and Abroad
    • Human Resource Management
    • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Local government
    • Japanese Local Government (Management)
    • Japanese Local Government (Finance)
    • Human Resources Development in Local Government
    • Urban Design
    • Introducing Spatial Planning in Tokyo
    • Urban Management and Environment
  • Crisis management
    • Education for Crisis and Contingency Management
    • Crisis Management and Civil Society
    • Crisis Management and Public Administration
    • Crisis and Contingency Management
  • Economics, finance
    • Japanese Economy in International Environment
    • Japanese Economic Policy
    • Planning, Finance and Management for Development
  • Community/Regional development
    • Community Engagement and Facilitation
    • Planning Regional Economic Development
    • Urban and Regional Development Planning
  • Environment
    • Environmental Governance
    • Environmental Management
    • Environmental Assessment
  • Education
    • Comparative and International Education
    • Japanese Education in Comparative Perspective
  • International issues
    • Japanese Foreign and Development Policy
    • Political Economy of Development
    • Theories and Experience of the Developmental State
    • International Economics and Finance
  • Business
    • Private Sector Development
    • Business, Policy and Environment

Field D:Practical seminars

Social Research Method
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Masters Thesis Development
Analyzing and Writing in Qualitative Research
Elementary Academic English
Intermediate Academic English (Writing)
Intermediate Academic English (Communication)
Advanced Academic English
Speech, Presentation and Performance
Research Method 1
Research Method 2
Research Paper 1
Research Paper 2