The Faculty of Contemporary Social Studies

  • Department of Contemporary Social Studies Established in 2014 (2017 enrollment limit: 130 students)
  • Department of Social Studies of Disaster Management (2017 enrollment limit: 100 students) Established in 2014
This faculty was established in 2014 with the aim of developing human resources who can understand problems of modern society and find solutions. This faculty consists of two majors, Contemporary Social Studies and Social Studies of Disaster Management.
This faculty focuses on the problem-solving type of active learning learned from communities in Kobe, known for being an international city and using progressive approaches to accident prevention.
Students will learn how to understand problems from various angles, analyze them scientifically, and search for practical solutions.

Active learning through real world problems.

Through specific activities such as field investigations of regional businesses, proposals for improvements to anti-disaster education and investigations of the issues faced by the musical culture of Kobe, the aim for the students is to acquire abilities that will be useful to them in the future, when working in businesses or government administration, or in education workplaces.

Learning about regional problems in Kobe.

Kobe has long prospered as a port city and it is an international city that has many foreign residents. In addition, it experienced the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and public awareness of disaster prevention is strong. Learning about regional problems in Kobe leads on to consideration of the future of Japan.

Four years of learning at the Port Island Campus.

Modern facilities that realize rich student lifestyles have been prepared in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by red bricks. This is an excellent location just 9 minutes by train from Sannomiya, the center of Kobe. It is extremely convenient for developing learning that links with local businesses and government.

Department of Contemporary Social Studies

Acquiring the ability to solve problems through a wide range of practical work in the local region.

Students will learn a combination of a wide range of items such as politics, economics and the environment, with the study of sociology in topics such as "multicultural coexistence," "work and careers" and "mass media and culture" as a base. This will cultivate multilateral viewpoints, the ability to think flexibly and the ability to take action. The main pillars of the study are the three sectors of "citizens and livelihoods," "work and industry" and "regions and culture." We will nurture not only the ability to solve the problems experienced by modern society, but also a practical ability to make a contribution to local areas.
Qualifications to be obtained: Social Researcher*1, First Kind of Junior High School Teacher's License (Social studies)*1, First Kind of High School Teacher's License (Civics)*1

Department of Social Studies of Disaster Management

Learning knowledge useful to actual society so that the people of a local area can live in safety.

This is a rare type of department, even nationally, where students can specialize in the learning of "disaster prevention and citizens," "disaster prevention and the administration" and "disaster prevention and social contribution," to make use of the knowledge obtained from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake to realize a safe way of living for the future. Students will learn about the basic ways of thinking about disaster prevention and disaster mitigation and about the current situation of these topics, and will then think about the issues. They will also learn about the ways of thinking about volunteering and international cooperation and the current situation of these topics.
Qualifications to be obtained: Social Service Activities Support Specialist*2, First Kind of Junior High School Teacher's License (Social studies)*1, First Kind of High School Teacher's License (Civics)*1

*1.These are qualifications that can be obtained by acquring credits in the subjects specified.
*2.This is a qualification that can be obtained by acquring credits in the relevant subjects and passing a certification examination.

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Active learning that prioritizes practice

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Learning together with fellow students

We consider discussion in small groups to be very important. Hearing to the investigation results and opinions of other seminar students makes it possible for students to reconsider their own common sense and prejudices from a new angle and leads to even greater understanding.

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Learning from the local region

We invite businesspersons from the local community to provide plentiful opportunities for lectures and discussions with them. Furthermore, the students carry out field investigations where they go out to places such as shopping arcades and nursery schools to investigate the issues faced by the local region.

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Implementation of citizen life-saver lectures

Students with a first aid instructor qualification give citizen life-savers lectures (Ordinary lifesaving course I) to citizens and at schools in Kobe.


Detailed information is available in the Faculty of Contemporary Social Studies newsletter