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Index
  1. Professors
  2. Purpose of the program
  3. Fields of Profession for Program Graduates
  4. MA and Ph.D. Theses
  5. Positions Held by Program Graduates
  6. Curriculum

1. Professors
  1. Program Director: Sanae Ito
  2. Core Professors:
    • Sanae Ito (Poverty reduction)
    • Atsuko Ohashi (History of local development, Area Studies in Southeast Asia)
    • Takeshi Higashimura (Multiethnic society, International labor migration)
  3. Supporting Professor(s):
    • Aya Okada (Human Resource Development)
  4. Research Projects supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research etc.:
    1. Global Production Systems in Asia and the Pasific (Ito)
    2. Historical Sociology of Development and Reception of "Ainu Studies" (Higashimura)
    3. Historical Development of the Fusion in Malitime Southeast Asia: Modern Bureaucratic Organization, Nnative Social System and Chinese Network (Ohashi)

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2. Purpose of the Program

The following research and study areas are to be covered in this program:
1) Basic framework and specific case studies of social development (mainly on poverty, gender, participatory development, and labor migration)
2) Application of research results in area studies and studies on culture and multiethnic societies to the development process (this program also provides opportunities for those who wish to approach development, globalization and modernization from the viewpoint of local community/area studies, such as area studies and studies on multiethnic societies, etc.)
3) Combination of the above 1) and 2)

Characteristics:
1) Acceptance of students with a variety of backgrounds: Because this program highly evaluates academic and work experience in cooperation, conflict, and diversity, we respect the disciplines students have previously studied, and accept those who have various backgrounds of humanities and science courses. However, we will give appropriate guidance to those who need acquisition and/or re-education in his/her discipline.
2) Utilization of Japan's cases: Taking advantage of studying in Japan, this program compares Japan's development experience (experience in modernization from the top) with cases in developing countries, and encourages the application of the lessons they offer, for the development of other countries.
3) Pioneering of germinating research area: The universal development projects (including income generating projects such as community development and micro finance, projects for environmental improvement and quality of the life, etc.) which are introduced from outside of developing countries' societies are generally perceived as foreign cultural elements to the communities themselves. In order to attain successful results from these projects, it is important to pay attention to the culture, tradition, gender, and moreover the geography and the ecology, of the implementation area, and to fully utilize the given conditions. In this program, the pioneering research area that would be considered important in the near future, i.e. research on effective utilization of the given conditions, is aimed at.

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3. Fields of Profession for Program Graduates
  1. Development administrators and practitioners who have ability to analyze socio-cultural elements in organizations in charge of development in Japan and other countries (ministries related with assistance, NGOs, JICA and development consulting companies)
  2. Administrators and practitioners who acquire knowledge of social development and are able to cope with problems existing in multi-ethnic societies in developing and developed countries (including Japan)
  3. Scholars and researchers in universities and research organizations (research institutions and think tanks) in Japan and other countries

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4. MA and Ph.D. Theses
  • Recent Master Thesis Titles:
    • "Tourism Development of Yogyakarta Special Province"
    • "Integration Policies for Imigrants: Dutch and Gernman Policies explored"
    • "Public-Private Partnership and the Poor in Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in the Philippines"
    • "Traditional Practices and Cultural Perceptions Concerning Reproductive Health among Rural Cambodian Women"
    • "Police Investigation Methods on Foreign Crime in Japan: Examining Complexities and Racial Inequalities in the Japanese Criminal Process"
    • "Role of an NGO in Promoting Locally Relevant Primary Education: A Case of Students' Education and Cultural Movement of Ladakh"
    • "Dynamism in Ludruk Folk Theater: Facing the Changes of Entertainment Trends in East Javanese Society"
    • 「紛争後社会における「和解」-東ティモールの受容真実和解委員会をめぐって」
    • 「ナルマダ渓谷開発反対運動における運動組織と環境イデオロギーの形成と展開」
    • 「オーストラリアにおけるベトナム系女性の定住過程」
    • 「外国人集住地域のコミュニティ変容と生活世界-豊田市保見団地を事例として-」
    • 「出産の近代化とローカルな実践の位相-インド・マハーラシュトラにおける「伝統的」産婆の開発をめぐってー」
    • 「外国人医療センター(NPO)における参与観察の研究-NPOと行政のパートナーシップの考察」
  • Recent Ph.D. Dissertation Titiles:
    • "Public Health, Private Habits: Sanitation Promotion in Rural Bangladesh"
    • "NGOs and Empowerment: The Sociopolitical Contexts of NGOs' Grassroots Empowerment in Bangladesh"
    • "The Past We Were Told, The Truth We Were Told: War Atrocities as Depicted in Children's Literature - Narratives in Japanese Children's Literature of Atom Bombs and Israeli Children's Literature of the Jewish Holocaust - A Comparetive Study"
    • 「途上国に押し寄せる現代的スポーツの実相-グローバル化するスポーツの行方-」
    • 「中小企業間に見るネットワーク構築に関する考察 --有機的ネットワーク構築へ試みとその現状--」  

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5. Positions Held by Program Graduates
  • Master's Program Graduates:
    1. JICA (including JOCVs), Japan Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, officers of local governments (Mie Prefecture, Kobe City), think tank (UFJ Institute), NGOs (Peace Winds Japan, etc.), Ppivate companies (Sumitomo Trust & Banking, etc.)
    2. Indonesian Government (Local Planning Department), Spanish Embassy in Japan
    3. Students of the GSID Doctor Program and the Graduate University of Advanced Studies, etc.
  • Doctoral Program Graduates:
    1. JICA
    2. Aichigakuin Univeirsity, Shinshu University, Chuo University, Nihon Fukushi University, Taisei Gakuin University, Sun Yat-Sen University (China), Kitakyushu National College of Technology, etc.

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6. Curriculum (PDF 44KB)

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