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Environmental and Information StudiesEnvironmental and Information Studies

Introduction of Fields of StudyIntroduction of Fields of Study

The Course consists of the master's and doctoral programs. The master's program provides research and education in four fields of study: Environmental Management, Communication Environment, Information Systems, and Regional/Urban Environment. The outlines are as follows:

Environmental Management Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities on environmental policies including their international perspectives production/consumption style with consideration for nature and regional environmental conservation, environmental management in relation to business administration, and optimization of corporate management.

Communication Environment Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities on methods that facilitate communication using mass media and computers in modern society from a social scientific perspective, such as sociology, cultural anthropology, and cognitive science.

Information System Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities in the fundamental technologies of information and telecommunication, which is rapidly developing in modern society, especially user interfaces, from a social scientific and engineering perspective.

Regional/Urban Environment Field

In this field, the Course provides education and research opportunities with a focus on the conservation and restoration of ecosystems in and around buildings, cities, and the surrounding regional environments from the perspective of biology, architectural environment studies, environmental design, and urban engineering.
The doctoral program consists of two fields: environment and information. The program further deepens and develops sophisticated research from an interdisciplinary point of view with the goal of developing human resources who can demonstrate competency as researchers, educators, or leaders in these two fields.

Educational Goals and OutcomesEducational Goals and Outcomes

Students in the Graduate School are advised by professors from the relevant discipline and acquire the ability as researchers through direct or indirect involvement in research activities. Intensive education through daily personal interaction with teaching staff is a characteristic of the education at the graduate level. Thirty-nine full-time instructors are allocated to the quota of 40 students in the master's program and eight instructors to six students in the doctoral program.

The Graduate School makes every effort to enhance education with an emphasis on processes. We consider it very important that graduate students convey their ideas to other people. During the master's program, each student has an opportunity to give two presentations in English in the middle and the latter half of the first year, a poster session in Japanese or English at the beginning of the second year, and an interim presentation of the master's thesis in Japanese a half year later to be prepared for the presentation of the thesis at the end of the course.

In the process of compiling the master's thesis, students experience a part of the leading-edge research activities regarding the environment and information, sophisticate logical and constructional abilities, and enhance the power of expression. The School also recommends making a presentation at a relevant academic conference. In this way, students acquire the aforementioned abilities and strengths, which are required for any position in society through substantial research on the environment and information.

Three PoliciesThree Policies

Admission Policy

Master's Program

[Invited Personality]

The Master’s Program of Environmental and Information division seeks students with the following skills who are interested in the four fields such as “Environmental Management”, “Communication Environment”, “Information System”, and “Regional/Urban Environment”.

  1. Basic knowledge at the level of graduation with a bachelor’s degree that is required of a researcher to undertake studies in the chosen field (However, it is not necessarily required to have taken environmental-and information-related classes.)
  2. Language skills to participate in lectures and conduct research on a global scale
  3. Specific awareness of environmental- and information-related issues and the skill to explain the issues to others

In seeking such students, we carry out admission examinations, including written exams and interviews, for the General Admission examination. We also provide Screening for working adults (requiring two years of work experience), and Special Screening for international students (application document must be created after a consultation about language used in education before an application is submitted), which waives the written exam.

Doctoral Program

[Invited Personality]

The Doctoral Program of Environmental and Information division seeks students who have strong interest in either environmental field or information field with the following capabilities.

  1. Specialized knowledge at the level of graduation with a master’s degree that is required to research on one of the selected academic field from “Environmental Management”, “Communication Environment”, “Information System”, and “Regional/Urban Environment”.
  2. Language skills to participate in lectures and conduct research on a global scale.
  3. Specific awareness of environmental- and information-related issues and the skill to explain the issues to others.

In seeking such students, we carry out admission examinations, including written exams and interviews, for the General Admission examination. We also provide Screening for working adults (requiring two years of work experience), and Special Screening for international students (application document must be created after a consultation about language used in education before an application is submitted), which waives the written exam.

Curriculum Policy

Master's Program

[Required Subjects]

Students should take required subjects in relation to complete master thesis under guidance and instruction by teachers of belonging laboratory. Throughout these research process, students enhance their required capabilities on scientific way of thinking, survey, investigation and analysis in terms of solving problems on environmental or information issues.

[Specialized Studies]

Students should take subscribed number of “Basic Specialized Subject” in order to obtain interdisciplinary broad knowledge, and also take subscribed number of “Specialized Subject“ in order to understand more specialized knowledge of each study field.

[General Common Subjects]

Student should take some General Common Subjects in order to be a human resource who has practical capability for success in the international society, and are required to make presentations on your research.

Doctoral Program

[Advanced Research and Teaching Skills]

In order to be a professional researcher as well as teacher and academic member of the society, students should acquire various advanced skills in the circumstance of easily taking advices from any teachers in the whole graduate school.

[Making Progress on Academic Wisdom]

In the academic field of environmental or information studies, students promote and carry out their doctoral research with advanced methodologies of investigation or analysis, integrate these findings, and complete a consistent doctoral dissertation. Throughout these process, each student are expected to be an independent professional researcher who has international and interdisciplinary perspective.

Diploma Policy

Master's Program

[Specialized Knowledge and Applicable Skills]

Acquired the abilities of profound consideration with specialized knowledge for seeking practical resolutions on specific issues in the field of environmental or information studies.

[Analytical Capacity and Imagination Ability]

Acquired the abilities to find practical solutions through scientific way of thinking, survey, investigation and analysis in terms of modern issues of environmental or information studies.

[Communication Ability and Sense of Responsibility]

Having potentialities for making more progress in research and practices with excellent communication ability and sense of responsibility in order to contribute for international society.

[Research Ethics]

Having morality and ethical mind as a scientific researcher.

Doctoral Program

[Advanced Capability for Scientific Research]

Acquired the advanced and profound research capability in terms of to accomplish a specific research issue in the academic field of environmental or information studies in order to find practical resolutions and to contribute for accumulation of wisdom.

[Interdisciplinary Perspective]

Acquired interdisciplinary capabilities in terms of to contribute to create brand new value by finding different issues with bird eye’s view and connecting them with advanced knowledge and technologies on environmental or information study fields.

[Research Ethics]

Having morality and ethical mind as a scientific researcher.

Examples of Elective Subjects Available in English <April 1, 2018>Examples of Elective Subjects Available in English <April 1, 2018>

[Environmental Management Field]

Environmental and Social Systems
Assessment Methods and Indicators for Economy Environment
Environment and Risk Society
Advanced Environmental Management and Sustainability
Environmental Communication and Governance

[Communication Environment Field]

Social Research and Data Analysis
Information Society
Mass Media in Modern Society

[Information System Field]

Intelligent Science

[Regional/Urban Environment Field]

Urban Environment Modeling
Environmental and Ecological Symbiosis
Biogeochemical Cycle
Lectures on Environmental Architecture
Regional and Local Environmental Planning Theory

[Common Subjects]

Presentation Skills in English
Academic Presentations
Advanced Comprehension Skills
Reading & Discussion
Special Course (Global Management, Culture and Strategy)
Special Course (Artificial Intelligence)

PROFESSORSProfessors for Master's and Doctoral Courses instructed by English

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