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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology cultivates skills for analyzing and elucidating an ever-changing contemporary society from three main perspectives.

Firstly, the curriculum helps the student to acquire a broad knowledge in order to fathom the issues of society, culture and thought, thus being trained to take on the changes of the international society from a variety of perspectives. Secondly, the student learns methodology for analyzing multiple forms of data such as documents, statistics, and film, enabling deeper understanding of changes in communication, networks, and the political aspects of information in the advanced society that we live in. Thirdly, the student analyzes lifestyle developments in modern society and focuses on issues regarding family, regions and the workplace from short-term and long-term points of view, thus getting a sound grasp of how people are choosing to live in this contemporary society of ours.

Our department also places emphasis on teaching social research techniques (methodology for surveys, observation, interviewing, visual analysis, document searching, and field work). By planning and carrying out such research, students are able to capture society in its true form and thus enhance their ability to solve various issues. Furthermore, the curriculum cultivates the practical ability to articulate and share one's research done via theses, homepages, and works of film. Most of the students studying at the Department of Sociology have the goal of becoming social researchers.

Faculty member
Name Title Field of Research Subject of Research
TANI, Tomio Professor Urban Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Sociology of Religion -Japanese Inter-ethnic Relationships in Urban Community
-Over-urbanization in Okinawa, Japan
-Japanese New Religions and Social Structure
-Qualitative Methodology of Social Research
SUGA, Yasuhiro Professor Sociology, Cultural Studies Sociology of Urbanity and Rurality. Modern Tourism. Theory of Landscape and Visuality. History of French Sociology.
KURITA, Nobuyoshi Professor Sociology of Culture, Social Movements, Social Theory Sociological Analysis on Costume and Cosmetics of Teenagers and Young Adluts in Contemporary Japan
NISHIKAWA, Mugiko Professor Cultural Anthropology Anthropological studies on the possibility of creating a local community in an urban area.
NAKAZATO, Hideki Professor Family Sociology, History of the Family, Historical Demography, Family Demography Historical demography on living arrangements between parents and adult children. Comparative study on work/life issues for parents of small children in Japan and Australia.
TANO,Daisuke Professor Historical Sociology, History of Media Socio-Historical Studies on Mass Communication, especially on Propaganda, Entertainment and Sexuality under National Socialism. Study on Japanese-German Cultural Relations regarding Leisure and Recreation.
MATSUKAWA, Kyoko Associate Professor Cultural Anthropology, South Asian Studies Anthropological Studies on Religion (Christianity), Multilingual Situation and Local Theater in India, especially Goa
OBITANI, Hiroaki Associate Professor Sociology, Environmental Sociology Theoretical and Empirical Studies on Sustainable Development in Japanese and Vietnamese Rural Villages, and on Community-based Participatory Research
HOSHI, Atushi Associate Professor Sociometrics Empirical study on the structure and function of personal networks.
ABE,Masahiro Associate Professor Sociology, especially Labor Sociology Sociological Analysis of Social Change in Postwar Japan. Theoretical and empirical study on Career Ladder Strategies.