The program includes the study of both modern society and the environment/community creation, and seeks candidates who want to learn in a clear and systematic manner the structure and essence of modern society, which is not only globalizing but shows massive gaps.
The program covers two areas for the core courses: structural research in community studies and environmental research in community studies (former is subdivided into <Political science and economics> and <Cultural studies>), and links them with related courses. In addition, the program covers community studies theory and social sciences theory (basic courses) and community studies analysis methods (related courses) to enhance basic theoretical knowledge, while also offering a broad range of classes in philosophy, ethics, politics, law, economics, social sciences, labor and gender theory and lifelong learning theory so that students can learn using a systematic and three dimensional approach. The series of courses previously mentioned was designed to consider specialization certificates for junior high (social studies) and high school (geography, history and civics).
In this program, students analyze the status of problems in modern society under the direction of faculty advisors who support the students in their chosen research field. They actively complete the basic courses and courses in related fields while researching each field. The students must select a topic that can present a new social concept as an alternative to modern society and complete their theses. During their course of study, students also are able to actively participate in research seminars and academic conferences in and outside of the university to develop critical thinking skills through academic discussion with fellow graduate students.