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Department of Social Information

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The Department of Social Information utilizes an approach that integrates the humanities and science. This approach tries to grasp a variety of social phenomena based on theories of social science and explain them using theories and technology of information science to solve a variety of problems arising from complex and diversified modern societies. In today's ICT (Information Communication Technology) society, IT devices and the Internet environment are advancing day by day. Research and education in these areas are becoming more and more important for the development of individuals who can grasp the diversity of information around us to collect, analyze and utilize it, and send out the necessary information to society.

Our curriculum offers learning models such as system engineering, social research and data analysis, media communication, web design and information education. These are designed to be appropriate to students' purpose and future careers. The curriculum will enable them to cultivate their areas of specialization balanced with social science subjects. The integrated lecture system in which all students carry laptops and an excellent network environment enhance learning efficiency, and the experiences acquired help students in the real world after graduation. In addition, with the utilization of TAs (Teaching Assistants) and SAs (Student Assistants), we are committed to providing a practical educational environment by offering bilateral lectures to enhance students' understanding. The SA system, which our students are responsible for, is highly rated by those studying at the University as well as by graduates. This is also a valuable opportunity for students to grow as people by teaching other students.

Some graduates play a leading role in the information service industry by utilizing the computer-related knowledge and skills they acquired in the Department of Social Information, while others serve as technicians using their communication skills in the retail business and the service industry.

Features of the Curriculum

Theories of Social Systems 1 and 2 (2nd and 3rd year)

During the second year, students pay attention to world matters (especially southern countries) and consider Japan's situation. During the third year, students evaluate the basic structure of modern society (also called the information society, the complex society or the system society) from a macro-historical viewpoint.

Introduction to Computer Graphics (3rd year)

This course provides lectures and practice on the creation of 3D computer graphics using application software. It helps students to understand the process of 3D-CG creation and the difference between 3D-CG and 2D-CG, aiming to present relatively simple-shaped everyday objects in CG.

Theories of Community Media (3rd year)

Community FM radio stations play a variety of roles as a communication tool in the community. Students learn the process toward starting broadcasting and the challenges involved, as well as the responsibility they have as senders of information.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the department is to contribute to the formation of Social Information Science and to develop individuals to play a vital role in the information society.

Educational Goals

The Department of Social Information aims to accurately grasp the characteristics of informational phenomena in society and to develop individuals with the knowledge to use information technology toward a better society. This is done using networks and communication as key concepts in order to solve a variety of modern, social problems.

There are two main approaches to achieving those objectives. One is to help students develop a wider perspective to gain a multilateral view of society and information-related matters. This means that students need to deepen their historical and structural understanding of people, organizations and society, and grasp issues from a broad viewpoint. They also need to understand the characteristics and the social meaning of information. It is possible to understand how information flows around us and what roles it plays by learning about communications among people, organizations and societies.

The other approach involves learning methods and skills for collecting, analyzing and processing information for the purpose of utilizing and transmitting it. Information collection skills include how to deal with information and methods of harvesting it in research. This requires the collection of information flowing in the world based on systematic knowledge. Analytical skill relates to the method of information and data analysis and its social evaluation, i.e. extracting meaning by analyzing the information collected. Processing skill relates to accumulation methods as well as communication and transmission methods of information, i.e. the technology to accumulate and transmit the information collected and analyzed.

The abilities cultivated by these two approaches are as follows:
  1. Observation of incidents taking place in the world
  2. Understanding the meanings of information around us
  3. Collecting and analyzing information
  4. Processing and transmitting information
  5. Designing and building information systems
Subjects to cultivate these abilities are incorporated into the current curriculum.