Established: May 18, 2007
Most recent revision: January 25, 2019
Internal Regulations on Human Resource Development Goals of Osaka City University Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences
Connection with the Regulations of the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences and the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences
Article 1: The Osaka City University Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences Faculty Association shall establish these internal rules regarding the goals of human resource development based on Article 3 of the Regulations of the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences and Article 3 of the Regulations of the Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences.
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Article 2: The goals for human resource development in bachelor’s degree programs shall be established in the following manner:
(1) To foster individuals who are able to think deeply about diverse phenomena relating to human beings, society, culture, and language, using the methods and ideas of the humanities and behavioral sciences.
(2) To foster individuals who are able to acquire communication skills and resolve problems informed by their international and historical perspectives.
(3) To foster professionals who are able to play an active role at the forefront of diverse sectors including educational institutions, cultural administration, publishing and journalism, international exchange, and information service industries.
２ In addition to the goals for human resource development that are shared with the bachelor’s degree programs listed in the previous paragraph, the following goals for human resource development shall also be established for each department:
(1) Department of Philosophy and History: To foster individuals with forward-thinking capacity grounded in an understanding of history and insight into human beings gained through the study of humanity’s development and thought processes.
(2) Department of Human Behavioral Sciences: To foster individuals who are able to acquire scientific methods for understanding human beings and societies and who can think about human behavior and human-related phenomena from diverse perspectives.
(3) Department of Language and Culture: To foster individuals who have a deep understanding of the language, literature, and culture that human beings create and who can contribute to the creation of new cultures while retaining a perspective on both their own and other cultures.
(4) Department of Cultural Management: To foster individuals who have a deep understanding of culture and can build on this to connect culture with social practices, as they seek to create new cultural expressions and build values of multicultural coexistence.
Master’s Degree Programs at the Graduate School
Article 3: The goals for human resource development in master’s degree programs shall be established in the following manner:
(1) To foster individuals who are able to acquire knowledge and methods at the vanguard of academic inquiry and independently conduct original research in the fields of the humanities and behavioral sciences.
(2) To foster professionals with a high degree of expertise who can contribute to regional education and respond to resolve the diverse issues of urban areas.
(3) To foster highly educated individuals who have a motivation for lifelong learning and who can engage with diverse cultural activities in international and local communities through a deep understanding of human beings, society, culture, and language.
Doctoral Degree Programs at the Graduate School
The goals for human resource development in doctoral programs shall be established in the following manner:
(1) To foster researchers with advanced research skills who can creatively explore topics at the forefront of research in the humanities and behavioral sciences.
(2) To foster researchers who will take the lead in promoting international and interdisciplinary research in the humanities and behavioral sciences in cooperation with domestic and international education and research organizations and institutions.
Objectives and Goals of Each Department in the Graduate School
In addition to the goals of human resource development that are shared with the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences as stated in Articles 3 and 4, the goals and objectives of each department shall be established in the following manner:
(1) Department of Philosophy and History: The objective of the department is to clarify the structures and development of human society and culture and to develop our understanding of human nature within the context of history and culture. By providing systems for education and research that integrate philosophy and history to study the foundations of human culture, the department aims to clarify the fundamental nature and universal value of human societies and cultures, as they have changed over time. The department seeks to foster researchers who can broaden their horizons to include related fields alongside their in-depth knowledge of specialized fields, as well as professionals with a breadth of knowledge and education.
(2) Department of Human Behavioral Sciences: The department aims to provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the characteristics of human behavior and the relationship between humans, societies, and cultures, with a particular focus on social issues, educational issues, cultural friction, and other issues facing contemporary society. The department emphasizes analysis, understanding, and creating theories based on empirical data, using fieldwork and experiments as the foundation of behavioral science methodology. By having students master empirical research methods related to human behavior, the department cultivates the ability to objectively observe societies and people in real-life contexts and fosters individuals and research professionals with advanced professional knowledge and skills.
(3) Department of Language and Culture: The department aims to use language to explore on a fundamental level all fields of language-related cultural phenomena, namely, language, literature, culture, and related fields. In addition to the conventional specialized fields of class units related to language, the department will also develop new fields of language application and expressive culture to achieve education and research appropriate for the age of urbanization, information technology, and internationalization. In addition, by providing students with opportunities to engage in comprehensive study of language and culture that includes Western classics and linguistics, the department aims to nurture individuals with a keen sense of language and linguistic skills who are able to play an active role in the international community both as researchers and professionals.
(4) Department of Asian Culture and Urbanism: The department aims to conduct comprehensive and comparative cultural research on the current status and features of urban cultures, the processes by which they are formed, and future possibilities in East and Southeast Asia. Students will study a wide range of fields, including conventional cultural studies, contemporary urban culture, cultural anthropology, art studies, popular cultural studies, and tourism studies, to cultivate a multidisciplinary perspective on diverse issues in Asia. The department seeks to nurture individuals who can lead Asia in the future both as researchers and professionals.