Global and Transdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Degree Program of Global and Transdisciplinary Studies, established in 2020, aims to encourage and promote programs in graduate education that are responsive to changing global social circumstances. Areas of study that we offer are Migration and Refugee Studies, STS (Science, Technology, and Society) Studies, and Environmental Studies.
Self-designed education and transdisciplinarity are the distinctive elements of this degree program. Students are expected to design their education and expand the scope of their study by transdisciplinary approaches that require collective, innovative, and dynamic research strategies to transcend the boundaries of traditional and conventional fields.
One of the goals of this degree program is to create intellectual leaders who can take the lead in solving intricate and challenging problems of the changing global societies.
The Graduate Degree Program of Global and Transdisciplinary Studies has the following six subject groups to emphasize coursework, lead problem-based research, and provide systematic education encompassing a wide range of disciplines and focusing on boundaries of subject areas.
Fundamental research courses
These are courses to acquire knowledge of research ethics and research methods. Courses on research ethics and data science essential for the three study areas are offered.
These are courses to acquire knowledge in the research field and deepen understanding of what transdisciplinarity is. Special lectures that cover the three study areas and classes to study transdisciplinarity are offered.
Practice and Seminar courses
These are courses to deepen research introspectively through joint research and field practice. Some courses require group research and on-the-job training.
Courses to Explore Various Issues
Based on the principle of self-designed education, students also select courses offered in cooperation of the Graduate School of Humanities and Studies on Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Science and Engineering.
Research guidance/Master's thesis
These are courses for students to study how to plan a research proposal and write master’s thesis for the areas of research they self-design.
Students may take a variety of courses open to all graduate school students at Chiba University and count some of those credits for the graduation requirement.
Concept of Self-Designed Major
In the Graduate Degree Program of Global and Transdisciplinary Studies, students design their own education (Self-Designed Major). Students are not expected to pursue their research merely by advancing existing studies and disciplines, but to take the initiative in their research and explore possibilities regardless of conventional borders of disciplines. Students are to decide on their primary research topic first and then draw up their research plans independently, autonomously and transdisciplinarily.
Graduate Degree Program of Global and Transdisciplinary Studies
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