Comparative Studies of Social and Economic Systems Course

Expand a multilateral perspective on the international economy via multifaceted education

The Comparative Studies of Social and Economic Systems Course provides a variety of subjects to develop human resources with a multilateral perspective on the international economy. Specifically, subjects in various areas of study are offered, such as the historical backgrounds and economic situations of nations around the world and a comparative study of economic systems among different countries, in addition to basic subjects on international economics and finance.

Examples of Topics for the Graduation Thesis

Historical development and future challenges of mobile phones; export of tea and background in China during the early period of the Republic of China; Japanese Agriculture under the WTO system; direct investment in China and hollowing out of domestic industries; expansion of the EU and immigration, etc.

Career Options after Graduation

Broadcasting, publishing, journalist, high school teacher, manufacturing, services, wholesale/retail, graduate school studies, etc.

Obtainable Qualifications

Degree/BA (in economics), first-class junior high school teaching certificate (in social studies) and first-class senior high school teaching certificate (in civics)
* Can be obtained only if the required number of credits has been earned.

Main subjects offered in the course (from the second to fourth year)

  • European Economic Integration A & B: By examining advanced and developed examples of regionalism, the purpose, motives, history, and current status of the EU are addressed
  • Economic History of the Western World A & B: The development of the European economy after about the 19th century is examined from a multifaceted perspective of the entire European economy and the national economy of each nation.
  • Theories of Social Information in East Asia A & B: By examining the East Asian community, specifically intraregional migrant workers, the current status and future outlook of multiethnic and multicultural socialization are addressed.
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics A & B: Social life and use of language are interrelated. Characteristics of the societies where the languages are spoken are revealed by analyzing daily conventional linguistic expressions of certain languages like Japanese, English and German.
  • Comparative Economic Systems A & B: Relying on comparative economics, these lectures examine the diversity and evolution of economic systems in the developed countries (the US, the developed European countries and Japan) and the emerging countries (Russia, the Central-Eastern European countries and China).
  • History of Social Thought A & B: Explores the ideas that have defined and changed European society from ancient times to the present.
  • World Political Economy A & B: After comprehensively examining developments in the global economy centering on North-South relations, the historical development and the economies of developing countries will be discussed.
  • International Political Economy A & B: Explores the developmental process, theories, and the contemporary challenges of international public goods, including international laws/ organizations. Policies employed by the successive hegemons of the modern world system will also be discussed.
  • Economic History of Japan A & B: Students will study the development of Japanese capitalism and its causal relationships while also developing the insights necessary to analyze today's economy.
  • International Finance A & B: Students will understand the mechanisms of the international finance from the perspective of theory, history, system, and current situation. The lecture covers hot issues such as monetary policies of the Fed, ECB, and BOJ during the financial crisis since 2007.
  • Study of Japan Sea Rim Countries A & B: Issues of the Japan Sea rim region centering on the Korean Peninsula are examined from a variety of perspectives, including history, geography, politics, economics, and culture.
  • Economic History of Asia A & B: With China as an example, the history of modernization, capitalization, and industrialization of the Asian economy is reviewed to deepen student understanding of Asia.