Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University
Department of Policy Sciences
This department offers two sub-areas of concentration: (A) Professional Studies and (B) Management and Policy Sciences.
In Professional Studies, students focus on Japanese and international law in relation to economics, social and legal contracts, policy-making, and diplomacy. Drawing on Chuo University's prestigious reputation in legal studies, the Faculty of Policy Studies follows an interdisciplinary approach, borrowing ideas from social sciences, business management and administration, anthropology, and other disciplines to broaden and deepen students' insight into the form and function of the law in the contemporary world. Professional Studies follows four main strands: Law and Economics, Modern Contract Law, Policy Making, and Diplomacy.
Management and Policy Sciences
Policy sciences aim at making the world and the society in which we live a better place by understanding problems and developing the methods and the art of solving them. Because the world is a complex order, policy sciences need to integrate diverse knowledge to cope with this complexity. For this reason, the policy sciences that this Faculty advances draws on Integrative Practical Knowledge that combines (1) mathematics, statistics, and computer science, (2) the branches of the social sciences, and (3) the fields of the humanities. The idea is to apply this integrative knowledge in solving humanity's complex problems, and to propose policies that are based on a good understanding of human values as well as on the scientific reasoning. This is the guiding principle that runs through policy studies of this Faculty.
In Management and Policy Sciences, students focus on the complex problems facing communities, governments, business firms, and humanity in general. They study how national and local governments are managed and administered, how business firms are managed to survive in this fast changing world, and how the problems facing humanity on a global scale have emerged. As to public management, students learn how the public sector manages food security, social security, national security (including environmental protection), natural disasters, urban planning, and population control, education, and scientific research, as well as how the public budgets are allocated to achieve the socially desired ends. As for business management, students learn how to manage a business firm by developing an innovative mind and acquiring the required skills. Management, public or private, in the globalized world is made more effective when combined with cross-cultural awareness of the interconnections between organizational decisions and the culture in which such decisions take place. The global issues facing humanity are another important group of problems that are discussed and analyzed in many courses and seminars, both scientifically and in reference to human values. Integrative Practical Knowledge is particularly powerful in addressing such issues as the power of multi-disciplinary thinking comes to full force in apprehending them. Equipped with this knowledge and multi-disciplinary thinking, students can learn how to examine the efficacy of policy proposals through scientific testing and the art of model building and simulation.