Education at HSP : Overview

The Program is run by the Steering Committee which consists of 14 faculty members (as of June 2016) from the five departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Along with these leading members, many other members including project, visiting and part-time staff are also being involved in educational activities at the Program. Visit here for further information on the faculty staff.

As of June 2016, the Program is home to 33 students on the Master course and 42 students on the Ph.D course. Their countries of origin cover many parts of the world, including Australia, China, Japan, Myanmar, South Korea, and Thailand.

During 2005-2006, the Program benefited from financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through its “Initiatives for Attractive Education in Graduate Schools”. The HSP’s “Intelligent Library” was born from this support. With its collection of volumes steadily expanding each year, this library constitutes indispensable research and educational resources for the Program.

Subjects to be Studied

Although Human Security is a quite broad concept, the Program tries to illuminate and substantiate it by providing its own image of Human Security. This image is formed around three constitutive pillars, namely, “Development”, “Peace”, and “Human Rights”. The classes offered at the Program were designed accordingly.

The subjects shown below (2 credits for each in one semester) are the special classes provided for the Program students. From these and other classes, students on the Master course are required to take 30 credits including 4 required credits of the basic subjects. Ph.D candidates are required to take 20 credits. Most of the classes are conducted in Japanese.

  • Basic Subjects : Introduction to Human Security I/II
  • Advanced Subjects :
    1. “Development” : Development and Poverty I/II, Self-Supporting System and Social Cooperation I/II, Subsistence and Skill of Living I/II,   Sustainability Strategy I/II
    2. “Peace” : Conflict, Peace and Coexistence I/II, Peace Processes and International Cooperation I/II, Refugees and Migrants, I/II, Gover- nance and Norms I/II
    3. “Human Rights” : Life and Human Dignity I/II, Cultural Ecology I/II, Diversity and Universality I/II, State, Civil Society, and Corporation I/II
  • Seminar : Seminar on Human Security
  • Practical Subjects : Practical Training on Human Security

Master Thesis/Report and Ph.D Dissertation

To complete the Master course and receive the Master Degree, each student has to submit either a “Master Thesis” or a “Special Report on Specific Subject”, which is to be evaluated by the Program faculty members for its acceptance. The former is an academic work which, based on critical review of the existing literature, could contribute to the advancement of knowledge in particular research area(s). The latter is more practical; students with some field experience and/or more practical interests can show their achievements in the Program through writing reports on their own activities or investigations conducted on the ground. What follows are some of the titles of the theses/reports accepted in the Program.

  • Language and Identity : Choices of Languages by Ethnic Minorities in the Post-Soviet Central Asia
  • Effects of Project Assessment on Self-Sustainable Development : the Case of Development Assistance Projects in Kyrgyz Republic
  • Career Formation of Japan Oversea Cooperative Volunteers: Towards Sharing Information on Human Resources for International Cooperation
  • A Theory for Interpretation of “Persecution” in the Refugees Convention and the Problems Facing Japan
  • UNHCR’s Decision Making on IDP Operations : Same Space, Different World
  • Conflict, Coexistence and Issue of ‘Autochthony’ in Africa
  • Roles of International Donors in Cultural Tourism : the Case of Salt Tourism Sector Development Project
  • Roles of Non-State Actors in Conflict Mediation in the Post-Cold War Era: the Case of Mozambique
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and Bosnian Conflict
  • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation : Gacaca in Rwanda
  • A Study of Shelter Assistance and Land Security after Conflict: the Case of Mindanao, Philippines (Special Report)
  • Unexpected Effects of Microfinance on Social Structure : Credit ‘Deepening” and Social Network in Rural Bangladesh
  • Negative Impacts of Structural Adjustments : Poverty and Human Resource Development in Rural Egypt
  • Environmental Policy Integration in the European Union
  • Organizational Micropolitics: An Ethnographic Study of a Filipino-run Community Organization in Tokyo
  • A Human Security Approach to Anti-Trafficking Policies in the EU
  • “Human Security” and “Local Gender Sensitivity” in Bangladesh : A Case Study of the Social Development Activities in the Arsenic Mitigation Project
  • An Approach to Human Security : Participatory Empowerment in the Dry Zone of Myanmar
  • Magical Leaves and Pocari Sweat: Primary Health Care and Community Health Activities in Indonesia
  • Social Development of Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries
  • The Politics of Healing Activities in Thailand’s Southern Violence

On the other hand, to complete the Ph.D course and receive the Ph.D Degree, each student has to submit a “Dissertation”, which is to be evaluated by the Program faculty members for its acceptance. Unlike the Master course which has two options regarding degree requirements, the only “way out” here is an academic contribution to the advancement of knowledge through his/her dissertation. The followings are the titles of the dissertations accepted in the Program.

  • Srebrenica Genocide : A Study of the Interventions in Genocide after the Cold-War

Full list of theses and dissertations completed by past students could be seen at the Thesis and Dissertation Titles page.