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The Graduate School of Social Informatics consists of a single department, the Department of Social Informatics, which includes two special courses. Our main objective is to nurture the ability of human resources with a strong interest in social informatics, as well as to foster foresight, creativity, and originality to tackle problems related to this field. In order to achieve this, students study social informatics from the viewpoints of information science, economics, business administration, and education, and their ability to comprehensively solve problems is nurtured.
This Course focuses on three viewpoints. First, from the viewpoint of the social sciences, we hold special lectures on theories of applied economics, and other areas, in order to nurture individuals who can analyze data using information technology, understand logical activities, and prepare methods for problem solving. Second, from the combined viewpoint of human beings, society, and information, we hold special lectures on theories of organizational psychology, knowledge management, etc., in order to foster individuals who can interpret human psychology and the human element in companies, as well as explain the effects that a knowledge-based society has on human beings. Third, from the viewpoint of information science, we hold special lectures on theories of computer networks, data systems, and so on, in order to nurture system engineers who can apply their understanding of finance and policy while considering organizations and psychology, and who can incorporate social needs into technology.
Based on the educational policy of "pedagogy that produces the true power of execution," the aim of this Course is to provide an education that combines the study of initiative, emerging intelligence, and organizational innovation. Some examples of course themes include principles of pedagogy, theories of human innovation, principles of the study of initiative, theories of social systems, emergent learning environments, creative expertise, school system innovation, and innovation in public support systems. Furthermore, we have established a course model that enables students to become learning environment designers at educational institutions, community designers in public institutions/NPOs, and organizational innovation designers in companies, where social needs are very high.
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