Faculty of Law planning to establish the first “Department of Human Rights”* in April 2022.





Faculty of Law planning to establish the first “Department of Human Rights”* in April 2022.


In order to educate students in analytical and task management skills in accordance with the legal concepts and perspectives of adjacent social sciences, the Faculty of Law is planning on establishing the new “Department of Human Rights.”*
With its emphasis on these globally shared values, the department has the phrase “Human Rights” included in its name. We are expecting to provide a higher level of professional education for each department of Law and Human Rights.

【Name of faculty】
Faculty of Law Department of Human Rights*

【Scheduled establishment】
April 2022

【Application capacity】
Department of Human Rights* 120 students
※The capacity of the current Department of Law is scheduled to be arranged to 380 students in accordance with the establishment of the Department of Human Rights.*

【Residing campus】
Aoyama Campus(4-4-25, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

【Information concerning classes and curriculums】
Focusing on human rights specifically, the students will acquire a keen awareness of social issues together with the ability to think and analyze problems calmly and the ability to express themselves convincingly when resolving problems and improving situations.

In order to acquire the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to understand and resolve human rights issues, there will be a compulsory class in the first year which will provide an opportunity to learn and think about these issues through documentary videos and lectures by the parties concerned.
Students will also be taking classes on Social Research Theory to acquire methods for investigating and analyzing social problems.

In addition, when considering human rights issues such as poverty and discrimination, it is important to approach from adjacent social science fields, so interdisciplinary study of those adjacent fields such as political science, economics, and sociology is vital.
"Introduction to Political Science", "Introduction to Economic Analysis", and "Introduction to Public Policy" are compulsory choices for the first year.

From the second year onward, classes provided in English will be available covering various thematic subjects such as poverty and human rights, gender and human rights, sexual minorities and human rights, business and human rights, as well as subjects where students can learn about human rights issues in the world and Japan.
In addition, the department will also offer classes on journalism theory as well as journalism training, acknowledging the importance of the role of media and journalism in reporting on human rights issues.

【Expected development of students】
We expect students to gain not only legal backgrounds, but also the necessary human imagination and insight that allows that us to calmly identify issues, and to understand the various human rights issues in modern society from the perspective of the parties concerned.
We aim to develop the analytical ability to accurately evaluate issues, the expressive ability to set out arguments in logical and persuasive sentences, as well as the human resource problem-solving skills necessary throughout.

In addition to being able to recognize what kind of societal issues are related to human rights, students will learn to consider and analyze the relationship between those issues and the law, and the logic for solving them according to the law.
We will educate students to contribute to society by offering a view of the law that is both meaningful and compelling.

【Expected careers】
Analytical perspectives and problem-solving abilities in social sciences acquired by studying the law and related fields, with the purpose of utilizing the law to solve and improve human rights problems, will not only protect the human Rights of yourself and those around you, but will also help you contribute to solutions for solving various social problems.

Below are examples of expected careers.
Legal professionals such as lawyers and scriveners, private companies (legal, human resources, CSR, etc.), civil servants, international civil servants, NPOs / NGOs (such as human rights groups), reporters / editors / journalists, researchers, etc.

*Currently applying for establishment.
The name of department, syllabus, and capacity are all yet to be decided and may be subject to change.

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