Department of Human Rights

Toward a society where people are respected

This is the first academic program in Japan where students can learn about human rights, essential for people to be able to live as human beings, from the perspective of legal studies and other academic fields. We take a straight look at human rights issues in society, and conduct education for students to acquire the logical thinking skills and specialized knowledge to understand and solve these issues.

Point 1  Beyond the sphere of legal studies
In order to understand and resolve the various human rights issues in society, it is important to not only study law, but also to take a multifaceted approach from a broader perspective. We offer subjects in adjacent social science fields such as political science, economics, sociology, and public policy, so that students acquire the ability to deal with human rights-related social issues and systems in an interdisciplinary manner.

Point 2  Beyond the sphere of the classroom
Classes use documentary videos to illustrate human rights issues. Students also learn to analyze real situations through actual fieldwork related to human rights issues, practical classes where they participate in the real planning and implementation of policies at ministries and agencies, and classes on analyzing data in order to understand the current state of human rights issues.

Point 3  Beyond the sphere of Japan
We offer classes in English on challenges and initiatives in other countries and regions regarding the relationship between human rights issues and law, as well as classes on the culture and history of other countries and regions, and overseas study at universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere. Rather than confining their opinions to Japan, students take a broader perspective and develop the ability to act independently and proactively.

Campus of Attendance

First Year to Fourth Year :


Lists Subjects that students of respective courses can take

Required Credits for Graduation / 132 Credits
Category Subjects
Required Courses 1st year
・Introduction to Law
・Introduction to Civil Law
・Introduction to Criminal Law
・Human Rights A
・Human Rights B
・Philosophy of Law A
・Philosophy of Law B
2nd year
・Introduction to Human Rights Law
Introductory Courses 1st year
・Introduction to Political Science
・Introduction to Economic Analysis
・Introduction to Public Policy
・Methodology of Social Research A
・Methodology of Social Research B
Core Courses 1st year
・Constitutional Law A
・Constitutional Law B
2nd year
・War, Conflict and Human Rights
・Poverty and Human Rights
・Gender and Human Rights
・Human Rights Fieldwork
・Human Rights Issues in the World
・Islamic World Studies
・International Human Rights Law
・Journalism Theory
・Journalism in Practice (Basic)
・Public Policy in Practice A
3rd year
・Children and Human Rights
・Business and Human Rights
・Sexual Minorities and Human Rights
・Christianity and Human Rights
・Human Rights Law in the World
・Sociology of Human Rights
・Topics in Human Rights A
・Topics in Human Rights B
・International Community and Humanitarian Assistance
・International Criminal Law
・Comparative Constitutional Law (Protection of Human Rights)
・Topics in International Law A
・Topics in International Law B
・Journalism in Practice (Advanced)
・Public Policy in Practice B
Basic and Applied Courses 1st year
・Theories and Concepts of Political Science A
・Theories and Concepts of Political Science B
・Law and Economics
2nd year
・History of Legal Thought A
・History of Legal Thought B
・European Legal History A
・European Legal History B
・Japanese Political History A
・Japanese Political History B
・History of Japanese Politics and Diplomacy
・Public Administration A
・Public Administration B
・History of Political Thought A
・History of Political Thought B
・Western Political History
・Comparative Politics
・International Relations
・Topics in Political Science A
・Topics in Regional Studies A
・Public Economics A
・Public Economics B
・Economic Policy A
・Economic Policy B
・Introduction to Public Finance
・Introduction to Labor Economics
・Introduction to Institutional Economics
・Topics in Economics A
・Welfare State
・Topics in Public Administration Policy A
・Policy Evaluation
3rd year
・Sociology of Law A
・Sociology of Law B
・Topics in Foundation of Law A
・Topics in Foundation of Law B
・Theory of Political Process A
・Theory of Political Process B
・Local Government
・Regional Integration Theory
・International Security A
・International Security B
・Topics in Political Science B
・Topics in Regional Studies B
・Introduction to International Economics
・Topics in Economics B
・Topics in Public Administration Policy B
・Environmental Policy
・Criminology A
・Criminology B
・Theory of Non-Profit Organizations
・International Development
Advanced and Extension Courses 1st year
・Overseas Training (Australia)
・Overseas Training (US)
・Overseas Training (UK)
2nd year
・International Law A
・International Law B
・Introduction to Civil Proceedings
3rd year
・Environmental Law A
・Environmental Law B
・Social Welfare Law A
・Social Welfare Law B
・Labor Law A
・Labor Law B
・Media Law A
・Media Law B
・Consumer Law
・Law of Education
・Juvenile Law
・Comparative Constitutional Law (System of Government)
・Criminal Law Procedure A
・Criminal Law Procedure B
・Administrative Law A
・Administrative Law B
・Topics in Administrative Law A
・Topics in Administrative Law B
・Language and Politics
・Issues in Contemporary American Society
・Introduction to Language
・Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Seminar Courses
1st year
・Introductory Seminar
3rd year
・Seminar A
・Seminar B
4th year
・Seminar C
・Seminar D (Graduation Thesis)
Aoyama Standard Subjects
1st - 4th year :

A school-wide universal education system where experts in wide-ranging academic fields transcending the framework of colleges/schools and departments stimulate interest in learning and provide guidance.

Foreign Language Subjects
[ 1st Foreign Language ] 1st year :

Intensive English A,B, Comprehensive English A,B

2nd year :

Intensive English C,D, Comprehensive English C,D

Free Elective Subjects
1st - 4th year :

Students are free to choose a variety of inner departmental subjects, university-wide standard subjects, foreign language subjects (take at least minimum credits required), and subjects offered by other schools at the university.