Characteristics of the Degree Program

Two Cycles and Five Abilities

The Two Cycles

  • Social system cycles: a deductive understanding of social phenomena
  • Data analysis cycle: Inductive understanding through data analysis
  • →Fostering solution creativity

The Five Abilities

  • Find: Ability to understand social phenomena deductively based on theories and empirical rules
  • Analyze: Ability to understand social phenomena in an inductive manner based on the analysis of data
  • Plan: Ability to design systems to reform society based on an understanding of social phenomena
  • Do: Ability to make concrete proposals and conduct social experiments based on the designed system
  • See: Ability to measure and evaluate the results of social experiments and recommendations and to deepen understanding of social phenomena

Multi-disciplinary guidance from the Advisory Group (AG) and Research Unit

Curriculum Policy about Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences 2021

Aiming to foster knowledge of society and logical thinking ability, embodied in the basic engineering skills that lead to "problem-solving ability," our educational program is composed of the following 3 pillars:

The Specialized Foundation Subjects provides the basic skills required by Policy and Planning Sciences.

The Advanced Subjects builds the ability to construct models from observed phenomena and analyze data. It is composed of 3 overlapping areas:

  • Financial / Natural Resource Design: Finance & Optimization.
  • Spatial / Environmental Design: Urban Planning.
  • Organizational / Behavioral Design: Behavioral Science
Basic Classes Basic Classes

The Master Thesis Research aims at establishing and integrating both basic and specialized abilities in the student, using the shared physical and virtual research resource we call the "TPPS Commons," available to both students and faculty through formal Research Units and other research projects, ensuring multidimensional supervision for the student.

Learning Models for Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Program titles are linked to their syllabi. #Not offered.

Subject Category Subject Name Units Learning Model

Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses

Graduate School of Science and Technology

Specialized Foundation Subjects Electively Required
(2 units ~)
Graduate General Education Courses Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses
Subjects other than those related to PPS        
Degree Programs' Common Courses Specialized Foundation Subjects Electively Required
(6 units ~)
Mathematics for Policy and Planning Sciences 2    
Microeconomics 2
Social Simulation 2    
Game Theory 2    
Statistical Analysis 2    
Corporate Valuation 2    
Institutions and Policy Decision 2    
Urban and Environmental Planning 2    
Spatial Information Science 2    
Mobility Innovations and Their Application for Society 2      
Blockchain Technology for Regional Revitalization 2      
Advanced Subjects Electively Required
(12 units ~)
Financial / Natural Resource &
Spatial / Environmental Design
Supply Chain Management 2    
Urban and Regional Analytics 2    
Spatial / Environmental &
Organizational / Behavioral Design
Urban Renewal Project Management/ Area Management 2    
Theory and Practice of Economic Policy 2
Organizational / Behavioral &
Financial / Natural Resource Design
Business Strategy: Theories and Practices 2    
Information Security 2  
Financial Management: Theory and Practice 2    
Financial / Natural Resource Design Theory of Asset Valuation 2  
Discrete Mathematics 2    
Mathematical Optimization Theory 2    
Spatial / Environmental Design Regional Science 2    
History of Urban Built Environment 2    
Residential Environment Planning 2      
Organizational / Behavioral Design Microeconometric Analysis 2    
Production and Quality Management 2    
Special Lecture on Policy and Planning Sciences I# 2      
Special Lecture on Policy and Planning Sciences II 2      
Special Lecture on Policy and Planning Sciences III 2      
Master Programs' Courses Specialized Foundation Subjects Electively Required Introduction to Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization 2      
Workshop in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2      
Workshop in Policy and Planning Sciences II 1      
Internship in Policy and Planning Sciences 2  
Active learning in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization I 2      
Active learning in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization II 2      
Active learning in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization III 2      
Advanced Subjects Electively Required
(0 units ~)
Facilitation Training Pre-Program in Policy and Planning Sciences I 1
Facilitation Training Pre-Program in Policy and Planning Sciences II 1
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2
Required
(12 units)
Basic Master's Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Basic Master's Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2
Special Master's Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Special Master's Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2
Special Master's Research Work in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Special Master's Research Work in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2
Total   36 36 36

※Required subjects for students enrolled in Course in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization

Learning Model 1:

Business consultant or manager, financial plannerAfter completing 36 credits to develop ability in business evaluation or finance, become a strategic consultant giving strategic management advice; or a financial consultant formulating financial strategy and conducting financial analysis; or a manager or financial planner.

Learning Model 2:

System engineer in an IT consulting firmAfter completing 36 credits to develop analytic ability in system management, become a system engineer determining customer requirements and designing and administering a system to specification for an IT consulting firm.

Learning Model 3:

Think tank researcherAfter completing 36 credits and conducting research to develop ability related to urban planning, join a consulting business or become a think tank researcher.

Competencies to be acquired in the degree program

Through the study of this degree program, students will acquire the following competencies.

Generic Competences for Master’s Students

  • Ability to use knowledgeAbility to put advanced knowledge to use in society
  • Management abilityAbility to appropriately address challenges from every angle
  • Communication abilityAbility to express expert knowledge accurately and clearly
  • Group skillAbility to cooperate and actively contribute to the achievement of goals as a team
  • International characterAwareness to contribute to international society

Competences specified by the Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering

  • Research abilityBasic knowledge and ability to set research tasks and carry out a research plan in the areas of Policy and Planning Sciences
  • Specialized knowledgeAdvanced specialized knowledge and command of the areas of Policy and Planning Sciences
  • Ethical viewEthical view and ethical knowledge appropriate for persons with basic research ability or highly specialized professionals in the area of Policy and Planning Sciences

The Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences has five educational indicators (Find: Understanding of Social Phenomena, Analyze: Data Analysis, Plan: Institutional Design, Do: Experiments and Recommendations, and See: Measurement and Evaluation) based on "bi-cycle educational indicators based on deductive understanding of social phenomena (social system cycle) and inductive understanding through data analysis (data analysis cycle)" as specialized knowledge and abilities.

Achievement assessment (evaluation of academic achievement)

Through the achievement assessment, students can check the status of achievement of the competencies to be acquired with their supervisor as they proceed to study.

Curriculum Policy about Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Aiming to develop problem specification skills based on problem-finding, quantitative modeling and abstraction, resulting in solution-oriented personnel capable of engineering the futures they imagine, our educational program is composed of the following 3 pillars:

Acquisition of broad-based knowledge through the graduate school's common classes and classes in other fields.

Multi-dimensional research supervision through participation in formal Research Units and other research projects.

Offering a management ability development program that starts with self-discovery of research objectives, and fosters the ability to construct research methodologies.

Besides the standard 3-year course of study, the program includes various alternative plans such as the Early Completion Course which permits finishing in 1 year, an extended 5-year course of studies, as well as the S Course (a combined first and second term course taking 3 years), the A Course (similar but taking 4 years), and the standard 5-year course.

Learning Models for Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Program titles are linked to their syllabi. #Not offered.

Subject Category Subject Name Units Learning
Model1
Learning
Model2

Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses

Graduate School of Science and Technology

Specialized Foundation Subjects Electively Required
Graduate General Education Courses Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses  
Subjects other than those related to PPS      
Degree Programs' Common Courses Advanced Subjects Electively Required
Special Lecture on Policy and Planning Sciences I# 2  
Special Lecture on Policy and Planning Sciences II 2    
Special Lecture on Policy and Planning Sciences III 2  
Doctoral Programs' Courses Advanced Subjects Electively Required Internship in Policy and Planning Sciences 2  
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2  
Facilitation Training Pre-Program in Policy and Planning Sciences I 1    
Facilitation Training Pre-Program in Policy and Planning Sciences II 1    
Required
(12 units)
Special Doctoral Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Special Doctoral Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2
Special Doctoral Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences III 2
Special Doctoral Seminar in Policy and Planning Sciences IV 2
Special Doctoral Research Work in Policy and Planning Sciences I 2
Special Doctoral Research Work in Policy and Planning Sciences II 2
Total   20 20

Learning Model 1:

Graduate school faculty memberAfter completing 20 units from the table to acquire academic and management capabilities, join a graduate school faculty.

Learning Model 2:

Senior researcher in a think tankAfter completing 20 units from the table to acquire not merely research skills but also project facilitation ability, become a senior researcher in a think tank.

Competencies to be acquired in the degree program

Through the study of this degree program, students will acquire the following competencies.

Generic Competences for Doctoral Students

  • Ability to use knowledgeAbility to put advanced knowledge to use in society
  • Management abilityAbility to appropriately address challenges from every angle
  • Communication abilityAbility to express expert knowledge accurately and clearly
  • Group skillAbility to cooperate and actively contribute to the achievement of goals as a team
  • International characterAwareness to contribute to international society

Competences specified by the Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering

  • Research abilityBasic knowledge and ability to set research tasks and carry out a research plan in the areas of Policy and Planning Sciences
  • Specialized knowledgeAdvanced specialized knowledge and command of the areas of Policy and Planning Sciences
  • Ethical viewEthical view and ethical knowledge appropriate for persons with basic research ability or highly specialized professionals in the area of Policy and Planning Sciences

Achievement assessment (evaluation of academic achievement)

Through the achievement assessment, students can check the status of achievement of the competencies to be acquired with their supervisor as they proceed to study.

Curriculum Policy about Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences (Click here for students before AY2019)

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