Curriculum

A Diverse and Stimulating Curriculum that Embodies our Philosophy

We have devised a curriculum that embodies our philosophy and allows students to realize their potential. Students may choose from over 100 diverse courses.

Courses dealing with contemporary policy issues and theory are grouped into three different types of subjects. This curriculum, which is intended to encourage a broad perspective as well as more specialized understanding of new policy issues, is offered in three steps, as prerequisite courses, foundation courses, and expansion courses. In addition, HOPS offers application courses to train students in policy implementation and module courses and policy case studies to encourage an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach to policy formulation.

Three Concentrations

HOPS offers courses in three broad subjects covering contemporary policy issues and theory.

Public Management Programme

As the number of individuals involved in public policies is increasing, this program allows students to learn how such people should be involved in policy processes from their respective standpoints and how to achieve harmony between public values and individual profit and equality and efficiency.

International Relations Programme

In the midst of an ever-changing world, how can international public order be achieved? Explore domestic and external policy issues in East Asia (including Japan), the United States and Europe, identify global schisms and contemplate possible policy solutions.

Technical Policy Programme

How can rapid advances in technology best serve the needs of society and how can technology contribute to the creation of public order? HOPS trains technical policy experts who can evaluate and implement diverse projects and handle crisis management.

Requirements for the completion of courses

To complete courses, it is necessary to earn 42 or more credits. However, the required number of credits for each course must also be earned (prerequisite: 8, foundation: 4, expansion: 6, application/policy case study: 8 or more, research paper: 2 or more).
One-year completion /long-term completion systems
Programs that can be completed in one year are available for adult students who already have practical experience related to public policies. However, there are certain requirements, including the submission of a report of 10,000 Japanese characters at the time of application, completion of the policy evaluation course in the first semester of the year and submission of a research paper by the end of the year, in addition to the general course requirements.
A long-term completion system is also available for working students who have less learning time to earn credits than ordinary students and may require more time than the standard term of study (2 years) to complete the course. After the Faculty Council examine and approve the application, such students will complete their course systematically within a certain period (up to 4 years).

Prerequisite, Foundation, and Expansion Courses

Consider these complex questions: What is the public in contemporary policy issues? How do we define prosperity? What is to become of families? Increasingly, society demands cutting-edge methods for the design, implementation, and evaluation of policy. To address these questions and meet these demands, HOPS offers three levels of courses.

Prerequisite Courses are public policy classes that all students must take, regardless of their interests.

Foundation Courses are basic classes required for each concentration. Essentially, they explore theory and methodology necessary to construct and analyze policy.

Expansion Courses are classes in each concentration that provide highly specialized yet broad knowledge. They examine key policy processes, issues, and approaches, as well as the philosophy and value premises, of each field.

An Outline of the HOPS Curriculum


※Lectures and seminars in HOPS are principaly given in Japanese
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