Considering how cultural and ideological diversity creates a better world

Finding solutions to environmental issues, economic crises, and other global problems requires people from different cultural backgrounds to work and act together. Historically, economic aid has been the major way of tackling these issues, but a new and better system is now both expected and required. The Global Society Course explores the principles of a new kind of symbiotic society made possible by globalization, with strong connections between individuals that transcend race, nationality, gender, and the economy. The course examines how solidarity can be achieved among people with common goals and sensibilities who transcend spatial or cultural constraints to discover unprecedented solutions.

Subject Highlights

Introduction to Minority Studies
How can individuals engage with minority issues as invested parties, allies, or minorities themselves in a way that allows them to express their own sexual orientation and gender identity without concern for the opinions of others and free from structural exclusion and discrimination? Students learn how to conduct fieldwork as they examine this theme.
Introduction to Global Environmental Studies 1
We consider the meaning of a sustainable society from the perspective of natural disasters, which now pose a serious environmental threat, and can range from disasters like earthquakes or floods, which destroy people's livelihoods, to disasters that pose a more insidious threat, such as global warming and air/water pollution.

What You Will Learn

  • Ability to apply personal ethics and values to issues in society
  • The power to create new systems to eliminate inequality
  • An understanding of the world’s cultures and societies and the ability to propose ideas for a society that can coexist in harmony

Past Graduation Theses

  • A Comparison of Early Childhood Education Policies in Senegal and Japan
  • A Study of Gender in Western Africa and the Islamic World
  • A Comparative Study of Local NGOs Working on Environmental Issues in Africa and Asia


Career Opportunities
International civil servant, NPO/NGO, volunteering coordinator, school staff, entrepreneur, and many more

Major Employers
Businesses with social objectives, international aid organizations, NPO/NGOs, international companies (trading companies, manufacturers, overseas companies), educational institutions, and many more


  • NANG MYA KAY KHAING Academic Faculty

    Understanding contemporary Japan from an Asian neighbor’s perspective

    I am from Myanmar. In my seminars, we examine Myanmar, Japan, and other Asian countries. Japan is now home to many immigrants who come from developing countries around the world. Learning about these immigrants is also learning about an aspect of contemporary Japanese society. Finding points and themes in common with developing countries in our daily lives helps us understand these countries better. I hope to have enjoyable discussions with students in class.
  • AMO Kae Academic Faculty

    Comparing Japan in the context of the youth culture, family and religion

    In my seminar, we conduct comparative studies on the diverse cultures of Africa and Asia as they evolve due to globalization. Not only is it fun to learn about other cultures, but it’s also fascinating to better understand ourselves relative to others by learning about different value systems and ways of thinking around the world through immersion in the community and firsthand experience. This seminar aims to help students gain new perspectives by internalizing the differences between them and people of other nationalities, races, and religions. Language proficiency comes later. I encourage students to come experience the thrill of hands-on research in this seminar.