国立大学法人 岡山大学


人間社会文化専攻 研究深化プログラム

哲学・思想文化論講座 Philosophy and History of Ideas


This graduate program provides students with a firm foundation in classical and contemporary philosophical texts, trains them to read these texts critically, and prepares them to investigate how philosophy and its historically related, neighboring fields continue their dialogue in the present world. The history of ideas sets the framework within which students explore various topics and methodologies in contemporary philosophy and consider their relationship to critical problems. Students develop these skills through coursework: They learn to pose original, critical questions, to discuss ideas clearly and logically, and to develop a reasoned argument. Our aim is to cultivate individuals capable of providing critical philosophical perspectives not only on traditional problems from the field but also on the urgent problems of today.


美学・芸術学講座 Aesthetics and Art History


Civilizations of humanity have produced a variety of cultural and artistic phenomena, such as art, music, drama, cinematic art, architecture, horticulture, festivals, and entertainment. In this course we research and analyze these phenomena from three perspectives. Firstly, from the perspective of aesthetics we uncover the underlying thought of art. Secondly, using art theory we elucidate the cultural structure that supports creation. Finally, we explore art works from the viewpoint of both Western and Japanese art history. Unconstrained by conventional concepts of art, research is carried out into a wide range of contemporary cultural phenomena. We offer comprehensive education and research into the cultural phenomena of art, removing the walls dividing genres, regions, and era etc. in order to study mutual artistic influences and comparisons.


歴史文化論講座 History and Archeology


In this program, we approach contemporary issues of human history on the basis of existing academic theory and the latest research trends. New knowledge concerning human history is expanded through empirical methods emphasizing field work, including field surveys, the examination of ancient records, and excavations. The orient, the history of China and Southeast Asia, and the occident, primarily German and Russian history, are studied from a global point of view in combination with the viewpoint of the history of each country. In addition, this program also conducts study on the social and cultural history of Japan from the medieval and early modern periods up to modern and contemporary times, as well as on prehistoric archaeology, protohistoric archaeology, archaeological methodology and comparative archaeology.


フィールド科学講座 Field Science


This course consists of Geography, Sociology, Anthropology and Comparative Socio-cultural Studies. The program involves the study of analysing society and cultures, exploring the complex make-up of communities. Various research methods are employed: fieldwork, qualitative/quantitative research, analysis of representation, statistical analysis and spatial analysis. This program considers social/ historical/ cultural/ regional issues in advanced detail, via cutting-edge themes and methodologies.
The course will equip students with the skills for active and independent research, needed to fulfil the requirements of a Master’s degree and will encourage the students to be the forerunners who develop the better society.


心理学講座 Psychology


This program aims to investigate human mind scientifically with highly professional knowledge and skills. The students working on their master theses in this program are expected to be the professionals who can study psychology making full use of empirical methods, for example, experiment, survey, measurement, statistics, and so on. The students can acquire the qualifications to receive the examinations for the Licensed Psychologist and the Certified Clinical Psychologist. After their graduation, the alumni are expected to be leading psychological practitioners or researchers in universities, institutes, or companies.