Graduate Studies

Master’s Program in Victimology

The objective of this program is to produce highly educated graduates in the fields related to victimology. Victimology is a developed, interdisciplinary field which endeavors to understand crimes in mutual relation between criminals and victims, to define the role of victims in the formation of crimes and to utilize that knowledge for the prevention of victimization. Recently, it covers not only crimes but also other antisocial phenomena, such as accidents and abuse of power. We specifically intend to educate experts who can work with victims in areas such as criminal justice, welfare, education and victim support. These human resources are especially in demand in Japan for several reasons.

Current Situation in Victimology

There are few people who are majoring in victimology in the country, while, conversely, there are many researchers and professionals in neighboring fields such as criminology and criminal justice who study it. Systematic education focusing on victimology musut be created and it is extremely significant to improve the standard of Japanese victimology, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Japan also lags behind in the practice of victim support. Though people’s interests in victims and survivors increased in the late 1990s, both the national government’s policies and private sectors’ efforts subsequently stagnated due to the great void in the field of victimology. Now that the “Basic Law of Victims of Crime and Other Victimization” has been enacted, along with the basic plans established based on the law, there is a grave need to educate those formulating policies concerning victims, those working in administrative institutions related to victims and, finally, those engaged in private victim support activities.

Curriculum Policy

In order to achieve the objectives, the program deals with fundamental concepts and the history of victimology, allows students to accurately understand the situation surrounding each area of victimization and offers the means to research the causes of and to take appropriate countermeasures for the victimization. It also explores support, advocacy and the recovery of human rights as well as the development of new countermeasures for victimization.

Research Areas

Area I: Fundamentals of Victimology and Advanced Reseach

This area consists of subjects that focus on the fundamental principles and basics of victimology. Among the courses, “Introduction to Victimology” and “Introduction to Victimological Research Methods” are compulsory. Several jurisprudential subjects, such as “Criminal Law,” “Civil Law” and “Criminal Justice System,” are also included in this area.

Area II: Victimization: Situations, Causes and Countermeasures

In this area, the program provides an overview of case studies of various types of victimization and the current research concerning the prevention of and the countermeasures for victimization. This area features contemporary matters such as dishonest sales practices, manipulation of stock prices and medical malpractice.

Area III: Rights and Legal Status of Victims

This area covers not only the study of domestic laws but also international perspectives and policies for the implementation of the “UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.”

Area IV: Victim Support and Advocacy

This area aims at the development of knowledge and skills for victim support and advocacy, focusing on victims and/or victim-related persons, such as family members. In addition, this area includes various subjects which provide education and training for professionals who are engaged in formulating guidelines for the prevention of victimization in accordance with policy recommendations of the UN.

Satellite Campus

Satellite CampusThe Master’s Program in Victimology has a satellite campus located in downtown Tokyo in order to recruit students who are actively engaged in business, especially individuals who have opportunities to contact victims.

Location and Structure

Campus Innovation Center (CIC)
Address 3-3-6 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access One minute walk from Tamachi Station on the Yamanote Line or the Keihin-Tohoku Line.
Rooms Three rooms (total 135m2)
Room 401 (45m2)
Room 402 (49m2)
Room 403 (41m2)

Educative and Research-Oriented Environment

Satellite CampusThe CIC has an environment that can offer the very function of a full university: education, research, contribution to society, an industry-university complex and so on. It was founded with the aim of becoming a collective educational stronghold in order to mobilize the wisdom of universities which shoulder the creation and succession of knowledge and return the knowledge to society. Only universities which have this aim will use the CIC; thus, the environment for education and research is outstanding.

Facilities and Equipment

Study halls

The CIC has communal rooms which tenants can use, such as the “Information Exchange Space” and “Information Sending Corner,” where participating universities encourage each other and deepen mutual relationships by making use of respective characteristics. In addition, “Liaison Corners” and open spaces are for tenants to communicate with business professionals who work for companies in the industry-university complex.

Equipment for remote classes

We operate classes both in Mito (main campus) and in Tokyo (satellite campus) by adopting an interactive, long-distance classroom system that includes e-learning and video conferencing. This class has several displays and can project the professor, blackboard and materials both ways. Students can interact with the professor and other students, confirm answers and receive explanations for their questions by a two-way system in real time. Additionally, the contents of the classes can be filed in a server. We also have e-learning, which allows students to review classes and materials at a later date.