Undergraduate Studies

Department of Regional Policy

The primary goal of the Department of Regional Policy is to train students to contribute to the resolution of public issues faced by the local communities through knowledge of the social sciences. Based on the comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum of the College of Community Development, which prepares students to gain a proper understanding of human beings and communities, and of local history and culture, which develops a high ethical standard, the department offers four specialized tracks: “local politics,” “local administration,” “urban policy” and “environmental policy.” From the perspective of each of these specializations, students are trained to practically and empirically analyze the living conditions of local residents and examine critical matters that local communities and local governments are currently facing, such as a low birthrate and an aging population. In addition, students gain specialized knowledge and skills to plan and develop policies for the building of unique communities.

Local Politics

Local governments are facing extensive issues such as the decentralization of power, the merging of municipalities, internationalization of local communities, regional disparities, an aging population, a declining birthrate and gender equality. Local administrative leaders are expected to resolve these issues. Their “governance” has recently turned out to be the key to “the solution” when handling the issues in closer cooperation with the residents, administration and businesses. In this track, classes are offered for those who wish to study these new forms of the policy-making process.

Local Administration

Since the Revised Local Autonomy Law was enacted, the new role of local governments and the leadership of their administrative leaders have been highlighted. For local governments/administration, in other words, the agencies which work out solutions for problems that local communities are facing, it is essential that they work in collaboration with the central government, local assemblies, residents and businesses. This track analyzes various topics such as changes in the division of responsibility, relationships between the local and central governments, regulations for policy implementation, forms of resident participation and forms of partnership with enterprises and regional groups, all of which are related to policy implementation processes by local administration.

Urban Policy

Many people live in cities and participate in social and economic activities within its boundaries. However, due to various social phenomena including depopulation, an aging population a declining birthrate and environmental constraints, with regards to economic activities, business strategies, transportation systems and land utilization, problems as to how to develop and implement relevant policies have not yet been solved. This track provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for communities with attractive urban planning and sustainable development.

Environmental Policy

The solution for contemporary, environmental problems, where political and economic issues are involved, cannot simply be achieved at the domestic level. It is essential that administration and businesses, NPOs and NGOs, and citizens propose policies proactively. This track analyzes various policies preferentially selected in a practical manner. Among current top priorities matters are environmental business, environmental assessment, environmental management systems and waste disposal management.