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Graduate Schools, Research Division of Advanced Teacher Training

MA in Social Studies Education


Professors and Lecturers in Charge

Professor: KANNO Hitoshi (sociology: sociology)

Professor: KOGANEZAWA Takaaki (geography: human geography)

Professor: SAIJO Kiyoshi (geography)

Professor: TAKEUCHI Hiroshi (economics: economics)

Professor: MATSUOKA Naotoshi (social studies pedagogy: social studies education)

Professor: YOSHIDA Tsuyoshi (social studies pedagogy: social studies education)

Professor: KAWASAKI Souichi (philosophy)

Professor: TANAKA Yoshihide (history:history of Western World)

Associate Professor: ISHIDA Masaki (political science)

Associate Professor: HOTTA Yukiyoshi (history: Japanese history)

Associate Professor: TAKAHASHI Shuichi (law)

Course Description

The major objective of this course is for the students to obtain specialized teaching licenses in social studies. Students learn the basic methodology and thinking patterns based in humanities and social sciences through the reading and analysis of academic writings in the relevant areas and on-site research on education.


Educators attending Social Studies Education Course at Miyagi University of Education teach core subjects in the Department of Social Studies Education, including classes in social studies education and humanities and social sciences. This course accommodates a wide range of needs of its students coming from diverse backgrounds, from newly-graduated young students to those currently working as teachers at various levels of education.
In the first year, depending on individual interests, students take various classes including those offered in the Department of Social Studies Education as well as in other related departments. In the second year, students start writing their master theses. The course offers many opportunities for advanced readings of foreign-language texts, analyses of various resources, and fieldwork as well as first-hand, on-site learning. Students' specialized skills are enhanced in this system of education.
A large variety of topics is available for master theses. For example, topics for master theses in 2003 included the following: "Revolution of Decentralization of Governmental Powers and Self-Government," "Poverty in West China and Tactics for Sustainable Development," "Tradition of Ethnic Performing Arts and Regional Characteristics in Agricultural Villages in Tohoku," "Participatory Approach to Civics in Junior High School Education."