Faculty of Psychology

Training professionals who can contribute to the good of society
with an empirical mindset and advanced knowledge

Learning at the Faculty of Psychology

Developing basic and advanced psychological skills in a well-balanced manner

The Faculty of Psychology recognizes the importance of small-group teaching, a long-held tradition of education in psychology at Doshisha University, and offers small size classes in all the years of study, starting from the first-year introductory seminars to the seminars for fourth-year students. This enables the Faculty of Psychology to provide personalized instructions and create a learning environment that allows for close interactions between instructors and students, and also among students.

  First year Second year Third year Fourth year
Lecture Spring
Introduction to Psychology (1) Research Methods in Psychology (1)
Statistical Methods in Psychology (2)
Introduction to Scientist-Practitioners  
Introduction to Psychology (2)
Statistical Methods in Psychology (1)
Reading of Foreign Literature (1)
Research Methods in Psychology (2)
Reading of Foreign Literature (2)
Practical training and seminar Spring semester Experiment and Seminar in Psychology (1)
First-year seminar
Experiment and Seminar in Psychology (3)   Seminar (1)
Fall semester Experiment and Seminar in Psychology (2) Practical Training in Clinical Psychology
Practical Training in Psychological Data Analysis
Preliminary Seminar Seminar (2)
Graduation Thesis
Elective subjects I Group A
[Subjects in neuropsychology and behavioral psychology]
  Physiological Psychology, Emotional Psychology, Sports Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Introduction to Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Psychophysiology, Comparative Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Eating
Group B
[Subjects in clinical and social psychology]
  Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Traffic Psychology, Personality Psychology, Psychopathology, Risk Psychology, Health Psychology, Experimental Social Psychology (1), Experimental Social Psychology (2), Environmental Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Clinical Social Psychology, Criminal Psychology
Group C
[Subjects in developmental and educational psychology]
  Developmental Psychology, Clinical Developmental Psychology, Family Psychology, Infant Psychology, School Psychology, Psychology of Aging, Theory and Methodology for Student Guidance and Career Counseling, Human Motivation, Psychology of Development and Learning, School Counseling
Group D
[General education subjects]
Psychology,Introduction to Information Device History of Psychology, Advanced Psychology Introduction to Multivariate Analysis, Experiment and Seminar in Psychology (Advanced), Seminar in Experimental Project in Psychology

Three Courses of Advanced Study

Taking a course of interest while studying major subjects also in other courses

The Faculty of Psychology provides three courses to help students gain a broad range of skills and expertise in psychology. Each of these courses offers a variety of major subjects to explore the intricate workings of the human mind. Students are required to complete more than 3 subjects in each course to be qualified for graduation. Students who have completed more than 6 subjects in one of these courses are awarded a certificate of completion of the course.

Course Description Graduation research themes (examples)
Neuropsychology and Behavioral Psychology Course This course deals with the latest brain science and behavioral science, two rapid-growing fields of research, focusing on the neural and physiological bases of the human mind and behavior and the mechanism of behavior itself, with a view to fostering the ability to understand the human mind and behavior from biological and behavioral perspectives.
  • Workings of the brain in space perception
  • Consideration on the effect of familiarity with information on polygraph tests
  • Effect of anticipation of feeding on rats with activity-based anorexia
Clinical and Social Psychology Course This course deals with clinical psychology that focuses on treatment of mental illness, and social psychology that aims to deepen an understanding of the human mind and behavior in society, with a view to fostering the ability to resolve mental health problems and use the knowledge of psychology in building personal relationships.
  • Physical reactions and emotions in stressful situations
  • Clinical behavior analysis of depression
  • Consideration on the effect of offeringfree samples in terms of reciprocation
Developmental and Educational Psychology Course This course mainly aims to study the mechanisms of development of the mind and education from a viewpoint of lifespan development and gain the basic skills required to support the development, with a view to fostering the ability to support individuals with developmental and educational problems based on a correct understanding of such problems.
  • Infant shyness in free play
  • Effect of setting goals on learning outcomes
  • Educational effect of cross-age interactions on pupils and students

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