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Graduate School of Psychology

With its two advanced courses of study, Doshisha University Graduate School of Psychology has continued to meet the demands of society and strengthen its academic excellence furthermore.

Outline

Training experts in psychology capable of meeting the needs of today’s society

The Graduate School of Psychology offers research and educational programs in a manner that strikes a right balance between basic research and clinical application of research findings. In doing so, the Graduate School aims to provide students with both advanced knowledge and practical skills in experimental psychology that places importance on an empirical understanding of human behavior, as well as high research competency.

The Graduate School of Psychology is promoting innovative educational programs to nurture in students the ability to play a leadership role in developing and implementing research plans and putting research findings into practice, beyond the boundaries of the industrial, academic and government sectors. The international presence of Doshisha University also allows for active interactions with foreign researchers.

Psychology Course

Students in the Psychology Course are required to participate in practical training under the research internship program and report the results of the training in the class of Psychological System Theory . In this class, students are taught the basic knowledge for participating in the internship program and working in harmony with people from other organizations. After the internship program, students are given post-training guidance based on their reports in the class. This course also offers advanced lectures on specialty areas of psychology where students learn up-to-date professional expertise.

Clinical Psychology Course

The “Class 1 Graduate School” status granted by the Foundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists.

Students in this course are required to participate in training held at the Center for Clinical Psychology and by external organizations and attend case conferences to develop practical clinical skills. In addition to such practical training, the course offers various lecture subjects, allowing students to learn a broad range of topics about clinical psychology and acquire professional expertise along with practical skills.

Skills and Career Development/Policies

Skills and Career Development

Skills and Career Development at Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Psychology

The Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Psychology aims to provide students with empirical professional expertise in psychology, as well as basic experimental techniques and applied clinical skills. Backed by the knowledge and research skills acquired at the Graduate School, students, upon completion of the Master’s Course, are expected to play a leadership role mainly in the fields of education, judiciary and public administration, helping people grow healthily in mind and addressing mental problems using a wide range of knowledge, both basic and applied, whether as researchers or educators.

Skills and Career Developmentat the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Psychology

The Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Psychology aims to provide students with professional expertise and research competency in psychology, building on the knowledge and skills in psychology acquired at the Master’s Program. Upon completion of the Doctoral Program, students are expected to play a leadership role, whether as researchers or educators, conducting research at universities, and contributing to society by identifying and adequately addressing mental problems using a wide range of knowledge, both basic and applied, beyond the boundaries of the industrial, academic and government sectors.

Diploma Policy/Curriculum Policy

Master’s Program

Diploma Policy

Knowledge
Students are required to develop a deeper understanding of the empirical research methods and professional expertise in psychology, both basic and applied, as well as methodologies with which to contribute to the good of society as professionals of psychology.
Attitude
Students are required to explore the mechanisms of the workings of the human mind and behavior in a scientific manner and develop the ability to adequately address mental problems using a wide range of knowledge, both basic and applied.
Skills
Students are required to master techniques to collect and analyze data for basic research and applied clinical skills as well as the ability to use such techniques and skills properly.

Curriculum Policy

The Graduate School of Psychology offers curriculum consisting of Category A subjects and Category B subjects with a view to training professionals who can contribute to the good of society at large with a correct understanding of the mechanisms of workings of the human mind and behavior, coupled with expertise and skills in psychology.

The objective of the Category A subjects is to foster in students the scientific attitude and skills, the core qualities that should be possessed in order to be active in society as professionals of psychology. These subjects are offered in the forms of lecture and seminar in the first and second years. (Students in the Psychology Course and the Clinical Psychology Course are required to earn 8 and 26 credits respectively.)

The objective of the Category B subjects is to foster in students the scientific attitude and skills, the core qualities that should be possessed in order to make meaningful contribution to society as professionals of psychology. These subjects are offered in the forms of lecture and seminar in the first and second years. (Students in the Psychology Course and the Clinical Psychology Course are required to earn 22 and 10 credits respectively.)

Doctoral Program

Diploma Policy

Knowledge
Students are required to develop a deeper understanding of the advanced research methods and the latest professional expertise in psychology, both basic and applied, as well as methodologies with which to contribute to the good of society, whether as researchers or educators.
Attitude
Students are required to gain the latest insights into the mechanisms of the workings of the human mind and behavior in a scientific manner and develop the ability to adequately address mental problems using a wide range of knowledge, both basic to applied, beyond the boundaries of the industrial, academic and government sectors.
Skills
Students are required to master techniques to collect and analyze data for advanced research and applied clinical skills as well as the ability to use such techniques and skills properly.

Curriculum Policy

The Graduate School of Psychology offers curriculum consisting of special psychology research course s and special project seminars with a view to training researchers and educators with professional expertise in psychology and high research competency.

The objective of the special psychology research courses is to provide students with advanced knowledge and specialized skills, which should be possessed in order to be active in society as researchers and educators in psychology. The special psychology research courses are offered in the form of seminar-style research guidance from the first to the third years.

The objective of the special project seminars is to foster in students the attitude to explore the latest academic insights in a scientific manner and appropriately address problems that affect the industrial, government and academic sectors. The special project seminars are offered in the form of seminar-style research guidance in the second year.

Admission Policy

Admission Policy: Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Psychology

The objective of the Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Psychology is to provide students with professional knowledge in basic and applied psychology, techniques to collect and analyze data for basic research, and practical skills in clinical psychology. In doing so, the Master’s Program aims to foster professionals of psychology who can appropriately address mental problems and deserve recognition from society. In this light, the Master’s Program seeks the following types of students.

Types of students sought by the Master’s Program in the Graduate School of Psychology

  • Students with a strong will and ability to pursue research interests of their own to contribute to the progress of psychology as professionals
  • Students eager to acquire knowledge in other fields of study in addition to that in psychology to develop the ability to discuss practical matters with specialists of other disciplines on an equal footing
  • Students capable of enhancing team performance in practical settings with a correct understanding of how other team members think and what is at issue

Admission Policy: Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Psychology

The objective of the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Psychology is to provide students with the latest knowledge and skills in basic and applied psychology in greater depth and help them develop the ability to perform advanced scientific research based on such knowledge and skillsand contribute to the good of society by applying research results. In doing so, the Doctoral Program aims to foster researchers, educators, and clinicians who can put their research findings into practice to appropriately address problems affecting the government, industrial and educational sectors and communities. In this light, the Doctoral Program seeks the following types of students.

Types of students sought by the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Psychology

  • Students capable of identifying issues to be addressed on their own and perform research according to their convictions with a view to contributing to the progress of science at large as professionals of psychology
  • Students interested in a wide range of social issues around the world and willing to contribute to the betterment of society
  • Students eager to support growth of others

TOPIC

Doshisha Uiversity hosted the 78th Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association.

The 78th Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association

The Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association is a three-day academic meeting organized by the year’s host university, open to researchers and graduate students in psychology. The Japanese Psychological Association is Japan’s only public-interest incorporated association in the field of psychology. The 78th Annual Convention had approx.1,200 presentations as well as contributed symposiums and workshops, which were attended by approx. 3,500 people. This is the third Annual Convention hosted by Doshisha University. Starting from this Annual Convention, registration and operation processes are largely simplified and computerized. Principally, these processes will be employed in coming Annual Conventions as well.

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