College of Sociology

Ikebukuro Campus


How to Engage in the Changing Global World: Think Sociologically, Act Globally!


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Sociology is the study of human society, the relationships among people in various settings. Rikkyo College of Sociology has consistently contributed to Japan’s sociological studies for the past six decades. We deal with a wide range of research topics such as everyday social interactions, families, cities and local communities, social stratification and inequalities, social divisions of gender, age, and ethnicities, social and religious movements, consumerism and environmental problems, societies and cultures of Asian and other countries, global communities and migrations, journalism, media and communication technologies. We offer trainings in qualitative and quantitative research methods covering from fieldwork to statistical analysis and advance critical thinking for understanding the globalizing world in which we live. Our approach to sociological education and training gives students generic skills in searching for social problems, analyzing them in a wider social context, and suggesting innovative solutions on the basis of scientific evidence along with the basic competency for living their lives as global citizens.


  • Department of Sociology

    Department of Sociology offers various lectures on a wide range of topics: sociological theories and research methods, social interactions in everyday life, families, health, gender, occupations, social stratification, local communities, public policies, and global social changes. We also offer small classes of special seminars in which students pursue their own research interests, advancing their individual sociological inquiries and completing B.A. theses with intensive interactions with mentors. Our program is designed to give students professional skills for discovering social issues, analyzing them sociologically, considering critically, and suggesting practical solutions. Department of Sociology facilitates students to acquire seminal abilities to live in the changing world.
  • Department of Contemporary Culture and Society

    In contemporary metropolises around the world, we witness cultural variety among persons and communities of diverse social backgrounds. These days all people are connected in one way or another to the ongoing processes of globalization. The Department of Contemporary Culture and Society was established within the College of Sociology to advance understanding of this complex and dynamic globalizing society. Its initial aim was to collect and analyze empirical data and that is what it continues to do. It provides sociological and other related theories and methods by a wide range of lecture and seminar classes: environmental issues, lifestyles, urban community, ethnic relations, popular culture, consumer society, therapy culture, global migration and the like. Our curriculum is structured with the objective of promoting active social participation in a global context, and students learn significant conception and data collections which will make use of developing living together with diverse cultures.
  • Department of Communication and Media Studies

    We live in the media-mediated world. Already a century ago, when Lippmann introduced the notion of pseudo-environment, mass communication media were highlighted in connection with people’s construction of a subjectively and biasedly abridged mental image of the world. Today we come into life with the flood of innumerable voices through social media. In order to understand the structure and function of this media-mediated world and our lives in it, the Department of Communication and Media Studies provides various lectures and seminars: information society, history of media, democracy and journalism, global communication, media industry, social media, alternative journalism, media literacy, journalistic reporting and writing, media internship, and so on. Our aim is to progress a sense of civic responsibility in the advanced information society, and to foster future media professionals who serve the public in the labyrinth of the digital era.

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