Diploma Policy

The Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences major of the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences aims to foster students to become researchers of international standard, who are capable of gathering the latest and technical information in one’s field and theme, and be able to make comprehensive decisions, while, at the same time, can find ways to solve problems through one’s project. In order to achieve this, we have five goals for students to accomplish by the time of graduation.
1. To have keen sensitivity and response skills to swiftly adapt to various movements in the world.
2. To be able to translate new movements of the world into a fundamental question from a universal point of view based on historical context, and being able to answer that question.
3. To be able to develop questions and answers like the above, in cooperation with active citizens, specialists, and researchers.
4. To be able to widely dispatch the acquired research results domestically and internationally with not only existing media forms, but with a wide range of media (digital media, image media).
5. To raise the new style of research into one system for later generations.

The Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences guides and fosters researchers through active participation in theme-focused project research. While maintaining constructive relations with other existing graduate courses found on discipline, we aim to lead the creation of new research areas and to offer new options to graduate students. In order to accomplish this, we designed a system of graduate school education with the following four features:
1. Based on the criteria of “core ethics”
2. Pursue comprehensive and advanced research traversing three disciplines: humanities, social science, and natural science
3. Make practical use of project research aiming to acquire various results, and to construct an open network of researchers
4. To design a new system of graduate school education with a flexible structure to meet the needs of today
Furthermore, since the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences is a coherent system of graduate school, over the course of five years, from the time of entering the program to graduation, we will develop an educational program that will foster systematic researchers based on the educational / student cultivation goals listed. In order to receive passing credits, we require students to gain the skills listed above.

These abilities are proved to be obtained when the required credits of the official curriculum of this course is acquired, and when the doctoral degree thesis has successfully passed the examination based on thesis standards, and when passing the final exam. Then, doctor’s degree (scholarship) is confirmed.

Valuation Standards of Thesis
The doctorial degree thesis must be made based on research activities as a surpassing researcher of ones technical field, it should prove that one has deep knowledge and research ability to engage in other highly technical tasks. Furthermore, the thesis should be provided with suitable quality, volume, content, and standard as a doctoral degree thesis of Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences. Although it varies on its field and theme, the following items will be the subject of evaluation in general.

1. Formal Requirement: It should be done applying the form of academic journals and so, of world’s academic conference, with appropriate volume.
2. The validity and originality of research theme and issue
3. The significance and appropriateness of the research
4. The system and thesis composition as a whole
5. Investigation on prior research and relationship between existing research
6. The logical consistency and clarity of theoretical analysis
7. The methodological validity and system
8. The accuracy, stringency, appropriateness of the statement
9. The consistency and integrity of purpose and theme
10. The appropriateness of presentation and notation
11. Creativity and an innovative spirit

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