Instructions for Screening of Advanced Seminar in Sociology 2020 (Posted Aug 15th, 2020)


I will offer updated information about the screening of the advanced seminar on sociology.
Please depend on information of this page, rather than the instructions described in the syllabus, because it is difficult to change the latter frequently.

In the autumn semester of 2020, we will read the textbook below. If you pass the screening, please buy one copy of the book.

Due to the corona pandemic, the class will be conducted online using the Zoom.
You need to be present at the designated time (Friday 2nd period).

The class will be conducted in English, but Japanese is allowed as a second language.

In the spring semester of 2021, each student will make a presentation about his/her graduation thesis.
Students need to choose topics from sociological concepts.

When you join this seminar, you are required to register following classes.

1. Sociolgical theories (Intermediate course, autumn semester, Thu, 2nd period.)
2. Selected topics in sociology (Advanced course, autumn semester, Thu and Fri, 3rd period.)
Seminar students need to get a high score (A+) in these classes. Otherwise they will be strongly, recommended to go away from the seminar.

In-person classes may be held for a few times. But it depends on the situations of the pandemic.


Please buy (or borrow) the textbook. This is very important. Do not be late. Please order the book right now.

Textbook: Anthony Giddens, 1990, The Consequences of Modernity, Polity Press


The contents of this page are subject to change.
All applicants should keep paying attention to this page and follow instructions.

If you have any question, do not hesitate to mail to me, by clicking below.

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Every applicant is required to make an application for the seminar to the office of SILS through the website of SILS.
On the application, students are required to write 'reasons for application' and 'self introduction'.
There may be limitation of words (for instance, within 300 words), but ignore this instruction.
Please write in detail about 'reason for application' and 'self introduction'.
You can write over the limitation. It will be appreciated.


If you are enrolled in this seminar, it means your major is sociology. SILS is an interdisciplinary school, but in the junior and senior years, each student chooses his/her major. In this seminar, only sociology will be studied. Social psychology, psychology will not be studied.

Basic knowledge of sociology is necessary, though not required. If you enter this seminar and if you lack basic knowledge of sociology, you should try to acquire them.


Examples of Topics to be Studied in this Seminar

Below are contents of a representative textbook of sociology. You can choose one of these topics for your thesis.

Anthony Giddens and Philip W. Sutton 2013, Sociology, 7th ed., Polity Press

Table of Contents

1. What is Sociology?
2. Asking and Answering Sociological Questions
3. Theories and Perspectives
4. Globalization and the Social Change
5. The Environment
6. Cities and Urban Life
7. Work and Economy
8. Social Interaction and Everyday Life
9. The Life-Course
10. Families and Intimate Relationships
11. Health, Illness and Disability
12. Stratification and Social Class
13. Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare
14. Global Inequality
15. Gender and Sexuality
16. Race, Ethnicity and Migration.
17. Religion
18. The Media
19. Organizations and Networks
20. Education
21. Crime and Deviance
22. Politics, Government and Social Movements
23. Nations, War and Terrorism


Topics that has no relation with sociology is not acceptable.