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Cultivating logical thinking skills and seeking a new economic paradigm, in order to survive in contemporary society in these turbulent times

Contemporary society is undergoing significant changes brought about by economic informatization, globalization and financialization. The present-day society also seeks a new economic model in anticipation of growth and stability. In response to such needs of the times, the Faculty of Economics provides a range of opportunities to learn both the basics of economics and advanced specialized knowledge for its application and practice, thereby nurturing students’ capabilities to analyze modern economic society, and logical thinking skills based on an economic perspective. In their first year, students study liberal arts and fundamental economics. For the second and later years, the faculty offers three courses: Economic Analysis, Economic Policy & Regional Economy, and World Economy. The curriculums are designed to enable students to systematically learn about macro and microeconomics, which constitute the basics of economics, as well as core subjects, such as finance, financial administration, and labor economics, while also deepening their knowledge in specialized fields. The faculty is characterized by small-group seminars, which start in the first year. In these seminars, students learn how to read literature, how to write reports, how to discover and set their own agenda, and how to collect literature and reference materials, in order to acquire the basic skills required for intellectual production. Moreover, by actively holding small-group discussions and presentations, students can improve their presentation ability and communication skills, and acquire the high level of logical thinking skills they will need for the specialized seminars they will attend in their third year onward. Students are given many opportunities to learn firsthand about economics in the real business world. Examples include active learning programs, for example, to analyze the actual conditions of the western district of Nagoya Station, and a course funded by Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. featuring a lecture given by a security salesperson actively working at the company. We hope that these learning activities will help students envision and realize their future plans after graduation, for example, to become tax and certified public accountants or other economic specialists who can play active roles in a wide variety of industrial fields.  



Curriculum Features

Fostering problem solving abilities to deal with the issues of today

   In addition to equipping students with an understanding of how the economy functions and supports us in our everyday lives, the three key players in an economy –consumer, business and government–are broken down and their varying functions studied individually. Alongside a specialist education in economics, by enriching the IT and foreign language education for students, we foster the knowledge and skills to understand societal change, and solve the problems society faces today.

An education that values economics in the real world

  The “economy” is an abstract focus of study. As such, it is important that students learn about it in a realistic way that makes sense to them. To help students achieve this, the faculty offers three courses that teach the fundamentals of economics in a systematic way. Another key feature of the faculty’s curriculum can be found in its emphasis on economics in the real world. Fieldwork programs and guest lectures by people who work on the front line of business are key examples of this. The faculty also offers a course funded by Nomura Securities (Special Lecture in Economics A: Securities Investments and the Role of the Capital Market).

A faculty with a long record for producing experts in finance

   The Faculty of Economics began life as the Faculty of Law and Economics under the old Japanese university system. It has sent over 25,000 financial experts out into the world over the course of its sixty year history. Graduates work at the forefront of the business world, and are a testimony to the trust placed in Aichi University, and its traditions. Our alumni also serve as a huge source of inspiration to the faculty’s future graduates.


Four Year Structure

First Year
  Students begin their journey into the world of economics, gaining a thorough grounding in its basic principles and methodologies. Students acquire fundamental knowledge on topics such as macro and microeconomics.

Second Year
Students choose from one of three course models which best accommodates their future aspirations. After deciding on a course, students take classes in the specialist topics that are most appropriate to them.

Third and Fourth Years
In addition to classes in specialist topics, students choose and take part in a seminar that interests them. Seminars are conducted in small groups and serve as gateway for pursuing individual research on a topic for their dissertation. Students take part in debate and discussion, helping them to develop their logical thinking skills, presentation skills and to gain an insight into economics from a variety of perspectives.


Three Specialist Courses

Economic Analysis
  This course develops students’ abilities to apply micro- and macro-economic theory to evaluate various phenomena. Based on data that can be obtained from Economic Statistics I, Economic Data Analysis, and Statistics II, the department improves students’ abilities to analyze a society. Their analytical power is further enhanced by studying practical subjects, such as Financial Theory I and II, and Capitalist Economic Theory. By building their skills in these key areas, students learn how to assess the ever-changing set of problems posed by contemporary economies and societies.

Economic Policy & Regional Economy
  This course, while taking theoretical economics as its foundation, focuses on practical economic policy. Students learn about areas such as fiscal science, economic policy and public economics, as well as their relevant research methodologies. Such training will help students learn how to identify problems in contemporary society, and how to go on to devise rational policies to address such problems. Contemporary society comprises a number of elements—the economy, politics and culture to name just a few. In this course, students study contemporary society in multiple fields. They analyze real issues relating to the environment, employment and social welfare from a variety of perspectives, thereby developing their problem-solving ability.

World Economy
In this course, students learn about international economic issues that affect us today. Students analyze these issues from both theoretical and empirical standpoints, while considering the role political factors may play. To get to the bottom of such issues, students will study economic trends in both Asia and the West, and the historical contexts of each country in these regions. This course offers international economics, international financial theory, and other subjects designed to improve students’ abilities to compare economic trends in Japan and overseas countries, and to discover and resolve problems from a broad perspective. Another feature of the courses is its focus on English language education, in order to equip students with English terminology useful in pursuing economics.




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