Education Programs

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University-wide Education Program "Global Japan Studies Program" (Undergraduate Level)

1.Outline

The Global Japan Studies program is designed to instill the knowledge necessary to understand the politics, economics, culture and society of Japan by taking lectures given by prominent faculty members from a variety of specialized fields. The program offers the students an insight into Japanese Studies that ranges from the fundamentals to specialized knowledge of Japan Studies. This course is provided in English, thus giving an opportunity to students whose level of proficiency in Japanese would normally prevent them from taking the normal lectures given in Japanese, to participate and learn topics relating to Japanese society. Program is designed to be completed by students for one year. Students who complete the program will be issued with a ‘certificate of completion’.

2.Eligibility

Undergraduate (3rd and 4th years) students and Special Auditors who participate in the university-wide exchange program or departmental exchange program.

3.Courses and Completion

Program is composed of Core Courses and Elective Courses.
Core Courses contain 7 categories of courses that offer fundamental knowledge which will be offered every year.
The Elective Courses offer wide range of knowledge of Japan Studies and these courses will be allocated on a yearly basis. To be issued with a ‘certificate of completion’, students are required to take 12 credits (including a minimum of 4 credits from at least 2 categories of the Core Courses).

Certificate of Completion will not be issued if you fail to graduate/complete graduate school.

【7 categories of Core Courses】
Japanese Politics
Japanese Law
Japanese Foreign Relations
Japanese Economy
Japanese Society and History
Japanese Culture
Japanese Education

4.Enrolling in the courses

To enroll in the courses please follow the prescribed enrolment procedures of your faculty or related office.
※USTEP students should follow instructions of the USTEP office to enroll in courses.

5.Application processes for the Certificate of Completion

Students who will be graduating from the university or completing graduate school in September (including those who have completed the term of the doctorate program) or completing the period of the student exchange program in August, will be issued with a Certification of Completion if they have satisfied all the necessary requirements and have completed the required application processes given below. n class="underline">Expected Application Deadline - Fri., May 18, 2018

Students who will be graduating from the university or completing graduate school in March (including those who have completed the term of the doctorate program) or completing the period of the student exchange program in March, will be issued with a Certification of Completion if they have satisfied all the necessary requirements and have completed the required application processes given below. n class="underline">Expected Application Deadline - Wed., October 31, 2018

(1)Regular students If you are ablt to use the UTAS, please submit a Certificate Request through UTAS see attached

(2)Special auditors in the Type G University-wide Student Exchange Program (USTEP) and Departmental Exchange Program: Please follow the instructions from departmental office to which you belong.

(3)Special auditors in the Type U University-wide Student Exchange Program (International Exchange Group): Please follow the instructions given by the International Exchange Group.

※Even though an application is made, a Certificate of Completion will not be issued if ;
※* You do not satisfy all the requirements for the program completion. * You fail to graduate/complete graduate school.

Courses

Core Courses(2018)
Category Course title Course code Faculty Instructor Semester Date & period Credits
Japanese Politics Politics and Public Policy 0118989 Law MAEDA Kentaro A1・A2 Tue 3rd 2
Japanese Law Introduction to Japanese law 0118990 Law FISHER JAMES CLAYTON A1・A2 Mon 3rd 2
Japanese Foreign Relations Japanese Foreign Policy / National Interest and Modern Japanese Diplomacy 0118983 Law Masahiro Kohara A1・A2 Thu 2nd 2
Japanese Economy Institutional Analysis of Japanese Economy I 0704452 Economics Masaki Nakabayashi A1 Mon 1st
Thu 1 st
2
Japanese Economy Institutional Analysis of Japanese Economy Ⅱ 0704453 Economics Masaki Nakabayashi A2 Mon 1st
Thu 1st
2
Japanese Society and History Topics in Sociology Ⅲ / Japanese Society and History 04184343 Letters Sawako Shirahase A1・A2 Tue 3rd 2
Japanese Culture Religious Culture in Japanese History 04180025 Letters Sawako Shirahase, ZHONG Yijiang S1・S2 Fri 4th 2
Japanese Education Analysis of Japanese Education 09188014 Education Christopher Bondy A1・A2 Fri 4th 2
Elective courses(2018)
Course title Course code Faculty Instructor Semester Date & period Credits
Boom and Bust: the Political Economy of Development in East Asia 0118992 Law NOBLE GREGORY WILLIAM A1・A2 Wed 2nd 2
Introduction to International Conflicts 0118961 Law Kiichi Fujiwara S1・S2 Tue 2nd 2
Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Politics 0118981 Law Kiichi Fujiwara A1・A2 Tue 2nd 2
Culture and Society in Modern Japan / Aspects of Taisho Democracy 04185520 Letters Masaaki Kinugasa A1・A2 Fri 5th 2
Data Science for Practical Economic Research 0704254 Economics Fabinger Michal S1 Tue 2nd
Wed 4th
2
Deep Learning and Related Methods for Large Dataset Information Processing 0704255 Economics Fabinger Michal A1 Mon 2nd
Fri 2nd
2
Topics in Asset Pricing 0705027 Economics Fabinger Michal A1 Wed 3rd
Fri 3rd
2
Introduction to Auction Theory and Mechanism Design 0704165 Economics Marszalec Daniel Janusz S1・S2 Mon 3rd 2
Seminar in Global Liberal Arts I (11) / Introduction to Language, Gender, and Sexuality 08F140511 Arts and Sciences Rowlett Benedict S1・S2 Wed 2nd 2
Seminar in Global Liberal Arts Ⅲ (11) / Art and Feminisms in Japan 08F140711 Arts and Sciences SHIMADA Yoshiko S1・S2 Tue 3rd 2
Seminar in Global Liberal Arts Ⅲ (12) / Japanese Regional Geography and Tourism 08F140712 Arts and Sciences Carolin Funck S1・S2 Intensive 2
Seminar in Global Liberal Arts Ⅳ(1) / International Conflicts and Challenges of Creating Sustaiable Peace 08F140801 Arts and Sciences HIGASHI Daisaku A1・A2 To Be Arranged 2
Seminar in Global Liberal Arts Ⅳ (2) 08F140802 Arts and Sciences KATSUMATA Mikihide A1・A2 To Be Arranged 2
Seminar in Global Liberal Arts Ⅳ(11) /Japanese Cinema History 08F140811 Arts and Sciences NIITA Chie A1・A2 To Be Arranged 2

6.Inquiry

Please inquire at the following mail address.
intex-ut.adm[at]gs.mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Education Program "Global Japan Studies" (Graduate Level

1.Graduate-level education program outline

The Global Japan Studies network aims to promote exchanges between Japanese studies scholars outside Japan and researchers within Japan. Its activity consists of two pillars: research and education. The GJS network works toward the formation of researchers’ community and distribution of research information on the one hand, and provides undergraduate-level courses on politics, economy, culture and society of Japan. From this year, the GJS network started a new initiative to integrate research and education by developing the graduate course ITASIA139 which is being offered as part of the curriculum of the ITASIA program in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. ITASIA is a 10-week term course consisting of weekly lectures given by established scholars in and outside the University of Tokyo.

2.Eligibility

This course is open to graduate students of the ITASIA program as well as all the University of Tokyo graduate students

3.Course title and outline

ITASIA 139 “Intellectual Giants” in UTokyo: Critical Evaluation of Their Accomplishments in Contemporary Contexts   

This graduate course is the first series of lectures that critically examine and evaluate the history of major intellectuals and scholars of or associated with the University of Tokyo in the modern period. By examining various intellectual legacies of one of the most important research and education institutions in Japan and the world, this course aims to generate critical understanding of modern knowledge production and circulation in relation to social change and cultural formation in Japan. By so doing, potential contribution of Japanese scholarship to the understanding of contemporary (global) issues will be explored.

Every year, a specific theme or period or a group of prominent intellectual figures will be identified for focused study and discussion, and scholars working on that specific topic are invited from within or outside of Japan to lecture and lead classroom discussions. For 2018, the lectures will focus on the question of “the social ” and address the issues of how (Japanese) society has been understood by scholars of the University of Tokyo and what social implications their understanding has generated. We arranged six lectures by three sociologists and one anthropologist to approach this set of questions.   

4.Date and Period

Sep. 25 - Nov.16, 2018(A-1 Term)

5.Course Schedule

Week 1 (Sep.27): Introduction Lecturer: Prof. Shigeto Sonoda and Yijiang Zhong

Week 2 (Oct. 4): Moritaro Yamada: Finding the Risk Sharing Mechanism of the Informal Sector
Lecturer: Prof. Masaki Nakabayashi (University of Tokyo)

Week 3 (Oct. 11): Moritaro Yamada: Risk Sharing, Stability, and Growth
Lecturer: Prof. Masaki Nakabayashi (University of Tokyo)

Week 4 (Oct.18): Maruyama Masao, Otsuka Hisao, and Kawashima Takeyoshi: Modernization of Japan and Max Weber (I)
Lecturer: Prof. Wolfgang Schwentker (Osaka University)

Week 5 (Oct.25): Maruyama Masao, Otsuka Hisao, and Kawashima Takeyoshi: Modernization of Japan and Max Weber (II)
Lecturer: Prof. Wolfgang Schwentker (Osaka University)

Week 6 (Nov.1): Ishida Eiichiro and Nakane Chie: In Search of Uniqueness of Japanese Society
Lecturer: Prof. Katsuo Nawa (University of Tokyo)

Week 7 (Nov.15): Fukutake Tadashi and Makino Tatsumi: “Asia Connection” in Japanese Sociology
Lecturer: Prof. Shigeto Sonoda (University of Tokyo)

Final report due on Nov. 22

  

Course requirement:
Attendance and discussion participation: 40%
Final report (6 page, double spaced): 60%   

6.Inquiry

To inquire about the ITASIA139 and the graduate program, please write to the following email address,
gjs[at]ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp