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The Master's and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science

University of Tsukuba

 

OUTLINE

The Master's and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies is the newest graduate program in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This hybrid program is made up from disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and Japanese language pedagogy forming the foundations of educational and research training at the graduate level. The program is made up of four degree programs: 1) International Japanese Social Studies, 2) International Japanese Humanities, 3) Japanese Language and Japanese Language Pedagogy and 4) Global Multidisciplinary Studies for Japanese Culture and Society. The Master's and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies accepts professionals who wish to continue education and research at the graduate level and also provides accelerated M.A. and Ph.D. courses for professionals. The program's internationally acclaimed faculty will provide academic guidance at the highest level by the introduction of newly designed intensive education courses and research programs (by which students can graduate from master's and doctoral courses within three years as the shortest course by permission) and other new courses aimed for professionals wishing to continue education.


Master's Program

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE

International Japanese Humanities

To develop abilities in understanding thought, culture, literature, sociology, media and information from a humanistic approach and with a Japanese sociocultural and historical background.
We aim to send our graduates into society with a global perspective and deep understanding of humanities from a Japanese sociocultural viewpoint. Our program trains our graduates to become highly skilled professionals, educators and researchers with a global mind.

Degree granted: M.A. in Humanities
Degree granted: Ph.D. in Humanities



This program trains students in 1) language skills, 2) presentations skills, writing research papers that can qualify to be published and abilities to independently conduct research.

 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE

International Japanese Social Studies

To develop abilities in understanding politics, economics, law and education from a social scientific approach and with a Japanese sociocultural and historical background.
We aim to send our graduates into society with a global perspective and deep understanding of social sciences from a Japanese sociocultural viewpoint. Our program trains our graduates to become highly skilled professionals, educators and researchers with a global mind.

Degree granted: M.A. in Social Sciences

This program trains students in 1) language skills, 2) presentations skills, writing research papers that can qualify to be published and abilities to independently conduct research.

 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE
Japanese Language and Japanese Language Pedagogy

Students will develop their abilities to elucidate on the characteristics and conditions of all areas of Japanese socio-culture from various viewpoints, such as language acquisition, materials development, assessment, and conversation and discourse analysis. Furthermore, they will develop their abilities to contribute, from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, to the pioneering of new areas of inquiry into Japanese language pedagogy.

Within a globalized society, we aim to develop educators, researchers, and high-level experts prepared with specialized knowledge in Japanese language pedagogy who are capable of deeply probing issues in the field from an international and comparative perspective in their research and pedagogical activities. We also expect that they will be able to be active on the global stage by contributing the results of their efforts both in Japan and abroad.  

The ability to probe deeply and research from a global perspective issues in the area of Japanese language pedagogy. Also, the ability to conduct high-level research and pedagogical activities in order to contribute relevant specialized academic knowledge on the global stage.

At the master's level, students are to obtain a foundational education, master broad areas of relevance, and become able to take on high-level professions.

 

Degree granted: M.A. in Japanese Language Pedagogy

[Policy on Degree Conferral]

The ability to lay bare the reality and properties of issues in Japanese language pedagogy from perspectives such as language acquisition, materials development, assessment, conversation and discourse analysis, and within various domains such as Japanese culture and society.

 

The ability to contribute from a multidisciplinary perspective to the pioneering of new fields related to Japanese language pedagogy.

1) Ability to write articles of the quality to be submitted for publication in domestic journals

2) Linguistic ability requisite to have articles accepted for publication in academic journals

3) Ability in Japanese and other languages sufficient to communicate and make presentations at academic conferences

4) Independence sufficient for pioneering cutting edge academic research

 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE

Global Multidisciplinary Studies for Japanese Culture and Society

 

To develop abilities in understanding humanities and social sciences through a multidisciplinary approach and with a Japanese sociocultural and historical background.
We aim to send our graduates into society with a global perspective and deep understanding of humanities and social sciences from a Japanese sociocultural and multidisciplinary viewpoint. Our program trains our graduates to become highly skilled professionals, educators and researchers with a global mind.

Degrees granted: M.A. in Humanities, M.A. in Social Sciences, M.A. in International and Advanced Japanese Studies

This program trains students in 1) language skills, 2) presentations skills, writing research papers that can qualify to be published and abilities to independently conduct research.

 

 

Doctoral Program

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE

To develop abilities in understanding thought, culture, literature, sociology, media and information from a humanistic approach and with a Japanese sociocultural and historical background.
We aim to send our graduates into society with a global perspective and deep understanding of humanities from a Japanese sociocultural viewpoint. Our program trains our graduates to become highly skilled professionals, educators and researchers with a global mind.

Degree granted: Ph.D. in Humanities

This program trains students in 1) language skills, 2) presentations skills, writing research papers that can qualify to be published at international conferences and international journals and abilities to independently conduct advanced research.

 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE

International Japanese Social Studies

To develop abilities in understanding politics, economics, law and education from a social scientific approach and with a Japanese sociocultural and historical background.
We aim to send our graduates into society with a global perspective and deep understanding of social sciences from a Japanese sociocultural viewpoint. Our program trains our graduates to become highly skilled professionals, educators and researchers with a global mind.

Degree granted: Ph.D. in Social Sciences

This program trains students in 1) language skills, 2) presentations skills, writing research papers that can qualify to be published at international conferences and international journals and abilities to independently conduct advanced research.

 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE
Japanese Language and Japanese Language Pedagogy

Within a globalized society, we aim to develop educators, researchers, and high-level experts prepared with specialized knowledge in Japanese language pedagogy who are capable of deeply probing issues in the field from an international and comparative perspective in their research and pedagogical activities. We also expect that they will be able to be active on the global stage by contributing the results of their efforts both in Japan and abroad.

 The ability to probe deeply and research from a global perspective issues in the area of Japanese language pedagogy. Also, the ability to conduct high-level research and pedagogical activities in order to contribute relevant specialized academic knowledge on the global stage.

Degree Granted: PhD in Japanese Language Pedagogy

The ability to lay bare the reality and properties of issues in Japanese language pedagogy from perspectives such as language acquisition, materials development, assessment, conversation and discourse analysis, and within various domains such as Japanese culture and society.

The ability to contribute from a multidisciplinary perspective to the pioneering of new fields related to Japanese language pedagogy.

 

Doctoral Program

1) Ability to write articles of the quality to be submitted for publication in international journals

2) Linguistic ability requisite to have articles accepted for publication in international academic journals

3) Ability in Japanese and other languages sufficient to communicate and make presentations at international academic conferences

4) Independence sufficient for pioneering cutting edge academic research 

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND TYPE OF DEGREE

Global Multidisciplinary Studies for Japanese Culture and Society

 

To develop abilities in understanding humanities and social sciences through a multidisciplinary approach and with a Japanese sociocultural and historical background.
We aim to send our graduates into society with a global perspective and deep understanding of humanities and social sciences from a Japanese sociocultural and multidisciplinary viewpoint. Our program trains our graduates to become highly skilled professionals, educators and researchers with a global mind.

Degrees granted: Ph.D. in Humanities, Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Ph.D. in International and Advanced Japanese Studies

This program trains students in 1) language skills, 2) presentations skills, writing research papers that can qualify to be published at international conferences and international journals and abilities to independently conduct advanced research. 


CURRICULUM for JAPANESE LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY

Subjects Offered:

Common Subjects

     Project Seminar 1 and 2

     Introduction to Graduate School Seminar 1 and 2

 

Foundation Subjects for Specialization

     Foreign Languages for International and Advanced Japanese Studies

            Japanese for International and Advanced Japanese Studies

            English for International and Advanced Japanese Studies

            Chinese for International and Advanced Japanese Studies

     Fellow Research

 

Specialization Courses

     International Japanese Social Studies Course

     International Japanese Humanities Course

     Japanese Language Pedagogy Course

     Global Multidisciplinary Studies for Japanese Culture and Society

 

While the core of coursework will be done in the student's course of specialization, through completing coursework in other courses they will acquire a multidisciplinary perspective on their research.

 

Specialized Subjects

Foundation of Japanese language pedagogy (pedagogy, course design)

Overview of Japanese language pedagogy (bibliographic survey, research methodology)

Japanese language orthography/vocabulary pedagogy

Japanese language listening comprehension pedagogy

Japanese language pedagogical grammar

Japanese language speaking pedagogy

Assessment methods for Japanese language pedagogy

Conversation analysis for Japanese language pedagogy

Functional grammar for Japanese language pedagogy

Linguistics for Japanese language pedagogy

Written discourse for Japanese language pedagogy

Seminar on quantitative data analysis for Japanese language pedagogy

Practicum in Japanese language pedagogy

Japanese language phonological pedagogy

Seminar for practicum in Japanese language pedagogy

Research on the structure of the Japanese language

Seminar on the structure of the Japanese language

Japanese language and culture (advanced reading)

Japanese language and culture (advanced writing)

Japanese language and culture (advanced speaking/listening)

Japanese language and culture (advanced grammar)

Conversation analysis

Linguistic anthropology of communication

Discourse and grammar

Communication in service encounters

Communication and technology

 

Requirements for the Japanese Language Teacher Training Course

 

A certificate of program completion will be awarded from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences to those who meet the completion requirements of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and have completed the coursework in the Japanese Language Pedagogy Graduate Program outlined below.

 

1. For (master's) students in the Japanese Language Pedagogy Graduate Program

a.        Completion of "Foundation of Japanese language pedagogy" and "Assessment methods for Japanese pedagogy" (total of 2 credits).

b.        The master's thesis topic is related to the Japanese language or Japanese language pedagogy.

c.        Completion of 2 of the following 3 courses: "Practicum in Japanese language pedagogy 1," "Practicum in Japanese language pedagogy 2," and/or "Practicum in Japanese language pedagogy 3" (total of 6 credits).

d.        Completion of 6 credits from the Specialized Subjects of the Japanese Language Pedagogy Graduate Program. Furthermore, in the case of foreign students, completion of 6 credits from the "Japanese language and culture" classes is also required.

 

2. For students in programs and majors other than that stated in 1, above

 

For those desiring to complete the Japanese Language Teacher Training Course, please contact the Japanese Language Pedagogy Graduate Program Leader in advance, and, upon obtaining his or her approval, complete the following:

 

a.        Completion of "Foundation of Japanese language pedagogy" and "Assessment methods for Japanese pedagogy" (total of 2 credits).

b.        The master's thesis topic is related to the Japanese language or Japanese language pedagogy.

c.        Completion of 1 of the following 2 courses: "Practicum in Japanese language pedagogy 1," or "Practicum in Japanese language pedagogy 3" (total of 3 credits).

d.        Completion of 7 credits from the Specialized Subjects of the Japanese Language Pedagogy Graduate Program. Furthermore, in the case of foreign students, completion of 4.5 credits from the "Japanese language and culture" classes is also required.

 

Please note, students belonging to other programs and majors must also be sure to obtain approval from the program leader or major chair of their own program or major.

 

For information on courses offered for the other degrees, please view the link found on the main page.

 

ADMISSIONS AND ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS

 

The Master's Program and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies has entrance examinations in July, October and January/February. The entrance examination for those who are employed but wish to pursue a graduate degree is in January (or February).

 

https://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/admission/graduate/shikaku.html
For the Doctoral Course Before applying to this course, you are required to have Master degree from a certified educational institution, or have at least over two years of experience at a university or a research institute after receiving an undergraduate degree, that can be proven to be an equivalent of a Master degree.
For the Master's Course (a) A person who has graduated from a college stipulated in Article 83 of the School Education Law, or who is expected to graduate from such a college by the day before admission.
(b) A person who has been awarded a bachelor's degree in accordance with fourth paragraph of Article 104 of the School Education Law, or who is expected to be awarded such a degree by the day before admission.
(c) A person who has completed 16 years of the school curriculum of a foreign country, or who is expected to complete such a curriculum by the day before admission.
(d) A person who has completed a curriculum specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan at an educational institute that has a college established under the school education system of a foreign country, or who is expected to complete such a program by the day before admission.
(e) A person who has completed 16 years of the school curriculum of a foreign country by taking a correspondence course offered by a foreign school, or who is expected to complete such a curriculum by the day before admission.
(f) A person who is deemed eligible for admission by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
(g) A person who has completed the professional course of a special training school (of a duration of four years or more and which meets the requirements specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan) and a curriculum specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan on the day after the specified date, or who is expected to complete such a course and a curriculum by the day before admission.
(h) A person who has entered a graduate school of another college and is recognized as having the academic ability required for being educated in our graduate school according to the second paragraph of Article 102 of the School Education Law.
(i) A person who has completed 15 years of a school curriculum in a foreign country, who has completed a curriculum specified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan at an educational institute established under the school education system of a foreign country in Japan, or who has completed 15 years of the school curriculum of a foreign country by taking a correspondence course offered by the foreign school in Japan, and is recognized as having completed the specified course with outstanding marks by our graduate school.
(j) A person who is recognized as having academic ability equivalent or higher to that specified in (1) by means of the individual qualification examination for admission and who has reached the age of 22 by the end of the month before admission.
(k) Notwithstanding the above provision, a person who has taken a course of a college stipulated in Article 83 of the School Education Law for three years or longer, and is recognized as having completed the specified course with outstanding marks by our graduate school, is eligible for admission.

 

 

The University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions policy for the students wishing to enter our program for can be found at this link

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English Site to Graduate Admissions






We have also prepared an English application guide and downloadable sample forms that can be accessed from the links below.
CAUTION!! These are SAMPLES to assist your application process.
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General Entrance Examination Application Guide
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General Entrance Examnination Application Forms (Downloadable SAMPLE - not the real form)

General Application Form
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Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) for Foreign Applicants
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Employment History
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Examination Card/ Photo Card/ Desktop Identification Card 
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Thesis Topic Form
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Thesis Label Form
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Questionnaire for Foreign Applicants
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Certificate of Enrollment
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Mailing Labels
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Application Documentation Checklists
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