Graduate School School of Humanities (Master’s Program)

School of Humanities (Master’s Program)
Comprehensive inquiry into humanity and society.

Irrespective of segmented academic disciplines, this program vigorously explores humanity and society from new, free perspectives.
The results are then fed back into society: This is the discipline of the humanities.
SEIKA’s Graduate School of Humanities thus digs deep into the diverse issues affecting people and society today, opening up new horizons and new answers to essential questions.
It is a site for cultivating a comprehensive intellect.

1.Approaching the present-day era from open, wide-reaching angles

At the Graduate School of Humanities everything related to humanity and society becomes the subject of research. For this reason, you are free to set and explore your research theme according to your own unique perspectives and awareness of the issues. For example, discussion involving media and means of expression such as film, manga or games; research focusing on the contemporary human mind through psychology or religion; or surveys investigating social environments, from ecology to education and employment. While acquiring fundamental skills of data gathering and thesis writing, scholars forge their own identity through freely chosen research methods.

2.Harnessing multi-field perspectives in research

Our comprehensive knowledge transcends research disciplines and is shaped by staff and students of varying expertise and viewpoints, debating freely and on an equal standing. At the Graduate School of Humanities, in addition to tutorship for your Master’s thesis, you will work closely with people from other disciplines, creating opportunities to share opinions regarding each other’s different research content. There are also projects involving other universities and external research agencies. By absorbing the diverse views of different standpoints, your own perspectives broaden and new research approaches that you had not preciously realized now become possible.

3.An environment of learning alongside practitioners

SEIKA’s Graduate Schools’ distinguishing feature is that the School of Humanities collaborates practically with the other three Schools. For example, a graduate student planning a work that addresses environmental issues using video imagery could collaborate with the School of Art. A graduate student seeking to improve society’s sonic environment through investigating onomatopoeic expression in manga can consult with staff from the School of Manga. As it is possible to take lectures in specialist classes in other Schools in accordance with your own research themes, our graduate scholars can establish theories fully backed up by practical research.

Graduate School of Humanities Research Themes

Unraveling the history of kindergarten gender education through literature research

Tomonori Koizumi

Master’s Program 2nd Year

I am researching gender and sexuality in kindergarten education from the early Meiji era to the early Showa era. There is no previous research on this topic, and I spend my days looking at resources, such as infant education magazines of the time, women’s magazines, publications, childcare day books, and children’s games. In this time males and females were distinctly segregated in elementary school, but toddler-age children fundamentally played together in kindergarten. However, looking at resources, it can be seen in fact that upbringing and playtime was separate for boys and girls. I want to put all this historical research together and connect it to further research.

Tomonori Koizumi

The audience in classical music

Mariko Tsutsumi

Mariko Tsutsumi

Master’s Program 1st Year

I focused my undergraduate dissertation on the pianist Glenn Gould. For my graduate thesis I have broadened my scope and am conducting research into the audience in classical music. In the past classical concert halls used to be culturally competitive but now I’m not sure. Further, in contrast to the West, does Japan have any special “rules”? I want to explore this not from the perspective of music theory but from social and cultural outlooks.
SEIKA’s Graduate School is notable because it has a range of different tutors on its staff, meaning you can undertake interdisciplinary research, making it a very insightful Graduate School facility.

The merits of Vietnamese people using “Vietnamese Kanji” for learning Japanese Kanji

Quach Le Quyen

Master’s Program 2nd Year

I am researching the best strategies for Kanji-learning among Vietnamese Japanese language students. In Vietnamese there are characters also derived from Chinese Kanji, and I think that using those when learning Japanese Kanji would make the learning process more amenable. This year I went to Vietnam and conducted a one-month survey of Japanese language students. Currently I am in the middle of processing the results of that survey, from which I can feel a good response to the theme.
In the future I plan to become a Japanese instructor in Vietnam. And my big goal is to create a Vietnamese Kanji dictionary useful for Japanese language learning.

Quach Le Quyen

Re-reading Chinese contemporary literature and searching for the portraits of women it weaves

Wang Chia-Yen

Wang Chia-Yen

Master’s Program 1st Year

I want to analyze the portraits of women in contemporary Chinese literature. Previously I researched Chinese feet-binding customs and what I found was that even in the midst of patriachal oppression, an original female culture still developed. From this experience I want to explore the representation of women in literary works.
My lessons at the Graduate School are not just in humanities. I am also involved in joint projects with other Schools, such as Art, Design, and Manga, each providing me with a lot of stimulation. It is important for researchers to learn the perspectives and ways of thinking in other fields. It will likely be instrumental in enhancing my research themes.

Course Tutors

The Joint Introductory Classes, which allow you to study across four Schools, and the Specialist Lecture Classes create a practical educational and research environment, from lecturers working at the forefront of their specialist fields. The Specialist Research Classes at every School provide thorough instruction from experienced research tutors according to each individual research theme.

Graduate School Applicant Guidelines

Regarding Graduate School of Humanities applicant guidelines, please refer to our information on
entrance examinations.

Inquiries

Academic Affairs Section, Academic Affairs Office (Graduate School), Kyoto Seika University
Mail:kyoumu@kyoto-seika.ac.jp

Graduate School of Manga Faculty Members (in Japanese)

The Joint Introductory Course, which allows you to study across four Schools, and the Specialist Lecture Course create a practical educational and research environment, from lecturers working at the forefront of their specialist fields. The Specialist Research Course at every School undertakes thorough instruction from experienced research tutors according to each individual research theme.