Learning through Courses

Life Creation Course

Studying specialty fields in depth
Students delve further into research themes with five courses suited to their interests and concerns

With a firm foundation in the basic education and learning methods acquired in Year 1, students choose one of five courses from Year 2: Contemporary Cultural Expression, International Communication, Japanese and Asian Cultures, Environment and Future, or Contemporary Society and Humanity. They can also study subjects outside of these options, going beyond the course structure to broaden their horizons.

Contemporary Cultural Expression Course

Contemporary Cultural Expression Course

The Contemporary Cultural Expression Course studies the meaning of “culture” as expressed in a variety of contemporary genres of art, design, literature, film, performance, and subculture. Examining artworks, designers and artists, and cultural phenomena, the course digs deep into the relationships between culture and the people of today, questioning how humans create works of culture and expression, and how these in turn influence humanity. With a focus on the future, the course fosters students’ ability to advance culture and expression.

  • Introduction to Aesthetics
  • Introduction to Cultural Sociology
  • Project Planning
  • Design History
  • Film Art History
  • Popular Music History
  • Western Art History
  • Introduction to Group Work
  • Media Editing Theory
  • Subculture Theory
  • Soundscape Theory
  • Physical Expression Theory
  • Contemporary Art Theory
  • Contemporary Literary Theory
  • Architecture Culture Theory
  • Content Production Theory
  • Japanese Film Theory
  • Fashion Theory
  • Film Criticism
  • Spatial Design Theory
  • Sound Environment Design Theory
  • Information Media Theory
  • Dance History
  • Manga Culture Theory
  • Anime Culture Theory
  • Stage Art Theory
  • Social and Cultural History of Sex and Gender

International Communication Course

International Communication Course

The International Communication Course offers several classes taking a comprehensive approach to English. These classes focus on writing, speaking, and listening skills, strengthening students’ abilities in this vital tool of international communication. Students also study ways of thinking in English-speaking countries and examine the language’s cultural roots, so that they are able to use English as a living language. With a larger goal of participation in international society, the course teaches how to understand the true situations of Japan and foreign countries and find resolutions to issues that emerge among different cultures. This course gives students the ability to take active roles in an increasingly international world.

  • English PhoneticsⅠ・Ⅱ
  • History of British and American Literature
  • Literature in English-Speaking CountriesⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Cultural Theory in English-Speaking CountriesⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Intercultural Communication
  • LinguisticsⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Global Citizen Theory
  • International Society Theory
  • Human Security
  • Education and Society
  • Marginalized Voices
  • Intensive ReadingⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Academic WritingⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Academic ReadingⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Academic SkillsⅠ・Ⅱ
  • English WorkshopⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Advanced Oral SkillsⅠ・Ⅱ

Japanese and Asian Cultures Course

Japanese and Asian Cultures Course

By tracing histories of entertainment, literature, art, and language, students find insights into the origins of Japanese culture and lifestyle. The Japanese and Asian Cultures Course takes advantage of Kyoto’s plentiful opportunities to engage with traditional Japanese culture, emphasizing first-hand encounters with artifacts and sites of cultural heritage. Students visit shrines, temples, and historical landmarks, and attend festivals and other cultural events. While participating in these activities, they learn to identify Asian culture as a source of Japan’s culture, broadening their focus to include Asia and thereby gaining a deeper understanding of Japan’s culture through examining its ties with Asia. The study of traditional culture creates a rich spirituality alive in the present.

  • Nature and Landscape of Kyoto
  • Asian Religion
  • Asian History and Thought
  • Japanese Folk Culture
  • Asian Folk Performing Arts
  • Comparative Theories of Contemporary Asian Culture
  • Introduction to Japanese Cultural History
  • History of Japanese Literature
  • Japanese Art History
  • Asian Art History
  • Japanese History and Performing Arts
  • History of Asian Relations
  • Traditional Cultures Comprehensive Seminar
  • History of Oral Cultures
  • Comparative Mythology
  • Southern Islands Cultural Theory
  • Culture of Song
  • Urban Legends Research
  • History of Narratives and Oral Traditions
  • Pictures and Stories
  • Japanese Language Studies
  • Japanese Language Teaching Methods
  • Classical Japanese Literature
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Cursive Reading
  • Modern Literature Reading

Environment and Future Course

Environmental Future Course

Defining “the environment” broadly, the Environment and Future Course considers the roles of humans, society, and nature with the future of humanity and the earth in mind. Taking fresh looks at the lives of people in a variety of environments, including cities, mountain farming communities, and fishing villages, students ask what “wealth” means to human beings. They also learn about how the activities of corporations and businesses contribute to environmental problems. The course teaches how to protect and familiarize oneself with natural environments through hands-on learning in both society and nature. It takes a multifaceted approach to the compelling issues of the environment’s future, which have impact on everyone alive today.

  • Nature Education Theory
  • History of Public Pollution in Japan
  • Environmental Education Theory
  • Theory of Environmental Thought
  • The North-South Problem
  • Energy and Environment
  • Environmental Business
  • Environmental Management TheoryⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Environmental Studies: Forests and Water
  • Environmental Design Theory
  • Environmental Evaluation of Products
  • Environmental Policy Theory
  • Regional Environment Theory
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Development Education Theory
  • Living Environment Theory
  • Organic Farming Theory
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Ecology
  • Community Development
  • Environmental NGO Theory
  • Environmental Education Workshop
  • Environmental Education Teaching Practicum
  • Environmental Education Program Design

Contemporary Society and Humanity Course

Contemporary Society and Humanity

The Contemporary Society and Humanity Course investigates the causes and circumstances behind the complex problems of contemporary society, seeking to understand human beings as the actors at the heart of these issues. Through the lens of social relationships, students examine topics including sex and gender, family, education, media, sports, medicine, discrimination, and other issues deeply imbedded in everyday life. Classes in thought and philosophy address the root causes of these issues, allowing students to propose realistic solutions.

  • Contemporary Society and Historical AwarenessⅠ・Ⅱ
  • History of Japanese Thought
  • Structures of Japanese Society
  • Lifestyle Theory
  • Food and Humanity
  • Discrimination and Contemporary Society
  • Multicultural Education Theory
  • Social History of Children
  • Introduction to ChildcareⅠ・Ⅱ
  • Media Culture Theory
  • Sports and Eras
  • Sports and Society
  • Contemporary Society and Philosophy
  • Contemporary Society and Pathology
  • Aging Society Theory
  • Gender and Society
  • Medicine and Society
  • Family and Society
  • Social Education Theory
  • Contemporary Society Theory
  • The Era of Spirituality and Society
  • Mentality and Thought
  • Media and Politics
  • Journalism Theory
  • Social Education Policy Theory
  • Learning Support Theory
  • Contemporary School Theory
  • Media & Communications Theory