Graduate School of Humanities: Master’s Program Classes

The curriculm for the Graduate School of Humanities features Specialist Lecture Classes including the Representation Discipline Class and the Humanities Specialist Class, and Specialist Research Classes such as Humanities Joint Studies and Humanities Foundations, alongside the Joint Introductory Class. The classes are diverse, from learning methodologies through to high-level theory, including the very latest developments in research, giving scholars breadth and depth for their individual interest areas.

Specialist Lecture Classes

Representation Discipline Class 1

Considering the Conditions for a “Social” City

Taking in the panorama of Europe’s post-nineteenth century urban consciousness, scholars consider the relationship between urban spaces and democracy. In particular, from the perspective not of economic development but social solidarity, scholars look at signs indicating the problems of modern regional cities, now prominently in decline. Students further their understanding of lifestyle patterns in modern cities, the current conditions of “solidarity”, and urbanization.

Representation Discipline Class 2

Chinese Representations in Modern Japan: The Gaze Towards the Changing Other and its Internal Meaning

By juxtaposing and analyzing representations of China by numerous Japanese people since the Meiji period, scholars elucidate Japan and China’s consciousness of each other, and the backgrounds behind the formation of such viewpoints.

Representation Discipline Class 3

Post-Colonial Metamorphosis

Scholars look at the post-colonial “metamorphosis” revealed in literature and film works, and consider the transformations imposed on people by the historical experience of colonialism.

Representation Discipline Class 4

Representations of Nature and Animals

By decoding from a historical perspective the relationship between humanity and the nature and animals that surround us, scholars can more deeply consider today’s environmental problems.

Specialist Research Classes: Humanities Major

Humanities Specialist Classes1

How have the arts been taught?

While surveying the historical basis of arts education in the west, this class allows scholars to re-consider accepted concepts guiding school student art courses in today’s curricula.

Humanities Specialist Class 2

Post-War Japan Public Education Theory: How do we see the relationship between schools and the state?

This class introduces an overview of post-war Japan’s public education theories and the research of major thinkers, allowing students to consider the relationship between education and the state.

Humanities Specialist Class 3

Forgotten and Created Physicality and Spiritual Cultural History

What aspects of sensorial physicality and spirituality we have forgotten today in our Westernized society? This class also researches newly-acquired forms of physicality and spirituality that have taken the place of these forgotten modes.

Humanities Specialist Class 4

Methods & Results for Vegetational History Research

How has vegetation, such as forests and grasslands, changed in becoming what it is today? Introducing a range of research methods and results, this class mainly references Japanese vegetational history.

Humanities Specialist Class 5

Origin & Development of the “Café” in the Japanese Language Cultural Sphere

Through the perspective of types of eating and drinking spaces, this class considers the origins and development of the café. Scholars integrate new perceptions, such as time-line connections between the café and the Japanese coffeeshop (kissaten), and schematize the café space.

Humanities Specialist Class 6

Gender & School

Reviewing the historical development of post-Meiji Revolution school education, this class considers the problems of gender, and the school systems of different eras.

Humanities Joint Studies

Introduction to Humanities Research

Students present the issues surrounding their respective research themes. By listening to other scholars’ presentations you come to know the breadth of the humanities, going on to further your research without feeling restricted only to your specified field.

Humanities Foundations

Foundational Research Towards Master’s Thesis

Through dialog with teaching tutors, scholars work towards building up the main themes and topics of their Master’s dissertation, and the general form of their research methods.

Humanities Studies 1

Master’s Thesis & Production Work Foundations

While developing their preliminary presentations, scholars work to establish and cement the fundamental structure of their thesis and the overall image of their production work. In each class, along with their teaching tutors, scholars review their work according to their plans.

Humanities Studies 2

Master’s Thesis & Production Work Conclusion

Scholars work towards latter phase presentations and submission of their final Master’s thesis and production work, proceeding according to an actual thesis writing and production schedule.