Curriculum

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Curriculum

Subject Units Course Description Teaching Staff Course Content
Required Elective
Theory and Methodology in Japanese Studies A & B 4 Theory and methodology of research on recent topics across a wide spectrum of fields. All members of faculty A & B continuous
Interdisciplinary Research I A & B 2 Encouragement of interdisciplinary academic writing and practice in scholarly presentation and discussion. All members of faculty A & B continuous
Interdisciplinary Research II A & B 2 Encouragement of interdisciplinary academic writing and practice in scholarly presentation and discussion. All members of faculty A & B continuous
Dissertation Writing Guidance I A & B 2 Individually programmed lectures, seminars, and workshops necessary for dissertation writing, conducted with the cooperation of faculty advisors. Academic supervisor, sub-advisors, and associated faculty members A & B continuous
Dissertation Writing Guidance II A & B 2 Individually programmed lectures, seminars, and workshops necessary for dissertation writing, conducted with the cooperation of faculty advisors. Academic supervisor, sub-advisors, and associated faculty members A & B continuous
Practical Training in Symposium Management A & B 2 Participation in the management of symposiums, seminars, team research meetings, lectures, and other events held at Nichibunken, and practice in planning and conducting such events. Associated faculty members A & B continuous

Department of Japanese Studies Course Syllabi

Theory and Methodology in Japanese Studies (Required)

Format: Lectures by multiple faculty members
Units: 4

Target First-year students (required)
Teaching staff All graduate school faculty; 90-minute lecture by each member.
Class schedule May, June, July, September, October, November, December, January (2nd and 4th Wednesdays: 1:30–5:00 p.m.)
Classroom Conference Room4
Requirements; enrollment procedure Students are expected to participate with an interest in approaching Japanese culture from various fields of interest, reaching across the lines of their own specialty. The class registration form must be submitted to the Department office by the date specified.
Class content The teacher in charge of each class presents a lecture on the latest research themes, theories, and methodologies in his or her field of expertise.
Objectives of the course (1)To give students awareness of the diverse facets of Japanese studies and of the latest issues being treated by scholars in the field.
(2) To encourage students to incorporate multiple perspectives in the planning of their doctoral dissertation research and writing.
No. of classes Classes meet 12 times (two faculty members will lecture, each for 90 minutes in each class).
Texts/reference materials Faculty members determine the basic texts and reference materials in their specific field of Japanese studies.
Criteria for receiving credit/grading criteria Attendance at all classes and active participation in discussion.
Other Students will learn about the research themes and methodologies of each faculty member through this class, and actively seek out their guidance in the course of their studies.

Interdisciplinary Research (Required)

Format: Seminar with multiple faculty
Units: 2

Target First- and second-year students (required)
Teaching staff All graduate school faculty.
The faculty members to lead each seminar, balanced among the humanities, social, and natural sciences, are decided by a Department committee and entering students are informed.
Academic supervisors of graduate students will attend each seminar regardless of whether or not they are committee members.
The Department Chair and Chair of the Education and Research Working Group will attend each seminar.
Class schedule Up to and including four seminars as a general rule to be held during the academic year (1:30–4:30 p.m.).
Classroom Conference Room5
Requirements; enrollment procedure Students are expected to have a well-thought-out proposal for their dissertation. The class registration form must be submitted to the Department office by the date specified.
Class content Encouragement of interdisciplinary academic writing and practice in scholarly presentation and discussion.
Objectives of the course To encourage students’ doctoral research and writing toward the successful completion of their dissertations, and provide practice in presenting and engaging in discussion of their research.
No. of classes Up to and including four seminars as a general rule to be held during the academic year (in June, September, November, and December). Each student should be prepared to make a presentation of about 1 hour to be coordinated by the Department Chair. Students may present brief 5-minute explanations outlining the content of their dissertation. They may also present reports of their research on topics other than their dissertation.
Texts/reference materials Unspecified
Criteria for receiving credit/grading criteria Attendance at all seminars and presentation of research at one seminar session.
Other

Dissertation Writing Guidance (Required)

Format: Lecture, seminars, workshops (guidance by multiple faculty)
Units: 2

Target First- and second-year students (required)
Teaching staff Academic supervisors, sub-advisors, and associated faculty members
Class schedule First guidance session will be held during April to determine the students’ individual programs, and programs carried out from May with the cooperation of faculty members working in related fields.
Classroom Conference Room4
Requirements; enrollment procedure Students are expected to have a well-thought-out proposal for their dissertation. The class registration form must be submitted to the Department office by the date specified.
Class content Individually programmed lectures, seminars, and workshops necessary for dissertation writing, conducted with the cooperation of faculty advisors.
Objectives of the course To provide for students specific encouragement in the writing of their dissertations and their successful completion.
No. of classes To be determined according to individual student programs.
Texts/reference materials To be specified as needed by the faculty member responsible.
Criteria for receiving credit/grading criteria Overall approval by advising faculty that the content of the program conducted is effectively linked to the dissertation.
Other

Practical Training in Symposium Management (Elective)

Format: Workshops (multiple faculty)
Units: 2

Target Students preparing their dissertations for review should refrain from participation.
Teaching staff Faculty members planning symposiums, seminars, team research projects, etc.
Class schedule Irregular; held as needed.
Classroom Conference rooms, seminar rooms, etc.
Requirements; enrollment procedure Students choose one or more of the symposiums, seminars, team research projects, or other events being held at Nichibunken and submit the class registration form to the Department office by the date specified.
Class content Participation in the management of symposiums, seminars, team research meetings, lectures, and other events held at Nichibunken and practice in planning and conducting such events.
Objectives of the course To acquire the ability to plan and manage scholarly symposiums, seminars, team research and other projects.
No. of classes To be determined according to the symposiums, seminars, etc. planned by associated faculty members.
Texts/reference materials Unspecified
Criteria for receiving credit/grading criteria Associated faculty members’ evaluation of the student’s accomplishments in planning and managing symposiums, seminars, and other projects.
Other

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