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Aim and Policies

Course of International Culture and Communication Studies, Graduate School of Letters

Aim in Human Resource Development and Other Educational and Research Aims

【Master’s Program】

(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
The program aims to develop human resources who have a vast knowledge of the advanced use of English and other languages and mastery of various analytic methods, and can play an important
role as internationally effective, highly professional experts and highly educated persons with a deep understanding of a linguistically and culturally diverse society and the ability to adapt flexibly
and practically to global society, in various fields, including the field of specialized education in linguistic communication and cultures around the world.
(2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop:
The program aims to allow students to acquire a deep understanding of communication based on their advanced and practical proficiency in English and other languages, the ability to address
various issues, a deep understanding of and a strong education about Western and Asian cultures, and the ability to think philosophically, which will enable them to play an important role in a linguistically and culturally diverse global society, and practical research abilities.

 

【Doctoral Program】

(1) Objectives of Human Resources Development:
The program aims to develop practically effective human resources who have an advanced academic knowledge of communication and diverse cultures and a globally effective ability to conduct academic research, and can play an important role at international organizations or specialized education and research institutions in Japan and abroad, including universities and research institutes, where they can demonstrate those abilities. (2) Objectives of Education and Research: Knowledge and Skills Students Are Expected to Develop: The program aims to allow students to acquire a high level of globally effective, professional research abilities, and the practical ability to contribute to the development of global society, and cultural exchanges in Japan and abroad. 

 

Policy for Completion Certification, Degree Conferment (Diploma Policy)

【Master’s Program】
A master’s degree is awarded to the applicants who have the following qualities and abilities, meet the requirements in the designated term of study, the number of credits, etc., and have passed a master’s thesis review and the final exam.
(1)Specialized knowledge of communication in English-centered multilingual fields, communication proficiency effective in such fields, and the ability to effectively address challenges faced in the field in global society, such as educational institutions, enterprises, and organizations, etc.
(2)Specialized knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity, and especially the history, literature, and cultures of Europe, America, and Japan; the motivation to explore their own culture and other cultures; and the abilities to think flexibly and philosophically and to conduct practical research, which are useful for actively working for international exchanges or at global companies or organizations.

【Doctoral Program】
A doctoral degree is awarded to the applicants who have the following qualities and abilities, meet the requirements in the designated term of study, the number of credits, etc., and have passed a doctoral thesis review and the final exam.
(1)A high level of specialized knowledge in English-centered multilingualism; high language proficiency useful for actively working as a professional in language communication, such as a translator and interpreter, or at educational and research institutions engaged in global cultural studies; and outstanding analytical ability necessary for conducting linguistic studies or literary and cultural studies.
(2)A high level of specialized knowledge of the history of the linguistically and culturally diverse global society as well as literature, culture, social issues, etc. in that society, and the ability to
deeply consider such matters; ability in research and education at the level necessary for working at global research and educational institutions in Japan and abroad; and the advanced ability to
take practical action, which is helpful for contributing to cultural exchanges and international joint research in the global society.

 

Policy for Curriculum Development and Implementation (Curriculum Policy)

【Master’s Program】
(1)Curriculum design / Details and methods of education:
To carry out the diploma policy, the program offers a systematically designed curriculum that appropriately combines course work and research work. For course work, the curriculum comprises an efficient configuration of seminar courses and lecture courses in two fields: language communication and international culture. The courses in the language communication field, including courses in linguistics and communicology, aim to allow students to enhance their English and multilingual proficiency, their understanding of communication, and their abilities to respond to challenges and to conduct specialized linguistic educational and research activities, including English or Japanese education. The courses in the intercultural studies field aim to allow students to learn about the literature and history of English-, German-, and French-speaking areas, Japan, Asia, and other regions, as well as various cultural phenomena, to acquire knowledge and a good understanding of cultural diversity, and to enhance their scientific and rational ability to consider and resolve cultural, historical, social, or science and technology related challenges in the increasingly complicated global society. The Course on International Culture and Communication Studies requires students to take courses in both the fields of language communication and international culture, in order to guide students to learn about both academic fields in a comprehensive and systematic way and then to deepen their own learning from the perspective of their own specialized field. In research advising, importance is placed on individualized advising in line with each student’s research subject. Students receive advising on how to define research policy and questions, conduct analysis, present their research findings, and write academic papers.
(2)Assessment of academic achievement:
Students’ academic achievement is assessed using the following elements and methods while ensuring a satisfactory level of objectivity and strictness.
Students’ academic achievement in courses is assessed by the course instructors according to prescribed grading criteria with methods that are shown in the course syllabuses.
②Concerning research advising, levels in their research processes are assessed by an organization formed by research advisers and other faculty members belonging to this course through the thesis report meeting, etc., based on the prescribed research advising plan.
③Students’ master’s theses are assessed according to the prescribed thesis review criteria under the prescribed review system.

【Doctoral Program】
(1)Curriculum design / Details and methods of education:
To carry out the diploma policy, the program offers a systematically designed curriculum that appropriately combines course work and research work. For course work, the curriculum comprises a configuration of courses in the fields of language communication and international culture. The courses deal with the latest research subjects, theories, and methods, so that students will be able to deepen research in their own specialized field and acquire a high level of specialized ability to take practical action. In research advising, importance is placed on individualized advising in line with each student’s research theme. Students receive advanced and specialized advising on how to define research policy and questions, conduct analysis, present their research findings, and write academic papers.

(2)Assessment of academic achievement:
Students’ academic achievement is assessed using the following elements and methods while ensuring a satisfactory level of objectivity and strictness.
①Students’ academic achievement in courses is assessed by the course instructors according to prescribed grading criteria with methods that are shown in the course syllabuses.
②Concerning research advising, students’ achievement levels in their research processes are assessed by an organization formed by research advisers and other faculty members belonging to this course through the thesis report meeting, etc., based on the prescribed research advising plan.
③Students’ doctoral theses are assessed according to the prescribed thesis review criteria under the prescribed review system.

Admissions Policy

【Master’s Program】
The Course of International Culture and Communication Studies will accept students with the following qualities and abilities by conducting a variety of examinations, including a written exam, an interview and a screening of application materials, according to applicants’ characteristics:

・An individual with knowledge and understanding of English Education
・An individual who has a basic command of the English language and seeks to improve his/her English proficiency
・An individual who is willing to promote cross-cultural understanding

Doctoral Program
The Course of International Culture and Communication Studies will accept students with the following qualities and abilities by conducting a variety of examinations, including a written exam, an interview and a screening of application materials, according to applicants’ characteristics:

・An individual who possesses sufficient specialized knowledge to present ideas on English education
・An individual who seeks to develop a high level of English language proficiency
・An individual who shows a willingness to promote cross-cultural understanding and accept cross-cultural differences