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Principles and Goals

The "Practical Japanese Language and Culture Course" and the "Special Japanese Language and Culture Course," originally in Studies in Language and Society, were moved into the new "Studies in Japanese Language and Culture" program in April 2012. This program is divided into two courses due to the differences in the conditions of admission. The practical course is offered to both Japanese students and international students, but the special course is only offered to international students. However, the entire curriculum is integrated to provide an environment for both Japanese and international students to inspire each other and learn together. Students can choose one category as their main area of study, from "Japanese Language and Linguistics," "Japanese Language Education" and "Japanese Culture." They are also required to gain 4 or more credits from other categories so that they can receive a broad range of knowledge and skills, outside of their main area of study. In all the categories, we aim to foster individuals with the kind of advanced abilities that will enable them to introduce Japanese language and culture to the world. We also offer students opportunities to teach Japanese language through collaborations with partner schools overseas. Many of our alumni pursue successful careers all over the world as Japanese language teachers and researchers in Japanese language and culture.

Objectives

(1) Promoting new educational research into Japanese language and culture in the modern globalized world
(2) Fostering bright individuals who can liaise between Japan and the world through Japanese language and culture
Advanced globalization has changed the position of Japanese language and culture in the world, especially in Asia, and the demand for educational research in this field has become greater than ever. In such an environment, we are eager to promote new educational research in a comparative approach between the languages, cultures and societies of Japan and the world. We aim to facilitate this by seeking excellent individuals from all over the world, and developing their awareness and understanding through non-traditional learning methods. In this way, we will play an important part in maintaining the future of the field of Japanese language and culture, and actively strive to meet the needs of top-rate internationally-minded individuals, both in Japan and overseas, as part of Osaka University.

Fostering of Individuals

We will foster
• Researchers who conduct interdisciplinary research into Japanese language and culture from the viewpoint of a comparison between Japanese language and culture and those of other countries
• Teachers specialized in Japanese language and culture education with a high level of expertise and knowledge required to teach Japanese at the tertiary level to international students
• Highly specialized professionals with an international mindset, who exhibit a wide range of executive abilities, such as planning, negotiation and operation, and with the desire to introduce Japanese language and culture to the world

Well-Planned and Solid Curriculum

Three categories (Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japanese Language Education, and Japanese Culture) were set up as shared subject categories between the two existing courses: "Practical Japanese Language and Culture Course" and "Special Japanese Language and Culture Course." Each category contains the base subjects: "Introduction to Japanese Language," "Introduction to Japanese Language Education" and "Introduction to Japanese Culture." Through this curriculum, we will aim at cultivating educators and researchers with advanced language skills and interdisciplinary and international minds. The degrees awarded on completion of the curriculum requirements are the MA in Japanese Language and Culture and the PhD in Japanese Language and Culture.

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