Courses

Social studies and literary-communication courses
The student will take a wide range of courses as part of their degree program including general education courses. Some courses are more disciplinary focused that relate to social studies in sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and some relate to the use and practice of language such as communication studies, literary studies or global citizenship skills. At the same time courses interrelate and the disciplines overlap in various areas which are combined under the broader academic umbrella term The Humanities. Language is foundational to any studies and human experience more broadly and a significant part of the program of AKADEMIA as the student become more competent both academically and practically through gaining analytical skills, cultural competencies and understanding that underpin the broader aim of fostering global citizens who can contribute in the international arena in a globalized world.

For students with native or near-native English language ability core social studies courses (which are more demanding in terms of the reading and writing required) can be pursued from Term 1. Students who wish to strengthen their English language skills first to achieve the best learning outcomes are recommended to complete English language or skills-based courses first.

Japanese languages courses
Non-Japanese speakers will take Japanese language courses in Term 1 and Term 2, and are encouraged to continue their study of the Japanese language. Those with sufficient language skills can take courses taught in Japanese. Those students taking their Major in Global Japan Studies are highly recommended to continue their study of the Japanese language in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year to achieve a high level of proficiency to help them undertake research on a topic related to Japanese society in their last year.

General Education and Seminar Courses Recommended for AKADEMIA students
Term 1 or Term 2:
Soka Education (autumn and spring);
Academic Writing A2 (autumn);
Academic Foundations for Humanities (spring);
Freshman seminar (autumn);
Japanese language (autumn and spring);
Academic Writing B1 (spring)

Term 3 or Term 4:
Japanese language (autumn and spring);
Global Citizenship Education (autumn and spring);
Academic Writing B2 (autumn);

Term 6 (Spring Term) (Term 5 for students who began in April)
Seminar 1 (choice of one out of 9 Majors)
English conducted seminars are:
(1) Global Japan Studies - sociology/anthropology Major
(2) Juvenile Fantasy Literature – specialised subject (English) Major
(3) Cross-Cultural Communication – specialised subject (English) Major
Other seminars are conducted in Japanese.

Term 7 (Spring term)
Seminar 2 and Seminar 3 (according to Major)
Research for Graduation Thesis 1 (research and methodology for graduation thesis)

Term 8 core courses:
Seminar 4 (according to Major)
Research for Graduation Thesis 2 (completion of graduation thesis)

Social Studies courses in AKADEMIA
Introduction to Humanities (philosophical debates about human nature)
Sociology 1: Social Theory (intellectual foundation for the humanities)
Global Japan Studies: Understanding Japanese Society (social anthropology)
Comparative Culture 1: Social Anthropological Approaches to Understanding Human Societies and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Human and Society: Japanese Society and Culture in a Global and Local context
Philosophy I: Epistemology, Metaphysics and Value Theory
Comparative Culture 2: Social Anthropological Approaches to Gender, Race, the Environment, Nationalism and Trans-nationalism
Philosophy II: Contemporary Philosophy and Buddhism
History of Sociology: Past and Present Debates in the Social Sciences
History I World History
History II Japanese History
Translation Studies (Students must be competent in two languages)
Indian Economy

Literary-Communication courses in AKADEMIA
(These courses are related to the use of English but are not English Language courses; English language courses are also available; students are encouraged to make use of the World Language Centre that offers many and varied approaches to improve language skills)

Cultural Representation I
Cultural Representation II
Literature I
Literature II
Introduction to Linguistics
Mass Communication
Interpersonal Communication
English in Society
Peace Studies I
Peace Studies II (Mindfulness)
Global Communication
Intercultural Communication

Language courses
Japanese
English
Chinese
German
Russian
French
Spanish
Some minor and ancient languages

Cross-faculty courses
FILA: Principles of History, Global Ethics, Principles of Philosophy, Modern Political Thought, Contemporary Political Theory, Citizenship and Democracy in a Global Age
Faculty of Education: Educational Psychology; Soka Education; Sociology of Education
Faculty of Law: Peace Studies, International Human Rights, International Relations, Liberalism and Nationalism, Jurisprudence, Business Ethics
Faculty of Business: Business Ethics
Faculty of Economics: Development and the Environment (Spring 4 credits)

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