Ritsumeikan University (Private)Graduate School of International Relations
- Name of Course/Program
- <English Based Programs>
Global Cooperation Program
- URL of Graduate School (English)
- Master of Arts in International Relations
- Credit and years needed for graduation
- 30 credits / 2 years
- Features of Graduate School
- Features of the Course/Program
- Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees
- List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows and their Research Specialties
Features of Graduate School
History and Achievement
The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) at Ritsumeikan University was established in 1992. GSIR’s 20 years of educational and research achievements have produced over one thousand alumni including international students from 51 countries as well as JDS, World Bank, and MEXT-funded students. Graduates are active in international organizations, the Foreign Ministry, governments in their home countries, international aid, and globally active private enterprises.
Features of the Course/Program
Strengths of Our Graduate School: Curriculum
For JDS students from China, the Graduate School of International Relations offers a curriculum focused on:
Our program aims to cultivate professionals of economic diplomacy knowledgeable in international economy (economic friction), international politics (regional security), international cooperation, and environmental issues. In order to achieve this aim, our program includes the following features.
For example, implementation of special programs, individual support, introduction of student support, study-related advice before enrollment, and advice on preparation for new life in Japan will be provided.
<Support during study at Ritsumeikan>
①Training on fundamental research and thesis writing skills is provided in both English and Japanese.
Advanced English language ability is developed from courses such as “Academic Writing” and “Writing Support in English”, building a foundation for thesis writing. In addition, Japanese also supports improving Japanese language ability without difficulty by writing subjects and "Japanese Language Proficiency Program" etc.
②Customized coursework enables students to broaden their views and acquire a high level of specialization.
Coursework on international economics, international politics, and global development are offered so that students can create their course of study based on their academic background and interests.
Especially for JDS students, we provide a range of courses on Chinese foreign diplomacy and Chinese economic diplomacy which takes students from theory to practice. This makes it possible for students to select courses based on their individual needs.
③Systematic and thorough thesis guidance
International students study their research theme deeply through the writing of their thesis.
Faculty members who can teach a range of fields such as politics, economies (development) and sociology are available (37 professors have the ability to conduct seminars in Japanese, 30 professors have the ability to conduct seminars in English). In addition, we have a systematic advising system conducted by a team of several academic advisors (such as regular debriefing sessions).
<Post-enrollment special seminars＞
We offer a "Professional Training" course where JDS students, other international students and Japanese students can learn the Japanese experience of development.
The course contents are as follows.
- 1. Lectures by visiting professors on the subjects of the history of economic development, diplomacy, aid policy, management of private companies and local administration are provided in order for students to acquire knowledge of the roles of public and private sectors.
- 2. A field study trip will show students administrative practice of local governments and the manufacturing process. This trip will allow students to acquire knowledge of the unique features and functions of Japanese administration and the management of private companies.
We also offer a Ritsumeikan University’s “Kyoto City Government Learning Special Program” for Executive JDS Students.
<Follow-up after graduation>
The follow-up after graduation, we will plan to consider the implementation of special lectures by graduates in Beijing or Shanghai for the purpose of constructing an alumni network.
Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees
Courses taught through English language for the 2018 academic year (English Course)
You can select other courses (language courses, research method courses, etc.) and other Program courses.
*AY2018 Online Syllabus: https://ct.ritsumei.ac.jp/syllabussearch/?lang=en
*Curriculum List: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/gsir/eng/education/first/course.html/
|Subject||Course title||Credit||Instructor (professors)||Lecture/ Seminar||Targeted students/ Term offered|
|Core||Development Strategies||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Core||Development Studies||2||AMEKAWA YUICHIRO||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Core||Global Civil Society||2||LIM EUNJUNG||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Core||Global Politics||2||NAKATSUJI KEIJI||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Core||International Organizations||2||TAKASU YUKIO||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Core||International Political Economy||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Core||International Sociology||2||RAJKAI ZSOMBOR TIBOR||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Core||Professional Training||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Core||Theories of International Relations||2||ATAKA HIROAKI||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Area Studies||2||HONNA JUN||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Development Economics||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Globalization and Environmental Issues||2||HAYASHI DAISUKE||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Globalization and Gender Issues||2||LIONG CHAN CHING MARIO||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Globalization and Media||2||SHIRATO KEIICHI||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Globalization and Multicultural Issues||2||KINOSHITA AKIRA||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Internship (Domestic)||2||OYAMA SHINJI||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Internship (Overseas)||2||OYAMA SHINJI||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Introduction to Economic Theory||2||TOKUMARU HIROSHI||Lecture||M1M2/
|Program||Japan in East Asia||2||Closing in 2018AY||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Japan in World History||2||WASSERMAN MICHEL||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Japanese Business Management||2||KOYAMA MASAHISA||Lecture||M1, M2/Fall|
|Program||Japanese Diplomacy||2||YABUNAKA MITOJI||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Japanese Economy||2||TOKUMARU HIROSHI||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Japanese Politics and Foreign Relations||2||FRENCH THOMAS W.||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Policy Evaluation||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1, M2/fall|
|Program||Research Training||2||ADACHI KENKI||Lecture||M1, M2/
|Program||Special Studies on Global Cooperation||2||ACHARYA AMITAV||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Program||Statistics Research Design and Research Methods||2||AMEKAWA YUICHIRO||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|General||Academic Writing(E) I||2||LUDVIK CATHERINE||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|General||Academic Writing (E)II||2||O’MOCHAIN ROBERT||Lecture||M1, M2/Fall|
|Optional||Comprehensive Japanese I||2||NAKASHIMA YOKO||Lecture||M1, M2/Spring|
|Optional||Comprehensive Japanese II||2||NAKASHIMA YOKO||Lecture||M1, M2/Fall|
|Advanced Seminar||Advanced Seminar||2||Academic Advisors||Seminar||M1, M2/
Degree Awarding Policy
Students who successfully fulfill the degree requirements (30 credits of course work), complete 2 years or more study period and whose Master’s thesis reflects the student’ s academic ability to approach international issues from multiple perspectives will be awarded an M.A. degree.
Lectures are provided to share cutting-edge information by faculty members, lecturers, visiting professors and specially invited professors who are currently active in international fields such as United Nations. Furthermore, some visiting professors from partnership organizations provide dynamic lectures based on their work experiences.
List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows
and their Research Specialities
* All faculty members listed are able to become academic advisors for JDS Chinese students
|Name||Subject of research|
|ADACHI, Kenki||International Politics, Disarmament and Arms Control, Global Governance, Civil Society|
|AMEKAWA Yuichiro||Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Social development,
Sociology of agriculture / environmental sociology,
Area studies (Southeast Asia, especially Thailand)
|ATAKA, Hiroaki||Critical International Relations Theory, Theories of International Societies|
|DE ANTONI, Andrea||Cultural Anthropology, The science of religion, Japanese Studies|
|FUKUMI, Sayaka||International Relations, Non-traditional Security Threats|
|HIRONO, Miwa||China’s International Relations, Security Studies|
|HONNA, Jun||Comparative Politics, Southeast Asian Studies|
|ITAKI, Masahiko||International Economy, International Surplus Capital|
|IWATA, Takuo||Comparative Politics, African Studies|
|KAWAMURA, Satoko||International Relations, Political Science, History of Political Thought, Normative Science|
|KIMIJIMA, Akihiko||Constitutional Law, Peace Studies|
|KOYAMA, Masahisa||International Development and Cooperation, Development Studies of Mekong Basin Countries|
|KOGA-BROWES, Scott||Media Studies, Visual Semiotic Analysis of TV News|
|MASUDA, Minoru||International History, History of British Politics and Diplomacy|
|MATSUDA, Masahiko||Agriculture and Rural Development in Southeast Asia(Myanmar)|
|MINAMIKAWA, Fuminori||International Migration, Sociology, American Studies|
|NAKAGAWA, Ryoji||Development Economy, Chinese Economy|
|NAKATO, Sachio||International Political Economy, Politics of Northeast Asia, US-Japan Economic Conflict|
|NAKATSUJI, Keiji||International History, International Relations in Asia-Pacific|
|NISHIMURA, Tomoaki||International Law, International Environmental Law|
|OHTA, Hideaki||International Finance； International Economics； International Development Finance； Development Macroeconomics； Regional/Global Economies|
|OYAMA, Shinji||Cultural studies; Media studies; creative/cultural industries studies: critical brand studies|
|RAJKAI, Zsombor Tibor||Social and Cultural Studies, Modernization of Non-Western Societies, Family Studies|
|SHIMADA, Haruyuki||International Development and Cooperation, Development Economics, International Relations, Area Study (South and South East Asia)|
|SHIRATO, Keiichi||International Journalism, African Area Studies|
|SUECHIKA, Kota||Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies|
|TOKUMARU, Hiroshi||Monetary Economics, International Finance|
|TORIYAMA, Junko||Gender Studies, Gender Studies on the Middle East, Cultural Anthropology|
|Date||Targeted students||Event & things to-do|
|9||20-24||New Students||GSIR Academic Orientation/Student Life Guidance|
|9||25||New Students||Fall Entrance Ceremony|
|9||26||All||Fall Semester Classes Begin|
|12||26||All||Winter Break Begins|
|1||6||All||Winter Break Ends|
|1||7||All||Fall Semester Classes Recommence|
|1||18||All||Fall Semester Classes End|
|1||31||All||Spring Break Begins|
|3||20||All||Graduation Ceremony (Kinugasa Campus)|
|3||31||All||Fall Semester Ends, Spring Break Ends|
|4||1||All||Spring Semester Begins|
|4||2||New Students||Spring Entrance Ceremony (Students from all campuses)|
|4||3~5||New Students||Graduate Student Orientation|
|4||6||All||Spring Semester Classes Begin|
|7||20||All||Spring Semester Classes End|
|8||2||All||Summer Break Begins, Summer Intensive Courses Begin|
|9||23||All||Graduation Ceremony (Spring Semester)|
|9||25||All||Summer Intensive Courses End, Spring Semester Ends|
Facilities (ex: Library, PCs, Gymnasium etc.)
Kinugasa Campus boasts several dormitories for international students including the International House Taishogun, which is a well-equipped new dormitory completed in the fall of 2015. It is also possible for the university’s on-campus cooperative’s real estate agency to provide students with single room accommodation.
Library facilities include the state-of-the-art Hirai Kaichiro Memorial Library, which newly opened on Kinugasa Campus in April of 2016. The library features over 1,000,000 books, multiple computer and multimedia stations, and rooms students can use for group study. In addition, from private booths to group tables there are a wide variety of study booths and seating areas for library users, ensuring that all students can find an area that fits their study style.
*Ritsumeikan University, as a whole, has a collection of 3,252,171 books. (Japanese: 2,272,773, Foreign language: 979,398 (as of March 2017)).
*Students may also borrow materials from libraries on other campuses using our electronic library services system.
Library Website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/library/eng/
Located on campus, the health center promotes the health of students through a combination of general health support services and a medical office that specializes in internal medicine. All students must take part in a yearly health check that assesses their overall health condition and, depending on the result, follows up with additional tests as necessary. Students with any persistent health issues are put under watch and given follow up medical guidance until graduation.
Professional counseling is available in English or Japanese Monday-Friday.
Our campus has a newly opened gymnasium and training room featuring brand-new state-of-the-art training equipment, a rock climbing wall, and various specialty machines for student use. Here, we have trainers residing nearby and students can use the gym facilities free of charge.
Restaurant / Cafeteria:
A combination of 6 restaurants and cafeterias are located across the campus, offering a place to catch a meal while enjoying a conversation with fellow students or a professor.
Religious and Dietary Considerations:
Halal food and vegetarian options are available at some of the eateries across campus in an effort to better meet the dietary needs of our diverse student body. Additionally, we also have a room which students may use for prayer.
The International Center, located just next door to the Graduate School of International Relations, provides support for Ritsumeikan’s large international student body including organizing new student orientation, promoting exchange activities, and managing scholarships. Assistance is available in English, Japanese, and Chinese. As of May 2018 we have thirteen full-time staff dedicated to assisting international students working in the center.
Beyond Borders Plaza:
Located near the center of campus is the Beyond Borders Plaza – a global student commons where students can study, relax, take language courses or hold their own events. The lounge is full of books, magazines and newspapers in a variety of languages as well as board games, a computer station, and a TV airing CNN so that students may keep up to date with breaking world news.
A special course for JDS students called the JICA/JDS English Program is held to improve students’ applied English ability at the graduate level. Additionally, the university strongly encourages JDS students to enroll in the JICA/JDS Support for Daily Conversation in Japanese, which is held so that students may more smoothly adapt to life in Japan by learning basic conversation skills and the Japanese alphabets of hiragana/katakana.
Finally, Ritsumeikan University conducts programs such as the JICA/JDS Company Visit Program and Kyoto Cultural Understanding Program to better meet the needs of JDS students.
Advice for our Graduate School Applicants
It is a great pleasure for us to study with young, talented, and highly motivated Chinese students who seek both careers in international fields and to contribute to a good relationship between China and Japan. Based on the rich experience of training Chinese students, GSIR will provide:
- 1) A variety of courses in international relations, politics, economics, development, and Japan studies both in English and Japanese,
- 2) Academic guidance to complete a graduate-level Master’s Thesis on academic/practical topics,
- 3) A professional network with well experienced faculty members, guest professionals of international organizations and Japan’s government and international cooperation agency, and student colleagues from the world.
We encourage our students to participate in projects to connect academics in Kyoto with professionals from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming young people who have an enthusiasm to study international relations to widen their view of politics, economics, and socio-cultural issues in the contemporary world, and who look to build a mutually-beneficial partnership between Japan and China.