Ritsumeikan University (Private)Graduate School of International Relations
- URL of Graduate School (English)
- Name of Course/Program
- Global International Relations Program
- URL of Course/Program (English)
- Master of Arts in International Relations
- Credit and years needed for graduation
- 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. Our graduates are particularly active in international organizations, the Foreign Ministry, governments in their home countries, international aid, and globally active private enterprises. They have received high acclaim in the international community. In Japan, we are the only official member of the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), which is a global network of respected graduate schools specialized in international relations.
The Graduate School is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has been accepting approximately 1,200 international students including international students from 51 countries as well as JDS, World Bank, and MEXT-funded students. Those students play an important role as the administrative officer in each country after their graduation.
Strengths of Our Graduate School: Curriculum
The GSIR’s Master of Arts in International Relations program is designed to offer two programs, in Japanese and English. Global International Relations Program (English-Based Program) consists of four clusters: Global Governance Cluster; Sustainable Development Cluster; Culture, Society and Media Cluster; Global Japanese Studies Cluster. Each cluster also consists of basic subjects regarding international relations (Core Courses), and the subjects designed to foster a deep and specialized understanding of each subject from various disciplines (Advanced Courses) as well as the subjects of Area studies and Academic Writing.
Through these course work, students can acquire and foster academic literacy and the ability necessary for advanced research in the field of international relations. In advanced seminars, students work on their master’s thesis under the supervision of their academic advisor and complete the thesis as part of their research achievement. Students are expected to demonstrate intellectual interests in international relations and to be able to analyze the research topic based on advanced knowledge. GSIR holds two open colloquiums to support for graduate students for the preparation of their thesis prior to submission.
Features of the Course/Program
*Features of the program:
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 JDS students from China, the Graduate School of International Relations offers a curriculum focused on;
For example, pre-enrollment study support, individual student’s support, introduction to ‘student support office’ will be provided through the contacts with their supervisor. In addition, we will introduce international students who provide advices on the path for the future career as well as student’s life in Japan.
<Support during study at Ritsumeikan>
- 1. Fundamental training on research and writing skills provided in both English and Japanese.
Advanced English language ability for writing thesis will be developed by courses such as “Academic Writing” and “Writing Support in English.” In addition, students will have the opportunities to enhance Japanese language ability by taking the courses such as "Japanese Language Proficiency Program" etc.
- 2. Customized coursework enables students to broaden their views and acquire a high level of expertise.
The curriculum is built on four pillars: international economics, international politics, global issues and Japanese studies. Students will be expected to plan to take subjects along with their interests and experiences. Especially for JDS students, we provide the courses from theory to practice regarding Chinese foreign diplomacy and Chinese economic diplomacy etc.
- 3. Systematic and thorough thesis instructions.
Students deepen their research topic through writing thesis. GSIR has over 30 research-active faculty members who are able to teach and supervise in English with various fields like politics, economics, development, and sociology. 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>
① We offer "Professional Training" course where students learn Japanese experience of development.
- 1. Students will learn the role of the government and the private sector through attending the lectures related to the history of Japanese economic development, Japanese diplomacy, and Japanese aid policy.
- 2. Students will learn about the functions and characteristics of Japanese administration and the management of Japanese enterprises through one-day field trip. In the field-study, students will learn practices of Japanese administration and production process in manufacturing sector.
② We also offer “Kyoto City Government Learning Special Program” for JDS Students.
The program consists of 10 lectures (60 minutes/lecture) provided by Kyoto City officials; the lectures cover wide range of topics such as administrative organization, policy planning, tax system, environmental policy, urban development including transportation system, tourism development.
<Follow-up after graduation>
Special lectures by visiting professors will be held in Beijing or Shanghai as a follow-up training after graduation to create an alumni network. In addition, we are planning on holding special seminars, such as conferences by former JDS students in China.
Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees
Courses taught through English language for the 2023 academic year （English Course）
*Global International Relations Program:
*Sample Course Plans:
|Subject||Course title||Credit||Instructor (professors)||Lecture/ Seminar||Targeted students/
|Core||Theories of International Relations||2||ATAKA HIROAKI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||International Organizations||2||OCHI MEGUMI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Politics in Developing Countries||2||YAMADA MAYUMI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Global Sociology||2||RAJKAI ZSOMBOR TIBOR||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Cultural Theories||2||CHEUNG YUKMAN||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Media Studies||2||KOGA BROWES SCOTT||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Introduction to Macroeconomics||2||TOKUMARU HIROSHI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Introduction to Microeconomics||2||YANE HARUKA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Development Studies||2||OKURA MIWA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||International Economics||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Japanese Culture||2||TAILLANDIER DENIS||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Japanese Economy and Business||2||WATANABE HIROAKI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Japanese Politics||2||FRENCH THOMAS W.||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Japan in East Asia||2||NAKATSUJI KEIJI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||International Security||2||FUKUMI SAYAKA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Core||Introduction to Japan Studies||2||SMITH NATHANIEL M.||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Global Political History||2||NAKATSUJI KEIJI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||International Human Rights||2||OCHI MEGUMI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Global Peace Studies||2||KIMIJIMA AKIHIKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Conflict resolution and Peace building||2||ISHIKAWA SACHIKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Non-Traditional Security||2||HONNA JUN||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Migration Studies||2||SONODA SETSUKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Globalization and Gender Issues||2||KIM VIKTORIYA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Media and Cultural industries||2||OYAMA SHINJI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Globalization of religion||2||DANISMAN IDRIS||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Race and Ethnicity||2||TSUJIMOTO TOSHIKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Public Diplomacy||2||SMITH NATHANIEL M.||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Development Economics||2||WATANABE MATSUO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||International trade and Investment||2||ITAKI MASAHIKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Development Finance||2||TOKUMARU HIROSHI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Environmental Policy||2||HAYASHI DAISUKE||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Policy Evaluation||2||UEMATSU Hiroki||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||International Political Economy||2||NAKATO SACHIO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Local and Regional Development||2||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||International Finance||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Professional Training; International Cooperation||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Professional Training; Diplomacy||2||ISHIKAWA SACHIKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Research Training||2||ADACHI KENKI、SUECHIKA KOTA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Quantitative Research Methodology||2||UEMATSU Hiroki||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Research Training||2||ADACHI KENKI、SUECHIKA KOTA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Qualitative Research Methodology||2||TSUJIMOTO, TOSHIKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced||Special Lecture on International Relations||2||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||East Asian Studies||2||HIRONO MIWA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||South East Asian Studies||2||HONNA Jun||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||South Asian Studies||2||OKURA MIWA||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||European Studies||2||MASUDA MINORU||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||African Studies||2||IWATA TAKUO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||Middle Eastern studies||2||DANISMAN IDRIS||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Area Studies||American Studies||2||NAKATSUJI KEIJI||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Optional||Academic Writing(E) I||2||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Optional||Academic Writing (E)Ⅱ||2||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Optional||Comprehensive Japanese I||2||NAKASHIMA YOKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Optional||Comprehensive Japanese II||2||NAKASHIMA YOKO||Lecture||M1、M2|
|Advanced Seminar||Advanced Seminar||2||Supervisor||Seminar||M1、M2|
Degree Awarding Policy
Students who successfully fulfill the degree requirements (30 credits of course work) 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 with the United Nations. Furthermore, some visiting professors from partnership organizations provide dynamic lectures based on their work experiences.
The names of Instructor (professors) are tentative and subject to change.
List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows
and their Research Specialities
|N0.||Name||Fields of Specialization|
|1||ADACHI, KENKI||International Politics, Disarmament and Arms Control, Global Governance, Civil Society|
|2||AMEKAWA, YUICHIRO||Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Social development,
Sociology of agriculture / environmental sociology,
Area studies (Southeast Asia, especially Thailand)
|3||ATAKA, HIROAKI||Critical International Relations Theory, International political Economy|
|4||CHEUNG, YUKMAN||Cultural-Historical Sociology, Nationalism, Urban Sociology, Japanese Studies, Japanese subcultures (anime), Hong Kong Studies|
|5||DANISMAN, Idris||Religion and International Relations, Islamic Thought, Turkish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Multiculturalism|
|6||FRENCH, THOMAS WILLIAM||Japanese History, Japanese Politics, History of US-Japan Relations, History of UK-Japan Relations|
|7||FUKUMI, SAYAKA||International Relations, Non-traditional Security Threats|
|8||HAYASHI, DAISUKE||Political economy, Environmental policy, Climate change policy, Energy policy|
|9||HIRONO, MIWA||China’s International Relations, Security Studies|
|10||HONNA, JUN||Politics and International Relations in Southeast Asia, Indo-Pacific Strategic Affairs, Non-Traditional Security, Democratization, Civil-Military Relations/Security Sector Reform|
|11||ISHIKAWA, SACHIKO||International development cooperation theory, Conflict and peace studies, Regional studies (Southeast Asia, ASEAN)|
|12||ITAKI, MASAHIKO||International Economy, International Surplus Capital|
|13||IWATA, TAKUO||Comparative Politics, African Studies|
|14||KAWAMURA, SATOKO||International Relations (Governance of Advanced Technology, International Thought), International Administration, The Law of International Relations|
|15||KIMIJIMA, AKIHIKO||Constitutional Law, Peace Studies|
|Media Studies, Visual Semiotic Analysis of TV News|
|17||MASUDA, MINORU||International History, History of British Politics and Diplomacy|
|18||MATSUDA, MASAHIKO||Agriculture and Rural Development, Area Studies (Southeast Asia, Myanmar)|
|19||NAKATO, SACHIO||IR (International Relations)/IPE (International Political Economy)|
|20||NAKATSUJI, KEIJI||International History, International Relations in Asia-Pacific|
|21||OCHI, MEGUMI||International Criminal Justice (International Law, International Organizations, Peace and Conflict Studies)|
|22||OHTA, HIDEAKI||International Finance, International Economics, International Development Finance, Development Macroeconomics, Regional/Global Economies|
|23||OYAMA, SHINJI||Cultural Studies, Media studies, Creative/Cultural Industries Studies: Critical Brand Studies|
|24||RAJKAI, ZSOMBOR TIBOR||Social and Cultural Studies, Modernization of Non-Western Societies, Family Studies|
|25||SHIMADA, HARUYUKI||International Development and Cooperation, Development Economics, International Relations, Area Study (South and South East Asia)|
|26||SHIRATO, KEIICHI||Journalism Studies (Japan、African Countries), African Area Studies, Japan-Africa Relations|
|27||SMITH, NATHANIEL M.||Cultural Anthropology: Far Right Political Activism, Urban Studies, Japan Studies|
|28||SONODA, SETSUKO||History, Area Studies, Overseas Chinese Studies, Modern Chinese History|
|29||SUECHIKA, KOTA||Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, International Relations, Comparative Politics|
|30||TOKUMARU, HIROSHI||Monetary Economics, International Finance|
|31||TORIYAMA, JUNKO||Gender Studies, Gender Studies on the Middle East, Cultural Anthropology|
|32||TSUJIMOTO, TOSHIKO||Transnational Sociology, Studies on International Migration and Gender, Philippine Studies|
|33||UEMATSU, Hiroki||Development Economics, Poverty and Inequality, Sustainable Development, International Cooperation|
|34||WATANABE, HIROAKI RICHARD||International Relations, Comparative Political Economy (East Asia/Asia-Pacific, Europe, USA)|
|35||WATANABE, MATSUO||Economic Development, African Economies, West Balkan Study (Bosnia and Herzegovina)|
|36||YANE, HARUKA||International Economics, International Trade and Labor, Economic Policies|
|Date||Targeted students||Event & things to-do|
|9||24||New Students||Orientation for New Students|
|9||25||New Students||Matriculation Ceremony|
|9||26||All||Start of Classes, Fall Semester|
|12||26||All||Start of Winter Break|
|1||5||All||End of Winter Break|
|1||6||All||Classes Recommence, Fall Semester|
|1||22||All||End of Classes, Fall Semester|
|2||1||All||Start of Spring Break|
|3||20||All||Commencement Ceremony (Masters/Professional) (Kinugasa)|
|3||31||All||End of Fall Semester, End of Spring Break|
|4||1||All||Start of Spring Semester, Orientation for New Students|
|4||2||New Students||Matriculation Ceremony|
|4||3~5||New Students||Orientation for New Students|
|4||6||All||Start of Classes, Spring Semester|
|7||26||All||End of Classes, Spring Semester|
|8||1||All||Start of Summer Break|
|9||23||All||Commencement Ceremony (Masters/Professional) (Kinugasa)|
|9||25||All||Matriculation Ceremony, End of Summer Break, End of Spring Semester|
Facilities(ex: Library, PCs, Gymnasium etc.)
Ritsumeikan University offers a wide variety of facilities to meet the various needs of its students. These include libraries and peer learning rooms named "PIARA", as well as gyms and other facilities for students to work off the everyday stresses of university life. Other facilities include seminar houses, bookstores, bike parking and international exchange lounges known as "Beyond Borders Plazas" or "BBP" for short. Please see below for further details and locations of the many facilities open for Ritsumeikan students.
- Dining on Campus
- Beyond Borders Plaza
- Gyms and other facilities
Advice for Graduate School Applicants
At the master’s level, clearly identifying a problem and defining a research question that your dissertation is going to analyze will enable you to conduct deep and meaningful research. Think about what the problem that you would like to solve is, why is it important, and what sort of analysis will contribute to Sino-Japanese relation. With these questions in mind, please come up with a research plan based on a focused question.