Ritsumeikan University (Private)Graduate School of International Relations
- 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. Throughout its more than 20 years of history, the Graduate School 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 clusters also consist 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 field-trip for one night and two days. 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 2021 academic year （English Course）
*Global International Relations Program:
*Sample Course Plans:
|Subject||Course title||Credit||Instructor (professors)||Lecture/ Seminar||Targeted students/ Term offered|
|Core||Theories of International Relations||2||ATAKA HIROAKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||International Security||2||FUKUMI SAYAKA||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||International Organizations||2||OCHI MEGUMI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||Politics in Developing Countries||2||SHIRATO KEIICHI||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||AMEKAWA YUICHIRO||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||KOYAMA MASAHISA||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||Japanese Diplomacy||2||YABUNAKA MITOJI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||Japanese Politics||2||FRENCH THOMAS W.||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||Japan in East Asia||2||NAKATO SACHIO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Core||Introduction to Japan Studies||2||FRENCH THOMAS W.||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||ISHIHARA NAOKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Non-Traditional Security||2||HONNA JUN||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Migration Studies||2||MINAMIKAWA FUMINORI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Globalization and Gender Issues||2||LIONG CHAN CHING MARIO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Media and Cultural industries||2||OYAMA SHINJI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Globalization of religion||2||DE ANTONI ANDREA||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Race and Ethnicity||2||TSUJIMOTO TOSHIKO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Public Diplomacy||2||OYAMA SHINJI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Development Economics||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||International trade and Investment||2||ITAKI MASAHIKO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Environmental Policy||2||HAYASHI DAISUKE||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Policy Evaluation||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||International Political Economy||2||NAKATO SACHIO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Local and Regional Development||2||MATSUDA MASAHIKO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||International Finance||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Macroeconomics||2||Graduate School of Economics||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Microeconomics||2||Graduate School of Economics||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Professional Training; International Cooperation||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Professional Training; Diplomacy||2||ISHIHARA NAOKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Research Training||2||ADACHI KENKI、SUECHIKA KOTA||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Quantitative Research Methodology||2||AMEKAWA YUICHIRO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Advanced||Qualitative Research Methodology||2||TORIYAMA JUNKO
|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||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Area Studies||European Studies||2||MATSUDA MASAHIKO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Area Studies||African Studies||2||IWATA TAKUO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Area Studies||Middle Eastern studies||2||TORIYAMA JUNKO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Area Studies||American Studies||2||MINAMIKAWA FUMINORI||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Area Studies||Special Lecture on Area Studies||2||-||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Free||Academic Writing(E) I||2||LUDVIK CATHERINE||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Free||Academic Writing (E) II||2||KUNSCHAK CLAUDIA||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Free||Comprehensive Japanese I||2||NAKASHIMA YOKO||Lecture||M1,M2|
|Free||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.
List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows
and their Research Specialities
|N0.||Name||Subject of research|
|1||ADACHI, KENKI||International Politics, Disarmament and Arms Control|
|2||AMEKAWA, Yuichiro||Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Social development,
Sociology of agriculture / environmental sociology,
Area studies (Southeast Asia, especially Thailand)
|3||ATAKA, HIROAKI||International Political Economy, International Financial Order|
|4||CHEUNG, YUKMAN||Cultural-Historical Sociology, Nationalism, Urban Sociology, Japanese Studies, Japanese subcultures (anime), Hong Kong Studies|
|5||DE ANTONI, ANDREA||Cultural Anthropology, The Science of Religion, Japanese Studies|
|6||FRENCH, THOMAS WILLIAM||Japanese History, Japanese Politics, History of US-JAPAN Relations|
|7||FUKUMI, SAYAKA||International Relations, Non-traditional Security Threats|
|8||HAYASHI, DAISUKE||Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Technological Change|
|9||HIRONO, MIWA||China’s International Relations, Security Studies|
|10||HONNA, JUN||Regional Security in Southeast Asia, Politics in Indonesia (democratization, civil-military relations, electoral politics, local politics and political-crime nexus)|
|11||ITAKI, MASAHIKO||International Economy, International Surplus Capital|
|12||IWATA, TAKUO||Comparative Science, African Studies|
|13||KAWAMURA, SATOKO||International Relations, Political Science, Normative Science|
|14||KIMIJIMA, AKIHIKO||Constitutional Law, Peace Studies|
|15||KIMIJIMA, AKIHIKO||Constitutional Law, Peace Studies|
|16||KOGA-BROWES, SCOTT||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 in Southeast Asia especially in Myanmar. Studies dynamics of human-nature interaction under recent changes of social and natural environments, sustainable agriculture and appropriate development for local people.|
|19||MINAMIKAWA, FUMINORI||International Migration, Sociology, American Studies|
|20||NAKATO, SACHIO||International Political Economy, US-Japan Economic Conflict|
|21||NAKATSUJI, KEIJI||International History, International Relations in East Asia|
|22||OCHI, MEGUMI||International Law, International Criminal Justice|
|23||OHTA, HIDEAKI||International Development Finance; Development Macroeconomics|
|24||OYAMA, SHINJI||Cultural Studies ; Media Studies ; creative/cultural industries studies|
|25||RAJKAI, ZSOMBOR TIBOR||Social and Cultural Studies, Modernization of Non-Western Societies, Family Studies|
|26||SHIMADA, HARUYUKI||International Development and Cooperation, Development Economics, International Relations, Area Study (South and South East Asia)|
|27||SHIRATO, KEIICHI||International Journalism, African Area Studies|
|28||SUECHIKA, KOTA||Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies|
|29||TOKUMARU, HIROSHI||Monetary Economics, International Finance|
|30||TORIYAMA, JUNKO||Gender Studies, Gender Studies on the Middle East, Cultural Anthropology|
|31||TSUIMOTO, TOSHIKO||Transnational Sociology, Studies on International Migration and Gender, Philippine Studies|
◆The decision process of supervisor selections:
We will contact the prospective supervisor in advance and confirm their availability for supervision before admission. After the admission, the supervisor will be officially decided along with re-confirmation of their availability. Academic advising staff will support in this process.
|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||25||All||End of Classes, Fall Semester|
|1||31||All||Start of Spring Break|
|3||21||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||3~4||New Students||Orientation for New Students|
|4||5||All||Start of Classes, Spring Semester|
|7||22||All||End of Classes, Spring Semester|
|8||1||All||Start of Summer Break|
|9||22||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.)
Housing: Kinugasa Campus is surrounded by an abundance of affordable student housing, and the university’s on-campus cooperative’s real estate agency is capable of providing new students with single room accommodation. In addition, multi-person rooms for those students who bring their families along with them are also readily available.
Library Services: 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 3,415,334 books. (Japanese, Korean and Chinese: 2,397,642; Western languages: 1,017,692 (as of March 2020)).
*Students may also borrow materials from libraries on other campuses using our electronic library services system. Library Website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/
Medical Service Center: Located on campus, the Medical Service 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.
Counseling: Professional counseling is available in English or Japanese Monday-Friday.
Training Room: 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 for which students may pray.
International Center: 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 orientation for incoming students, promoting exchange activities, and managing scholarships. Assistance is available in English and Japanese. As of May 2020 we have ten 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.
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.