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Ritsumeikan University (Private)

Graduate School of International Relations
Ritsumeikan University
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

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.

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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.

<Pre-enrollment Support>
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.

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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/
Spring, Fall
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/
Spring, Fall
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/
Spring, Fall


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.

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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

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Academic Schedule

Date Targeted students Event & things to-do
(Month) (Day)
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

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Facilities (ex: Library, PCs, Gymnasium etc.)

Student Dormitories:
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 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 3,252,171 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/

Health Center:
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.

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 which students may use for prayer.

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 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.

Other Support:
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.

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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.