Graduate School

Graduate School of Literature

Japanese Language and Literature
(Master's Course / Doctoral Course)

Master's Course Educational Objective

There are three research fields—Japanese literature, Japanese linguistics, and Chinese classics—in which students choose their own issues of interest to research. Students acquire a high level of research capabilities while collaborating in other research fields. Graduates look to work in the field of education or in related fields in Japan or other countries.

Doctoral Course Educational Objective

In the doctoral course, students continue with more advanced research on the three fields studied in the master's course. The aim is to widen their perspectives and boost their research capabilities so that they can become capable researchers and instructors in schools and continuing education who approach issues with fresh eyes and an open mind. Graduates look to work with research groups in their field of academia or as teachers in the field of education.

English Language and Literature
(Master's Course / Doctoral Course)

Master's Course Educational Objective

Under the guidance of their professors, students acquire up-to-date knowledge in fields such as British and American literature, English linguistics, and English-language education. They also read English-language documents with the goal of being able to properly understand, compare, and appreciate them. Students take tutorials for guidance in writing their master's thesis in English. Graduates can continue on to the doctoral course, or begin working as high school teachers or as English-language specialists in private industry.

Doctoral Course Educational Objective

In the doctoral course, students build on research skills acquired in the master's course and work towards their doctoral degree under expert guidance from their professors. By acquiring the latest methodology while at the same time keeping up on international standards and current issues in research fields, students will graduate with the ability to take the initiative wherever they work as researchers or educators. Graduates look to become university instructors or research institute staff in their field of specialty.

History
(Master's Course / Doctoral Course)

Master's Course Educational Objective

Students investigate issues of their choice in the three research fields of Japanese history, Eastern history, and Western history. Kyoto's rich history provides a unique opportunity for extensive hands-on research. Through mutual, comparative research in the three fields, students gain multiple perspectives and a global viewpoint as they acquire a high level of research capabilities. Graduates look to make the most of their new expertise in history by working in education, research, and other culture-related occupations.

Doctoral Course Educational Objective

Students in the doctoral course continue with more advanced research based on their findings in the master's course. Students make the most effective use of the wealth of literature and documents available at this university to widen and deepen their perspective and to boost their interdisciplinary knowledge, while also acquiring the research skills and academic knowledge needed to work in the research field or in other specialized fields. Graduates look to make the most of their newly acquired expertise in history by working in education, research, and other culture-related occupations.

Graduate School of Human Development and Education

Education
(Master's Course / Doctoral Course)

Master's Course Educational Objective

The aim of this course is to carry out both comprehensive and detailed study of education, identifying and analyzing important issues and in the process building new forms of knowledge. To this end, students conduct specialized research in various disciplines of pedagogy, taking into consideration school education, home education, and continuing education, and acquiring the skills needed to perform highly specialized jobs and become true professionals. Graduates look to utilize their knowledge by working in school education or education-related research.

Doctoral Course Educational Objective

The doctoral course is made up of the two disciplines of pedagogy and psychology. In both disciplines, students build on and integrate the knowledge, understanding, skills, and communicative abilities gained during the master's course. This gives them state-of-the-art knowledge in their field and the advanced research capabilities needed to conduct independent studies, thus enabling them to become researchers with a passion for education. Graduates look to work as educators or researchers in higher education or at research institutes.

Psychology
(Master's Course)

Educational Objective

This course is made up of two disciplines: psychology and clinical psychology. In the psychology discipline, students boost their expertise in psychological theories, techniques, and research methods, as well as acquire academic knowledge and specialized knowledge in psychology helpful for contributing to the betterment of society. This will allow them to become researchers, teachers, and other professionals with a high level of psychological expertise. In the clinical psychology discipline, students take the exam to qualify to be certified clinical psychologists, and grow to become clinical psychology professionals with a high level of specialized knowledge and overall academic knowledge, as well as advanced thinking skills and a high level of ethics. Graduates look to work as specialists in school education, psychology professions, higher education, or research institutes.

Integration of Human Expression and Behavior
(Master's Course)

Educational Objective

Students study four disciplines of expression: language, music, art and design, and exercise and dance. They acquire a high level of specialized knowledge and practical skills, study the possibilities for expression that integrates these four disciplines, and tackle practical issues in actually carrying out such integration. In doing so, they consider issues common to all areas of human expression while conducting independent study in each of the four disciplines. This will enable them to take the lead in culture and education fields. As experts in human expression and behavior, graduates look to work in any of a range of fields related to art and culture; for example, in education from the pre-school to the university levels or at specialized education institutes.

Pedology
(Master's Course)

Educational Objective

The Pedology major is made up of the three disciplines of child development, childhood health, and childhood culture. Students conduct scientific research to acquire specialized knowledge in children's mental and physical development and health, and children's lives and culture. They also learn methods and theories of developmental support and child-raising, as well as acquire the specialized forms of expression required to lead children's cultural activities, in the process becoming professionals or researchers contributing to the healthy growth and lives of children. Graduates look to work in fields including education, public welfare, and medicine, and at companies doing work related to child development.

Graduate School of Home Economics

Food and Nutrition
(Master's Course)

Educational Objective

There are four fields of research—food science, nutrition, food hygiene, and cookery—through which students learn research trends and the principles of experiments and surveys. This gives them comprehensive evaluation and analyzing skills based on proper scientific knowledge, and helps them become food professionals who use their knowledge to tackle a range of food issues and come up with solutions to improve the food industry. Graduates look to work as highly skilled professionals in the food industry or as food educators or researchers.

Apparel and Space Design
(Master's Course)

Educational Objective

Made up of the three disciplines of plastic arts design, apparel design, and space design, this major provides students with the opportunity to conduct integrated research across all three disciplines. The plastic arts design discipline covers learning and research in areas such as art, design, and crafts; the apparel design discipline focuses on the creation of healthy and comfortable clothing fashions; and space design includes architectural planning and design and the history of architecture and interior design. Students grow into researchers and professionals who possess highly specialized skills and creative capabilities based on a solid, comprehensive foundation in living environment design. Graduates look to contribute to fields related to design, art, apparel, architecture, and interior design, working as professionals in public organizations or private companies or as independent specialists.

Living and Welfare Management
(Master's Course)

Educational Objective

Declining birthrates and an aging population in industrialized countries, along with increasing populations in developing countries, are affecting all facets of society. The result has been increasing demands to protect the rights of both users and providers of public welfare systems, and a need for a global focus on problems such as poverty and other lifestyle issues. In the Living and Welfare Management major, studies are rooted in the life sciences related to the basic needs of food, clothing, and housing, and students gain an understanding of these social demands as they grow to become researchers and professionals capable of responding to these. Graduates look to work in public welfare and nursing care or health-related science fields.

Living Environment
(Doctoral Course)

Educational Objective

In the two disciplines of food nutrition and living environment design, this major offers the chance for highly specialized research as well as comprehensive research functions that will allow students to take part in the creation of a rich and supportive living environment. Students grow to become educators, leaders, and researchers who can use their wide range of knowledge and abilities to the fullest in professions that require highly specialized knowledge. Graduates look to work in life science fields.

Graduate School of Studies in Contemporary Society

Public Spheres Studies
(Master's Course / Doctoral Course)

Educational Objective

Through cross-disciplinary studies encompassing social sciences such as political science, economics, law, and sociology, as well as the humanities and natural sciences, this major provides the opportunity for research towards resolving a range of issues, including environmental protection, declining birthrates and aging populations, the revitalization of local communities, civic social action, gender equality, multicultural societies, international cooperation, and fostering peace. The goal is to turn out graduates with the practical skills to work either on the global or local stage in helping create a public sphere geared to equal participation by all citizens. Graduates will use their extensive range of academic knowledge and research skills to work as researchers or other professionals in fields including public policy, social welfare, environmental policy, international aid, regional aid, and civic action.

Graduate School of Law

Law
(Master’s Course)

Three Educational Objectives

  1. Abide by the university's motto, which is also the philosophy of legal education.
  2. With acquisition of the basic knowledge dispensed in the Faculty of Law as a prerequisite, acquire profound academic knowledge from a range of viewpoints, and cultivate excellent skills to do jobs for which a high level of expertise is required.
  3. To acquire a high level of hands-on legal knowledge and thought processes, deepen and expand viewpoints regarding gender roles, and foster an understanding of human rights based on globally accepted standards for today's society.

The fundamental point of the first objective is that "all life should be treated with equal respect", a point common to the fundamental philosophy of modern law, which is "human dignity". The second and third objectives aim for two forms of empowerment. Specifically, the second empowers the student herself through the acquisition of specialized legal knowledge at the doctoral level. The third aims to contribute to empowering people in society (particularly women) by making students see that gender equality exists and turning them into agents of support who can use their specialized legal knowledge based on global human rights standards. Women's empowerment is a process in which women have the right to live life based on their own decisions and thus put their true talents to work in society. This graduate school pursues the realization of these two forms of empowerment through its educational objectives.


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