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Education and Study Areas for Students Majoring in Historical and Folklore Materials

The education and research of the Graduate School of History and Folklore Studies is comprised of three areas of historical materials and folklore materials, which it has been working on, plus the newly added nonwritten materials. The study of nonwritten materials are gathering attention not only in Japan but also from abroad as a research area that has incorporated the research results of the 21st Century COE Program adopted in the 2003 academic year.

Special Lecture in Oral History Draws Attention of Academic Circles for its Research Method

Students can select subjects they want to major in, participate in lectures and seminars on the subjects, and receive research guidance by multiple instructors. Students are free to choose subjects necessary to enhance ability in their specialty, regardless of the categories of the above-mentioned research areas. In particular, the special lecture on oral history, which conducts research on the folk livelihoods that are orally described, draws attention from academic circles for its research method. It is also a pioneering subject from the perspective of securing independence of the study of history.

Further Enrichment of Subjects Related to the Study of History and Folklore Materials

The curriculum has such subjects as cultural anthropology, archaeology, human geography, comparative culture, Asian history and European history, for the purpose of further deepening the study of history and folklore materials. Subjects related to the study of museum materials, which were included in the curriculum in and before the 2009 academic year, have become more independent and feature enhanced content by adding the special lecture on information processing and dissemination.

Nurture Researchers Who Can Disseminate Japanese Culture to the World and Implement their Abilities Globally

The curriculum focuses on practicum, and includes practical exercises and survey exercises, which allow students to acquire skills to handle materials and survey methods in a practical manner. In addition, exercises in making treatise have been newly added for reinforced guidance on preparing reports and treatise. Alls the instructors are engaged in giving guidance in the exercises.

Respond to Diversified Style of Study and Learning

There are day-time and evening courses set for the convenience of working students to study, and arrangements have been made where credits needed for completing the course can be obtained by primarily taking the evening classes. In addition, a long-term study program has been established in order to cope with various situations students are placed in, in which terms and conditions have been prepared to allow studying over 3 to 4 years and the semester system has been newly adopted.

The International Center for Folk Culture Studies Established in the 2009 Academic Year as Joint Research Base Approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

The educational and academic activities of the Graduate School of History & Folklore Studies are conducted in close cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture and the Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials. Students can utilize the abundant materials available at the Institute and participate in many study meetings and research surveys led by the Institute and the Center. They also have the opportunity to study abroad for a short period at affiliated universities in such countries as China, South Korea and Germany. In the 2009 academic year, projects concerning the “international study of folk culture” started based on the budgets for consignment contracts under the Program for the Promotion of Joint Research Centers in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, supporting the students for their wider survey and research activities.