2021 Educational Objectives and Three Policies

Educational Objectives and Three Policies (Studies in Language and Culture)

Educational Objectives


Master(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the educational objectives of Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture, the「Language and Culture」degree program has the following educational objectives.



【Forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge】


To develop forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge related to language and culture, as well as comprehensive understanding, sophistication, synthetic imagination, transcultural communicability.


【High level of sophistication】


To develop a high level of sophistication beyond existing academic disciplines and to develop the ability to academically evaluate, synthesize, and reflect from multiple perspectives.


【High level of transcultural communicability】


In today’s increasingly global and information-based world, embracing cultural and linguistic differences is vital to fostering cross-cultural understanding between regions and peoples of the world, particularly in the political, economic, and educational spheres. In this global society, to develop high levels of linguistic competencies that enable effective communication across language and cultural boundaries.


【High level of creativity】


To develop the ability to problem solve and to inductively discover fundamental issues related to the research of language and culture. In addition, to develop the ability to disseminate the acquired knowledge using a variety of information tools and the curiosity for the development of languages and cultures.


The「Language and Culture」degree program offers the experience of a master’s course where students would take courses according to the curriculum policy and receive supervision from multiple perspectives in order to prepare research reports and presentations. The program will lead students to become leaders in academic, cultural, educational, industrial, and other multidisciplinary fields. It will develop their extensive knowledge for language and culture as well as their initiative to become curious towards the research of language and culture in local and global societies.



Doctorate(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the educational objectives of Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture, the「Language and Culture」degree program has the following educational objectives.



【Forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge】


To develop forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge related to language and culture, as well as comprehensive understanding, sophistication, synthetic imagination, transcultural communicability.


【High level of sophistication】


To develop a high level of sophistication beyond existing academic disciplines and to develop the ability to academically evaluate, synthesize, and reflect from multiple perspectives.


【High level of transcultural communicability】


In today’s increasingly global and information-based world, embracing cultural and linguistic differences is vital to fostering cross-cultural understanding between regions and peoples of the world, particularly in the political, economic, and educational spheres. In this global society, to develop high levels of linguistic competencies that enable effective communication across language and cultural boundaries.


【High level of creativity】


To develop the ability to problem solve and to inductively discover fundamental issues related to the research of language and culture. In addition, to develop the ability to disseminate the acquired knowledge using a variety of information tools and the curiosity for the development of languages and cultures.


The「Language and Culture」degree program offers the experience of a doctor course where students would take courses according to the curriculum policy and receive supervision from multiple perspectives in order to prepare research reports and presentations. The program will lead students to become leaders in academic, cultural, educational, industrial, and other multidisciplinary fields. It will develop their extensive knowledge for language and culture as well as their initiative to become curious toward the research of language and culture in local and global societies.


Diploma Policy


Master(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the diploma policy of Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture, the「Language and Culture」degree program is awarded to those who attain expertise and extensive knowledge concerning languages and cultures to have comprehensive understanding, synthetic imagination, and transcultural communicability. The students must also gain the required credits, and pass the thesis assessment and final examination. In the master’s course, students who meet the following criteria will be awarded a master’s degree in Studies in Language and Culture.



【Forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge】


・Have forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge in languages and cultures. To have expertise in languages, cultures, education, media, translation, and other related fields.



【High level of sophistication】


・Go beyond current academic fields and possess a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarships and interests related to linguistic and cultural phenomena in Japan and the world at large.


・Statistically analyze data and to organize linguistic information.



【High level of transcultural communicability】


・Acquire a high level of linguistic competence to foster effective communication beyond linguistic and cultural boundaries.


・International students need to have a high level of Japanese proficiency.



【High level of creativity】


・Discover fundamental and complicated topics in language and culture related research fields, and develop research questions through gathering, comprehending, and analyzing resources such as data and literature.


・Write original, validated, logical, and precise research papers.


・Prepare and deliver presentations based on logical and persuasive research results.



Doctorate(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the diploma policy of Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture, the「Language and Culture」degree program is awarded to those who attain expertise and extensive knowledge concerning languages and cultures to have comprehensive understanding, synthetic imagination, and transcultural communicability. The students must also gain the required credits, and pass the thesis assessment and final examination. In the doctor course, students who meet the following criteria will be awarded a doctor’s degree in Studies in Language and Culture.



【Forefront advanced expertise and extensive knowledge】


・Display profound knowledge and expert research skills concerning language and culture, as are required for independent researchers and highly-specialized professionals.



【High level of sophistication】


・Go beyond currently academic fields and possess a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarships and interests related to linguistic and cultural phenomena in Japan and the world at large.


・Statistically analyze data and to organize linguistic information.



【High level of transcultural communicability】


・Have a strong interest, as a researcher of language and culture, in today’s increasingly global and information-based society, as well as an attitude that seeks to understand and value the importance of language and culture in general.


・Possess high level of linguistic competence to actively participate in academia and other educational activities.


・International students need to have a high level of Japanese proficiency.



【High level of creativity】


・Discover fundamental and complicated topics in language and culture related research fields, and develop research questions through gathering, comprehending, and analyzing resources such as data and literature, as well as manage original and innovative research projects.


・Write research papers for Japanese and international academic journals.


・Prepare and deliver high quality presentations at Japanese and international academic conferences.


Curriculum Policy


Master(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the educational curriculum policy of Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture, the education of the「Language and Culture」degree program includes achieving all the required knowledge and skills stated in the diploma policy, completing courses in systematic and diversified subjects, and receiving graduation thesis writing supervision.



【Concept behind Educational Structure】


The「Language and Culture」degree program consists of six courses. Studies and research in the program are divided into the following three disciplines according to the curriculum map.



・DisciplineI:Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Culture and Representation Studies


・Discipline II:Communication Studies, Second Language Education Studies


・Discipline III:Theoretical Linguistics Studies, Digital Humanities Studies, Language and Communication Studies



While courses are offered by the three disciplines respectively, the Department of Language and Culture is not limited to pre-existing research fields and aims to prioritize holistic language and culture research across boundaries. By offering cross-disciplinary educational and research activities, students are given the freedom to choose courses from all three disciplines to deepen and widen their own research interests.


Students will ordinarily receive research guidance from two supervisors, but there is a「group supervision system」in place, by which all students are allowed to seek guidance from any academic staff in the department.


【Course Content and Progress】


Classes are problem-solving based and learner-centered. Different lectures, seminars, and practicums are organized for different specialized fields. In the first year of the Studies in Language and Culture master’s course, all students take mandatory「introduction to research」subjects which aim to develop basic knowledge and skills for conducting research at the post-graduate level.


【Course Outcome and Evaluation】


For each course, students are evaluated based on assessments (e.g., written tests, reports, oral tests (including oral presentations)), educational objectives, and evaluation criteria stated in the course syllabus.


The「Language and Culture」degree program therefore offers a high quality and multidimensional curriculum through both delivery of specialized courses and research supervision to ensure all students achieve 「educational objectives」 stated in the diploma policy.



Doctorate(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the educational curriculum policy of Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture, the education of the「Language and Culture」degree program includes achieving all the required knowledge and skills stated in the diploma policy, completing courses in systematic and diversified subjects, and receiving graduation thesis writing supervision.



【Concept behind Educational Structure】


The「Language and Culture」degree program consists of six courses. Studies and research in the program are divided into the following three disciplines according to the curriculum map.



・DisciplineI:Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Culture and Representation Studies


・Discipline II:Communication Studies, Historical Linguistics Studies, Second Language Education Studies


・Discipline III:Theoretical Linguistics Studies, Digital Humanities Studies, Language and Communication Studies



While all three disciplines have their core courses, the Department of Language and Culture is not limited to pre-existing research fields and aims to prioritize holistic language and culture research across boundaries. By offering cross-disciplinary educational and research activities, students are given the freedom to choose courses from all three disciplines to deepen and widen their own research interests.


Students will ordinarily receive research guidance from two supervisors. Doctor students will have one additional supervisor and will work with three supervisors. In addition to their designated supervisors, there is a「group supervision system」in place, by which all students are allowed to seek guidance from any academic staff in the department.


【Course Content and Progress】


Classes are problem-solving based and learner-centered. Different lectures, seminars, and practicums are organized for different specialized fields.


【Course Outcome and Evaluation】


For each course, students are evaluated based on assessments (e.g., written tests, reports, oral tests (including oral presentations)), educational objectives, and evaluation criteria stated in the course syllabus.


The「Language and Culture」degree program therefore offers a high quality and multidimensional curriculum through both delivery of specialized courses and research supervision to ensure all students achieve「educational objectives」stated in the diploma policy.


Admission Policy


Master(Language and Culture)


In accordance with Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture’s admission policy, the「Language and Culture」degree program employs a selection method (a written and oral examination, as a basic rule) in order to bring together a diverse range of students based on the department educational objectives.



The「Language and Culture」degree program values comprehensive and interdisciplinary research regarding languages and cultures, so it welcomes not only Humanities majors, but also Social Science and Natural Science majors, as well as international students and adult learners. The entrance examination for the master’s course will be held twice a year, in the summer and winter. For the summer examination, applicants will be asked to provide a research proposal summary, complete essay questions on the fields listed in the curriculum policy, complete course-wide questions including foreign language questions, and complete an oral interview test. In order to achieve「educational objectives」stated in the diploma policy, applicants need to fulfill the following criteria before entering the program.



・Completed specialized courses related to language and culture before admission.


・Ability to collect and analyze data for designated research topics.


・Basic knowledge of computer based language information process and statistical data analysis.


・JLPT Level 1 equivalent proficiency for international students.


・In the process of acquiring a certain level of linguistic competence to foster effective communication beyond linguistic and cultural boundaries.


・Possess interests and sophistication related to linguistic and cultural phenomena in Japan and the world at large.


・Basic knowledge of languages, cultures, education, media, translation, and other related research fields.


・Basic research methodology knowledge in how to conduct language and culture related research.



The winter examination is similar to the summer examination where applicants will be asked to provide a research proposal summary, complete essay questions on the fields listed in the curriculum policy, complete course-wide questions, and complete an oral interview examination. In order to achieve「educational objectives」indicated in the diploma policy, applicants need to fulfill the above criteria before entering the program. In addition, applicants will be asked to complete mandatory foreign language questions to determine the required high level of foreign language communication proficiency.



Doctorate(Language and Culture)


In accordance with Osaka University and Graduate School of Language and Culture’s admission policy, the「Language and Culture」degree program employs a selection method (a written and oral examination, as a basic rule) in order to bring together a diverse range of students based on the department educational objectives.



The「Language and Culture」degree program values comprehensive and interdisciplinary research regarding languages and cultures, so it welcomes not only Humanities majors, but also Social Science and Natural Science majors, as well as international students and adult learners.


The entrance examination for the doctor’s course will be held in the winter. Applicants will be asked to provide a research proposal summary, complete essay questions (including foreign language questions), and an oral interview test. In addition, evaluation of applicants’ master thesis and other research papers will be conducted. In order to achieve「educational objectives」stated in the diploma policy, applicants need to fulfill the following criteria before entering the program.



・Completed specialized courses related to language and culture in the master course before admission.


・Knowledge of computer based language information process and statistical data analysis.


・Possess a high level of linguistic competence.


・Basic knowledge in language and culture related research as well as research ability.


・Possess interests in the evolving globalized and information-oriented modern society. Respect and understand languages and cultures of different societies.


・Ability to set research goals and conduct original and cutting-edge research in an area of expertise based on findings of previous studies.


・Ability to write academic papers in an area of expertise.


・Ability to present research results and findings.



 


 


 

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