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 the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the educational objectives as follows:


The Studies in Language and Culture degree program aims to develop individuals equipped with the qualities of advanced expertise related to language and culture, extensive knowledge, scholarly literacy, synthetic imagination, and transcultural communicability during the master course.


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 across the world, particularly in the political, economic and educational spheres. Equally important are linguistic competence that fosters effective communication beyond linguistic and cultural boundaries, a keen eye for the development of languages and cultures, and the ability to disseminate the acquired knowledge using a variety of information tools.


Given such circumstances involving languages and cultures, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program conducts extensive research on the formation, the current state, and the essential nature of language and culture, primarily from an interdisciplinary, universal and theoretical perspective.


While enrolled in the Studies in Language and Culture degree program, students in the master course are expected to take relevant subjects prescribed according to the curriculum policy, and write/present a research paper compiled under effective, multi-dimensional supervision. Through this program, we aim to develop highly skilled individuals who possess advanced expertise and profound knowledge of language and culture, as well as a keen insight into local and international communities. We strive to nurture individuals who will excel as leaders across diverse fields, such as academia, culture, education, society and industry.


Doctorate(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the educational objectives of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the educational objectives as follows:


The Studies in Language and Culture degree program aims to develop individuals equipped with the qualities of advanced expertise related to language and culture, extensive knowledge, scholarly literacy, synthetic imagination, and transcultural communicability during the doctor course.


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 across the world, particularly in the political, economic and educational spheres. Equally important are linguistic competence that fosters effective communication beyond linguistic and cultural boundaries, a keen eye for the development of languages and cultures, and the ability to disseminate the acquired knowledge using a variety of information tools.


Given such circumstances involving languages and cultures, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program conducts extensive research on the formation, the current state, and the essential nature of language and culture, primarily from an interdisciplinary, universal and theoretical perspective.


While enrolled in the Studies in Language and Culture degree program, students in the doctor course are expected to take relevant subjects prescribed according to the curriculum policy, and write/present a research paper compiled under effective, multi-dimensional supervision. Through this program, we aim to develop highly skilled individuals who possess advanced expertise and profound knowledge of language and culture, as well as a keen insight into local and international communities. We strive to nurture individuals who will excel as global leaders across diverse fields, such as academia, culture, education, society and industry.


Diploma Policy


Master(Language and Culture)


In accordance with the diploma policy of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the diploma policy as follows:


The Studies in Language and Culture degree program awards a degree to those who have gained advanced expertise and extensive knowledge related to language and culture, as well as comprehensive understanding, synthetic imagination, and transcultural communicability. Students must also earn the required credits, and pass a thesis review and a final examination.


In the master course, we have set the following study objectives as criteria for the three qualities necessary for research, namely ‘fundamental research skills’, ‘scholarly literacy & academic knowledge’ and ‘creativity & designing capability’. The Studies in Language and Culture degree program awards a master’s degree to students recognized to have achieved these objectives.


  • The student is able to properly gather, comprehend and analyze resources such as data and academic papers, on a given topic related to language and culture. (fundamental skills)
  • The student has the computer skills to process linguistic information and statistical data. (fundamental skills)
  • The student must demonstrate advanced linguistic competence in Japanese for international students. (fundamental skills)
  • The student displays a high level of linguistic competence, with which to foster effective communication beyond linguistic and cultural boundaries. (scholarly literacy & academic knowledge)
  • The student possesses a broad range of interdisciplinary scholarship and interest in diverse linguistic and cultural phenomena in Japan and the world at large. (scholarly literacy & academic knowledge)
  • The student is well versed in theories concerning language, culture, education, media and translation. (scholarly literacy & academic knowledge)
  • The student has the ability to write academic papers on their area of expertise which are original, evidence-based, logical and precise. (creativity & designing capability)
  • The student has the skills to present their own research in a logical and persuasive manner. (creativity & designing capability)
  • The student is acquainted with the necessary methodology to conduct research that is not restricted to any one language, culture or discipline. (creativity & designing capability)

  • Doctorate(Language and Culture)


    In accordance with the diploma policy of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the diploma policy as follows:


    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program awards a degree to those who have gained advanced expertise and extensive knowledge of language and culture, critical thinking skills, designing capability, and transcultural communicability. Students must also earn the required credits, and pass the thesis review and the final examination.


    In the doctor course, we have set the following study objectives as criteria for the three qualities necessary for research, namely ‘advanced fundamental research skills’, ‘advanced scholarly literacy & academic knowledge’ and ‘advanced creativity & designing capability’. The Studies in Language and Culture degree program awards a doctor’s degree to students recognized to have achieved these objectives.


  • The student has the high-level computer skills to process linguistic information and statistical data. (advanced fundamental skills)
  • The student possesses a broad range of interdisciplinary scholarship and interest in diverse linguistic and cultural phenomena related to Japan and the world at large. (advanced fundamental skills)
  • The student displays profound knowledge and expert research skills concerning language and culture, as are required for independent researchers and highly-specialized professionals. (advanced scholarly literacy & academic knowledge)
  • As a researcher of languages and cultures, the student has strong interest in today’s increasingly globalized and information-based world, and an attitude that seeks to understand and respect all languages and cultures. (advanced scholarly literacy & academic knowledge)
  • The student is able to set tasks for himself/herself in his/her specialized area of language and culture, and conduct original and cutting-edge research based on pre-existing studies. (advanced creativity & designing capability)
  • The student is able to write essays in their area of expertise, which are fit to be published in Japanese and international academic journals. (advanced creativity & designing capability)
  • The student has the advanced presentation skills required to present their own research at both domestic and international conferences. (advanced creativity & designing capability)

  • Curriculum Policy


    Master(Language and Culture)


    In accordance with the curriculum policy of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the curriculum policy as follows:


    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program provides structured and varied course subjects and thesis guidance, in order that its students acquire such advanced knowledge and skills as described in the diploma policy. Course credits will be approved based on written examinations, oral examinations or research reports.


    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program consists of seven courses, and conducts education and research centering on the following three core areas, as illustrated in the Curriculum Map: //*「カリキュラム・マップ(修士(言語文化学)+博士(言語文化学))」.pdf


  • Area I: Focuses on Comparative Studies in Language and Culture, Systems in Language and Culture, and Contemporary Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies.)
  • Area II: Focuses on Language and Communication, and Education in Language and Culture.
  • Area III: Focuses on Linguistics and Language Informatics and Language and Cognitive Sciences.

  • While these subjects are offered as the core subjects for each area of study, the program values comprehensive and interdisciplinary research. As such, we take a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and research, going beyond conventional academic boundaries. For this reason, students are encouraged to take any subjects in these three areas, in order to enhance their research interests. For research projects and thesis writing, a student will in principle work with two supervisors; however, he/she can seek guidance from any academic staff in the Studies in Language and Culture program. We call this system the “group supervision system.”


    Through both classwork and research supervision, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program offers a high-level and varied curriculum to its students, so that they can achieve the study objectives stated in the diploma policy


    Doctorate(Language and Culture)


    In accordance with the curriculum policy of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the curriculum policy as follows:


    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program provides structured and varied course subjects and thesis guidance, in order that its students acquire such advanced knowledge and skills as described in the diploma policy. Course credits will be approved based on written examinations, oral examinations or research reports.


    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program consists of seven courses, and conducts education and research centering on the following three core areas, as illustrated in the Curriculum Map: //*「カリキュラム・マップ(修士(言語文化学)+博士(言語文化学))」.pdf


  • Area I: Independent Study in Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Exchange, Independent Study in Systems of Language and Culture, and Independent Study in Contemporary Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
  • Area II: Independent Study in Language and Communication, Independent Study in Education in Language and Culture
  • Area III: Independent Study in Linguistics and Language Informatics, Independent Study in Language and Cognitive Science

  • While these subjects are offered as the core subjects for each area of study, the program values comprehensive and interdisciplinary research. As such, we take a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and research, going beyond conventional academic boundaries. For this reason, students are encouraged to take any subjects in these three areas in order to enhance their research interests. For research projects and thesis writing, a student will in principle work with two supervisors. If he/she passes the thesis qualification assessment, the student will be assigned an additional supervisor, and so the student will be given thesis guidance by three supervisors; however, he/she can seek guidance from any academic staff in the Studies in Language and Culture program. We call this system the “group supervision system.”


    Through both classwork and research supervision, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program offers a high-level and varied curriculum to its students, so that they can achieve the study objectives stated in the diploma policy.


    Admission Policy


    Master(Language and Culture)


    In accordance with the admission policy of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the admission policy as follows:


    The Graduate School of Language and Culture employs a selection method (a written and oral examination, as a basic rule) in order to bring together a diverse range of students.
    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program values comprehensive and interdisciplinary research regarding languages and cultures, and so 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 course takes place twice a year, in summer and winter. The examination in summer includes a research proposal plan, essays related to the fields listed in the curriculum policy, a course-wide test including a foreign language test, and an oral examination. This will assess whether the applicant has met, prior to application, the following criteria, so that he/she may achieve the study objectives stated in the diploma policy.


  • The student has taken subjects about language and culture, prior to application.
  • The student is able to gather and analyze research materials, such as data and academic papers, on a specific research topic.
  • The student possesses basic computing skills needed to process linguistic information and statistical data.
  • The student possesses Japanese language skills equivalent to N1 (Japanese Proficiency Test) (for international students).
  • The student possesses the linguistic competence required to communicate across linguistic and cultural barriers.
  • The student displays enthusiasm for, interest in, and knowledge of linguistic and cultural phenomena, both domestic and international.
  • The student has basic knowledge of theories concerning language, culture, education, media and translation.
  • The student knows basic methodology concerning conducting research on languages and cultures.

  • As with the examination in summer, the examination in winter includes a research proposal plan, essays on their chosen fields, a course-wide test and an oral examination. These are held in order to examine whether an applicant has met, prior to application, the above criteria, so that they may achieve the study objectives stated in the diploma policy. A foreign language test is also set in order to assess whether the applicant possesses advanced communication skills in a foreign language.


    Doctorate(Language and Culture)


    In accordance with the admission policy of Osaka University and the Graduate School of Language and Culture, the Studies in Language and Culture degree program sets the admission policy as follows:


    The Graduate School of Language and Culture employs a selection method (a written and oral examination, as a basic rule) in order to bring together a diverse range of students.
    The Studies in Language and Culture degree program values comprehensive and interdisciplinary research regarding languages and cultures, and so 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 course takes place in the winter. The examination is comprised of a review of a research proposal plan, essays (foreign language), an oral examination and an assessment of submitted papers, such as a master’s thesis. This will assess whether or not the applicant has met, prior to his/her admission to the program, the following criteria required to pursue the study objectives specified in the diploma policy.


  • The student has taken subjects about language and culture in the master course.
  • The student has the computer skills to process linguistic information and statistical data.
  • The student has advanced linguistic competence.
  • The student possesses basic academic knowledge and research skills concerning language and culture.
  • The student has strong interest in today’s increasingly globalized and information-based world, and an attitude that seeks to understand and respect all languages and cultures.
  • The student is able to set tasks for himself/herself in his/her specialized area of language and culture, and conduct research based on pre-existing studies.
  • The student has the ability to write a thesis on his/her specialized area.
  • The student has the presentation skills to report research findings.

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