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School of Comparative Culture [Doctoral Course]

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This School consists of three departments primarily concerned with culture, language and history: "Lectures on Cultural History," "Japanese and Asian Culture and Information Studies," and "European and American Culture and Information Studies." Interdisciplinary studies among the three will be encouraged. Doing researches in Nara, a city of history, is surely to the advantage of students, not only providing rich historical resources to particular academic topics, but also helping to analyse both Asian European cultures from a comparative point of view. This school includes information studies, whose effective acquirement has been also required as a means of approaching huge volumes of data.

 
Department of Lectures on Cultural History
In referring to Cultural History here, we do not mean it in the narrow sense of cultural history as a field of historical study. Looking at the field of study so far, Cultural History integrates historical study, philosophy, pedagogy and so on. And then after perceiving the changes caused over time to all cultures and human activity in a broad sense, the purpose of the study is to undertake a comparative study of the structure of all cultures and ways from a global viewpoint. Therefore by including archeology, fashion history and so on, a historical study with a wide range of meaning is central. This course contains the fields of philosophy and pedagogy in order to grasp basic structures which form cultures. In addition, we have exchanges with research workers and institutions such as the nearby Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute, Nara National Museum, Shosoin Office and so on. Ancient Nara is our starting point, and our course can advance study from points of view that compare all cultures internationally. The overriding premise is the individuality of our course, which is not shown in other universities. We use Nara as a favorable place and on the whole aim to understand "human beings" who have made history and culture through comparison-based study.
 
Department of Japanese and Asian Culture and Information Studies
Our program integrates the philological studies of Japanese and Chinese Literatures and Linguistics with cultural studies and information processing in an effort to contribute to the future of East Asia based on modern research themes. There are ten faculty members in our program, thus covering an extremely wide range of expertise including all historical periods and fields of research. In addition we offer courses that go beyond the traditional university setting by having two visiting professors, NISHIYAMA Atsushi, manager of Data Management Laboratory at Nara National Museum, and SUGIMOTO Kazuki, manager of Preservation Division researcher at the Office of the Shosoin Treasure House, Imperial Household Agency. To give students opportunities to receive advanced and detailed instruction about the practice of information data processing, we invite NAKAMURA Yasuo, professor at the National Institute of Japanese Literature, and Tsuda Mitsuhiro, inventor of picture viewer.
 
Department of European and American Culture and Information Studies
The course is designed to give students (1) an understanding of the nature of Christianity and the classical traditions which infuse European and American cultures; (2) a grasp of the more advanced academic methods which can be used to analyze Western cultures from a wide variety of perspectives, focusing on their languages, codes, representations, and so on; and (3) an opportunity to comprehend and investigate the problems occurring in Western societies from a "Japanese" point of view, thereby helping to develop solutions to issues particular to our own society.
The course encourages interdisciplinary exchanges with the other two courses in the division in order to foster the broad view necessary for comparative cultural studies.
 

[Educational Philosophy]
This School focuses on two central themes: Social phenomenon / Language cognition, and European World / Asian World. In keeping with these themes, the School offers the following three main courses: Lectures on Culture and History, Japanese and Asian Culture and Information Studies, and European and American Culture and Information Studies.
Through highly specialized education, we pursue "sciences from a human perspective"; that is, we encourage in-depth research in specific academic fields, while at the same time promoting a practical integration of various sciences that have in the past been developed in separate directions. To accomplish this, the School integrates the diversity of various sciences as "Culture," using methodologies that handle this knowledge as "Information," and conducts research and education from a broad perspective based on comparative studies of the Asia and the West, and utilizing the rich resources available in the historical city of Nara.

[Expectations of Students]
The School aims to foster researchers and high-level professional specialists with a desire to pursue comprehensive studies related to the themes outlined above, and with an international awareness appropriate to the 21st century

○ Students with an interest in analyzing and studying cultural phenomena in the form of human activities from an information-oriented perspective
○ Students with a desire to delve into the diversity of human studies through research in history, language, and literature
○ Students seeking to utilize the merits of a university located in Nara to conduct research into ancient Nara and the Manyoshu, and to explore the greater potential of "Nara Studies," including the modern age
○ Students wishing to conduct their own individual research on themes ranging from ancient Nara to the modern West, incorporating studies of Japan and Asia or the middle ages and modern eras, from geographical and historical perspectives
○ Students wishing to become active in the fields of history, language, and literature, as educators equipped with a broad range of advanced and specialized knowledge
Students wishing to utilize knowledge of history, information, and culture as professionals or volunteer leaders in regional cultural organizations, research centers, or international agencies




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