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Graduate School of International Relations


In the graduate school, we explore international relations and multifaceted cross-cultural studies, building core fundamentals and expanding individuality because people are both individuals and members of society.
The world we live in is growing increasingly more diverse and complex due to "internationalization" and "globalization". Understandably, there are many academic disciplines that touch upon human activities (e.g., cultural studies, linguistics, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and law). These disciplines constitute the graduate school’s knowledge base.
No matter what topic a student explores, emphasizing personal knowledge of the issues and exploration of their challenges is critical, as is learning an effective methodology and expanding personal individuality. This underscores the necessity of both core fundamentals and originality. Students will also need to be aware of the relationships between various academic fields. All academic fields have significant relationships to other disciplines.
The graduate school has established two major fields of study, International Relations and Comparative Cultures, to achieve this goal. Furthermore, our three attached research centers (Center for Korean Studies, Wider Europe Research Center, Center for Global Studies) create an infrastructure capable of matching our diverse range of students' research interests. These research centers are important places, backed by a solid foundation, for realizing creativity and originality.

Graduate School Features

1. Training Specialists for the International Stage

The Graduate School of International Relations aims to train specialists for work in international institutions (such as multinational corporations or the United Nations); non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and international Japanese companies in the fields of economics, politics, education, culture, and journalism. Staff strength of 60 people is available for up to five student batches per year for each of the two departments, to facilitate detailed interdisciplinary education based on advanced research and education.

2. Novel Advanced Research Approaches to International Relations

To understand the trends of the 21st century international community, we need an analysis framework that takes politics, economics, law, and culture into consideration.
We are exploring new academic approaches to understanding extremely complicated international relations, for instance, the international environment surrounding Japan, the existence of the United States as the sole superpower, the national borderless experiment of European integration, the destabilized developing countries, the global economy, and global environmental issues.

3. A Super-Regional and Academic Perspective Approach to International Relations

We approach the study of people, religion, and various activities of social groups and individuals who significantly affect the international community beyond national borders by analyzing the sociology, social psychology, cultural anthropology, and communication viewpoints.
Rather than following traditionally focused international relations studies, we explore a social science approach that encompasses a sophisticated "global studies" perspective and advances international relations study that focuses on the human component.

4. Understanding Cultural Factors through Broad Comparative Perspective

Here we use language, literature, history, philosophy, and religion to investigate and elucidate the state of various cultures in the world. By adding perspectives of an academic discipline and cross-disciplinary comparison, we aim at cultivating graduates capable of viewing the international community from a multifaceted perspective and of understanding what is unique and universal to various cultures and their value systems.

5. Acquiring a Global Perspective

By establishing four regional study programs (focusing on Japan, Asia, Britain and America, and Europe), developing specialized studies of their related regions, and teaching students the basic principles and methodologies required for comparative research, we emphasize a global perspective and its academic application.

Our Three Associated Research Centers

Each of the research centers associated with the graduate school holds events (e.g., international conferences) to foster exchanges between researchers and to serve as centers of regional research.

1.Center for Korean Studies

The Center for Korean Studies promotes systematic and comprehensive study of Korean Peninsula politics, economics, and society. Here we explore the trends of South and North Korean politics and Japanese-Korean economic cooperation. We aim to expand mutual understanding of Japanese and Korean society and culture.

2.Wider Europe Research Center

The Wider Europe Research Center targets research into an expanded Europe, including Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. The center promotes interdisciplinary study of Europe’s nations and regions, the European Union’s expansion, integration and governance, and Europe’s historical process of formation.

3.Center for Global Studies

The goal of Center for Global Studies is to conduct research, education, and investigations through an interdisciplinary approach in order to contribute to solving various problems brought on by globalization. We hope the new image of global citizenry spreads worldwide from Shizuoka.

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