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Main Features

The Department of International Communication offers two programs: Human Migration and Cross-Cultural Understanding and Language Education and Linguistic Information. The Program in Human Migration and Cross-Cultural Understanding seeks to develop students’ insight into human relationships and cultural exchange between regions and countries, and to educate them in a wide range of abilities involved in understanding foreign cultures and the application of analytical methodologies. The Program in Language Education and Linguistic Information aims to educate researchers engaged in the study of language, by means of which communication takes place, and language acquisition, and those who apply their knowledge in education and other professional activities. The objective of these two programs is to prepare students for careers in research, education and related professions, with practical and theoretical knowledge of language and culture and skills to deal with matters in the field. The following summary outlines main features of the International Communication Course:

1. The objective is to train researchers, educators, and professionals contributing in specialized areas of higher education and international society, and to provide students with knowledge of international communication and intercultural understanding. Basic Subjects in International Communication provide a broad foundation in area studies and intercultural understanding, as well as computer literacy and language information processing. Specialized Subjects in International Communication offer in-depth education in particular areas of international communication. Thus, the course draws on the model of “T-shaped” education, which stresses breadth of understanding of the student’s general field and depth of understanding in their chosen area of specialization.

2. To promote interdisciplinary approaches, preventing the narrowness of conventional specialized education, this course offers two organically related programs. Students select one of the programs and study within this specialized program, but are also encouraged to expand knowledge and skills in their area of interest by taking the other program’s subjects.

3. This course offers three academic subjects targeting fundamental skill acquisition as Basic Subjects in International Communication. Methodologies of Cultural and Social Studies focuses on international society and intercultural understanding research, methods of analysis, methods in area studies, and practical techniques for fieldwork. Introduction to Linguistic Information Processing introduces the fundamentals of digital processing of linguistic information. Research Design and Statistics for Applied Linguistics and Communication Studies trains students in methods of research design and statistical data analysis for corpus-based linguistics, experiments, and surveys.

4. Specialized Subjects of International Communication are divided into two programs. The Program in Human Migration and Cross-Cultural Understanding deals with two content areas: (1) international migration and (2) international culture exchange. Content area (1) focuses on the various changes in international society in the borderless age brought on by human migration. Content area (2) cultivates students’ ability to analyze the dynamic and complex phenomena of cultural exchange and creation of culture beyond national and regional borders, based on empirical, comparative study. The Program in Language Education and Linguistic Information deals especially with language transcription, mechanisms of language, language acquisition and foreign language education, and relations between language and society. (1) Language Education is designed for students interested in becoming language education specialists with skills applicable to developing multimedia instructional materials in combination with the Internet technology and developing foreign language educational systems. This program also provides a foundation for professions supporting and promoting intercultural communications through foreign language education, translation and interpretation. (2) Linguistic Information hones students’ ability to pursue theoretical and practical research on language and communication, such as recording and transcribing languages facing extinction in the shadow of progress, analyzing large corpora of language, conducting experiments using various apparatus, and carrying out detailed observation of cultural and social contexts in relation to language.

5. Approximately half of the students in the Graduate School of International Development come from foreign countries. Additionally, many of the Japanese students have work and teaching backgrounds. The professors are from a broad range of academic and research backgrounds, and many are involved in a number of domestic and international research projects. In the Department of International Communication, students and faculty members with a variety of academic and work experiences cooperate in studies and research projects. The subjects are taught primarily in Japanese, but a good command of English is required in literature review and thesis writing. Moreover, with faculty members knowledgeable on languages, cultures and societies of countries of Asia, America, Russia and Europe as well as students from all over the world, all activities in our department, including education and research, are opportunities for the practice of multilingual international communication.

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