Why choose this programme option?
Japan is a vibrant nation. It boasts the third largest economy of the world, it is the centre of technological innovation, and its visual popular culture enthrals young audiences around the world.
For many in the West, Japan has remained an attractive mystery. How to make sense of the high level of globalised industrialisation in combination with a traditional culture that is as alive as ever? How to understand Japan’s urbanised modernisation in the light of collectivist social mores that only seem to change very slowly?
These and many other questions are the object of study and research in this master's programme. As a student you are equipped with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to understand Japan before and today. The programme offers courses in Japanese culture and society, history and religion, international relations and politics, literature, language and linguistics, with additional electives in East Asian Studies and Environmental Humanities.
In your third semester you may study abroad at one of Japan's top universities, work in an organization, business or foreign affairs office in Japan or combine data collection with training in how to communicate research results. In your fourth semester you write a thesis with supervision from one of the researchers in Japanese Studies.
The programme is directed at students who want to develop their competence and deepen their understanding of Japan by building on the language and other skills acquired in their bachelor studies. Students are engaged through active participation in the form of presentations and discussions and are trained in academic skills relevant to Japanese Studies specifically and work life in general.