Professor KAWAJIRI Akio
Ten years have passed since the founding of the School of Culture, Media and Society, with the aim of rediscovering from a contemporary perspective the stock of humanities information hitherto accumulated by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, breaking free from a conventional academic framework and creating new fields of learning and academic knowledge.
Allow me to give a brief introduction. The School of Culture, Media and Society deals with six theoretical configurations: “Transcultural Studies” entails researching local cultures while focusing on the mobility and confluence of cultural formations; “Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture” involves conducting relational analyses and comparative research between cultural spheres; “Studies of Media, Body and Image” entails analyzing a wide variety of art and cultural activities through the three apertures of media, body and image; “Creative Writing and Criticism” is intended to train students for the creation and transmission of literary culture; “Contemporary Human Studies” aims to develop resourceful individuals capable of addressing the multiple problems of contemporary society; and “Social Constitution, History and Culture” entails conceiving innovative social construction strategies while analyzing contemporary issues and problems in historical and cultural terms. All of these theoretical configurations are based on an interdisciplinary approach that fuses together different branches of learning, and this sets this school apart from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in which traditional approaches to learning are emphasized.
The students who belong to these theoretical configurations learn existing knowledge, while at the same time questioning it, overcoming doubts, and endeavoring to create new knowledge. Unlike anything seen at Waseda University before, the School of Culture, Media and Society is a place where you can learn and create new disciplines.
A new initiative for the School of Culture, Media and Society from April 2017 has been the creation and implementation of our Global Studies in Japanese Cultures Program (JCulP). Thus program is designed to allow students to learn about Japanese culture from a global point of view, with the aim of developing individuals who can communicate their learning in this program to different parts of the world. This English-based degree program allows equal numbers of Japanese and non-Japanese first-year students to enroll after passing a special entrance examination, and they can then graduate with a degree by completing all necessary courses in English. The Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences has established the Ryusaku Tsunoda Center of Japanese Culture to build up a world-wide network of Global Japanese Studies, as part of the Top Global University Project by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In coordination and cooperation with activities at the Center, the new program aims to approach the latest studies of Japanese culture in English and transmit all findings overseas.
In recent years, it has become necessary for Japan to not only receive cultures from overseas, but also to transmit and introduce Japanese culture to the rest of the world. JCulP is a program that fills this need.
Each of the theoretical configurations in the School of Culture, Media and Society has its own distinct features. In addition to learning the core subjects that belong to each configuration, students can optionally select from more than 1,000 bridge subjects that span the School of Culture, Media and Society and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, providing the freedom to create and experience their own program of study. Learning at the School of Culture, Media and Society will undoubtedly allow you to create your own ideal academic world.
I look forward to seeing you build your own grand design at the School of Culture, Media and Society.