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Graduate Division of Global Media Studies

The Master's Course in the Graduate School of Global Media at Komazawa University has been running since April 2013. Dr.'s course is currently in the process of getting approval of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to open from April 2015.

In the present age, when problems need to be solved from a global perspective, students in the Faculty of Global Media Studies established in April 2006, study practical English and a new kind of interdisciplinary media education that breaks through existent academic boundaries. This allows them to develop an ability to use various kinds of media content, to communicate their own ideas to the world through the spreading global media network, and to effectively select and use the huge amount of information which is available to them.

In the Graduate School of Global Media, we aim to develop specialists who have a wide knowledge of the latest forms of media that are emerging globally and who have a practical ability in English. We also wish to open our doors as widely as possible to part-time and mature students. In order to facilitate participation in the program for as wide a range of students as possible, we have put together a curriculum unique to our School. In the Research English courses we aim to help students acquire a practical ability in English through the Research Writing and Research Presentation classes. In addition, through our lecture courses, we cover a wide range of topics in industrial, cultural and IT theories of media. Further, in our seminar program we have made special provision so that group supervision by a small, dedicated team of staff is provided in the three main fields of industrial theory, cultural theory and IT theory allowing for input from professors with different areas of expertise. This fully integrated curriculum is taught by staff with a wide variety of professional experience in Japan and abroad.

Overview of the Graduate School of Global Media, Komazawa University

The kind of global media education we are aiming to provide is for people who want to specialize in either social science or engineering disciplines. The Faculty was founded with the aim of developing an "interdisciplinary ability" so that students could gain a broad understanding of the true nature of media and content and could make a contribution to global society. In keeping with the basic orientation of the Faculty, we wanted to go beyond this "interdisciplinary ability" in the Graduate School to add "specialist knowledge of a particular field within an interdisciplinary area".

The need to develop specialist knowledge within an interdisciplinary area in a society experiencing technological innovations in state-of-the-art media and an ever more competitive global marketplace lies in its indispensability in making use of new concepts of media which involve combinations of cloud computing services, smart phones and the like and in providing new services. At the same time, if we fail to take sufficient account of its social and cultural impact, the use and application of new media brings with it risks and the potential for quite unexpected global-scale phenomena to emerge. To be able to predict such risks and to be able to take appropriate action should there be unpredictable consequences, flexibility is needed. In order to provide for this, when using and applying media, companies, central and local government and NPOs all need people with both a specific knowledge of media and an ability to approach problems in a general way from a specialist media standpoint. To meet these demands, the Graduate School of Global Media has developed a program with three specific interdisciplinary strands (1. the Media Industry Strand with its main emphasis on the business environment; 2. the Media Culture Strand with its main focus on social and cultural phenomena; and 3. The Media IT Strand with its focus on achieving standards in utilizing technology) to strengthen specialization and to deepen students' ability to think in an interdisciplinary way so that they assimilate these three areas.

We believe that through media research based on social science and engineering research, we can contribute to producing students with a global outlook who can operate in a wide range of fields. Our aim is to educate students who will become high-level specialist professionals who can deepen research into media using an interdisciplinary approach and who can contribute to social and economic globalization.