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Degree Awarding Policy of the Graduate School of Humanities

  • Updated on March 1, 2016

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Master's Program

During the Master's Program of the Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University, our objective is to foster individuals who can respond to the needs of contemporary society while inheriting the traditional role of the humanities, by pursuing a high level of expertise in the humanities and enhancing their comprehensive strengths.

To achieve this objective, the Graduate School of Humanities awards degrees in line with the following two policies:

  • Students shall study in the Graduate School Master's Program Period for two years or more, shall earn the specified credits in common subjects of the Graduate School, elective subjects and master's thesis seminars, and shall receive the necessary research instructions. Then students shall pass a review of the research results of their master's thesis or their specific themes, and the final examinations.
  • Students studying in the Graduate School Master's Program Period are encouraged to achieve the following goals by the completion of the program.
    Department of Human Cultural Studies
    • To develop the ability to inquire into the contemporary meaning of each and every cultural phenomenon, while adopting the basic methodology of the humanities, i.e., research into the principle theory of human- and society-related classic works accumulated by humankind over the course of time.
    • To acquire the basic abilities of researchers and enliven the humanities in a knowledge-based society.
    Department of Human Social Dynamics
    • To possess the ability to analyze socio-cultural dynamics based on research into classic works and by focusing on fieldwork, and to contribute to the formation of new societal norms and culture.
    • To acquire the basic abilities for researchers and enliven the humanities in a knowledge-based society.

Doctoral Program

In the Period of the Doctoral Program, the Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University, our objective is to foster individuals who can respond to the needs of contemporary society while inheriting the traditional role of the humanities, by pursuing a high level of expertise in the humanities and enhancing their comprehensive strengths.

To achieve this objective, the Graduate School of Humanities awards degrees in line with the following two policies:

  • Students shall study in the Graduate School Doctoral Program's Period for three years or more, shall earn the specified credits in common subjects of the Graduate School and doctoral thesis seminars, and shall receive the necessary research instructions. Then students shall pass the doctoral thesis review and the final examinations.
  • Students studying in the Graduate School Doctoral Program's Period are encouraged to achieve the following goals by the completion of the program.
    Department of Human Cultural Studies
    • To acquire the ability to respond to the needs of contemporary society while inheriting the traditional role of the humanities, by pursuing a high level of expertise in the humanities and enhancing their comprehensive strengths.
    • To develop the ability to inquire into the contemporary meaning of each and every cultural phenomenon, while adopting the basic methodology of the humanities, i.e., research into the principle theory of human- and society-related classic works accumulated by humankind over the course of time.
    • Become independent researchers who have the ability to both design and organize original research.
    Department of Human Social Dynamics
    • To acquire the ability to respond to the needs of contemporary society while inheriting the traditional role of the humanities, by pursuing a high level of expertise in the humanities and enhancing their comprehensive strengths.
    • To possess the ability to analyze socio-cultural dynamics based on research into classic works and by focusing on fieldwork, and to contribute to the formation of new societal norms and culture.
    • Become independent researchers who have the ability to both design and organize original research.