The Japanese research course of Cambridge University is a specially designed one-year postgraduate course and research course, which provides a large number of teaching contents for students who want to deepen their undergraduate education and / or prepare for their doctoral degree in Japanese research.
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I. course content
All the students of the annual group participated in the theory and methodology of the Japan Research Association. They met regularly and introduced various discipline methods of Japanese research.
in addition, they will also learn the steps of research, writing, speech and career development.
They are free to choose two additional courses from a variety of options so that each student can get a tailored education.
about half of the time is allocated to individual research and writing papers under the guidance of leading scholars.
The aim is to enable students to carry out independent academic work, including, where appropriate, training in how to use Japanese resources for research, which is the core of the program.
our guiding principle is to ensure that each student receives the best education, provides a coherent curriculum, but is flexible to meet his or her personal needs.
II. Learning achievements
At the end of the Japanese research program, students will have the following skills:
Acquired the ability to read, interpret and translate major sources of modern and / or classical Japanese;
Good understanding of general scholarships for modern and / or classical Japanese studies;
The second level literature related to the subject of thesis has been deeply understood;
Through independent research forms based on primary and secondary sources, the ability to formulate original research questions is proposed, and a well constructed argument is generated to answer them;
Acquired skills in independent use of Library and Internet resources.
Those who want to apply for a Ph.D. degree after studying in Japan must obtain a mark of 67% or more (or equivalent to overseas universities) in their master’s degree program, which should be related to the doctoral program they want to pursue All applicants should submit feasible and relevant research proposals through the applicant portal, and prove that they have the academic knowledge and skills required to carry out the project.
admission is at the discretion of the degree committee, which judges its own advantages according to its own established rules and regulations.
III. teaching methods
1. Dissertation (50% of the grade)
In their thesis, students will be asked to demonstrate their research ability using Japanese sources and conduct research to solve contemporary and / or historical problems related to Japan.
before applying for Cambridge, potential students are required to contact potential supervisors to ensure that they have the right supervisors.
The primary supervisor will conduct one-on-one supervision, usually at the beginning of the academic year and during the course.
in addition, the researcher development workshop will help guide students through the research process.
2. Three papers (50% results)
Each of the three papers (the paper is a test for teaching) passes a maximum of 5, A 6000 word research paper or an alternative exercise agreed by the degree committee is evaluated and included in one sixth of the total score (i.e. 16.67).
please note that normally only two participants can provide papers. The modules provided by
vary according to the interest of staff and students in each academic year. Other documents may be introduced in
please consult your potential supervisor to discuss available options
2.1 philosophy in Japanese research, theory and methodology in Japanese research
This is jointly organized by all directors and external teachers of the Japanese research approach, and convened by Professor Mickey Adolphson. The
Seminar on theory and methodology runs through the first two semesters, linking Japanese research with various discipline methods and theories.
Students will also be trained in resources and resources, library search, academic writing, analytical and speech skills, writing research or grant applications, career planning, and will have the opportunity to participate in peer review when submitting thesis proposals
2.2 select two papers from the following four groups (A-D)
A: Historical Narration of ancient and medieval Japan
This paper provides postgraduates with the opportunity to criticize and analyze the Japanese narratives before 1600’s, and to cooperate directly with the main sources.
students will first understand the materials, methods, methods and tools used by scholars in the field of pre modern Japanese history, then read and interpret various pre modern Japanese materials, and strive for independent translation and analysis.
New methods of early modern Japanese Literature
This paper explores the early modern literature of Japan by transcending the limited classics that have been discussed normally in the history of literature so far.
students will receive training on how to access, decode, describe and analyze various major sources in an original format.
This will allow for reflection on the types of publications, disciplines and issues in the field of early modern Japanese literature, which has not yet been fully studied.
this paper will be taught in the form of a seminar for two semesters.
assessment will take the form of articles, student analysis and a group of sources selected by the background students.
B: Asian Theory
This paper consists of weekly workshops on Michaelmas and lent terms, each focusing on specific types of theories and their relevance to East Asian studies.
covers the latest developments in Michel Foucault, country, gender, modernity and history.
The discipline of modern Korean history: Japanese imperialism in Korea
B: advanced research papers for Japanese Studies (most students choose one of the papers)
Classical Japanese text
This is a language-based paper. You will read various pre modern and early modern texts, thus providing an opportunity to explore a series of disciplines (such as intralingual translation), imitation, national identity, journalism, popular medicine, Popular Buddhism, humor, visual culture, graphic prose, etc.) that are more or less directly related to Japan before Meiji The choice of subjects (or subjects) and their main sources is determined in consultation with the students in order to satisfy their research interests.
if you plan to write a paper to deal with the Meiji period or the pre Meiji period, you will find this paper very useful because it can help you acquire the necessary skills to read primary resources.
It will also enable you to consolidate and expand your understanding of modern Japanese, because you can read widely about the secondary sources of the subject in Japanese.
this paper requires the previous knowledge of classical Japanese, through the use of literary Japanese (see language options) or just through learning and mastering the classical Japanese of Haruo Shirane.
History of modern Japanese culture
This seminar based paper will explore a specific aspect of modern Japanese literature, i.e. RAKUGO.
. By reading Japanese texts from the 19th century to the present, students will have the opportunity to understand how the roots of RAKUGO can be extended in a timely manner and acquire knowledge about a series of disciplines such as Japanese culture, history, humor, class, etc.
and more In addition, this paper will study a series of normative modern novels in favor of RAKUGO’s tradition. The
symposium will be supplemented by research on screening, recording and live performance
Contemporary Japanese Society
This is an advanced seminar course focusing on Contemporary Japanese society. The focus of
will change year by year, and it will cover learning and education, family, time, space and gender issues, and study these subjects from a wide range of perspectives. In each case, the emphasis will be placed on placing Japanese research in the context of Social Anthropology and sociology
the purpose of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of selected aspects of Japanese society and to develop research and writing skills.
it will involve the use of secondary and primary source materials (Japanese).
This seminar based course uses a comparative approach.
it focuses on disciplines and policy issues related to understanding the role of Japan, the Korean Peninsula, China (broadly) and Southeast Asia, as well as the United States in East Asia.
The course covers two semesters and clearly describes historical research and social science methodology to address how best to conceptualize “East Asia” as a region The disciplines involved will vary from year to year, depending on the research interests of the teaching staff involved, but the indicative list of disciplines will include some but not all of the following issues: the cold war as a historical phenomenon; conflicts and wars in East Asia and contemporary security challenges; the comparative model of economic development in East Asia and the role of “planning rationality” in decision-making; The role of nation states and the competitive model of historical identity; multilateralism, the emergence of transnational actors and economic integration in East Asia; political legitimacy, the comparative model of authoritarian rule, democratization as a political movement; population change; energy and environmental policies and technological change.
C: Language Options
Modern Japanese text
This paper includes the reading of advanced modern Japanese texts, focusing not only on grammar and grammar, but also on context
This paper introduces the grammar of modern Japanese before literature, and then reads simple prose and poetry.
requires Intermediate Japanese ability.
This is an introduction to the world of pre modern and early modern written Japanese.
we will read all kinds of main sources, starting from the Edo era (Graphic prose, humorous prose, teaching prose), and work to the Ping’an era (Yishi story) through the period of roomizhi, fusuregusa and H ō J ō ki.
Yuanshi story and Waka Poetry)
you will gain an in-depth understanding of Japanese classical grammar, enabling you to read texts produced in the decade of the 20th century, as well as to understand pre Meiji culture and Literature (learning and popularity).
You will also be guided to translate literary texts into English and have the opportunity to practice translating from classical Japanese to modern Japanese, which will help improve your modern Japanese ability.
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Classical literature and Chinese Literature
Grammar and text reading courses at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, covering various types at different times.
Primary Korean reading materials
This course will cover the basic grammar of modern Korean writing in order to improve reading fluency.
students will mainly read the materials in Hangul script, but will also use some texts with mixed characters (with Chinese characters).
Select group C thesis undergraduates.
please contact the thesis teacher to make sure the grade is suitable for you.
has no supervision (one-to-one class), because the class provides all necessary support.
D: theories and methods, papers borrowed from other departments
these papers will mainly draw lessons from other departments, such as anthropology, literature research, history, politics, gender research.
please note that the loan documents of other departments need to be negotiated and approved by the degree committee If you are interested in participating in the thesis provided by other teachers, please contact your potential supervisor immediately after your admission
One to one supervision, as required, students will be given at least two hours to support the research and writing of dissertation. The final hours of
will be agreed with the supervisor according to the needs and progress of students. Although the total direct teaching hours of each part of the
seminar and course are different, at least 48 hours of teaching time will be provided for all subjects throughout the year
After attending the degree committee meeting in June (thesis and examination) and after the final degree committee meeting in September (academic thesis and overall degree scores), students taking Japanese study courses will receive feedback on their work.
students will receive regular feedback from their supervisors throughout the year Supervisors also provide feedback through regular online monitoring reports
Detailed application process of master’s degree at Cambridge University in 2019
FAQ of master’s application of Cambridge University in 2019 (application process attached)