Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies

The Master’s program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to educate and transform students into competent leaders ready to handle challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. The program encourages students to analyze complicated and ever-changing sociocultural conditions and international issues, pursue feasible solutions and pave a path to a prosperous future for the region. Students accumulate professional knowledge and insights, interpret complex facts in objective and systematic manners and provide insightful solutions to problems.

A broad range of issues are addressed in the two divisions: International Relations and Society and Culture. The courses taught under this program consist of four pillars: analytical foundation courses, core courses on the Asia Pacific region, division-specific courses and research-oriented intensive seminar courses. This program nurtures students’ research skills, including the ability to formulate frameworks for analyses, collect and analyze data, and test arguments and hypotheses. Students are expected to conduct research under a specific theme in a systematic manner throughout their studies.

At the end of the program, students must submit a thesis or report on a theme of their choice, which they have developed under personal guidance from their supervisors in the seminar courses run throughout the program. During the process, they are encouraged to conduct field surveys in the Asia Pacific region.

Divisions

International Relations (IR)

The International Relations (IR) division is aimed at expanding the students’ empirical knowledge base and sharpening their analytical and theoretical thinking regarding social, political, economic and security phenomena in the globalizing world. The courses in this division provide a useful knowledge base for both academic-bound students and practitioner-bound students with intended careers in security, diplomacy and media. While taking subjects such as international security, international law and conflict resolution, students will also focus on writing a thesis or research report.

Major Subjects

  • Regionalism and Globalization
  • International Law
  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics and Government
  • Special Studies (International Relations)
  • Conflict Resolution
  • International Security

Society and Culture (SC)

The Asia Pacific is one of the most rapidly developing regions in recent decades. To capture the patterns of social and cultural changes occurring, the Society and Culture (SC) division is devoted to promoting comparative academic research on the region. Students can acquire practical skills in formulating and conducting research using theories and methods developed in sociology, cultural anthropology, media and communication studies. With knowledge concerning social and cultural backgrounds of the countries in the regions, it enables students to have greater employment opportunities in government, industrial, commercial and academic institutes.

Major Subjects

  • Changing Social Landscapes
  • Media and Communication
  • Migration and Trans-nationalism
  • Social Organizations and Institutions
  • Sociology and Everyday Life
  • Special Studies (Society and Culture)
  • Cultural Change

For further information regarding the Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies, please visit: http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/study/content25/


Degree Earned: Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies
Divisions: Internation Relations (IR)
Society and Culture (SC)
Enrollment Semesters: April, September
Program Duration: 2 years
Yearly Intake: 15 students
Total Tuition: 2,800,000JPY

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 29, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Apr. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
2,800,000 JPY
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Start date Sept. 2016
Place
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Duration 2 years
Price 2,800,000 JPY
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Start date Apr. 2017
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Duration 2 years
Price 2,800,000 JPY
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