Curriculum

ITASIA is comprised of two degree programs: one that grants an M.A.S. (Master of Arts and Sciences) degree and the other a Ph.D. degree.

Students in the M.A.S. program are trained to grasp the changing political, economic, and social realities of globalizing Asia through the study of media, communication, and information studies. The M.A.S. program is appropriate for those interested in pursuing careers in public administration, media, business, and academia.

The Ph.D. program is intended to produce high-level researchers and professionals in the fields of Asian studies and information studies. Students will acquire a broad-based knowledge of arts and sciences as well as expertise in the investigative techniques and theoretical analysis required for advanced research in politics, economics, media studies, and other social sciences.

M.A.S. Program

Degree: Master of Arts and Sciences in the field of Information Studiesƒ
Required Credits: 30
Term: 2 years

A1
(September 25-November 17)
A2
(November 20-January 26)
S1
(April 5-early June)
S2
(late June-July 31)
Year 1 ITASIA 101ITASIA 102ITASIA 201ITASIA 202ITASIA 301ITASIA 302ITASIA 401 Summer Programs
(optional)
Year 2 Elective Classes Elective Classes Thesis Writing  

* M.A.S. students may elect to study intensive Japanese during their first year, graduating instead in three years.

Ph.D. Program

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Information Studies)

Required Credits: 20

Term: 3+ years

A1
(September 25-November 17)
A2
(November 20-January 26)
S1
(April 5-early June)
S2
(late June-July 31)
Year 1 ITASIA 101ITASIA 102ITASIA 201ITASIA 202 Elective Classes Summer Programs
(optional)
Year 2 Elective Classes Elective Classes Elective Classes Summer Programs
(optional)
Year 3 Dissertation Writing Dissertation Writing Dissertation Writing  

* PhD students may elect to study intensive Japanese at any time.

In order to master the fundamentals of the humanities and social sciences needed to research Asian society in the information age, students in the ITASIA Program may complete coursework in the four areas below. Based on this foundational knowledge, students then will go on to deepen their understanding of specific fields by taking elective courses and writing a faculty-guided Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation.

The courses offered in this program are categorized into four main areas:

  • ITASIA 100s: Asian Studies
  • ITASIA 200s: Media and Communication Studies
  • ITASIA 300s: Theories and Methods
  • ITASIA 400s: Information Technologies

Required Courses

Number Title Credits Term Instructor
ITASIA 101 Introduction to Asian Studies: History and International Relations (Lecture)​ 2 A1 MATSUDA Yasuhiro
IKEGAME Aya
AOYAMA Waka
ZHONG Yijiang
ITASIA 102 Introduction to Asian Studies: History and International Relations (Seminar) 2 A1 A2 MATSUDA Yasuhiro
IKEGAME Aya
AOYAMA Waka
ZHONG Yijiang
ITASIA 201 Introduction to Media and Communication (Lecture) 2 A1 A2 Jason G. KARLIN
ITASIA 202 Introduction to Media and Communication (Seminar) 2 A1 A2 Jason G. KARLIN
ITASIA 301 Introduction to Social Research (Lecture) 2 A2 S1 SONODA Shigeto
ITASIA 302 Introduction to Social Research (Workshop) 2 A2 S1 SONODA Shigeto
ITASIA 401 Introduction to Information Technology 2 S1 HARADA Shiro
  M.A.S. Thesis Writing 4 year-round  
  Ph.D. Dissertation Writing 8 year-round  

Sample Elective Courses

Number Title Credits Term Instructor
ITASIA113 Family Law 2 S1 KHOHCHAHAR E. Chuluu
ITASIA115 Minority in Asia: History, Culture, Modernity 2 A1 A2 YONENO-REYES Michiyo
ITASIA121 International Politics in East Asia 2 A1 A2 SAHASHI Ryo
ITASIA124 International Conflict Study 2 S1 S2 FUJIWARA Kiichi
ITASIA125 Social Inequality and Religion: South and East Asia Compared 2 S1 IKEGAME Aya
ITASIA126 Comparative Political Parties and Institutions 2 S1 S2 Kenneth Mori MCELWAIN
ITASIA128 Surviving Cancer in Asia 2 A1 A2 AKAZA Hideyuki
KAWAHARA Norie
ITASIA131 Modern Japanese Diplomacy 2 S1 S2 KOHARA Masahiro
ITASIA133 Japanese Foreign Economic Policy 2 S1 S2 IIDA Keisuke
ITASIA134 Issues and Methods in Japanese Studies 2 A1 A2 ZHONG Yijiang
ITASIA142 Cross-Straits Relations 2 S1 MATSUDA Yasuhiro
ITASIA145 Contemporary Chinese Diplomacy 2 A1 A2 TAKAHARA Akio
ITASIA222 Social Media, Computer-Mediated Communication, and Mediated Publicness 2 S1 S2 Jason G. KARLIN
ITASIA223 Journalism Studies 2 S1 S2 HAYASHI Kaori
ITASIA231 Media Cultural Studies I 2 A1 A2 YOSHIMI Shunya
ITASIA232 Writing Japan: Dynamics of Representations 2 A1 A2 YAGUCHI Yujin
ITASIA311 Critical Ethnographies: A Reading and Writing Workshop 2 A1 A2 Patrick W. GALBRAITH
ITASIA415 Science and Technology Studies 2 A1 A2 Bregham DALGLIESH
ITASIA417 Analyzing and Organizing Humanities Data with XML 2 S1 S2 Charles MULLER
ITASIA418 Publishing XML Data with XSLT 2 A1 A2 Charles MULLER
ITASIA425 Dynamics of Technological Innovation 2 S1 S2 Bregham DALGLIESH
ITASIA801 Academic Thesis Writing 2 S1 S2 Robert PATERSON

* Students may take elective classes in any course of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies or department of the University of Tokyo.