Global Studies in Asia Program(GSA)

GSA
The Global Studies in Asia Program (GSA) provides a curriculum in English consisting of courses related to Japan. The Program, based at the Komaba Campus, is run by faculty members at the College of Arts and Sciences and is designed for international students who are interested in learning about, experiencing, and analyzing Japan from a variety of perspectives. The program offers courses in a number of areas, including cultural studies, history, literature, geography, politics, peacebuilding and environmental sciences. Students who register for the Global Studies in Asia Program will be given plenty of opportunities to interact with local students inside and outside of the classroom, especially students of Global Studies Program (GS) which is the sister program of GSA. Upon acquiring the required credits in language learning and specialized courses, GSA students will be awarded an official certificate of completion issued by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

【Guidance of the GSA Program】
The guidance for 2023A Semester was held ONLINE as follows:
Date&Time: October 3 (Tue), 12:20 - 12:50

For those who could not attend or who missed part of the explanation, here are the recorded guidance movie and presentation slides (in PDF), available only through your UTokyo Account (ECCS account):
Guidance Movie
Presentation Slides


Eligibility and Registration

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Only students enrolled in the University-wide Student Exchange Program (USTEP TypeU) or the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Division Exchange Program (KOMSTEP) are eligible to apply for the program.

【How to Apply】
Those who want to apply for the GSA program should follow the steps below:

1. Fill out the online form by Friday, October 27, 2023. (2023A Semester)

2 . Register for courses required by the GSA program during the course registration period through the University of Tokyo Academic Affairs System (UTAS) or through the procedures indicated by the exchange program coordinators.

  • Please ensure to register for courses containing the titles “Seminar in Global Liberal Arts”, “Praxis in Global Liberal Arts” and “Lecture in Global Liberal Arts”. Some of these courses have multiple entry titles when listed on UTAS despite being the same course, but will only count towards a student’s GSA program when registered as the appropriate title (see course title list below).
  • On the last page of UTAS, there is a check box for GJS, but none for GSA. Completing the online form and self-registering for GSA courses will automatically register students onto the GSA program.

Curriculum

A variety of courses are offered by the GSA Program.
Below are the courses of 2023A Semester:
 
GS/GSA Courses for 2023A (October 2023 - February 2024)
All courses in the GSA Program are conducted as regular UTokyo courses and are therefore open to local students.
Most courses are offered in English, but there are also several courses conducted in other non-Japanese languages (marked with an ◆ on the list).
  Course Title Instructor Subtitle
  グローバル教養実践演習(2)/
 Praxis in Global Liberal Arts (2)
馬路 智仁 /
BAJI Tomohito
「日本と太平洋と島々」/ Japan and the Pacific Ocean
  グローバル教養特別講義 I (1) /
 Lectures in Global Liberal Arts I (1)
HOLTHUS Barbara Doing family in Contemporary Japan
  – with a special focus on their media portrayal
  グローバル教養特別講義 I (2) /
 Lectures in Global Liberal Arts I (2)
KARTIKA Diana Pursuit of inclusion in education:
 Society, politics, and governance
  グローバル教養特別講義 II /
 Lectures in Global Liberal Arts II
ROLAND Douglas Psychology of Language
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (1) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (1)
山口 臨太郎 /
YAMAGUCHI Rintaro
n/a
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (2) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (2)
BARZA Sorina 最適化・意思決定論/Operations Research
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (3) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (3)
清水 剛 /
SHIMIZU Takashi
Japanese Economy and Business in Asia
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (4) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (4)
鈴木 早苗 /
SUZUKI Sanae
Comparative Analysis on Regional Organizations
  as Security Actors
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (5) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (5)
小川 啓一 /
OGAWA Keiichi
(Human Capital Development, Public Policy
 on Education Sector) 
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (6) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (6)
高橋 史子 /
TAKAHASHI Fumiko
Education in Multicultural Japan
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (7) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (7)
高橋 史子 /
TAKAHASHI Fumiko
Qualitative Research: Theoretical Understanding
 and Conducting Group Research
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (8) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (8)
KUHN Felix Research Methods and Japanese Foreign Policy
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (9) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (9)
鍾 以江 /
ZHANG Yijiang
Discovering Asia
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (10) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (10)
野田 真里 /
NODA Mari
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Human Security
- Southeast Asia and Japan in Global Society
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (11) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (11)
BAXTER Joshua Critical Approaches to East Asia
グローバル教養特別演習 II (12) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (12)
白 春花 /
BAI Chunhua
社会・環境・健康と東アジアII(14)
グローバル教養特別演習 II (13) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (13)
KUKLINSKI Ruben Deutsche Landeskunde / Deutsche Kultur, Sprache + Literatur / Deutsche Geschichte und Gesellschaft
ドイツの地域研究/ドイツ文化・語学・文学/ドイツ(社会)史
グローバル教養特別演習 II (14) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (14)
DELEMAZURE Raoul Masculin / féminin / neutre
グローバル教養特別演習 II (15)a /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (15)a
松田 葉月 /
MATSUDA Hazuki
Seminario sobre Estudios Latinoamericanos
グローバル教養特別演習 II (15)b /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (16)b
松田 葉月 /
MATSUDA Hazuki
Seminario sobre Estudios Latinoamericanos
グローバル教養特別演習 II (16) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (16)
李 英蘭 /
LEE Young-ran
韓国朝鮮の文化研究
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (17) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (17)
HOLCA Irina Language, power, and identity in post-war Japanese literature
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (19) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (19)
王 欽 /
WANG Qin
What Is Literature? (II)
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (21) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (21)
WILLOX Ralph Mathematical modeling
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (22) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (22)
WOODWARD Jonathan Chemistry For Environmental Sciences
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (23) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (23)
山川隆、八村敏志、平山和宏 /
 YAMAKAWA Takashi, HACHIMURA Satoshi, HIRAYAMA Kazuhiro
Food Safety and Risk Analysis
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (24) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (24)
GIRAUDOU Isabelle Earth System Governance
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (25) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (25)
内田 さやか /
UCHIDA Sayaka
tbd
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (41) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (41)
橋本 直子 /
HASHIMOTO Naoko
Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
  グローバル教養特別演習 II (42) /
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts II (42)
ROBERTS Mark Japanese Cinema: the 1960s
  グローバル教養特別演習 IV (1)/
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts IV (1)
勝又 幹英 /
KATSUMATA Mikihide
スタートアップとヴェンチャーキャピタル:
 Start-up and Venture Capital
  グローバル教養特別演習 IV (11)/
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts IV (11)
THORNTON Peter Multiculturalism in Japanese Society
  グローバル教養特別演習 IV (12)/
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts IV (12)
嶋田 美子 /
SHIMADA Yoshiko
Art and Feminisms in Japan since the 1960s
  グローバル教養特別演習 IV (13)/
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts IV (13)
内藤 まりこ /
NAITO Mariko
Japanese Classics Viewed from Inside/Outside of Japan
  グローバル教養特別演習 IV (14)/
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts IV (14)
FUNCK Carolin Japanese Regional Geography and Tourism
  グローバル教養特別演習 IV(21)/
 Seminar in Global Liberal Arts IV (21)
幕内 充 /
MAKUUCHI Michiru
brain mechanisms of symbolic cognition
Details such as classrooms, course objectives and schedule are within the "Academic Program for USTEP/KOMSTEP students."

1693902220329The course information above and within the Academic Program is subject to change.  Please make sure to check the latest information within UTokyo Academic affairs System (UTAS) and ITC-LMS.

Credit Requirements for Completion of the Program

In order to complete the GSA Program, students must obtain the following credits before the period of their exchange ends.
 
  1. 6 credits from the following courses:
    - Praxis in Global Liberal Arts
    - Lectures in Global Liberal Arts I - III
    - Seminar in Global Liberal Arts I - V 
  2. 6 credits from one of the Japanese Language courses offered at Komaba Campus:
   
Upon obtaining the required credits in language learning and in specialized courses, students will be awarded an official certificate of completion issued by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The certificate will be sent to the students upon return to their home university, after the grades have been posted and credits have been calculated.

FAQ

Q1:I will stay at UTokyo for 2 semesters, but I could not complete GSA’s requirements for the 1st semester. Can I continue to take GSA courses and enroll in the second semester?
A1:Yes, there is no problem with doing that. You can take GSA courses in one semester or spread them over two semesters. You do not have to make the GSA enrollment again in the second semester.
 
Q2:I will stay at UTokyo for 2 semesters and I have finished the all GSA requirements at the 1st semester. May I get the GSA certificate while I am in Japan?
A2:The GSA certificate will be awarded after all of the results have come out. Therefore, the certificate will only be sent to your home university after you have completed all of the semesters at UTokyo.
Certificates will be delivered around April for students who finished their program at UTokyo after the A semester, and around September for those finishing after the S semester.
 
Q3:May I get the GSA certificate by data?
A3:No, in principle, you cannot get the certificate by data.
 
Q4:May I take Asian language courses in Hongo Campus?
A4:The GSA program is run by faculty members at the College of Arts and Sciences, which is based on Komaba Campus.
You are welcome to take other courses offered at Hongo Campus but the credits of these courses do not meet the GSA requirements.
 
Q5:For the language courses, I am interested in Chinese and Korean as well as Japanese. Are there
courses of Chinese and Korean beginners provided in English?
A5:Please refer to either the UTAS and contact the main instructor of each course to ask about the language used in class.


Messages from the Global Studies Committee

Study and have fun together here in Komaba.
Our students are thrilled to meet you!

Yuki HIROSE
Professor
Director of the Global Studies Committee
The College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
広瀬 友紀
In Komaba, there are many students who want to absorb a variety of things before entering the specialized senior department. Enjoy interacting with them.

Miho YANAGISAWA
Associate Professor
S-Semester Vice Director of the Global Studies Committee
The College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
柳澤 実穂4
Meet new friends and enjoy Komaba life!

Sugiko NISHIKAWA
Professor
S-Semester Vice Director of the Global Studies Committee
The College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
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Enjoy meeting and studying with students from all over the world!

Tomofumi KITAMURA
Associate Professor
Global Studies Committee
The College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
北村 朋史

GS Student Staff Members

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The GS Student Staff Members are employed by the GS/GSA program to support events organized by the GS/GSA program committee. In addition, they planned and hosted regular Lunchtime Gatherings and a Game Night for international and Japanese students during 2023A Semester.
Thank you very much to Arisa, June, Nicole and Taito for your contributions! You did a great job working in an international team and offered many exchange opportunities for students on Komaba campus.
Comment from June:
Working as a student staff member at GS, I really had a great time meeting various people from various places and experiencing various things.
Spending time planning and hosting events for international and local students so that they could enjoy events all together as Tokyo students was an honor for me. Also, while working in the office, I was able to learn more about Komaba campuses' endeavors to make exchanges between local and international students and many other opportunities to learn all sorts of international-based courses.
 
Comment from Arisa:
GS学生スタッフとして、お昼休みの交流会や放課後のイベント等の企画、運営に携わりました。
イベントには沢山の留学生や日本人学生が参加してくれましたが、何より私が一番嬉しかったのは、「このイベントが無ければ、出会えなかった人達と出会えて、留学の良い思い出になった」と言ってもらえたことです。
国や言語が違っても、コミュニケーションの基本はきっと同じで、敷居は全く高くないので、これからも沢山の人にイベントを知って参加してもらえたら嬉しいです! これまで私達のイベントに参加して下さった全ての方、Seikoさん、メンバーの皆に心から感謝しています。
 
Comment from Taito:
半年間GSの学生スタッフとして働く事はとても貴重な経験になりました。スタッフとして、定期的にlunchtime gatheringの運営をおこなったり、GSI-WINGSと共催で行われた英語講習会の司会を務めたりと、幅広い活動に携わりました。僕は、留学経験があるわけでもない、いわゆる"純ジャパ"だったので、留学生との交流や英語で行われる講義はどれも新鮮で楽しいものでした。
英語によるコミュニケーションが不慣れで始める前はかなり不安も大きかったですが、周りのスタッフに助けられながらなんとか半年間走り抜けることができました。イベントに参加してくださった皆さん、ありがとうございました。そして、スタッフとして一緒に活動したArisa、June、Nicole、活動や運営のアドバイスを下さった庄田さん、本当にありがとうございました!

Comment from Nicole:
It was incredibly rewarding to work as student staff for the GS/GSA program. Throughout this semester, we had the opportunity to assist the globalization office in organizing events aimed at fostering cultural exchange and providing academic exposures, including monthly lunchtime gatherings, board game evening, collaborative events with circles, online lectures and more. The student staff position really allows us to engage in these activities from both the perspectives of co-organizers and participants, not only to gain experience in facilitating events but also to connect with many wonderful people! I hope that everyone who joined the activities had an enjoyable and enriching time as I always did :)
Lastly, I am grateful to the GS/GSA program for offering these diverse learning opportunities outside classroom, and I felt very blessed to work with Arisa, Taito, June and Seiko san. Thank you all so much for making such a supportive and caring team! 
Events during 2023S/A

Lunchtime Gatherings during 2023S / 2023A
Apr 20    Open Chat Forum on Zoom
May 18   Experiencing ZAZEN Meditation
Jun 30 "Leading through Change: Conversation with a Maasai Elder" on Zoom
Jul 13  "Exploring TOKYO" English Documentary Film Festival
Oct 18  Online Gathering
Nov 02  Experiencing ZAZEN Meditation
Nov 30  Game Night
Dec 05  Lecture "Making Sense of Interpretation that Makes Sense"
Dec 15  Lecture "How do Countries Respond in Times of Economic Security Crises?" on Zoom
Jan 10  Experiencing Japanese Tea Ceremony SADOU
Jan 15  Lecture "What Makes a Sentence Easy or Difficult to Comprehend?" on Zoom
Jan 19  Students' Presentations "Japan and the Pacific Ocean"
Feb 16  Lecture "How Do Second Language Learners Acquire Grammar?" on Zoom


Global Studies Program Committee
Globalization Office, 21KOMCEE West B1F
The University of Tokyo, KomabaⅠCampus
gs-gsa[at]global.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp