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Overview

The consecutive, more research-oriented master’s degree deepens and expands the basic specialist knowledge in the field of Japanese studies acquired in a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies / East Asian Studies or a comparable Japan-specific degree program. A focus can be placed either on the cultural and literary studies or the social science examination of the subject of study Japan. The aim of the master’s course is to acquire or deepen scientific and professional knowledge and skills in Japanese studies.

In the cultural and literary studies profile area, the course enables students to analyze, interpret and classify the phenomena and processes in the field of Japanese culture and literature, whereby the topics are also presented in the regional context of Japan. In addition, skills in analyzing gender relations in various historical, literary and cultural contexts are developed. The students acquire the ability to conduct independent scientific research in the field of cultural and literary Japanese studies.

Students in the social sciences profile area are enabled to analyze and interpret institutions, actors and processes in politics, economy and society in Japan and to classify them in their respective contexts, whereby the topics are also presented in the regional context of Japan. In addition, skills in analyzing gender relations in various social, political and historical contexts are developed. The students acquire the ability to conduct independent academic research in the field of Japanese studies in the social sciences.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The master’s course comprises modules from the chosen profile area (cultural and literary studies or social sciences) as well as a module from the interdisciplinary and transregional area.

The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The aim of the interdisciplinary area is to expand the specialist spectrum by completing a module that comes from another humanities or social science subject, is interdisciplinary and has methodological or content-related reference to Japanese Studies.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

basic modules

module Japanese master module 1
module Japanese master module 2
module Japanese master module 3
module Japanese master module 4
module Theories and discourses of Japanese studies in literary and cultural studies
module Theories and Discourses of Social Science Japanology

a.) Profile area cultural and literary studies

module Methods and working techniques in Japanese studies in literary and cultural studies
module a module from the interdisciplinary and transregional area with a focus on literary or cultural studies
module Advanced module Japanese studies in literary and cultural studies I
module Advanced module Japanese studies in literary and cultural studies II
module Advanced module Japanese studies in literary and cultural studies III or advanced module Japanese studies in social sciences I

b.) Profile area social sciences

module Methods and working techniques in Japanese studies in the social sciences
module a module from the interdisciplinary and transregional area with a social science focus
module Specialization module in social science Japanology I
module Specialization module in social science Japanology II
module Advanced module in social science Japanese studies III or advanced module in literary and cultural studies Japanese studies I

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Japanese studies or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to the content and structure of the above-mentioned Bachelor's degree at Freie Universität Berlin - with a share of Japan-specific courses and language courses totaling at least 60 CP,
  • Proof of knowledge of Japanese corresponding to level B1 (GER). This proof is valid with the completion of the module Japanese III (modern) or Japanese III (premodern) according to the study and examination regulations for the Bachelor's degree in Japanese / East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin on July 31, 2009 (FU-Mitteilungen 49/2009) or with the Completion of the basic module Japanese V according to the study and examination regulations of November 16, 2011 (FU-Mitteilungen 5/2012) with a minimum grade of 2.7 as completed.
  • Written and oral knowledge of English (level B2 GER).

 

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.


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