Kyushu University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studie

Kyushu University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studie

About ISGS


The study fields in the KEYWORD spectrum are organized into 6 courses
Language, Media and Communication Course

The aim of the Languages, Media and Communications Course is to promote research concerning Japanese and foreign languages, literature, and media. Based on recent developments in language studies and other relevant disciplines, this course seeks comprehensive understanding of issues associated with language use and communication.

♦ Moving toward understanding the diverse potential of communication, ranging from linguistics and literature to manga and anime.

As media becomes highly diversified, communication, involving the processes and effects of social interaction, has become an important area of research in recent years. This course is designed for students who are seeking high-level and focused understanding of communication, including not only face-to-face everyday interpersonal communication through language, but also multimodal interaction through various media, ranging from literary genres (e.g., poems, prose, and novels) to popular culture genres (e.g., films, manga, anime, and dramas).

The Language, Media, and Communications Course consists of two fields: (1) language-focused and (2) literature-focused.

The aim of the language-focused, or the Language Communication and Language Education field, is to foster a multidisciplinary approach in equipping students with a critical look on language-related research. Based on the vast experience and knowledge gained in the course, students can conduct qualitative/quantitative and mixed-method research (e.g., questionnaires, interviews, and classroom observation), as well as theoretical and applied linguistic analysis (e.g., discourse analysis and contrastive analysis in languages).

The aim of the literature-focused, or the Literature and Culture field, is to understand the nature of literatures through the analysis of various literary works from different countries (e.g., Japan, China, South Korea, and Europe), different centuries, and different genres. The collection and analysis also covers various texts from historical archives and contemporary databases of diverse genres of texts.

♦ Languages, Media, and Communications Course: What can students learn?

We work toward developing communication skills and realizing a mutual understanding of humans in global society through “practical training.”

Besides the “common subjects” that comprehensively cover various issues of global society, there are the “integrated seminars” that are team-taught by faculty members from various fields and the “specialized seminars” that are taught by faculty in their areas of expertise. The aim of the integrated seminars is to help students understand the nature of human communication through diverse media(movies, photos, manga, and anime, etc.) . The specialized seminars aim to build a firm foundation for students to conduct research in their fields of specialty by providing a solid theoretical ground as well as practical experience of research projects.

  • Research activities
    General exercise Japanese education classes emphasizing actual practice

    Graduate Areas of Study:

    • Language acquisition
    • Language teaching
    • Discourse analysis of various genres (e.g., conversations, dramas)
    • Debate and argumentation
    • Communication strategies
  • Practical training
    • Japanese Teaching practice
    • Conference presentations of research results, including international conferences (delivered in English, Korean, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish languages)
    • Document investigations overseas
    • Joint research promoted with the departments of overseas partner institutions
    • Hosting seminars and symposiums
    • Publication of in-school research journals

The range of opportunities for research, teaching practices, and presentations provided by our graduate program will lead students to develop the methods essential to “understand the nature of human communications in global society,” which is the ultimate goal of our graduate program.

Previous academic events hosted by the
  • Language Education & Language Communication field
    Japan and the United States Friendly Exchange Debate: At Kyushu University Ito Campus (2013) Languages, Media and Communications Course, the language education seminar "OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) and Voice Guidance using OJAD": at Kyushu University Nishijin Plaza (2014)
  • Literature & Culture field
    The Discovery of 96-Chapter-Letters by China's Great, Ouyang Xiu (1007-72) (Referred from 'National Treasure' Ouyang Xiu Public Collection )
Career opportunities after completing the course
Japanese education training class where the students attempt to analyse the video

Many of the students who completed this course work for research or educational institutions at various levels, ranging from high schools, universities, and private Japanese language schools, to international foundations, and major companies in Japan and Japanese companies abroad.

We hope that our students will obtain communication skills that are required for their future through being involved in research activities in our graduate program.

Features of the course

In this course, deepening mutual understanding through communication is emphasized as the most important objective in order to envision a future we can all share. While continuing to explore these objectives, we try to show new possibilities for the increasingly complex present situation. The aim of this course is to foster pioneer researchers who can integrate the broad communication studies (literature, foreign and Japanese languages, linguistics, humanities and social sciences), and train highly specialized people who can properly practice such methods in various locations.

♢ Faculty List
Name Post Field of Specialization Keyword
NAMIGATA Tsuyoshi Professor Japanese modern literature.Comparative literature
MATSUMOTO Tsunehiko Professor japanese moderne literature japanese moderne literature Akutagawa Ryunosuke Dazai Osamu Matsumoto Seityo
AKIYOSHI Shu Professor Modern Chinese Literature, Comparative Literature between Japan and China
HIGASHI Hidetoshi Professor Chinese literature Ou yang Xiu, Tu jia Zu, Study of Chinese classics in Satsuma
GUO Junhai Professor Second Language Learning(Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language), Bilingualism and Language Policy
MATSUNAGA Noriko Professor Multicultural Education Studies,Japanese Language Teaching, History of Education,History of Cross-Cultural communication Japanese Language Teaching,Multicultural Education,Language Teaching,History of Education
YAMAMURA Hiromi Professor Spanish Linguistics
INOUE Narahiko Professor Argumentation & Debate, Communication Argumentation, Debate, Communication
LIU Biao Associate Professor
KURAKATA Kensaku Associate Professor
UCHIDA Satoru Associate Professor English Linguistics (Cognitive semantics, Pragmatics, Lexicography)
TSUJINO Yuki Associate Professor
ANDREW Hall Associate Professor Modern Japanese History
NISHINO Tsuneo Associate Professor Japanese Modern literature,Comparative literature Symbolism, Dostoevsky, Baudelaire
LEE Sangmok Associate Professor Computational Linguistics, Education of Japanese, Education of Korean, e-learning
SHIMIZU Toshihiro Associate Professor Second Language Acquisition
MATSUEDA Kana Associate Professor Modern Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature External Recognition of Literary Men, Foreign Representation in Literary Works, Literature and Media, Literature in Society