The COMPAS-CJS program is comprised of a curriculum (lecture and seminars) of 30 ECTS (equivalent to 20 credits at the University of Tsukuba) based on the European Credit Transfer System. By completing courses in this program, University of Tsukuba students are able to obtain "Certificate of Completion of Contemporary Japanese society", elective subjects and other seminar subjects, which are jointly administered by visiting faculty from Europe and the University of Tsukuba. Among the elective subjects, candidates will take five blocs in order to learn collaboratively the East Asian point of view and the European perspective. Also, workshops and seminars are set up for learning the pragmatic ability to analyze, negotiate and present results in conjunction with each individual candidate's research topic.
Comparative Study of Contemporary Japanese Society
Various issues pertaining to modern Japan are discussed from the perspective of international comparative research. The course aims to foster a multilateral perspective using the global perspectives held by the students themselves.
Comparative Study of Literature
In this lecture, the aim is to develop candidates' ability to solve various problems involved in cross-cultural contact in modern international society. From the perspective of comparative literature, students also inquire into the background behind works of literature.
Comparative Study of Civil Society
With regard to various issues in contemporary international society, candidates learn about the diversity of the key entities in civil society (individuals, self-governing bodies, companies, NGO/NPO, international organizations, media) and theories of governance, and have meaningful discussions about these topics.
Comparative Study of Philosophy
By having multinational students discuss topics with each other, they learn their respective thoughts and philosophies, and improve their ability to think objectively and grasp concepts.
Comparative Study of Language and Culture
In this lecture, candidates study differences between awareness and confrontation arising in cross-cultural communication and its causes. They learn about theories and techniques applicable to communicative ability.
Research in International Cooperation
Candidates learn about the role that intergovernmental institutions and international organizations (United Nations, NGOs, etc.) play with regard to international cooperation related to various issues pertaining to the modern international community, and consider such challenges.
Candidates in the program of Comparative Study of Contemporary Japanese Society undergo practical training tailored to their individual topics.