Welcome to the eLearning site for "Courses on Asian and Transcultural Studies" (CATS) at Kyoto University.

CATS is an English language, research-oriented package of courses that combines interdisciplinary education with a transregional focus on Japan and South (East) Asia but in a global context.
The study package seeks to expand regional and disciplinary competences students have obtained in previous studies. They will acquire empirical knowledge on historical and contemporary moments of cultural exchange as well as on theories and methodologies to frame and analyse such processes. The courses are offered in English and presuppose some level of academic English but are designed as a place to further improve academic language skills in the context of content-based learning. The online material accessible via this site complements the on-site course meetings. Please find a list of available courses below.

The CATS package is situated in the “Asian Platform for Global Sustainability and Transcultural Studies” (AGST), which is part of the “Kyoto University – Japan Gateway Project,” funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). CATS is part of the AGST Top Global Course, a certificate program for Master students. Students who fulfill all the requirements of the AGST Top Global Course will be awarded a certificate that contains their academic portfolio separately from the diploma at the time of graduation. For further information, please see the AGST website.
CATS also forms the backbone of a new study program, Master of Arts in Transcultural Studies, a joint degree program of the Graduate School of Letters at Kyoto University and the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Germany.

Fall 2018 Course Plan

Period Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1st Japanese Academic Reading
(JK27001, HIRATA)
Sem. Room 3
2nd South Asian Philosophy
Room L524

Modern East Asian History
(JK21001, TAKASHIMA et al)
Sem. Room 7
Social Science Research on Education
(JK10001, KAWAI)
Sem. Room 1
Japan's Tokugawa Diplomacy
(JK17005, SANO)
Edu. Sem. 4
3rd “Modern,” ”Japanese,” “Literature”
(JK24001, HOLCA)
Sem. Room 5
Japan at Play
(JK21002, KAMM)
Lect. Room 9, basement *
Classical Japanese Literature
(JK15003, YUKAWA)
Sem. Room 11 *
Comparative Industry Policy Studies
(JK17003, HISANO et al)
Room TBA

East Asian Economies
(JK17004, YANO et al)
Economy Sem. 108
4th East Asian Origins
(JK23001, YOSHII et al)
Exhibit. Archeo. Sem.
Asian Cinema
Sem. Room 10 *

Cross-Border Migration
(JK17001, ASATO)
Lect. Room 5
Debating Otaku
(JK26001, KAMM)
Lect. Room 2
Sem. Room 2
Franz Kafka and East Asia
Instructor's room
5th Asian Families and Intimacies
(JK17002, OCHIAI)
Lect. Room 4
Asian Cinema
Sem. Room 10 *

Philosophy in Japan
(JK15001, KAIDA)
Sem. Room 6
Book Reading Japanese Culture
(JK24002, HAYASE)
Lect. Room 4
Sem. Room 2

* Rooms marked with an asterisk (*) are located in the Research Building No. 2 (総合研究2号館), no. 34 on the campus map. All other courses take place in the Faculty of Letters building if not noted otherwise (please check KULASIS).
Underlined courses offer study material via this eLearning site. Please ask the respective instructor for the enrollment key.

Notice to Graduate Students:
You cannot register for the above courses on KULASIS. Please inform the respective instructors that you want to take their course, and then fill out this form instead. Finally, submit the from until October 15 to register@cats.bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp. Undergraduate students can use KULASIS as usual.

Fall 2018 Course Descriptions