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.

Spring 2019 Course Plan

Period Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1st Japanese Academic Reading
(JK08001, HIRATA)
Sem. Room 3
Readings in Global Economic History
(JK10002, IVINGS)
Sem. Room 104 †
2nd Cinema and Media Studies Seminar
Room 304 **
Introduction to Indian Aesthetics
Lect. Room 1
Advanced English for the Humanities
(JK07001, ERICSON)
Sem. Room 1
Philosophy of Science in Japanese Context
(JK12001, ISEDA)
Sem. Room 3
3rd Introduction to Transcultural Studies
Sem. Room 2
Japanese Contemporary Popular Culture
(JK05001, KAMM)
Lect. Room 9, basement *
Fieldwork and Qualitative Research
(JK04001, ASATO)
Lect. Room 5
What Is Transcultural History?
(JK10001, ERICSON)
Sem. Room 4
4th Introduction to Transcultural Studies
Room L524
Basic Research Skills
(JK06001, HAYASE) Sem. Room 9

Intensive Courses

Autobiographical Prose in Modern Japan (JK14001, HOLCA, Seminar Room 8*, August 5-9, 2nd to 4th period)
Seminar on "Film Studies" (JK11002, MARCIANO & ELSAESSER, Room & Dates TBA)

* 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 (no. 8) if not noted otherwise (please check KULASIS).
** Rooms marked with a double asterisk (**) are located in the Faculty of Arts Building (文系学部校舎), no. 7 on the campus map.
† Rooms marked with a dagger (†) are located in the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics East Building (法経東館), no. 5 on the campus map.
Underlined courses offer study material via this eLearning site. Please ask the respective instructor for the enrollment key.

Notice to Graduate Students:
You can use KULASIS for course registration in the spring term. However, you won't be able to do so for the fall term. In this case, please inform the respective instructors that you want to take their course, and then fill out this form instead. Finally, submit the from until mid-October (exact date will be announced in class) to register@cats.bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp. Undergraduate students can use KULASIS as usual also in the fall term.

Spring 2019 Course Descriptions