You may view and download the course syllabi for the JD Transcultural Studies below. The PDFs contain the name of the lecturer(s), date and time as well as an abstract for the courses’ content where available.
You can access more detailed descriptions of courses offered at the GSL via the Kyoto University Student Affairs Information System (KULASIS) and via the Information System of Heidelberg University (LSF) for courses at the HCTS (You do not have to log-in to view the course information on the LSF).
Course Rooms at KU
Most classrooms are located on the 2nd floor of the Faculty of Letters Main Building (no. 8 on the campus map). Some, however, e.g., seminar rooms 8-12 or lecture rooms 8-9 are in Research Building No. 2 (総合研究2号館), no. 34 on the campus map (opposite the Letter’s building). Most of the seminar rooms there are on the first floor, and the lecture rooms are in the basement. Please check this excerpt from the student handbook (Japanese only with some English notes).
Current Academic Year
Courses for Spring and Fall Terms 2023: PDF.
Course Schedule for Spring and Fall Terms 2023: PDF.
CATS (Courses on Asian and Transcultural Studies) leaflet 2023: PDF.
First Semester Modules
Please find descriptions of the program’s first semester modules below. Please be advised, that individual courses as well as rooms and times may be subject to change! Check KULASIS for up-to-date information.
You may also look for courses in a particular study focus via the links below:
Introduction to Transcultural Studies
Skills for Transcultural Studies
Focus 1 – Foundations
Second and Third Semester Modules
For courses during a student’s stay at Heidelberg University, please refer to the syllabus on the LSF platform (choose “Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS)” > “MA Transcultural Studies.”
Students in Kyoto can choose courses from the list below.
Research 1 – 3
Fourth Semester Modules
The fourth semester focuses on writing the MA theses and includes a colloquium, where students present the progress of their research and receive feedback from supervisors and peers.
Past Academic Years
CATS Courses for Spring & Fall Terms 2022
CATS (Courses on Asian and Transcultural Studies) leaflet 2022
CATS Courses for Spring & Fall Terms 2021
CATS (Courses on Asian and Transcultural Studies) leaflet 2021
CATS Syllabus for Spring & Fall Terms 2020
CATS Syllabus for Spring & Fall Terms 2019
CATS Syllabus for Spring & Fall Terms 2018
CATS Syllabus for Spring & Fall Terms 2017
CATS Syllabus for Spring & Fall Terms 2016
CATS Syllabus for Fall Term 2015