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Fukuyama University Faculty of Human Cultures and Sciences
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Department of Human Cultures

Introduction and scope

The purpose of the Department of Human Cultures is to provide a theoretical and historical study of human cultures in general while at the same time providing practical knowledge and skills to cope with the contemporary and international problems of humanity and environment. The Department consists of three courses: the European and American Culture Course, the Japanese Culture Course and the Media Communication Course.

Structure of the Course Curriculum

The structure of the course curriculum is organized into two categories:
 (1) Fundamentals
 (2) Specialties

The course curriculum consists of three types of subjects:
 1) Compulsory Subjects  2) Compulsory-Elective Subjects  3) Elective Subjects

The course curriculum in the Department covers a wide range of study concerning human cultures, not only Japanese but also Chinese, European, and American cultures, contemporary as well as ancient.

The Department also offers three course programs. The students are required to choose one main course for their four-year college career.
 1) Japanese Culture Course Programs
 2) European and American Culture Course Programs
 3) Media Communication Course Programs
The subjects to be taken by students are likely to vary according to the course programs they choose.

Seminars are introduced at the third year and the student's major area of study continues through the third year towards the completion of a Graduation Thesis. The minimum credits (units) required for graduation are 30 credits of subjects from Fundamentals, and 84 credits of subjects from Specialties, a total of 114 credits.
In the first and second year, students are expected to mainly take Fundamentals with some Specialties. In the third and fourth year they are required to solely take Specialties as a major core.

Subjects of the Course Study

(1) Fundamentals of Human Cultures and Sciences

Common subjects to the three course programs, that is, Japanese
Culture Course, European and American Culture Course and Media
Communication Course.

First Year:

Introduction to Human Studies, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology,
Introduction to Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Environmental Studies,
Introduction to Linguistics

Comparative Regional Studies, Introduction to Japanese Culture, Introduction to English Culture, Introduction to German Culture, Introduction to Chinese Culture, Introduction to American Culture, Introduction to French Culture, Basics of Psychology 1, Basics of Psychology 2, Modern Societies and Child Psychology, Mind and Adaptation, School Education and Psychology, History of Psychology

Introduction to Media Communication 1, Introduction to Media Communication 2, Media and Human Culture, Information Society and Communication

Mathematics I, Mathematics II, Physics I, Physics II, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Biology I, Biology II, Computer Literacy 1, Computer Literacy 2, Basics of Information Processing I, Basics of Information Processing II, Introduction to Information Processing

Second year:

Development of Human Character, Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Study of Thoughts, Social Psychology, Design Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Mind-Body-Brain, Japanese Expression 1, Japanese Expression 2, Chinese Expression 1, Chinese Expression 2, English Expression1, English Expression 2, German Expression 1, German Expression 2, French Expression 1, French Expression 2, Linear Algebra, Information Mathematics, Physics Laboratory I, Physics Laboratory II, Geology Experiments, Geology, History of Modern Science

(2)Specialties

a) Common subjects to the three course programs

First year:

History of Informational Culture, Counseling, Educational Clinical Psychology, Approaches to Psychological Study, Psychology of Disabilities
Global Environment
Introduction to Information Hardware
Desk Top Publishing(lab. session), Visual Production(lab. session)

Second year:

History of Japanese, Japanese Dynastic Literature, Japanese History and Culture, Japanese Art History, English and American Literature and Thought I, European and American Languages and Societies I, European Art History

Experiment and Practice in Psychology

Japanese and English Contrastive Linguistics 1, Japanese and English Contrastive Linguistics 2, English Communication 1, English Communication 2, Cross-cultural Communication, Psychology Statistics I, Psychology Statistics II, Cognitive Psychology I, Cognitive Psychology II, Clinical Psychology I, Clinical Psychology II, Criminal Psychology, Student guidance, Environment, Natural Features and Music I, Environment, Natural Features and Music II, Environment and Health I, Environment and Health II, Environment and Law (Environmental Sociology), Environmental Ethics

Environmental Energy I, Environmental Energy II, Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II, Environment and Heredity, Basic Experiments in Biological Chemistry, Data Base, Practical Processing of Information, Introduction to the Internet, Informational Ethics, Programming I, Programming II, Informational System, Multimedia, Operations Research

Seminar 1, Seminar 2, Media and Journalism, Journalism, Media Culture Studies(Broadcasting and Culture), ICT Education, Socio-media Studies, Media and Information Studies, Spatial Media, Physical Expression, Visual Media, Acoustic Theory, Design Theory, Color Studies, Media and Human Rights, Print Media, Computer Graphics, Advanced Desk Top Publishing(lab. session), Advanced Visual Production(lab. session), Multimedia Production(lab. session), Web Design(lab. session)

b) Japanese Culture Study Course Programs

Third year:

History and Culture of East Asia, Thought in Europe and Japan, History and Culture in Europe, Study in History and Geography, Appreciation of Japanese Medieval Literature, Regional Japanese Dialects and Standard Japanese, Buddhism and Thought in Japan 1, Buddhism and Thought in Japan 2, Education and Culture in Japan, Japanese Ancient Society and Culture, Japanese Medieval Society and Culture, Japanese Present Government Culture, Modern and Present Economy and Society in Japan, Regional Societies in Japan, Discussion and Seminar in Japanese Culture, Discussion and Seminar in East-Asian Culture

Fourth year:

Japanese Medieval Literature, Chinese Modern Culture 1, Chinese Modern Culture 2, Study of Economic Geography, Study of Regional Languages, Study of Regional Histories, Modern Thought and Literature Survey, Approaches to Survey of Regional Culture, Chinese Classical Culture, Discussion and Seminar in Japanese Culture, Discussion and Seminar in East-Asian Culture

Graduation Thesis

c) European and American Culture Study Course Programs

Third year:

European and Japanese Thought, European History and Culture, East Asian History and Culture, European and American Language and Society II, English and American Literature and Thought II, German Society and Thought, European Society-Thought and Art, Old Mediterranean World Society and Culture, European Middle Age Ethnics and Culture, Modern European Regional Studies, European Cities and Villages, Study of Historical Geology, Theory of Bilingualism, Listening Comprehension, English Syntax 1, English Syntax 2, English Phonetics 1, English Phonetics 2, American Culture, Seminar in European and American Culture

Fourth year:

German Art and Thought, French Literature and Thought, English Authors and Their Works, American Literature and Society, French Authors and Their Works, Readings of European Historical Literature, Acquisition of English (2), Seminar in European and American Culture

Graduation Thesis

d) Media Communication Course Programs

Third year:

Discussion and Seminar on Media Communication 1, Discussion and Seminar on Media Communication 2, Media Industry of Newspaper, Media Industry of Broadcasting, Media Industry of Advertising, Digital Media Expression, Digital Media Technology, Audio Media Studies, Game Production, Media Literacy, Multimedia Education, Educational Media Studies, Legal and Ethical Problems of Communication Media, Community Media, Computer Graphics(lab. session), Advanced Computer Graphics(lab. session), Advanced Multimedia Editing(lab. session), Advanced Web Design(lab. session), Advertisement Production(lab. session), Television Program Production(lab. session), Game Production(lab. session), Performance and Direction(lab. session), Acoustic and Phonetic Expression(lab. session)

Fourth year:

Discussion and Seminar on Media Communication 3, Discussion and Seminar on Media Communication 4

Graduation Thesis


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