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Keio University
Tokyo, Japan

Founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, a highly respected intellectual leader and visionary, Keio University is Japan’s oldest private comprehensive research university. Keio has 6 major campuses across the greater Tokyo area with 14 graduate schools, 10 undergraduate faculties, and a university hospital. In 2014, in recognition of its outstanding commitment to education, research and medicine, Keio was selected as one of Japan’s Top Type (Type A) universities for the government’s Top Global University Project.

Keio University is home to over 33,000 students and 5,300 faculty and administrative staff, with a rapidly growing international community. In 2017, Keio had a total of 1,677 international students from over 70 countries, including those enrolled in the Student Exchange Program and the Japanese Language Program, as well as short-term and research programs. Keio offers more than 800 courses, 29 double degree programs and 24 degree programs conducted entirely in English, with more being developed year after year. Furthermore, Keio is particularly proud of its strong alumni network, which has active branches throughout the world. Notable alumni include many CEOs of Japan’s most successful companies, alongside numerous world class-athletes, 3 prime ministers and 2 astronauts.

Keio University is continuously seeking to expand its international profile, with six overseas offices and centers and over 300 international partners with which it actively engages in both educational and research collaborations. The university is a member of many international university associations, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) and the Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E.).

Website: https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/

Course Offerings for the semester from January to August 2021

APPLICATION CLOSED

Students must submit an application online before:
February 26, 2021 12:00nn Hong Kong Time (UTC+8) (Tentative)

Home universities must submit the list of endorsed students to VSE Central Office before:
March 1, 2021 12:00nn Hong Kong Time (UTC+8) (Tentative)

Additional Application Instructions

Students should submit the Keio University online registration form immediately after submitting their VSE online application.


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Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherDr. Rie Suzuki
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassApr 8, 2021
Last Day of ClassJul 8, 2021
Course ComponentLectureDiscussion/Presentation
Mode of TeachingAsynchronousSynchronous
Meeting Timen/aThu 1445-1615 (TBC)
Time ZoneUTC+9
Restrictions-
Course Description This course aims to explore Japanese everyday interaction from various socio-cultural aspects that may affect speakers’ ways of interacting with others. By analyzing it in detail, comparing it to practices in other languages, and sharing experiences and opinions with classmates, participants will gain more insight into how people select their words and expressions and thereby perform social actions. The participants will see socio-cultural phenomena of Japanese communication from a wider perspective, while observing and analysing their own language use and its possible impacts on others.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherProf. Joseph Shaules
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassMay 25, 2021
Last Day of ClassJul 6, 2021
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue 1630-1940
Time ZoneUTC+9
Restrictions-
Course Description In this course we will learn about the psychology of experiencing cultural difference, and examine cultural differences between Japan and other countries. We will see that the largest impact of cultural difference often takes place at the level of the unconscious mind. We will learn about the unconscious process of deep culture learning. The class has two parts, 1) the brain and research into cultural difference, and 2) analyzing cultural difference. The ultimate goal of this course is a deeper understanding of yourself, your cultural programming, Japan and other cultural communities.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherDr. Ikuko Okugawa
Language of Instruction English & Japanese
First Day of ClassApr 8, 2021
Last Day of ClassJul 8, 2021
Course ComponentLectureDiscussion/Presentation
Mode of TeachingAsynchronousSynchronous
Meeting Timen/aThu 1045-1215 (TBC)
Time ZoneUTC+9
RestrictionsJLPT N3 level or higher proficiency in Japanese is required.
Course Description This course is an introduction to Japanese linguistics in sociocultural context. It is primarily aimed at international students interested in the sociocultural aspects of the language, as well as at native speakers of Japanese who aim to research Japanese linguistics or to teach Japanese as a second language. The course covers a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives and many examples of each phenomenon. Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, presentations, and a final paper.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of Credits2
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherProf. Kazunori Sugiura
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassMay 21, 2021
Last Day of ClassJul 9, 2021
Course ComponentLecture/Tutorial
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeFri 1630-1940

Course recordings are available for VSE students.
Time ZoneUTC+9
Restrictions-
Course Description "Anime", "Game", "Comic", and "Cosplay" are some of the aggressive and innovative forms of pop culture found in Japan. These so called “Otaku” culture is now focused throughout the globe and giving Japan an important role to enhance innovative creativity. It also delivers a new sense of atmosphere in terms of "Kawaii", and "Moe". These delivered contents and subcultures distributed from Japan have created transnational cultural boom referred to as “Japan Cool” or “Cool Japan” and now establishing an inevitable cultural influence. Furthermore, political strategy suggests favorable international competitiveness to claim these cultural deliverables as the seeds of creativity influencing its national branding.

Objective of this course is to understand how the roots of these otaku cultural activities in Japan have expanded internationally as one of Simulacra with creators, and activists of the fields: How the technology has been created, and knowing its real motivation to drive these subcultural activities. This course will first address the backgrounds and characteristics as well as its innovative expansion of “Otaku” culture recognized internationally, that were once born in the age of competing creativity that comes from Social Darwinism inherent during the phase of its economic growth and development of Japan.
Course OutlineEnglish



Course enrollment is subject to final approval from your home university and the course offering university. Please contact the APRU VSE Coordinator of your home university for credit transfer information.