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Current Academic Programs
European Studies Program (ESP)

About ESP

The European Studies Program is designed to educate future leaders who act as a bridge between Europe and Japan in various fields of the society. In the program, the students acquire basic knowledge and methodologies of European studies through the program’s core courses. In April 2006, the program is founded in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Komaba campus of the University of Tokyo. The Center for German and European Studies is coordinating this program in partnership with other graduate schools and research institutes at Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo.

The Students belonging to four departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Komaba campus can register for the program. The departments are Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, Department of Area Studies, Department of Language and Information Sciences, and Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies. The standard term to complete the program is four semesters i.e. two years. In the program, the students have to take required courses, that is, Methodology for European Studies and Supervised Readings, and choose at least two elective-required courses, which are History of European Integration, EU Law, Modern European Thought, German Politics, and Contemporary German History. Field research in Europe is highly recommended and the Center for German and European Studies gives top priority to ESP Students for its field research stipend. After completion, the "M.A in European Studies" is granted.

In 2007, the Center for German and European Studies began to organize the European Fall Academy in cooperation with the ASKO-Europe-foundation and the European Academy Otzenhausen in Germany. This academy is two week course to take lecture by the Professors in Europe and to visit European organizations including the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. The main theme of the academy was “History and Future of European Constitutionalization Process” in 2007 and will be “The EU as a Global Actor” in 2008. The academy becomes an important part of the ESP and students can have an opportunity to lean in Europe.


Students' Research Topics in 2013

  • Colonialism in the reception of primitive art - in the case of Emil Nolde
  • The cultural and institutional background of urban renewal in Germany
  • The "politics of history" and "politics of memory" of the SPD-led governments in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Considerations regarding the maintenance of the ruling system of the city of Nuremberg in the late Middle Ages
  • Cooperation between the EU as a security actor with the UN in PKOs
  • Comparison of the social security systems of Alsace-Lorraine and Germany
  • International institutions and self-government interest
  • The ethnicity of the Japanese community in Hamburg (Germany)

Students' Research Topics in 2012

  • The relationship between expressionist art and romantic ideas on ecology - from Emil Nolde's research on handicrafts
  • The cultural and institutional background of urban planning in Germany.
  • The Oder-Neisse border and displaced persons in postwar Germany
  • The identity of Franz Liszt as European and the relationship of Hungarian music and gypsy music
  • The policy towards foreign workers in Germany - Based on the experiences of the "past"
  • Declining growth and local regeneration
  • Investigation of the nuclear phase-out initiated by citizens and the environmentally friendly energy policy in Germany and its application to Latvia
  • Reforms to privatize public administration services and their problems
  • Catholics and Nazism in the Saar region in the 1920s and 1930s

Students' Research Topics in 2011

  • Language Policy of Latvia
  • Theories of Totalitarianism and the Image of the GDR in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • The reception of immigrants and foreign workers in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Nation building in Socialist Montenegro
  • Transition of social policy in Germany under the Schroeder Government
  • Catholics and National Socialism in the Saar region
  • From sustainable development to a De-growth society
  • Franz List from the viewpoint of national identity in the modern civil societies of Germany and other European countries

Students' Research Topics in 2010

  • Paul Claudel and his foreign policy
  • Party politics in the postwar Republic of Italy
  • France's nuclear policy
  • Language policy in the Ukraine
  • Human rights policy in today's Europe
  • Influence of the UN peacekeeping missions on civilian control - The examples of Japan and Germany

Students' Research Topics in 2009

  • Philosophy in Europe and communication theory
  • The term "impurity" of the Roma in Finland
  • Challenges and Perspectives of European multilingualism
  • The persecution of the Jews and public opinion under the Nazi regime
  • Colonial policy in post-war France and Léopold Sédar Senghor
  • The political struggle for language in Ukraine
  • Social and labor policy in Germany and the EU

Students' Research Topics in 2008

  • Culture and Cultural Policy in the Democratic Republic of Germany
  • German Foreign Policy to the Fomer Yugoslavia in the 1990s
  • Ideology of the Frence Republic and Social Integration
  • Blitish Political Thought from Nineteenth Century to Twentieth Century
  • Nationalism in the Interwar Yugoslavia
  • Study of Japanese-German Translation Literature by Ogai Mori

Students' Research Topics in 2007

  • Effect of Nazi at Wemar in Immediate Postwar Period
  • Economic Ethics in Germany and Japan
  • Carl Schmidt's View of State
  • France in Single European Electricity Market
  • Clash of Economic and Cultural Norm in France
  • Migration and Terrorism in Swedish Security Policy
  • Heath’s U-turn in British Politics
  • Cathoric Social Movement in the Irish Free State
  • Yoshihiko Amino and Structuralsim in Europe
  • Cultural Policy in France and Japan
  • French Dance Policy since the 1980s

Students' Research Topics in 2006

  • "Voluntary Ecologial Year" in Germany
  • Integration of Expellees in Germany
  • City Planning in Modern Europe
  • Turkish Minorities in Bulgarian History Textbooks and Bulgarian History Educational Policies to Join EU
  • Nationalism in Ireland
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