Masters degrees in Japanese Society & Culture examine the socioeconomic and cultural institutions, practices and customs which originate from, or are related to, Japan.
Related subjects include Asian Studies and Japanese Studies. Entry requirements typically include a relevant undergraduate degree, such as Cultural Studies, International Relations or Languages and Literature.
The Culture of Japan is highly diverse, with influences from Asia, Europe and North America. In particular, Chinese culture is till affluent within Japanese society, having arrived through links with Korea. As a result, there are many areas which postgraduates may research.
For example, you might observe how the development of the Silk Road played an important role in the import of other cultures into Japan. Or, you might explore Japan’s isolation from the rest of the word between the 17th and 19th centuries, and how America was an instigator of the re-opening of trade between Japan and the West.
Careers in Japanese Society & Culture may include traditional roles such as academic and publishing, media such as journalism, or even heritage management for organisations such as museums or galleries.