Learning at GLA

Lectures and tutorials

As a rule, GLA classes meet twice a week for each subject, which means students will be taking a total of 30 classes for each course. There are two significant benefits to conducting classes in this way.

The first benefit is the level of understanding of the subject. Compared to subjects studied once a week, the number of subjects taken in parallel is halved and so the time that can be spent on a subject increases. As a result, students can gain a deeper understanding of each subject.

The second benefit is the retention of knowledge. Holding classes twice a week does not mean that one-way lectures are held twice in repetition, but rather that students study the same subject in a classroom lecture and then again at a tutorial session. During lectures, instructors hold lectures that encourage a two-way communication between students and the instructor. During tutorials, students are broken up into small groups for group discussions and do group work. The iterative cycle of knowledge input and output is realized through the combination of lectures and tutorials to help cement the knowledge acquired and to build dynamic problem-solving abilities.

Academic Advising

GLA students need to plan their study over the span of four years to achieve their learning goals and pursuing their paths after graduation. However, along the way, perhaps inspired by a class they took, their year at ANU, or their daily lives, their interests may shift. Students may want to review their initial plans and adjust according to their new interests.

In such cases, as students seek to change their academic plans with flexibility, it is important to respect the student's thoughts and desires. However, instead of leaving this decision solely to the student, the Academic Advising Center offers support.

GLA endeavors to provide academic support to each and every student. Namely, GLA provides support through the Academic Advising Center, whose aim is to help students continue charting their course of study through means such as counseling by GLA instructors. The Academic Advising Center uses an online learning portfolio created from each student's records to conduct counseling between the student and counselor. Among other things, the portfolios also help the Academic Advising Center plan seminars around academic skills so that it can continue to support student learning.

Model Study Plans

Each student designs their own course of studies at GLA to pursue their desired career. The following study plan models will be helpful for designing studies.
These study plan models are made presuming several career paths. Each plan indicates examples on how four-year study at GLA links to each career path. Of course, no two career paths are the same, so these study plans are not the only options for pursuing each of the given careers. These study plans act as guidelines for getting the most out of GLA's Academic Support System for designing individual plans of study.

For students who are Japanese nationals seeking international employment
Companies worldwide are actively seeking people who have the ability to lead social change through advances in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and create new value from these advances. In the GLA, students will not only be required to learn basic skills in statistics and programming, but they can also choose to take courses that enhance scientific and technological literacy and business courses that link technology to value creation. Students who have two degrees – one from Japan and one from Australia – and have an in-depth knowledge about Asia's diverse societies are attractive to companies developing business in Asia, the center of global economic growth.
For international students who wish to continue their studies of culture in graduate school
It is important for students who study culture that they have as many opportunities as possible to be exposed in-depth to the practical realities of that culture and creatively combine various research methods. At the College of Global Liberal Arts, not only do students study in a multicultural environment across our two campuses in Japan and Australia, but we have also assembled numerous courses in which students comprehensively study Japanese culture and history, and courses in which students carry out fieldwork. By studying an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes not just the humanities and social sciences but also courses that will improve technological literacy, students will be able to acquire the fundamental research abilities and broad perspectives that are necessary for pursuing graduate-level research.
For students who are Japanese nationals seeking to continue their studies in graduate school
Graduates of GLA can acquire two degrees – one from Ritsumeikan University and another from ANU. These will open doors to leading graduate schools both in Japan and overseas. The compulsory courses in both the 1st and 2nd years of study are vital for students to gain a foundation in the research skills necessary to progress into any field. When taking these courses, it is important that they do so systematically, with consideration for the specialty field they wish to pursue. The GLA’s Academic Support System assists students in planning their curriculum. It also provides support for those going on to graduate schools, primarily for research seminar leads.
For international students seeking employment by utilizing their experience in Japan
GLA’s curriculum is focused on business-oriented courses that aim to enhance students' literacy in culture and technology, while also offering courses that allow students to learn the Japanese language and about Japanese culture and society. Not only can students learn the Japanese language on two campuses in both Japan and Australia, they will also have opportunities to get involved in diverse internships at Japanese companies. Students can participate in seminars lead by the many faculty members who have ample knowledge about Japan through their research, and by choosing Japan as their research field, they can really get the most out of studying abroad in Japan.
For Japanese students who seek employment at Japanese companies
It is important for graduates have a solid foundation of skills for their future career advancement as well as for them to have literacy in a specialty field, especially in one that explores societal changes brought about by technology. During their first year at GLA, students strengthen their foundation of skills in fields such as statistics and programming and build upon that foundation in the following years. They can, for example, take courses in fields such as cognitive science that draw from the latest innovations in technology, to further their education in the social sciences.
For Japanese students who seek employment at Japanese companies
It is important for graduates have a solid foundation of skills for their future career advancement as well as for them to have literacy in a specialty field, especially in one that explores societal changes brought about by technology. During their first year at GLA, students strengthen their foundation of skills in fields such as statistics and programming and build upon that foundation in the following years. They can, for example, take courses in fields such as cognitive science that draw from the latest innovations in technology, to further their education in the social sciences.

Graduation Requirements

At Ritsumeikan University, one of the requirements to earn a bachelor's degree of Global Liberal Arts is to have earned 124 credits by the time of graduation. Students are required not only to earn the necessary number of credits, but these credits must be earned in a structured curriculum with certain numbers of credits from each subject group, which vary depending on the subject group. In other words, in the four years of study, students must satisfy the number of credits required for each subject group as shown below, as well as the total number of credits required for earning their degree.

Subject Category

Credits Required

Essentials of Global Liberal Arts

32 credits or more

Cosmopolitan Studies

12 credits or more

Civilization Studies

12 credits or more

Innovation Studies

12 credits or more

Japanese Studies Cluster

4 credits or more

Languages

0 credits or more

Capstone Studies

12 credits or more

Total

124 credits or more

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