Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Study Programs

GSA Learning Goals/Curriculum Alignment Matrices (CAM)

To students who intend to take GSA master courses:

Learning Goals and Learning Objectives

GSA offers two Master of Science (MSci) programs: a Master’s of Asia Pacific Studies and a Master’s in International Cooperation Policy. These programs are designed to achieve three Learning Goals, each of which has its own specific Learning Objectives. These were developed in alignment with Declaration of the Occasion of the Opening of APU and the Mission of GSA.

Learning Goals indicate the ideal characteristics that GSA hopes students to have acquired by the time they complete their degrees. Learning Objectives further clarify more specific abilities students should acquire.

  1. 1. Broad knowledge and understanding of the various issues facing the Asia Pacific region
    1. Understand important social science issues involving the Asia Pacific Region.
    2. Understand differences between issues of the Asia Pacific Region and other regions.
  2. 2. Advanced knowledge of discipline
    1. Understand the theories important for the discipline being studied
    2. Understand the current important areas for research in the discipline.
    3. Apply theories using standard methodologies and current analytical tools.
  3. 3. Global perspectives
    1. Understand interdisciplinary theories involving the Asia Pacific region and how the region interacts with other regions.
    2. Understand critical perspectives of the Asia Pacific region from a global view.

Curriculum Alignment Matrices (CAM)

GSA utilizes Curriculum Alignment Matrices (CAM) to give an overview of the expectations for what students should learn in each subject within their master program. The left-most row of the matrix indicates the given subjects. Enlisted in the upper columns of the matrix are the seven Learning Objectives and three Learning Goals they are aligned with.

When planning your course registration, please refer to the CAM linked below to find out more about what you will learn in each subject.