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Archivist Training and Archival Studies Course

Following the completion of the Basic Outline for a Public Certification System for Archivists by the National Archives of Japan in December 2018, Japan's Archivist Certification System officially began in fiscal 2020.

In such a setting, at Osaka University, the Archivist Training and Archival Studies Course will begin from the 2021-22 academic year in cooperation with the Graduate School of Letters, Graduate School of Law and Politics, and Graduate School of Economics.

This course helps students to obtain their certified archivist license and perform archival research.

In this course, students can acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary for acquiring archivist certification and learn about the latest trends in archival science.

The Osaka University Archives will confer a certificate of completion for the course to those who earned a total of at least 16 credits: 12 credits in compulsory subjects and 4 or more credits in elective subjects.

Individuals who earn 12 credits in the 6 compulsory subjects in this course will be recognized by the National Archives of Japan as having fulfilled one of its requirements for becoming a certified archivist. (Other requirements are listed at the bottom of this page.)

Contact

Osaka University Archives
Tel:  06-6879-2421
E-mail: office[at]archives.osaka-u.ac.jp (Please replace [at] with @ when contacting this address.)

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Course Summary

Compulsory Subjects (2 credits per subject)

Subjects offered by the Graduate School of Letters

  • Introduction to Archives Science
  • Basic Exercise of Archives Science
  • Archives Management Theory L.

Subjects offered by the Graduate School of Law and Politics

  • Information Management Law
  • Legal and Political Informatics
  • Copyright Law

Elective Subjects (2 credits per subject)

Subjects offered by the Graduate School of Letters

  • Early Modern History of Japan S. (Interpretation and Management of Early Modern Historical Documents)
  • Early Modern History of Japan S. (Interpretation of Early Modern Japanese Text in Cursive Form (Kuzushi-ji))
  • Early History of Japan L.
  • Medieval History of Japan L.
  • Early Modern History of Japan L.
  • Modern History of Japan L.

Subjects offered by the Graduate School of Law and Politics

  • Japanese Legal Law
  • Seminar Work (Qualitative Research of Theories and Methods)
  • Japanese Political History

Subjects offered by the Graduate School of Economics

  • Japanese Economic History I
  • Japanese Economic History II

Points of Caution

- Students are recognized by the Osaka University Archives as having completed this course when they have acquired 12 credits in compulsory subjects and 4 or more credits in elective subjects (for a total of at least 16 credits).

- Some courses are only held every other year. For more information, please check the website of the respective graduate school and/or KOAN. (KOAN is only available to OU students.)

- Graduate students at Osaka University can take this course by registering via KOAN.

- In order to be authorized as a certified archivist by the National Archives of Japan, students must complete the compulsory subjects in this course and fulfill the certification requirements mandated by the National Archives of Japan.

- The aforementioned certification requirements are as follows:

(1) Work Experience

・Have work experience using the knowledge and techniques mandated in the Basic Outline for a Public Certification System for Archivists for 3 or more years.

(2) Knowledge and skills necessary for archival work

・Have a master’s degree or equivalent and wrote at least one paper on an archival research project.

- For more details, please refer to the National Archives of Japan’s Handbook for Archival Certification.

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