Science and Technology for Disaster Mitigation 1B: Social Science Approaches  (3400015)
Common Subjects
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Interdisciplinary Subject
Instructor  :  Professor TAKAHASHI, Makoto
Associate Professor MUROI, Kenji
Credits  :  2
Semester  :  Autumn
Class schedule  :  Wed.   1st
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 1/Environmental Studies Hall
This course provides comprehensive understandings about social and human science approaches to natural disaster that is generally regarded as a social issue. In the end of the course, participating students are expected to understand the basic theories of sociological, psychological and geographical disaster studies, and to propose new paradigms for disaster risk reduction (DRR) relating to their own research topics. (DP3, DP5)
First the basic concepts and theories of the matters of disaster and society are explained followed by discussions of the main topics as follows, in turn from the perspectives of sociology, psychology and geography: why a disaster occurs, how it affects human lives and built environments, how the affected communities are recovered, and how their vulnerability is reduced or capacity for DRR is enhanced. Case studies are about the disasters of the 2011 Tohoku and the 1995 Kobe Earthquakes and the 1959 Typhoon Vera as well as the recent mega-earthquakes in Asia including the 2004 Sumatra and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquakes. The course ends with a debate about new paradigms for DRR that students propose themselves. Students are requested to submit several essays based on their homework both during and after the course. Students are strongly recommended to take also other courses in the "Science and Technology for Disaster Mitigation" series: "1A: Understanding Natural Hazard" and "2: Methodology for Disaster Mitigation". The detail contents and plans are shown in the first class.
Grading Criteria
Based on the essays that students submit and the presentation at the final debate, with level of understandings and performances of the basic knowledge as criteria.
Course Textbook
Not used.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Recommended reference books are shown in the first class, and during the course as well. Questions are opened to the PIC (Takahashi) through e-mail below.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Japanese only
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
M. Takahashi (PIC):