Practical Seminar on Developing Sustainable Local Communities  (000011)
Common Subjects
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Interdisciplinary Subject
Instructor  :  Professor TAKANO, Masao
Professor YKOYAMA, Satoshi
Credits  :  4
Class schedule  :  Mon.   3rd
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 3/Environmental Studies Hall
This seminar aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn “Clinical Environmental Studies(CES)” which is seeking to contribute to develop sustainable local communities, by means of mutual learning with residents and local governments in the partner regions. The fields are rural areas in Japan and Laos. Students are to consider the sustainable ways of development suitable for both Japan and Laos exchanging opinions with students from/in Laos. This research will be conducted through the comparison of local communities in two countries that are at the different stages of the development; Japan is at the end of the economic development period, on the other hand, Laos is still at the beginning of their development. The participating students will also propose their ideas to stakeholders in communities. This is one of the Nagoya University ESD programmes. The students from other graduate schools are welcome.
1) Lecture and textbook reading to understand the basic concept of CES.
2) Training on communication and facilitation
3) On-site Research Training (ORT)
◆The fields are Shirakawa Town and Higashi-Shirakawa Village in Japan and a rural community in Laos. Shirakawa Town and Higashi-Shirakawa Village are typical rural community in Japan where dense linkages are established between nature and human beings as well as between people, while such problems as decreasing population and aging exist. In Laos, the economic growth has just started and the institutions and policies of the nation has changed drastically and the changes of local communities and family lives have occurred.
◆Field work in Japan (3 days with 2 nights stay in July, tentative): The students will learn community development activities
◆Field work in Laos (10 days in November, tentative):
4)Presentation in the field (December): The students will make presentation on the research outputs to receive the comments and feedback from the local stakeholders at Shirakawa Town and Higashi-Shirakawa Village.
5)Reporting (January)

The students visit the field without transportation fee, however the actual expenses of food and accommodation will be needed.
Maximum number of the students is limited to be 10, the participants will be selected by drawing lots when exceed the number.
Grading Criteria
Attendance 30%, Contents of report and presentation 70%
Course Textbook
Watanabe, Seiichiro et al. (Eds). “Rinsho Kankyo Gaku (Clinical Environmental Studies),” Nagoya Daigaku Shuppan Kai (Nagoya University Press), 2014 (in Japanese).
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Please make sure to subscribe both “personal accident insurance for students pursuing education and research (PAS)” and “liability insurance coupled with PAS” (Japan Educational Exchanges and Services).
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials :
▪ Oral explanations :
▪ Questions in English :
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
Prof Masao Takano,, 052-747-6548, #421, Education and Research Center for Sustainable Co-Development, Environmental Studies Building