Practical Seminar on Developing Sustainable Local Communities  (3400011)
Common Subjects
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Interdisciplinary Subject
Instructor  :  Professor TAKANO, Masao
Professor YOKOYAMA, Satoshi
Credits  :  4
Semester  :  All Year
Class schedule  :  Mon.   5th
Classroom  :  Seminar Room 3/Environmental Studies Hall
This seminar aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn “Clinical Environmental Studies(CES)” which is trans-disciplinary approach of Environmental studies 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 goal is to understand the concept of clinical envrionmental studies, to analyze the issues of the study site and to offer adaquate treatment to the issues.
The day and time of the class will be adjusted following the schedule of the participants. Contact to TAKANO fast.
Notice: Because of Covid-19 pandemic, there is a possibility that the following plan to visit Lao can not be carried out.
1) Lecture and textbook reading to understand the basic concept of CES.
2) Training on communication and interview.
3) On-site Research Training (ORT)
◆The fields are Higashi-Shirakawa Village in Japan and a rural community in Laos. Higashi-Shirakawa Village is a typical rural community in Japan where dense linkages are established between nature and human beings as, while problems of 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: The students will make presentation on the research outputs to receive the comments and feedback from the local stakeholders at Higashi-Shirakawa Village.
5)Reporting (January)
It is required to read textbook and related papers, to discuss in the team of the survey and to prepare the presentation after the class.
Considerable level of communication ability in English is required.
The university covers almost transportation fee of field survey however a part of it would be needed, and the actual expenses of food and accommodation will be needed.
Maximum number of the students is limited to be 7 to 8, the participants will be selected when exceed the number.
Grading Criteria
Contribution to seminar 30%, Contribution to the field survey 40%, Contents of report and presentation 30%
The students are required to understand the concept of clinical envrionmental studies, to analyze the issues of the study site and to offer adaquate treatment to the issues.
Course Textbook
Watanabe, Seiichiro et al. (Eds). “Rinsho Kankyo Gaku (Clinical Environmental Studies),” Nagoya Daigaku Shuppan Kai (Nagoya University Press), 2014 (in Japanese).  Another textbooks will be indicated in the class.
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 : Partially in English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese only
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
Prof Masao Takano,, #721, Environmental Studies Building
Please send e-mail to Takano for participation.
Consultation and discussion are available by e-mail except the time of class.