Cultural Geography  (391430)
Department of Social and Human Environment
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 1 Subject
Instructor  :  Professor YOKOYAMA, Satoshi
Credits  :  2
Class schedule  :  Tue.   2nd
Classroom  :  Lecture Room 1/Environmental Studies Hall
The purpose of this class is to learn the knowledge and research methods of cultural geography to understand the interrelationship between natural environment and human activities.
This class takes the topics of the interrelationship between livelihood activities and physical environment in the cultural geography, and especially focuses on the studies of environmental determinism, culture ecology, political ecology and social ecology.

1) Geographical environment theories
2) Cultural ecology I: Cultural core and eco-system concept
3) Cultural ecology II: External contact and cultural changes
4) Discussion on achievements and problems of cultural ecology
5) Political ecology I: Local system and external system, the early stages of political ecology
6) Political ecology II: Development of political ecology
7) Discussion on achievements and problems of Political ecology
8) Social-Ecological Systems (SESs) I: Concept of SESs
9) Social-Ecological Systems (SESs) II: Adaptive Cycles and Panarchy
10) Development of land use sciences
Grading Criteria
Students must attend more than 80% of the classes. Grading will be decided based on participation  to the discussion on the classes, report and presentation performance.
Course Textbook
Any textbook is not used. Handout is distributed.
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
This course will be generally taught in Japanese. In case the students who don't understand Japanese attend the class, english will be used as needed.
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Partially in English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese and English
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
e-mail address

Room of Instructor
Graduate School of Environmental Studies 625