Urban Geography  (391450)
Department of Social and Human Environment
Course  :  Master's Course
Subject Type  :  Type 1 Subject
Instructor  :  Professor OKAMOTO, Kohei
Credits  :  2
Class schedule  :  Thu.   5th
Classroom  :  Seminar Room 3/Environmental Studies Hall
In geography, "urbanization" means both changes; change from rural to urban in spatial phenomena (land use, landscape, population density, etc) and change from urban to more urban. The course examines previous geographical theories on urbanization and considers urbanization in Monsoon Asia from geographical perspective.
Course contents
1. Orientation: Urbanization in Japanese economic growth era
(2-6 Urbanization in Japan)
2. Domestic migration after the second world war
3. Land use transition and landscape change
4. Change of industrial structure
5. Suburbanzation and local communities
6. Change of time and space in urban daily lives
7-10. Geographical theories on urbanization
11. Urbanization in China
12. Urbanization in Thailand and Laos
13. Urbanization in Singapore
14. Urbanization in Monsoon Asia
Grading Criteria
Writing one report (50%)
Participating in Class Discussions (50%)
Course Textbook
Introduced during classes
Recommended Reference Books, Other Study Material, and notes
Introduced during classes
Language in class
▪ Presentation & Materials : Japanese and English
▪ Oral explanations : Japanese and English
▪ Questions in English : Available
e-mail address / Tel No / Room of Instructor(s)
Environmental Studies Building 617