文部科学省 大学の世界展開力強化事業 ~海外との戦略的高等教育連携支援~

Re-Inventing Japan Project –Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas–

SAIMS Courses

SAIMS Courses at Sophia

For this program, SAIMS participants will be able to take the specially provided courses below at Sophia University and study along with the students from the ASEAN region. Consider global issues through an approach combined from any of a variety of specialized fields with an interesting theme. All courses are in English. Students may enroll in these courses even if they are not participating in the SAIMS Program.

Introduction to Trans-Disciplinary Human Development (TDHD)
(2 credits, required for everyone)

This course provides students with an overview of TDHD, the core concept of the SAIMS Program. In this course, professors from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities will share ideas about how each academic field approaches key issues in human development such as education for sustainable development, the environment and development, aquatic ecosystems, environmental conservation, indigenous peoples and the environments, and food and agriculture.

Fieldwork Seminar “Human Ecology: Rivers
(4 credits, offered from the end of July to mid-August)

This two-week intensive course examines the environmental history and politics of Japan through a discussion-based seminar in Tokyo and hands-on fieldwork in Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of Japan. In 2015, the seminar will focus on the ecological systems of the Kushiro Region, home of the largest protected wetland in Japan.

(Spring/Autumn Semesters, 2 credits)

The Conservation class is designed to provide students with an introductory approach to major topics in conservation by focusing on human activities, specifically water resources management and agriculture.

Since water is one of essential resources for us, how to use water resources is very controversial in environmental issues. While Asian countries use about 60 percentages of available water resources in the world, “monsoon Asian” countries occupy more than 80 percentage of the total quantity used in Asia. Furthermore, the main purpose of its usage is agriculture with paddy fields.

Does the fact mean that monsoon Asian countries “consume” water resources by their agriculture?

This class critically examines the current global state of water resources, the function of paddy field in ecosystem, the relationship with market mechanism, and how to use water resources in future.

Urban Ecology
(Spring/Autumn Semesters, 2 credits)

Human interactions with the environment are extremely complex and dynamic to the extent that no single discipline can develop effective recommendations to address that complexity.  Urban Ecology is a seminar course which provides basic knowledge about the complexity of those interactions and examples of critical interdisciplinary approaches to dealing with it. The course is structures as a mix of lectures and discussions, providing the basics of thinking behind an integrative, multidisciplinary knowledge about the interplay between the people, societies and diverse environments. The specific focus is at urban environments. Relevant aspects of urban planning and design will be discussed in detail, and provide concrete examples of implementation of current thinking about sustainable development.

Environmental Change and Human Development
(Spring/Autumn Semesters, 2 credits)

The course provides the basic historic and theoretical background for understanding the interaction between the humans and the environment. The Key components are historic approach to development, evolution of human settlements, attitudes towards nature and urbanization and environmental impacts. Theories addressing human interaction between the humans and their environments will be discussed through the lenses of various conceptual frameworks arising, such as environmental ethics, eco feminism, social justice, deep ecology, etc. The course is designed as an interactive learning environment for transdisciplinary exchanges. It equally relies on lectures and seminars.

Environmental Science
(Spring/Autumn Semesters, 2 credits)

The Environmental Science class is designed to provide students with an introductory approach to major topics in environmental issues by the way of critical thinking.

Active participation of students is expected.

Sustainable Development
(Spring/Autumn Semesters, 2 credits)

Students in Sustainable Development class will learn an introductory approach to major topics in Sustainable development. “Sustainable development” means how balance economic growth and environment not only for us but also for the future generation. What is the historical backgrounds, who are the expected stakeholders, and how do we deal with the problems?

Active participation of the students is expected.

A Critical Approach to Sustainable City
(Spring/Autumn Semesters, 2 credits)

The course provides students with basic understanding the key concepts and theories of urban sustainability and tools to critically reflect on those ideas. The topics covered include: theoretical background and philosophical basis of sustainability, key concepts in planning, design and governance for sustainable future and examples of best practice. The course will address current and emerging trends in urban sustainability through the a series of lectures, multimedia presentations, case study analysis and guided group seminars with an aim to expose the students to interdisciplinary nature of research and practice of sustainable development.