2021 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Social System

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Murayama Takehiko  Nishikizawa Shigeo  Tokimatsu Koji  Takahashi Fumitake  Sato Yuriko 
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Mon7-8(S611)  Thr7-8(S611)  
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Course description and aims

Current environmental problems are complex and diversified, covering various topics from daily life to global issues. Environmental policies play important roles in coping with these problems. In the first part of this course, students will learn the basic ideas and importance of environmental policies through historical overview of environmental pollution and waste problems. Then, they will focus on environmental risks through the case study of asbestos risk assessment. The concept of environmental risks is becoming increasingly important with the advancement of science and technology. Since environmental policies need to cope with the changing social and economic conditions and emerging issues, the basic methodology of policy evaluation will be explained in the latter half of the course. Students will also learn the economic assessment of energy related policies and the system of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) including consensus building, which is crucial to prevent environmental problems.

Student learning outcomes

(1)To be able to explain what is environmental policy
(2)To understand the history of environmental pollution and issues
(3)To understand the concept of environmental risk
(4)To understand the methodology of policy evaluation
(5)To understand the energy related evaluation methods
(6)To understand Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system


Environmental Policy, Environmental Pollution and Issue, Environmental Risk, Policy Evaluation, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy Policy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Classes will be mainly composed of lectures, with periodical discussions and/or short report writing.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, Energy Policy To understand current status and major issues of the energy mix
Class 2 What is environmental policy? Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment Theory of environmental impact assessment
Class 3 Green Dilemma due to developments for renewable energies To understand social acceptance of renewable energies and green dilemma issue
Class 4 Old environmental problems and policy 1400-150 years ago Historical review of environmental problems/policy
Class 5 Root of modern environmental policy in Japan - Minamata disease A Case study of environmental pollution
Class 6 Environmental policy in our daily lives  Case studies of current environmental policies
Class 7 Energy systems analysis for policy making Systems analysis
Class 8 evaluationsOverview of risk management approaches Analysis of life cycle assessment
Class 9 Economic valuation in environmental economics to environmental policy Method of economic evaluation in environmental
Class 10 Basic concept and activities of program/policy evaluation in and out of Japan Understand the basic concept and activities of program/policy evaluation in and out of Japan
Class 11 Method of program/project evaluation 1 Understand the method of program/project evaluation using logical framework
Class 12 Method of program/project evaluation 2 Understand the other method of program/project evaluation
Class 13 Cases on environmental risk Theory of risk analysis
Class 14 Life cycle assessment Theory of risk management
Class 15 Considering risk communication Methodologies of risk communication policies

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not specified (Some materials will be provided in each class)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified (Some materials will be provided in each class)

Assessment criteria and methods

Assignments in each class 75%, report 25 %

Related courses

  • GEG.S401 : Environmental Policy
  • GEG.E501 : Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEG.S501 : History and Current Issues of Economic Development and Environmental Protection
  • GEG.S402 : The economics and systems analysis of environment, resources and technology
  • GEG.S402 : The economics and systems analysis of environment, resources and technology
  • ENR.A408 : Economy of energy system
  • GEG.S502 : Sustainable Finance

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites

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