2019 History and Current Issues of Economic Development and Environmental Protection

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Sato Yuriko  Ishikawa Tadaharu 
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Course description and aims

Students are expected to deepen their understanding on the history of economic development and environmental protection of Japan and to improve their ability to analyze and propose solution on the current issues of development and environment in their home countries through lectures, discussions and presentations.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the major history and characteristics of Japan's economic development.
2. Understand Japan's environmental problems caused by economic development and the efforts to solve them.
3. Have a clearer view on the causes of the uneven development and environmental destruction in their home countries.
4. Understand the issues related with uneven development and environmental destruction in the countries of their classmates.


Economic development, Environmental protection, Policies, International cooperation, Regional cooperation

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The first five classes will be mainly composed of lectures and discussions. In the last two classes students will give presentations on how to solve the problems caused by uneven development and environmental destruction in their home countries. The wrap up discussion will be held in the last class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of the course, Overview of the history of Japan, Meiji restration and Modernization Details will be instructed in each class
Class 2 Recycle system during Edo period, Environmental pollution caused by the Ashio Copper Mine
Class 3 Industrialization during Taisho and early Showa period, Post-war reconstruction
Class 4 Rapid economic development and iron triangle
Class 5 Environmental pollution, Basic Act for Environmental Pollution Control, Oil shock, Bubble economy and its collapse
Class 6 The specific issues related with development and/or environmental destruction in students' home countries-East Asia, South East Asia
Class 7 The specific issues related with development and/or environmental destruction in students' home countries-South Asia and other regions


No specific text in this course.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

References will be introduced during the course according to the topics.

Assessment criteria and methods

The evaluation of understanding of each class 40%, Presentation 40%, Report 20%

Related courses

  • GEG.S401 : Environmental Policy

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

There is no prerequisite to take this course.

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