Environmental Issues in East Asia

Musashi University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Issues in East Asia

  • Host University

    Musashi University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    This course explores how environmental transformations have intertwined with socioeconomic, cultural, and political processes in East Asia. The class focuses primarily on China, Japan, and Korea. Placing nonhuman nature at the center of East Asian history, politics, and societies, this course considers the changing relationships that people have developed with nonhuman actors and actants in this part of the world. Some of the major topics that we will discuss include forestry practices, water control systems, agriculture, climate, ecological change on imperial borderlands, war and the environment, human-animal interactions, economic development and pollution, and the growth of environmentalism. Students will be evaluated on their participation, short-writing assignment, field reports, and a final writing assignment. English is the language of instruction and evaluation.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.