Course Title : Global Survivability Studies

Code 10F113
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Thu 5th
Location Yoshida, Higashi Ichijokan, Shishukan Hall
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language English
Instructor Kaoru Takara, Junji Kiyono, Satoshi Fujii, Takahiro Sayama, Mika Shimizu

Course Description

Modern global society is facing risks or social unrests that are caused by huge natural hazards and disasters, man-made disasters and accidents, regional environmental change/degradation including infectious diseases, and food security. Introducing such examples at global and regional scales, this subject lectures how to cope with them at national, local and community levels for making the society sustainable/survivable. Future countermeasures are also discussed under the uncertain circumstances such as climate change, population growth, energy and socio-economic issues.

Grading

Attendance to lectures (40%) and Presentation and discussion (60 %).

Course Goals

The objectives of this class are to have basic knowledge about global issues threatening safety and security of the earth society such as catastrophic natural disasters, man-made disasters and accidents, regional environmental change (including infectious diseases) and food security, and to enhance student’s ability to express his/her own ideas and discuss with professors and students from other study areas.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction of Global Survivability Studies 1 Introduction of Global Survivability Studies.
Earthquake disaster mitigation 1 Discuss on earthquake disaster mitigation focusing on lessons learnt from Tohoku EQ.
Mitigation of earthquake damage to historic structures 1 Discuss on the mitigation of earthquake damage to historic structures.
Why we need GSS? 1 Discuss on why we need Global Survivability Studies (GSS).
Global agendas for sustainable development and resilient societies 1 Discuss on global agendas for sustainable development and resilient societies.
Building national resilience in Japan 1 Discuss on building national resilience based on Japanese experiences.
Globalism as totalitarianism 1 Discuss on globalism as totalitarianism.
Public policy and systems approach for global changes in disaster risks 1 Lecture and group work on public policy and systems approach for global changes in disaster risks.
Disaster risk management and governance for global changes 1 Lecture and group work on disaster risk management and governance for global changes.
Water-related disaster risk management 1 Discuss on water-related disaster risk management: concept and recent experiences.
Water cycle and climate change 1 Discuss on water cycle and climate change.
Presentation by students & discussions 4 Presentation by students related to this lectures and discussions on the presented topics.

Textbook

Nothing special.

Textbook(supplemental)

Nothing special.

Prerequisite(s)

Nothing special.

Independent Study Outside of Class

If handouts (teaching materials) are distributed (or downloaded from the website), students should read them prior to the class. They may be distributed at the classroom (or put on the website). Students can make use of them after the class for reviewing lectures and preparing presentation materials and discussion sessions which will be organized in the latter half of the semester.

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Additional Information

This subject is compulsory for students enrolled in the Inter-Graduate School Program for Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies. Students other than ones in Graduate School of Engineering should submit a registration card for taking this class.