Environmental and Social System Science Course

・Objective of the Course

Engineering fields such as conservation of the natural environment, hydraulic engineering, waste disposal, etc. and social science fields such as environmental economics and environmental politics are closely related each other. The purpose of this course is to comprehensively integrate these fields and to cultivate professionals who are responsible for sustainable management of social infrastructure.

・Contents of the Course

Specialized subjects in engineering and academic fields concerning regional, infrastructure and disaster management plans and management technologies, river basin management, policies, ecosystem conservation and their related policy development are arranged. In addition, field survey and study to implement the management of the local natural and social environments and practical education with an awareness of on-site management will be conducted.
The educational system of this course can be divided into three fields; civil management and engineering field, river basin environmental science field, and environmental social management field, depending on the connection with the master’s course, the acceptance of international students and the aim of students. Because this course integrates arts and sciences, either Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) or Doctor of Philosophy (Interdisciplinary Science) will be awarded upon the completion of the program. In the River Basin Environmental Science Major, lectures are given in English in order to develop professionals capable of solving international environmental and social problems.

・Admission Policy

We seek for individuals who have eagerness for learning urban planning, disaster management / damage reduction, infrastructure maintenance, regional development, river basin management and ecosystem conservation. We also seek for individuals who hold an ability of intellect, judgment and expressiveness, and who have an attitude to learn in collaboration with a diverse of people on an autonomous basis, in order to tackle with real problems.