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School of Human Environmental Studies

  • Master's Program

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Course of Human Environmental Studies

A Comprehensive Examination of the Notion of Human Co-existence with the Environment


The Course of Human Environmental Studies explores the educational and research ideology of reevaluating human society, the way we live, and the meaning of comfort and convenience in the context of working towards a model of co-existence with the natural environment. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that transcends the traditional academic distinctions between humanities, sociology and natural sciences, the Course pursues practical education and research on experimental models linked to regional communities in order to gain a broad appreciation of humankind and the environment and to explore the notion of designing modes of co-existence. The Course consists of a combination of theoretical and practical subjects in five key areas: the foundations for social models of co-existence, environmental coexistence, human coexistence, environment education and seminars. Students also submit an extended thesis on humanity and the environment.

Admission Policy

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the Course of Human Environmental Studies, namely, acquiring a broad-based outlook on the human environment without being constrained by conventional fixed thinking along with the ability to make meaningful progress towards the creation of a society based on coexistence that is predicated on the definition of sustainable co-existence. This outlook is based on new value systems that do not posit differences as the basis of confrontation, but rather, proposes a society based on environmental coexistence where human activity prioritizes environmental conservation and maintains the natural environment. This is simultaneously a society that acknowledges and respects our differences and works collaboratively to break down barriers of culture, customs and generational difference. The Course provides students with an educational and research ideology that forms the basis of this definition, namely, a reexamination of human activity from an interdisciplinary perspective that transcends traditional academic distinctions between the humanities, sociology and environmental science. This leads to a reevaluation of the essence of comfort and convenience and works towards the creation of a genuinely rewarding human environment.

Key Research Topics

  • Outlook for government policy on natural water resources
  • Research on aquatic ecosystems
  • Environmental stress responses in plants
  • Environmental education and environmental programs
  • Conservation strategies for flora and fauna ecosystems in the woodlands and forests
  • Comparison of environmental policies in Japan and other countries