Overseas Field Research

Numbering Code G-ECON31 6A907 FE43
G-ECON31 6A907 FE31
Year/Term 2021 ・ Intensive, Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type lecture and field research
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Intensive
Instructor name HISANO SHUJI (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The goal of this course is to help students understand better the current economic and social situation in East Asia by participating in a field trip to various sites in the region as well as an intensive cross-cultural and interdisciplinary program (interactive lecture and seminar classes) organized with a support from our counterpart university. The students are expected to develop a sense of reality on the ground with an international comparative perspective.
Course Goals Students taking this course are expected to acquire experiences and skills to conduct field research on various settings and analyse the complex and dynamic processes of economic development and socio-cultural interactions in various countries. It is our goal that participating students enhance their understanding and critical sense of reality of the economic, social and political systems from a multidimensional and multidisciplinary perspective.
Schedule and Contents This course is designed mainly for master's students of the international programme (EA course) who join PhD students in the course of "Field Research in East Asia", "Field Research in Europe", or other international field research programmes organised by Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit (KUASU) . The detail will be announced later. Students can register for this course even after the registration period.

Examples of field research in the past years:
○China in March 2013
○Thailand in August 2013
○South Korea in August 2013
○Indonesia in September 2013
○Netherlands and Germany in January 2014
○Thailand in September 2014
○Germany in December 2014
○Scotland in February 2015
○Netherlands in March 2015
○China in March 2015
○Thailand in September 2015
○Germany in December 2015
○Netherlands in March 2016
○Thailand in September 2016
○Germany in December 2016
○Netherlands in June 2017
○South Korea in February 2018
○Thailand in February 2018
○Taiwan in November 2018
○Thailand in November 2019

NOTE: 2020 overseas field research programme was supposed to be held in Indonesia, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was cancelled. Instead, an international joint graduate workshop was held in March 2021 online, joined by our partner universities in Thailand and Indonesia. It is not sure yet if and how our overseas field research programme will be organised in 2021.
Evaluation Methods and Policy This course requires ex-post registration.
Grading will be based on active participation in discussion and other activities during the orientation and the actual trip (including a presentation at an international joint workshop at our partner university) and the quality of student essay on the field trip.
Course Requirements Students are required to have a sufficiently high level of English language skill as well as basic knowledge of the country and region that students are going to visit. There might be a selection process based on such required language skill, motivation and suitability in terms of academic/occupational interest.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will be required to prepare for a student workshop (i.e. presentation material), interviews (e.g. questionnaires), and field activities.