Field Research in East Asia

Numbering Code Year/Term 2021 ・ Intensive, Second semester
Number of Credits 1 Course Type
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Intensive
Instructor name HISANO SHUJI (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
YANO GO (Graduate School of Economics Professor)
IVINGS,Steven (Graduate School of Economics Associate Professor)
RALANDISON,TSILAVO (Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research Program-Specific Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of this course is to help students better understand the current economic and social situation in Northeast and Southeast Asian countries by participating in a field trip to various sites in one of the regions (e.g. China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia) as well as an intensive cross-cultural and interdisciplinary programme (e.g. interactive lectures, seminar classes, and joint graduate workshop) organised with the support of our partner universities (e.g. Renmin University of China, Kyungpook National University, National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Thammasat University, Kasetsart University, Chulalongkorn University, and Gadjah Mada University). Through participation students are expected to acquire a sense of the reality "on the ground" with an international comparative perspective.
Course Goals Students taking this course and participating in a field trip are expected to benefit from first-hand experience and acquire skills needed to conduct field research in various settings and to analyse the complex and dynamic processes of economic development and socio-cultural interaction in the region. It is our goal that participating students enhance their multidimensional and multidisciplinary understanding and critical sense of reality regarding economic, social and political systems.
Schedule and Contents Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not sure yet if and how our field trip programme can be organised in 2021. For the academic year 2020, as a programme planned to be held in Indonesia was cancelled, we instead organised an international joint graduate workshop online in March 2021, joined by our partner universities in Thailand and Indonesia, so that participating students could obtain credits from this course. There will be a possibility to do the same if the pandemic situation would not allow any international travel. In whichever case, there will be a selection process prior to the field trip or the workshop, and therefore students cannot register for this course in advance without approval.
Evaluation Methods and Policy This course requires ex-post registration. Grading will be conducted on the basis of field trip participation and a presentation given at a graduate workshop, as well as the quality of the completion report submitted by the students.
Course Requirements A sufficient level of English communication skill for conducting field research activities is required, as is a sufficient degree of progress in research in order to present at a joint graduate workshop. It is possible for doctoral students to register for the course and obtain credits twice (as maximum). However, these separate registrations must be in different years/semesters.

Due to the limitations of budget and space, a certain number of students will be selected to take part in the course (i.e. a field trip programme of the year). Students who have registered (or will register) in the AGST Top Global Course ( will be prioritised.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are required to prepare well for field trip activities and the joint graduate workshop.