7431016 Geography

Numbering Code U-LET31 37431 LJ39 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.2
Instructor name OYAMA SHUICHI (Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course In recent years, when we carry out surveys in Africa, we have found amazing phenomenon at the huge number of changes that have taken place, in moreover, all sorts of spheres: in the population increase and urbanization, in the economy (oil and mineral exploitation, flow of goods, activities of foreign investors), in the environment (use of forest resources, the effect of ecosystems, and climate change), and in the legal and electoral systems. In this class we will consider the transformations that are occurring in natural and social environments of Africa and how researchers should approach them, through lectures and practical training.
Course Goals You understand the changes of physical and social environments in sub-Saharan Africa and acquire the multiple skills for data-collection and analysis.
Schedule and Contents Lectures will take place on the following topics.

1. Explanation of class and preliminary arrangements
2. Nature in Africa (1)
3. Nature in Africa (2)
4. Population dynamics in Africa
5. Land tenure system and
6. Customary land and chifdom system in Africa
7. Globalization and the poverty issue
8. Are African peasant farmers poor?
9. Why are there witchcrafts in Africa?
10. Climate change and desertification
11. Circulation economy and urban-rural nutrition transfer
12. Armed conflict among farmers and herders in Sahel
13. Why does terrorism occur?
14. The potential of Area Studies and its contribution to society
15. Summing up

Please note that lectures may be adapted in accordance with the number of students and their interests and concerns. I will adopt several times of practices using laptop computer with MS-excel and free software.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation will be based on a combination of two things: evidence of understanding of lecture content(30%) and report for practices(70%).
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) About practices, we use the laptop computer with free downloaded software and MS-excel. You need to work for the practices, other than time of class.