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江戸川大学

College of Sociology
Department of Contemporary Sociology

SPECIAL TOPICS

Off-campus opportunities for learning and growth

A strength of learning in the Department of Contemporary Sociology is the fieldwork where students visit and investigate actual places to interact with what they are researching on. There are also off-campus opportunities to communicate the findings.

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Training in the United Nations and UNESCO headquarters

In Motoko Oyadomari’s seminar in August 2015 students visited the oldest national park in Iran Golestan National Park.The park is known for its lush greenery although located in the dry land of Iran. In spring, the park becomes true to its name which means ‘Rose Park’, where many roses and colorful upside-down tulips flower.This fieldwork in the national park was the first program in our university to conduct research in the Islamic world.Out students stayed in lodges as a local base for natural conservation. Students conducted an investigation on how to sustain the stability of the local community and ecological conservation at the same time. Also the students interacted with the people active in the field and it was an opportunity to learn many things. In addition, students visited countries such as Australia, Italy, and the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) etc to conduct research according to their research topic.

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Research in national parks around the world.

During the overseas specialized training (Second Year) students complete fieldwork based on themes related to the specialties of the lecturer.In 2015 the museum and cultural heritage course students visited France and the United Kingdom and investigated ‘the Cultural Landscapes of World Heritage’ (landscapes formed by the collaboration of man nature and the environment).Students attended a lecture regarding cultural landscapes and world heritage at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.The participating students each decided their own theme of research and presented their findings at the ‘Cultural Landscape Research Meeting’ sponsored by the Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute.

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Create and protect the attraction of the ‘Hill Town’.

The town of Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture with its narrow and steep streets with stairways extending through the town becoming a popular tourist attraction.There are still roads that cars and heavy machinery still cannot pass through so building new houses or renovations is a difficult task. An issue of the area is how to reuse the old empty buildings in the region.Taro Kanda, a graduate student of this university (graduated in March 2012), participated in the NPO ‘Onomichi Empty House Rehabilitation Project’ events while he was a student.He was fascinated by the town when he visited for the first time. After graduation, he became a member of the NPO organization he worked with.Apart from using abandoned building as accommodation facilities, the NPO held events to experience renovation of old houses called ‘Onomichi Architecture School’. While creating a community for the next generation effort is being made also to keep the Onomichi town scenery for the following generations.

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Advance your own research and give its presentation off-campus

Sayaka Ozawa of the Department of Contemporary Sociology (graduated in March 2016) presented her research at the Biological Diversity Center in Chiba Prefecture.The example of the effect of solar panels on nature and residential environments was explained with the theme of “the effect of solar panels on regional environments and biodiversity”.Edogawa University collaborates with Chiba Prefecture in researching biodiversity, and every year both students and faculty present their research findings.

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Present the results of internships

Tsubasa Takagi (Third Year) participated in and internship at ‘Michi-no-Eki Yachiyo’ (roadside rest area and shop).He was responsible for the retail of produce sourced directly from the farmer as well as PR for the special ‘Yachiyo Nashi’ pear.He also participated in ‘Chiba Prefecture’s Michi-no-Eki Symposium’ due to his experience.He reported that in Yachiyo there are direct interactions between producers and consumers which formed a “face-to-face relationship”. He proposed to promote the voices of producers, the good points of farm products, and the ways to cook them through the internet.

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