弘前大学大学院 地域社会研究科

Regional Culture

弘前大学大学院 地域文化研究講座

Elective subjects

Social Dynamics of LocalityHirai, Taro

This course investigates the practice and ideal of community in Japanese peripheral area, asking students to engage in specific projects aimed at strengthening the public sphere and fostering community life. This course will pay particular attention to the struggles of depopularised communities. Coursework will include contemporary and historical case studies.

Regional studies from a socio-ecological perspectiveSugiyama, Yuko

This lecture gives an introduction to regional/area studies from a socio-ecological perspective, based on intensive fieldwork and interdisciplinary research. Theories and research methods of ecological anthropology, as well as, other related social sciences will be focused on through examining research reports.

Special lecture for dynamics of earth surface environmentKoiwa, Naoto

This lecture introduces to the relationship between the geomorphological features and human life in the Nishitsugaru area from the viewpoint of physical geography. Students obtain knowledges by field observation about as follows; (1) geological and geomorphological development of the Shirakami mountains which have one of the highest uplift rates in Japan, (2) the development process of marine terraces and river terraces formed by the repeated climate change of about 100,000 years, (3) relationship between physical environment and the human life that is carried out there.

Protection and Utilization of Buried Cultural PropertiesSekine, Tatsuhito

We meet examples and investigate the problems about research, protection and utilization of buried cultural properties which account for big weight in cultural properties protection administration. In addition, we pursue better directionality how we plan adjustment of local promotion and the protection of buried cultural properties.

Soundscape Studies: Interdisciplinary PerspectivesImada, Tadahiko

The concept of soundscape, proposed by the Canadian composer R. Muray Schafer, can be considered as the idea of perceiving various the sound of nature, artificial sounds of cities and out of cities, sounds of the day and night, and music, for example, as total scenery. Soundscape studies is also a method of research that not only conceives of sounds as physical objects, but is concerned with what kind of sounds people are hearing, and what their values are in interpreting particular areas as of sound.  Referring music, education, other arts and the environment, this lecture attempts to contribute to that discourse.

Folk Culture and “Region”Yamada, Itsuko

This course aims to develop research methods from a new perspective by critically examining folk studies related to the Tohoku region of Japan.

Literature and Locality in Modern JapanOzaki, Natsuko

This course introduces contents of the dichotomy between “Tokyo” and “the region” to students taking this course.
Keywords: homeland, city, country, Rissin-shusse (success in life)

Seminars

SeminarsHirai, Taro

This course introduces students to action research as a method of improving regional studies. Students will gain hands-on experience doing research in local communities. The course will explore the relative strengths and potential challenges of different approaches to
regional studies, as well as ethical issues. All students will be trained on how to ethically conduct research involving human subjects.

SeminarsSugiyama, Yuko

This seminar focuses on the research methods and theories of the study of local communities from a socio-ecological perspective through reading ethnographies and research reports. This year, gender and resource distribution will be the main topic of the seminar. Students shall submit assignments regarding the above mentioned papers.

SeminarsKoiwa, Naoto

In this seminar, participants will carefully read the papers on geomorphology in Nishitsugaru area and discuss the significance and problems of the research. In addition, the field survey will be conducted after reading the topographic map of the survey area and interpretation of the aerial photographs. In the field survey, students will learn geomorphological and geological survey methods, and organize and analyze the samples collected by field survey in laboratory. The purpose of this seminar is to objectively evaluate previous study by students through these tasks.

SeminarsSekine, Tatsuhito

We think about how we should make use archaeology documents in the display,display commentary books, and display pictorial records at Archaeological Research Center For Northern Japan, Hirosaki University. Let’s learn the effective public method of the archaeology document in a practical experience.

Doctoral SeminarImada, Tadahiko

The main thrust of the seminar concerns the concept of soundscape, which was proposed by the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, as an apparatus of making visual and performing arts. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding of how musicians and visual artists in both historical and contemporary praxis, have used their own artistic ways of thinking in response to soundscape. The following aspects in today’s visual and performing arts will be practiced and discussed: 1) Soundwalk; 2) Keynote Sounds; 3) Sound Signal; 4) Soundmarkd; 5) Graphic Score; 6) Art Project; 7) Universal Design in Music.

SeminarsYamada, Itsuko

This course aims to build a model that will advance understanding of folk religions from daily life and culture in Tohoku region of Japan.

SeminarsOzaki, Natsuko

This course deals with the local literature.

Special lectures

Special lecturesHirai, Taro

This course prepares the student to do regional studies using a variety of disciplines. The course material encompasses both quantitative and qualitative methods in the discussion of the basic components of the regional studies proces. In addition to action research techniques, the course also acquaints the student with critical issues in the philosophy of science, ethical questions, and how to write a research result.

Special lecturesSugiyama, Yuko

This is a special lecture for the preparation of the Ph.D thesis.
1) Reveiwing previous research papers to find the students’ original research theme
2)Learning the methods of effective research design and fieldwork, as well as data analysis
3) Presentation of research results and discussion

Special lecturesKoiwa, Naoto

In this lecture, students will find problems in preivious studies in the research area selected by the students, and it also enhances the development student’s skills to solve the problems by using the geomorphological survey and analysis methods learned in the seminars.

Special lecturesSekine, Tatsuhito

We consider the local activated actual situation and problems utilized various cultural assets for an example in Masakicho, Hokkaido.

Directed Individual StudiesImada, Tadahiko

Directed Individual Studies examines various issues surrounding the arts, using keywords such as soundscape, music, music education, the body and philosophy.

Special lecturesYamada, Itsuko

We will review written folk records of the past and analyze the environment surrounding them in order to establish methodology to describe folklore in the present day.

Special lecturesOzaki, Natsuko

The aim of this course is to help students acquire the necessary skills and knowledge (about Japanese modern literature and culture) needed to achieve a better performance in their studies.

Course Catalog

Regional CultureRegional Political Studies
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