In the Geography course, students can study various fields in geography, including urban and economic geography, cultural and social geography, political geography, and geographic information theory. We provide an environment that is conducive to research in terms of both hardware and software, with a focus on education in small groups. There are also a large number of independent research groups, some comprising a combination of faculty members and graduate students, others with solely graduate students, and others with collaborations between courses and graduate schools. Our goal is to foster graduate students who are skilled in fieldwork, who are sensitive to the issues of the contemporary world, and who have a holistic approach to thought and action. We also have an active program of research exchange with overseas universities and take a proactive approach to accepting international students. We have built up a wealth of experience of accepting students from other universities, and with inclusive supervision, more than 30 such students have already taken up research positions at universities and other similar organizations. As a center for graduate-level learning in the Kansai Region in the field of human geography, we have established a reputation for excellence in research, education, social contribution, and international exchange.
Students in the master’s program will focus on writing their master’s thesis while taking classes with an emphasis on seminars. Students in the doctoral program are required to make oral presentations at academic conferences and submit papers to academic journals. Students are also encouraged to make presentations at international conferences. While there are no particular restrictions on the research topics of graduate students, it perceived that in recent years many have chosen to specialize in urban research. Both master’s and doctoral students are assigned a chief supervisor and an assistant supervisor, respectively, to provide detailed one-on-one supervision. Students are eligible to request a doctoral degree after completing the third year of the doctoral program. As a general rule, students are required to submit at least three papers published in peer-reviewed journals and at least 300–400 pages of original content on 400-character manuscript by the designated submission date. A student was granted a doctorate of letters in AY 2006, three students in AY 2008, one student in AY 2009, and one student in AY 2011.
Work with Academic Societies
We are primarily active with the Human Geographical Society of Japan, and many students and staff from this course are active as researchers at the COE Urban-Culture Research Center and Urban Research Plaza.
|Professor Toshio Mizuuchi||Professor Toshio Mizuuchi is associated with the sociogeographic research on the current status and historical background of urban social and housing problems.|
|Professor Takashi Yamazaki||Professor Takashi Yamazaki deals with political and social geography research on global political and economic changes and local social movements.|
|Professor Ryoji Soda||Professor Ryoji Soda is concerned with human geography, population migration, resource use and management, disaster culture, and Southeast Asian area studies.|
|Associate Professor Yoshinari Kimura||Associate Professor Yoshinari Kimura is concerned with geographic information systems, geodemographics, and application of GIS in the fields of healthcare and medicine.|
|Associate Professor Taku Sugano||都市問題・社会問題などの社会的課題の解決にかかわる社会地理学的研究|