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授業科目区分
国際学部専門教育科目・専門発展科目・国際理解科目群
担当者 ヨハネス キーナー(講師)
グレード G2
テーマ Changing Inner City Housing Markets in Japan
キーワード 地理,人文地理学,都市研究,ジェントリフィケーション,インナーシティ,まちづくり,都心回帰,geography,urban studies,inner city
開講年度
2017
開講時期
配当年次
2・3・4
単位数
2
授業の目的及び概要 この授業は英語のみで行われる。授業では、国内外の地域について探究する際に有用な、地理学的な空間分析の方法や地域のとらえ方に関して理解を深めることを目標とする。まず地理学の基本的な空間分析の方法・手法を解説した上で、日本における人間環境関係、日本的な生活空間の特徴について、地理学的視点から地域の自然、社会、文化について考察する。さらに、異文化理解の観点から、世界からみた日本の地理の特徴について理解し、英語で説明できる能力を修得する。就業力育成の観点から論理的思考力や幅広い視野を育みます。
履修条件 “Japanese Geography” is an introductory lecture that requires no expert knowledge about geography, and all interested students are welcome. Since the language of instruction is English, a certain level of English is required to understand the content of the class. Nevertheless, the lecture is designed for non-native English speakers, providing detailed explanations of technical terms, giving students the opportunity to improve their language skills.
科目の位置づけ(DP・CPとの関連) この科目は、学位授与の方針(DP)に定める、学生が本学における学修と経験を通じて身につける知識や能力のうち、以下に該当します。1. グローバル化する現代社会の諸問題を理解し、理論と知識をもってその解決に向けて自ら考え、取り組む姿勢を身につけている。

学修の到達目標 This class has two aims:
First, it makes the students familiar with some key-terms and concepts that are employed in geography to interpret our world.
Second, by introducing some recent topics from Japan and doing a fieldwork, it aims also to gives students the opportunity to apply these key-terms and concepts to their surrounding environment.
授業の方法 This class is based on lectures that provide basic knowledge about geography. In order to give feedback, students are required to write short summaries or comments. You will have about 10 minutes for this task at the end of every class. After the first third of this course, a classroom test is scheduled that requires students to answer some open questions about key-terms and concepts in geography. Furthermore, in order to learn how to apply these key-terms and concepts students have to do also a small fieldwork. This fieldwork requires you to go to an area in Osaka that was discussed during class and make some observations. Until the end of class you have to write a short report (about 500 words) based on the observations during the fieldwork and the content of the class.
授業外の学修(予習・復習等) Students are required to review the content of every class and prepare for the test. Furthermore, students have to conduct a fieldwork and write a short report that takes some additional time. On average every week about three hours of self-study time are necessary for this course.
テキスト・参考書 This lecture is not following one central text book, and all necessary information is provided during class through handouts. The following two books are a recommendation to those students who want to do some further reading:

In English:
Paul Knox and Steven Pinch (2010) Urban Social Geography: An Introduction. Pearson.
In Japanese:
竹中克行他編(2013)『人文地理学』ミネルヴァ書房。
成績評価の基準・方法 Students are evaluated through the following three methods:

1. Comments at the end of every class: 60%
2. Classroom test: 20%
3. Short report: 20%
履修上の注意事項など Since the short reports at the end of class are part of the evaluation, it is important to attend every class!
この科目の履修にあたって In the run up to the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Japanese cities are undergoing some tremendous changes. New investments into the built environment, rising real estate prices, or increasing numbers of foreign tourists are only some examples. This class invites students to explore these changes and deepen their geographical knowledge.
オフィスアワー I'm available after every class for questions regarding this lecture.


第1回 Brief Introducton and Overview/The Inner City

This class gives a short overview on this course and an introduction of the key-term “inner city”.

第2回 Economic Context of Cities

This class interprets changes in the urban environment from an economic perspective.

第3回 Political Context of Cities

This class focuses on political ideologies and how they shape cities.

第4回 Cities in a Globalizing World

This class focuses on changes in the urban environment that are associated with globalization.

第5回 Segregation and Congregation

This class introduces key concepts to understand residential patterns in cities.

第6回 Gentrification: Change on the Neighborhood Scale

This class examines neighborhood change by focusing on the concept of "gentrification".

第7回 Resilience: Coping with Change

This class discusses methods of dealing with changing urban environments through the concept of resilience.

第8回 Test/Introduction to Osaka's Inner City

In this class we will do a short classroom test. After the test an introduction on Osaka's geography is given.

第9回 The Development of the Yoseba "Kamagasaki"

This class gives an historical overview on the day laborer district Kamagasaki in Osaka.

第10回 Social Welfare and the Housing Market

This class observes how welfare policies influence the housing market on the example of social welfare.

第11回 Homestay and Guesthouse

This class discusses how homestays and guesthouses influence the housing market.

第12回 Fieldwork: Experiencing the Inner City

This class requires the students to do a fieldwork on their own in preparation for the short report at the end of semester.

第13回 Retail Shops and Area Revitalization

This class discusses how retail shops can be utilized for area revitalization.

第14回 Challenging Decline through Art Projects

This class discusses how art can be applied for area revitalization.

第15回 Condominiums and the City Center

This class discusses how the construction of new condominiums influences the urban environment.