Intensive Lecture Course by Prof. Keiko Tanaka (University of Kentucky) on June 11, 13-15, 2018

As part of a series of international collaborative courses offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Unit for the Kyoto University Top Global Course (AGST), the Division of Natural Resource Economics will hold an intensive lecture course entitled “Justice and Tyranny: Mobilizing Rural Sociological Imaginations” (Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics VA) , taught by Prof. Keiko Tanaka from the University of Kentucky in mid-June 2018.


[Course Title]

Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics VA (生物資源経済学特別講義VA) (Code: FC08000)

 “Justice and Tyranny: Mobilizing Rural Sociological Imaginations”

[Number of credits]

1 (one)


Prof. Keiko Tanaka

Professor of Rural Sociology, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Community & Leadership Development, Department of Community & Leadership Development, University of Kentucky, USA.


June 11 (Mon): Lect. 1 (8:45-10:15) + Lect. 2 (10:30-12:00)

June 13 (Wed): Lect. 3 (14:45-16:15) + Lect. 4 (16:30-18:00)

June 14 (Thu): Lect. 5 (13:00-14:30) + Lect.6 (14:45-16:15)

June 15 (Fri): Lect. 7 (13:00- 14:30) + Lect. 8 (14:45-16:15)



June 11 (Mon) & June 15 (Fri):

Kobayashi-Masukawa Memorial Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Masukawa Bldg for Education and Research, North Campus

[北部総合教育研究棟1F 小林・益川記念室(セミナー室)]

 ※  Click  here  for a map of Masukawa Bldg for Education and Research

June 13 (Wed) & June 14 (Thu):

Room E217, 2nd Floor, Faculty/Graduate School of Agriculture Main Bldg.

 ※  Click here  for a map of Room E217




[Outline and purpose of the course]

In the current polarizing political climate, what constitutes just and ethical has become increasingly questioned and debated in the public arena. The recent rise of authoritarian populism across the West (e.g., Trump in the US, Le pen in France, Abe in Japan) is undermining fundamental assumptions about democracy and citizenry necessary for building a more just society. Often polarized political discourse on justice is grounded in the greater socioeconomic inequality, emerged in the last three decades. Under the global neo-liberalist political economy, examples of tyranny are everywhere. This course aims to introduce students theoretical and methodological tools of rural sociology to unpack the mechanisms of tyranny in three areas: (a) agriculture and food systems, (b) environment and natural resource management in the rural area, and (c) rural community development. Through the assigned readings and seminar discussions, students will investigate many factors behind greater polarization and inequality. Examples will be mainly drawn from the US. But, students are expected to contribute to the seminar by identifying and presenting their own case studies.

[Syllabus & Flyer]

Please see syllabus and flyer for further information.


[For Academic Credit]

  ■Students at GSA (Graduate School of Agriculture):

     Please register via KULASIS during the designated registration period:

         ・April 3- 19:  Making Timetable,

         ・April 20-24: Registration,

         ・April: 27- May 1 (2 pm): Confirmation and Amendment,

         ・May 2 (5 pm): Finalization

  ■Students at other Graduate Schools: 

  Not only students at GSA but also students at other Graduate Schools can register for this course via KULASIS. However, the registration period may differ from one Graduate School to another. Please contact the student affairs office of your affiliated Graduate School for detailed information about the course registration period.

[For Non-credit Participation]

  Please register with Assistant Teaching Staff Mr. Makoto Kuroda by contacting him at:

  kuroda.makoto.6a[at] (please replace [at] with @)

 by May 31, 2018.


Makoto KURODA, Assistant Teaching Staff, Division of Natural Resource Economics, Graduate School of Agriculture

E-mail: kuroda.makoto.6a[at] (please replace [at] with @)

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