Intensive Lecture Course by Prof. Claudia Neu (University of Göttingen) in the week of February 17-21, 2020

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 “Rural Sociology: Transformation in Postindustrial Societies” (Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics IVB) , taught by Prof. Claudia Neu from the University of Göttingen, Germany in the week of February 17-21, 2020. 

[Course Title]

Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics IVB (生物資源経済学特別講義IVB) (Code: FC06000)

 “Rural Sociology: Transformation in Postindustrial Societies”

[Number of credits]

1 (one)


Dr. Claudia Neu

Professor of Rural Sociology 
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development 
University of Göttingen, Germany


This lecture course will be held in the week of February 17-21, 2020. 
The exact schedule and venue for this course will be announced later.

Note for students who are scheduled to complete their Master’s degree program in March 2020:
You can earn one credit by successfully completing this intensive course. However, this one credit cannot be counted towards the minimum 30 credits required for completion of Master’s degree program because of the timing of this course (this course will be held in February 2020 after Master’s theses are submitted and evaluated).






[Outline and purpose of the course]

One of the primary objectives of this course is to introduce students to the principles of sociology in general and key concepts of rural sociology in particular. In addition, we want to provide the analytical tools for understanding the processes inherent to these concepts. Beyond that, the course aims at enhancing students’ ability to identify different research perspectives and to critically discuss and analyze research strategies and methods.

As an introduction to rural sociology, this course is designed to give an overview of the sociological concepts of “rurality”, “demographic change”, “socioeconomic developments and social problems in rural areas”; “repeasantization” (deprivation, rural poverty). We will discuss gender inequality, the future of rural landscape and societies. Lectures outline each of these issues and position them within the context of sociology. We will use seminars to debate key questions raised during lectures and to discuss selected issues based on academic publications.

[Syllabus and 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: 

       ・September 24- October 7:  Timetable creation

       ・October 8- 9: Registration

       ・October 12- 16 :  Correction

       ・October 18 (5:00 pm): Confirmation of registration

   ■Students at other Graduate Schools

   Students at other Graduate Schools also 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 more detailed information about the course registration procedure.

[For Non-credit Participation as an auditor]:

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

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

※Registration for non-credit participation will be accepted on a first-come and first-served basis and will be closed upon reaching the full capacity.


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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