Intensive Lecture Course by Prof. Claudia Neu (University of Göttingen) in February 2022

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: Trouble in Paradise?” (Special Lecture on Natural Resources Economics IVB) , taught by Prof. Claudia Neu from the University of Göttingen, Germany in February 2022. 

[Course Title]

[Intensive, Second semester]

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

“Rural Sociology: Trouble in Paradise?”

[Number of credits]

1 (one)


Prof. Dr. Claudia Neu

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


February 2022 

This course is scheduled to be held in February 2022, but the exact schedule is yet to be finalized and will be announced later.

※Note for M2 students who are scheduled to complete their Master’s degree program in March 2022:
You can earn one credit by successfully completing this intensive course. However, this one credit may not be counted towards the minimum 30 credits required for completion of Master’s degree program because of the timing of this course. It is highly likely that this course will be held after the assessment process for M2 student’s completion of Master’ degree program is complete.

[Course Format]


The course format (online or in-person) is yet to be decided and will be announced later.



[Overview 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”, etc. 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 (※ Syllabus will be uploaded shortly).


[For Academic Credit]: 

   ■Students at GSA (Graduate School of Agriculture):

     Please register on KULASIS according to the following schedule: 

       ・September 21- October 11:  Timetable creation

       ・October 12- 13: Registration

       ・October 16- 19 :  Correction

       ・October 21 (5:00 pm): Confirmation of registration

   ■Students at other Graduate Schools

   Students at other Graduate Schools also can register for this course on 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 details about the course registration procedures.

[For Auditing (non-credit)]:

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

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


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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