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Landscapes in Transition: Environment, Culture, and Society in China and Japan

Among the most pressing issues for the 21st century are water scarcity and security, and conflicts over land’s purpose, management, and access. Addressing these issues requires knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines, and experience applying these in real-world settings.

Landscapes in Transition provides opportunities for students to explore issues related to water and land in China and Japan in courses in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Additionally, field studies will allow a sub-set of students who have completed Landscapes courses to gain hands-on experience applying what they learned in China (May/June 2017 and 2019) and Japan (May/June 2018 and 2020). There they will work closely with local experts and students.

Priority in selecting students for field studies will go to students who in addition to completing two landscapes core courses, will have studied Chinese and/or Japanese and taken one or more elective courses offered in the program. Students selected for field studies will enroll in an orientation course in the spring semester prior to their travel to China or Japan. Landscapes in Transition is supported by the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment and is undertaken in partnership with Henan University and its Yellow River Institute (Kaifeng, China) and Akita International University (Akita, Japan).

For more information on the China: Rivers in Transition program

For more information on the Japan: Landscapes in Transition program