Human Resource Development


(1) Fundamental Subjects (required elective)
This subject examines environmental issues that were not sufficiently considered through conventional environmental concepts; for example, the relationship between ethics and the environment, and the impact of the environment on human developmental physiology and psychology. Through this examination, this subject discusses the expansion of perspectives required for modern environmental issues.

Subject NameScience and Conscience (2 credits)
Instructor(s)KOHARA Katsuhiro (Graduate School of Theology, Center for the Study of Conscience) and others
OverviewFrom the perspective of “conscience,” which is the fundamental principle of Doshisha’s education, this subject will extract issues related to ethics and the environment beyond the boundaries of the natural sciences and the humanities/social sciences, and clarify their essence. In particular, the subject will serve as a platform that organically connects the themes of subjects in the Next Environment Collaborative Creation Course so that participants can feel the enjoyment of engaging in discussions across different fields.

Subject NameAdvanced Lectures in Psychological and Environmental Science (2 credits)
Instructor(s)ITAKURA Shoji (Center for Baby Science), UCHIYAMA Ichiro (Graduate School of Psychology)
OverviewIn this Advanced Lectures, participants will study the relationship between the environment and the mechanisms in the typical emotional development observed during the growth of babies and in the process of growth/aging observed in human beings. While comparing what is learned with the results of the latest brain science research, participants will discover new points of contact with the environment surrounding human beings.

Subject NameAdvanced Lecture in Literature for Environmental Literacy (2 credits)
Instructor(s)KANATSU Kazumi (Graduate School of Letters)
OverviewToday, global environmental issues are growing more serious and various environmental protection movements are becoming increasingly active in Europe and the United States. Factors contributing to the movements for conserving nature and the concepts of ecology that progressed in the 20th century were the overseas interaction of British and American romanticist literature, the penetration of this literature into society, and the establishment of eco-criticism. In this lecture, we will discuss the awareness obtained through the rapport between nature and human beings in literature, and will question the form of the Next Environment in conjunction with reflection on the anthropocentric environment.

(2) Regional Environmental Subjects (required elective)
Participants will study why differences occur in the religion, culture, and social systems which are the essence of environmental issues involving regional science. By examining the Islamic region as an example, participants will learn why it is necessary to change our consciousness. Through these subjects, participants will acquire an understanding of issues associated with the expansion of global business, issues related to the growth of related solutions businesses, and guidelines for those solutions.

Subject NameLiteracy for Deciphering the Modern World (2 credits)
Instructor(s)NAITO Masanori (Graduate School of Global Studies)
OverviewBased on an examination of social issues such as religious conflicts, oil policy, market culture, and other social issues in Islamic cultural areas such as the Middle East—issues which often seem like distant problems to Japanese people—participants will acquire fundamental knowledge and backgrounds for changing their awareness.

Subject NameTheory and Practice of International Conflict and Mediation (2 credits)
Instructor(s)TAKASUGI Naoshi (Graduate School of Law)
OverviewIn this subject, participants will identify regional issues and consider indicators for solving those issues in international intellectual property rights, corporate legal affairs, contracts, and mediation.

(3) Environmental Technology Subjects (required elective)
Based on actual examples, participants will learn how the concept of social common capital is important for solving the environmental issues created by technological development. They will also study the foundation of development methods which enable technological innovation for contributing to the achievement of sustainable economic targets.

Subject NameSpecial Lecture on Next Environment (2 credits)
Instructor(s)WADA Yoshihiko (Graduate School of Economics)
OverviewDoshisha University has a tradition of social common capital research. Focusing on the concept of an ecological footprint that connects environmental load and one's own lifestyle, participants will study examples to obtain a deep understanding of the ideal form of economic activities based on the premise that there is a finite amount of natural resources in terms of forestry issues, energy issues, etc.

Subject NameIntellectual R&D Methods for SDGs (2 credits)
Instructor(s)GOTO Takuya (Faculty of Science and Engineering), ISHIKAWA Masamichi (Institute for Advanced Research and Education)
OverviewParticipants will study the actuality of R&D management that considers “Responsible Consumption and Production,” which is one of the 17 goals of the SDGs. The subject will introduce an outline of the SDGs, intellectual methods for research strategy planning, and technological system development (nuclear power development, space development, product development, etc.). Participants will examine the ideal form of technology that is comfortable for people and society.

(4) Future Design Subject (2 credits, required)
Regarding environmental themes, this subject will use methods from the natural sciences and humanities methods to extract and organize major issues, and to co-create a scheme for solving said issues together with the participants. Specifically, by imagining their current selves in the future, participants will devise technical ideas from the perspective of future generations and engage in practical exercises for prototyping new technology based on design thinking.
*For details, refer to the page on Future Design Seminar

(5) Mission Research (2 credits)
In this subject, participants will establish missions to be pursued by cooperating with on-campus researchers and off-campus collaborative institutions such as research institutes and corporations, and will propose R&D for realizing those missions. For promising research proposals, joint research contracts will be signed and joint research will be implemented.