Environmental studies that open up endless possibilities
Message from the Dean
Welcome. Our department was established in 2010 at the Togane Campus. Surrounded by rice paddies, the campus is located in an agricultural area that has traditionally supplied food for the Tokyo metropolis 70km away. With easy access to a famous insectivorous plant colony and satoyama - a unique rural landscape in Japan, Chiba is blessed with a rich ecosystem. Working in this special locality, teachers and students at the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies explore, in both theory and in practice, a variety of issues concerning the interaction between society and the environment, including urban environmental degradation, local landscape and community conservation, and safety and health in modern consumerism. If you are interested in the issues arising in the globalizing world, you are invited to practice here and “think globally, act locally”.
Introduction to the Faculty
The Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies offers an educational program designed to help students take a global view of the environment, while helping them develop a practical approach to current environmental issues. Through this program students learn how to maintain and promote a healthy environment-friendly lifestyle, and how to actively contribute to the creation of greater sustainable development within society. Following the development of the necessary leadership skills, graduates are fully equipped to take a leading role in the formation of a low-carbon recycling society and to assist in the reinvigoration of local communities.
Our curriculum is designed to help students to think and work in a globalizing society and to fully understand the interrelation between society and the environment. Following interdisciplinary courses in these core concepts, students can choose their own area of specialization from among the following fields:
- Urban and/or rural area environmental management;
- Agriculture and food business/culture;
- Horticulture and health
All the courses offered by the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies are designed to help students understand six key elements considered necessary for creating a sustainable society cohabitant with nature.
- ❶ The environment itself
- ❷ The workings of eco-business
- ❸ The activation of local communities
- ❹ The cultivation of a healthy body and mind
- ❺ The effective use of nature and resources in our lives
- ❻ The importance of food culture and cuisine
Based on these elements, students conduct special hands-on projects which in the past have included: an investigation of environmental problems in an area of marshland; the creation of new aroma blends and their effects on health; the cultivation of safe edible vegetables; “Green Roof” projects, and the environmental circumstances of forests within communities.
If you want to lead a healthy life surrounded by greenery, Chiba Togane Campus is a great choice. Our campus has an abundance of green space that allows students to gain a practical education in both agriculture and horticulture. You can enjoy local food, especially handpicked strawberries, and daily fresh farm products are available at the university shop. If you want to explore the rural landscape and local society of Japan, the campus is close to Chiba's inland hills and only a bicycle ride from the Pacific coast. Chiba Togane Campus is also conveniently located to explore Tokyo, the heart of cosmopolitan Japan. We take pride in the diversity on our campus and consider it a center of cultural exchange, offering not only a solid international education but also a variety of Japanese cultural experiences.
Students in the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies prepare themselves for future employment by acquiring qualification certificates, participating in research projects, taking part in various internships and study abroad programs, as well as active participation in extracurricular activities. Each student creates an electronic card and portfolio to keep track of their progress toward their future career. After graduation students have a variety of career options, such as in the fields of environmental business and policy, gardening and green planning, the food industry, healthcare, and education.
Ms. Shu Jakuho
Ms. Shu Jakuho, (China). I studied on the double degree program at JIU for two years from autumn 2012 to summer 2014. I specialized in agriculture and food business, submitting my thesis on a business model based on local community small-scale farming. I am now taking a postgraduate research student course in Sociology at Ochanomizu Women's University.
Ms. Minami Oba
Ms. Minami Oba (Chiba). At JIU I studied both Spanish and English, attending Barcelona Autonomous University for one year on the student exchange program. During my stay there, I worked on renewable energy in Spain. At that time, I became interested in the Mediterranean olive culture, and after my graduation I started working at Shodoshima Healthyland on Shodoshima, a small island in southwest Japan in 2014. This company specializes in locally made olive oil products on the island nicknamed “Olive Island”.
Mr. Shogo Watanabe
Mr. Shogo Watanabe (Niigata). Since I had trained in animal husbandry at high school, I wanted to study about local society's viewpoint of the sustainability of small-scale community farming. After graduating in 2014, I started working for Nakahora Farm, in Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, northeast Japan. This farm manages all aspects of dairy livestock from rearing to sale at market while maintaining conditions that are as natural as possible for the animals.