Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AQS00701 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Rural Revitalization (地域活性化)
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Rural Revitalization
Instructor QU MENG
キョ モウ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Mon1-2:IAS K206
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 13 : Area Studies
Eligible Students
Keywords SDG_03, SDG_05, SDG_08, SDG_09, SDG_10, SDG_11, SDG_12, SDG_14, SDG_17 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Multidisciplinary subjects 
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding  to fully recognize the mutual relations and their importance among individual academic diciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to specify necessary theories and methods for consideration of issues.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The general ability to discover issues based on the ethics in research and subjective intellectual interests, and make planning to solve them.

Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding to fully recognize the
mutual relations and their importance among individual
academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to specify necessary theories and methods for the consideration of important issues.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to think in an interdisciplinary way to discover issues based on ethical research practices and subjective intellectual interests, and propose a plan to solve them. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Students will identify rural decline issues by presenting these issues through visual representation and providing possible solutions for regional development. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Class Introduction, the background of shrinking rural (both global and Japan)
lesson2 Scientific theories of regional revitalization
lesson3 Demography of the population decline through visual data representation
lesson4 Students’ presentation by using demographic data to identify the regional issue
lesson5 Re-thinking about regional issues: the spatial theories and balancing new and old
lesson6 Revitalization case study 1: exogenous efforts through the art festival
lesson7 Revitalization case study 2: endogenous efforts through in-migrant
lesson8 Students’ group presentation - providing a possible solution on the regional issue 
Readings will be announced in class 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) PC-necessary, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
1 - Read literature related to rural revitalization (both global and Japanese)
2 - Same as above
3 - Read related literature on visual data representation
4 - Familiar with how to use https://www.e-stat.go.jp
5 - Read literature related to rural area activation space theory
6 - Read literature related to exogenous theory of revitalization of rural areas
7 - Read literature related to endogenous theory of revitalization of rural areas
8 - Prepare possible solutions for rural area revitalization group presentations
Requirements Know the basic level of using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. 
Grading Method Atcive participation in class attitude (30%), in-class groupwork interaction (30%), assignment: report and presentation (40%) 
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it Worked as academic secretary for "Xucun International Arts Festival" Rural Area Revitalization Project in Xucun International Art Community, Shanxi Province, China.
Worked as Koebi volunteer member for Setouchi Triennale 2016-2019
Worked for Japan Osakishimojima Mitarai "Shiosai" art festival for researching and promoting depopulating island community.
Introduce those experiences as background knowledge in class (classes 1, 2, and 6).
Message Bring your laptop to class and Microsoft Excel should be installed. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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