Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Letters
Lecture Code BH203002 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 自然地理学概論
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Introduction to Physical Geography
ゴトウ ヒデアキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Fri5-8:LET B204
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 12 : Geography
Eligible Students
Keywords natural geography, natural environment, topography, historical topographical development, disaster avoidance, tsunamis, earthquakes 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Geography, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Basic knowledge of Geography, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Landform, which is the essential element of naturem, is changing when it is seen from historical perspectives.  Topographic change, one of the environmental changes, occurs suddenly. This sort of change is often considered as a disaster. In this lecture, consider unique features of landforms found in Japan, introducing natural disaters. Also, observe disaster prevention systems created by people 
Class Schedule 第01回 topography and natural disasters, scales of topography and topographic changes
Lesson 02  topography of volcanos and Japanese volcanos
Lesson 03  Geomorphic development of volcanos
Lesson 04  Volcanic disaster and hazard maps
Lesson 05  Earthquake and dislocation
Lesson 06  Fault Topography and active faults in Japan
Lesson 07  Prediction of earthquake and
Lesson 08  Disaster caused by earthquake and topography
Lesson 09  Inter plate earthquake and uplifted coastal area
Lesson 10  Environmental change in the Quaternary period development of coastal terrace
Lesson 11  Unique features of tsunami and disaster casused by tsunami in the past
Lesson 12   Formation of mountains by internal influencーFeatures of the terrain and the Geology of the Japanese archipelagoー
Lesson 13 Formation of mountain folds by erosion and slope disaster
Lesson 14  Depositional landform in Japanese plains
Lesson 15  Microtopography in plains and floods 
Class summary and chart will be distributed.
The references will be introduced in the class. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Projector, whiteboard,3D glasses(provided in the first lecture) 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Through quizes, review what you have learned through classes 
Requirements Particpation in sports events, teaching practice, intensive classes, and other classes  is considered as absence. Hiroshima University regulates that80 % attendace rate as a requirement fpr credit. (Students who miss more than four classes will fail to pass) 
Grading Method Small tests(Tiwce/ 20 points each) and the final examination( 60points) 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message We hope that students willl deep their understanding of this field of study by using images of three-dimentional landforms and terrain maps, as well as conduct physical geographical experiments. Through this class, we hope that students will consider disaster prevention. 
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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