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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Applied Biological Science
Lecture Code L9810011 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Resource Management
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Resource Management
Instructor To be announced.,HOSONO KENJI
タントウキョウインミテイ,ホソノ ケンジ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Inte:ABS C203
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
2 + intensive experiment or field trips
Schedules may be changed according to the field trips.  
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 03 : Economics
Eligible Students AIMS-HU incoming students, and students.
Keywords Social Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainable Consumption, Responsible Production, Tragedy of Commons, Resource Management, Conservation, Ecological Knowledge, Participatory Approach, Local-based Approach, Commons,   
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)
Applied Biological Science Program
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding regarding applied biological sciences
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
In Resource management, we have a wide variety of topics and issues to be discussed. In this class, we will focus on the sustainable use of food resources and its management needed. This class has three objectives.
1. Students learn the issues and topics of sustainable use of food resources that have widely been discussed at local level and global level. What happens in tragedy of commons will be an important topic.   
2. The recent dynamic changes of utilization frameworks of food resources will be a focal point. We will understand Ostrom's theory on common pool resources.
3. Students study in depth the theoretical framework and development of policy and implementing program for sustainable use of food resources at local level.  

Field observation and study in rural communities of Hiroshima Prefecture will be planned. We will study on local resource management in Japan, and have discussions on case studies in Southeast Asia, such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and any other countries.  Students are expected to actively participate into communications and discussions in this class.   
Class Schedule Lesson 1 Topics and Issues on Food Resource Management
  How do we sustainably use and conserve food resource?
Lesson 2 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and food resource management (1)
We learn and understand SDGs, through discussions on Goal No.2, No. 12, No. 14, and No.15. Texts and papers prepared by UN (United Nations), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), and FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) are available.  

Lesson 3 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and food resource management (2)
Why transforming food and agriculture is needed?  By referring to FAO's papers, principles and actions for sustainable food resource management are discussed and proposed. We refer to reports of World Food Systems Summit, too.

Lesson 4 - 7 Field survey in Ini village, Aki Ohta town
Students are invited to a rice harvesting festival on terraced paddy fields. Ini village was selected as one of the Top 100 Terraced Paddy Fields in Japan. Guided by farmers there, students observe agricultural activities and resource management. Students will learn how farmers and villagers manage scarce resources. How people conserve food, water and forestry resources will be our concerns.   

Field survey will be on October 1 (Sunday), all day long.

Lesson 8
(1) Group discussion on the result of field survey, and making a brief report.

(2) Definition of property right:
Public goods, private goods and property right

Lesson 9

What is the Tragedy of Commons?
Certain natural resources in agriculture, forestry and fisheries are
used as common property. People and society have to establish a sustainable framework of management; otherwise, they face the Tragedy
of Commons.

Discuss on cases of depletion of renewable resources and degradation of environment in Asia.  Students are requested to give a brief presentation on counntry's experiences.

Lesson 10-11 Framework and approach of decentralized resource management

Customary laws and traditions in local resource management are discussed. Lessons learnt through traditional and ecological community-based management in Southeast Asia. Students are assigned to give brief presentations on several case studies.

Lesson 12-15 Feild survey in Sera Town.
Before noon, the director of 6th order industrial network in Sera higland gives us a lecture regarding the outlines of agricultural-related activities in Sera Town. In the afternoon, students can paeticipate to one field survey selected by each student from three fields; a cooperative rice farm, a fruit farm and dairy farm in Sera Town.

Lesson 16
(1) Discussion on the result of field observation, and making a brief report.

(2)Discussion on advantages and disadvantages of decentralization, and community-based resource management,

Lesson 17-18

Observation on coastal fisheries maangement around Hiroshima University's Campus. Akitsu area has developed oyster culture in sustainable way.  We learn self-regulation and good governance of costal fishing grounds.   
Lesson 19-20  Elinor Ostrom' Nobel Prize Memorial Speech
" Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems" (Video is available on Youtube.)
Her theoretical framework and its development are discussed.
Lesson 21
How do FAO (Food & Agricultural Organization and development agencies promote sustainable use of resource management in Aisa?

Lesson 22 Conclusion
Our direction towardd sustainable food reousrce management.

Presentation and report.

Two of one-day research trips will be planned, One is to Ini (Aki Ohta Twon) on October 6(Sunday). You conduct field surveys while harvesting rice. Another is to Sera Town on November 18.
Any text materials will be available though Moodle/Bb9.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides a number of texts and references including case studies.  
PC or AV used in
(More Details) PC projector will be used to show the slides. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Follow the instruction of each lecturer.    
Requirements This course is provided in English. 
Grading Method Participation & Presentation (70%) and field trip report (30%) will be evaluated.
90-100%   Excellent (S)
80-89    Very Good (A)
70-79 Good (B)
60-69 Fair (C)
0-59 Fail (D)
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message Students have good chances to practice in Japanese agricultural communities,  and to learn theoretical framework of food resource management.  With foreign students' participation, we exchange experiences on sustainable use of food resources and ideas.   
Other This course is provided by the AIMS/Peace-HU program. 
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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