Intensive Course by Overseas Lecturer – Environmental and Ecological Issues in East Asia


Course name: ”Environmental and Ecological Issues in East Asia”
Instructor/Affiliation: Dr. Paul O’SHEA, Lecturer, Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University (Denmark)
Dates: June 20-24, 2016
Code: GSP 363| Syllabus


The course was offered by Dr. Paul O’Shea and he is specialized in Japan-China relations as well as political economy, energy and food issues in Japan, and published widely on these issues.

The rapid economic development during the past century in East Asia helped alleviate poverty in the region but it also came with the price on its environmental condition. The environmental issues linked with politics and economics make the issue complex. The course examined these issues, through the case studies of China and Japan, by focusing on energy policy of post-Fukushima, pollution that crosses boundaries, and food safety.

The lectures first examined the way Japan grew into the leader in the region to promote environmentally-friendly growth with the strength of a technology. It then moved onto the environmental issues in China and discussed possible policy approaches. The next topic was the problems of food safety and security in East Asia, from the perspectives of the complex political and economic relationship between China and Japan. The final topic was the energy concerns in Japan particularly after the Fukushima incident.


At the end of the course, students made presentations on the small course project.

Dr. O’Shea said he was impressed by the hard work and active class participation of AIU students. The AIU faculty members also had the chance to discuss the situation of internationalization of universities in Europe and in Japan.

This intensive lecture was funded and organized by the Global Human Resource Development Project at AIU.

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