Graduate School of Global Food Resources Hokkaido University

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Curriculum and requirements for completion

To foster individuals with extensive knowledge and expertise who can understand diverse, multi-layered food resource issues and propose/implement specific solutions, comprehensive compulsory, compulsory elective and elective subjects are provided from the perspectives of “Production,” “Environment” and “Governance.”
To graduate, students are requried to attend the school for two years or longer, earn at least 33 credits, including at least 21 credits in compulsory subjects and at least eight credits in compulsory elective subjects (six credits in theme subjects, two credits in fieldwork subjects), and pass an examination and test concerning their thesis and specific research project. Students who have completed the master’s degree program of the Graduate School of Global Food Resources are awarded the degree of Master of Food Resources in accordance with the Hokkaido University Regulations concerning Academic Degrees.

Subjects provided

Compulsory Subject s(12 subjects)
Subject classification Subject name No.of credits No. of cedits requried for completion
General Subjects (5 subjects) ・Introduction to Global Food Resources 2 At least 21 credits
・Production in
Global Food Resources
2
・Environmental Sciences in Global Food Resources 2
・Governance in Global Food Resources 2
・Ethics in Global Food Resources 1
Fieldwork Subjects ・Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources I 1
・Preparations and Analyses for Wandervogel Study Trip I 1
・Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources II 1
・Preparations and Analyses for Wandervogel Study Trip II 1
Seminar and Study Subjects (3 subjects) ・Seminar in Global Food Resources I 2
・Seminar in Global Food Resources II 2
・Dissertation Research in Global Food Resources I 4
Compulsory Elective Subjects (17 subjects)
Subject classification Subject name No.of credits No. of cedits requried for completion
Theme Subjects (12 subjects) ・Bio-production and Technology 1 At least eight credits
*at least six credits in Theme Subjects and at least two credits in Fieldwork Subjects
・Postharvest Technology 1
・Sustainable Production 1
・Food and Health 1
・Environmental Resources Science 1
・Soil and Water Management 1
・Environmental Analysis
and Monitoring
1
・Environmental Management 1
・Global Food Resource Economics 1
・Analytical Economics 1
・Comparative Rural Sociology 1
・Statistical Data Analysis 1
Fieldwork Subjects (5 subjects) ・Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources III 1
・Preparations and Analyses for Wandervogel Study Trip III 1
・Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources IV 1
・Preparations and Analyses for Wandervogel Study Trip IV 1
・Wandervogel Research Internship in Global Food Resources V 〔1〕
Elective Subjects (22 subjects)
Subject classification Subject name No.of credits No. of cedits requried for completion
・Leadership and Career Skills in Global Food Resources 2  
・Research Communication in Global Food Resources 2
・Fundamental Sciences for the Students from Arts and Humanities 2
・Global Comprehension 1
Special Lecture in Global Food Resources ・GMO, Food and Agriculture 1
・Diversity in Agriculture 1
・Animal Reproduction Technology 1
・Bioenergy 1
・Resources Oriented Sanitation for Family Farming and Smallholder Farming 1
・Water-energy-food Nexus 1
・Economic Policy 1
・Topics in Econometric Analysis of Agriculture and Related Fields 1
・Economics of Agricultural R & D 1
・Agricultural Resource Economics 1
・Food and Gastronomy 1
・Sustainable Fisheries Management 1
Special Topics in Global Food Resources ・Viticulture, Enology and Wine Marketing 1
・Ecosystem under Changing Climate 1
・Political History of Modernization in Rural Community 1
・Political History of Rural Community under the Globalization 1
・Statistical Analysis of Food Security 1
・The Future African Rural Society 1
Total At least 33 credits

Master’s thesis and Research on a specific theme

For completion, students are required to write a master’s thesis or specific research project. Students will choose one in consultation with their supervisor and other faculty members by the end of the first year.

Master’s thesis Research on a specific theme
Students conduct an investigation, experiment and research on a specific food resources issue, and compile the results and achievements as a master’s thesis. Students conduct fieldwork and a case study on a specific food resources issue based on the results of Wandervogel Studies and Seminars. They work on the analysis and evaluation of the issue, seek/create a solution and propose it to society before compiling the results as a research report.

Model of subjects taken (example)

履修モデル(一例)
*Example of taking Wandervogel Study in Global Food Resources III and Wandervogel Research Internship in Global Food Resources V as compulsory elective fieldwork subjects