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Structure

As shown in the above figure, the program curriculum consists of themes related to mitigation and adaptation objectives, which are shown as the vertical axis, and themes related to the interests of the private and public sectors, which are shown as the horizontal axis. In practice, all mitigation and adaptation measures require a mixed approach that incorporates the interests of both the private and public sectors. Roughly speaking, the upper half of the graph represents long-term mitigation measures that spread nationally or internationally, and the lower half represents more-urgent and localized adaptation measures. Likewise, the left half of the graph represents more business-minded measures including social entrepreneurship and eco-business ventures, and the right half represents measures relating to policy making and the public sector.

Courses clustered around the center of the figure are the basic and common ones that comprise the core of the program. These common courses include both mandatory and elective courses, which deal with the themes of the environmental monitoring experimentation, community creation experimentation, fieldwork, internships, project courses, Master's theses, and Doctoral dissertations. Surrounding these are courses that deal with fundamental ideas and knowledge relating to environmental innovation and associated cutting-edge technologies and methodologies. The courses involving conceptual framework and advanced research are combined by more than one area, so that students and teachers will not be tied to a specific one. Students can study various approaches and technologies from different areas shown in the graph. Each quadrant on the graph corresponds to a different unit of study: clockwise, from the lower left, these are social entrepreneurship, eco-business, environmental planning and policy, and environmental design. Multiple specialized courses cover each of the quadrants.

In the unit of study relating to social entrepreneurship, students are expected to design a project and a business model for a social business that will bring about social innovation to create smart growth and a lifestyle suited to climate change scenarios, and which is also consistent with private and organizational interests.

In the unit of study relating to eco-business, students will be required to design a new system and a business model on the basis of the principles of environmental economics, so that they can gain experience in the management of green technology and study methods for expediting a shift to a low-carbon society.

In the unit of study relating to environmental planning and policy, students will assess the vulnerability of natural and social systems within local communities by using spatial and sociological methods of research and analysis. They will also research planning and policies for endogenous development, which are resilient to the effects of climate change.

In the units of study relating to environmental design, students are expected to design a low-carbon building or an urban area as a work of architecture or urban planning that is in compliance with the concept of natural symbiosis.

The classification of these units of study into these four areas is not a distinct one. By undertaking those units of study crossing over boundary areas, students will be able to take initiatives in various fields. Example roles include working as social entrepreneurs who excel in urban policy or as highly qualified professionals in urban planning and architectural design. Such social entrepreneurship may also be exercised from the viewpoint of a low-carbon society.