Curriculum

Interdepartmental Exchange

To get a general idea of the diverse areas of study in the Division of Biological Science, Kyoto University.

(2017FY: April 4-9, 2017)

Sasagamine Field Science Course

To learn survival skills as the basis for future fieldwork. Activities include:
- Wildlife observation
- Climbing Hiuchi Mountain (2,420m)
- Night-time bivouac practicum (improvised encampment)

Snow season: March 22-26, 2017

Koshima Field Science Course

To learn the basis of wildlife research. Conduct observation on wild Japanese macaques (protected species) in Koshima, the birthplace of Japanese primatology. Required to develop independent research topic (e.g., Identification of food items in feces)

(2017FY WRC: April 16-22, 2017 / PRI: April 23-29, 2017)

Yakushima Field Science Course

To learn the basis of wildlife research. Conduct fieldwork on animals/plants in Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. English is the official language in this course to facilitate exchange of ideas with international participants, e.g. from Tanzania, India, Malaysia and elsewhere. Samples collected during the course will be used in the following Genome Science Course.

(2017FY Spring: May 13-19, 2017)

Genome Science Course

Complementary to the Yakushima Field Science Course. Designed for participants who expect to engage in both laboratory work and fieldwork. Beginner (direct sequencing) and advanced (next generation sequencing) courses are available. English is the official language as in the previous course. The samples from Yakushima will be used to perform various experiments and analyses. Students give a poster presentation at the international symposium scheduled on the last day of the course.

(2017FY Spring: May 22-26, 2017 & May 31, 2017)

Comparative Cognitive Science Course

To learn the basis of comparative cognitive science. Understand the procedures in cognitive experimentation and behavioral observation. Work with chimpanzees and horses.

Animal Welfare Course

Students learn about animal welfare in captive animals. They will engage in activities for environmental enrichment, feeding enrichment, and cognitive enrichment. They will also learn basics of behavioral observation and comparative cognitive science which are needed in practicing and evaluating those enrichment activities.

March 15-17, 2017

Zoo/Museum Course

To get practical experience in environmental education in the field of primatology/wildlife science as well as to learn to work as a curator, one of the three exit points of the PWS program. This course provides lectures by zoo technicians and practical training as zookeepers.

(2017FY July 8-10, 2017)

Fieldwork (designed by each PWS student)

To develop skills in planning projects aimed at one or more of the three exit points (goals) of the PWS program (i.e., conservation specialization, curation, outreach). Required to design/conduct individual overseas training projects.

外国語の習得

Foreign Language Requirement for the Kyoto University Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Research

Because of its strongly international focus, PWS encourages all students to make their best efforts to become multilingual ambassadors of animals and their environments. Students are therefore required to become proficient in at least one foreign language in addition to their native language, i.e. mother tongue, and even encouraged to work on additional languages.


For all students whose native language is not English, the foreign language requirement is met by showing satisfactory progress in the English language over the course of the PWS program. For international students whose native language is English, the foreign language requirement must be fulfilled using another language of their choice.


Proficiency in English, as well as any other required foreign languages chosen by students, will be evaluated at the end of each academic year by PWS faculty and other language facilitators.


In addition to the required foreign language, students are also strongly recommended to become proficient in a second foreign language. For both required and recommended foreign languages, students should choose a language which will most strongly benefit their graduate work in the PWS program or related future work (e.g. English plus a local language spoken in the area in which students are conducting fieldwork).


Note that language training is to be fully initiated and maintained by students, following a self-study paradigm. However, PWS faculty can help by facilitating self-study, such as through connecting students with native speakers of their respective language choice(s) (language facilitators) and/or directly communicating with students about or in some cases even in their chosen language(s).


For students wishing to pursue further foreign languages, PWS faculty will do its best to encourage and facilitate such wishes. Our ultimate aim here is to motivate students to become active members of the international community, where having command of multiple languages is a clear primer for success.

Asura International Seminar

- Irregularly scheduled international seminars
- Lectures from researchers, government officials from the United Kingdom, Congo, Brazil, Butan, etc.
- Official language: English

Buddha Seminar

- Toward the “Harmonious Coexistence with Human and Ecological Community on This Planet” (Kyoto University’s Mission Statement)
- Lectures from WWF officers, ambassadors, governors, etc.
- Official language: not specified

CICASP Seminar

CICASP conducts a weekly CICASP Seminar in Science Communication which aims to develop students’ skills in scientific communication and critical thinking. The goal is to enhance your ability to communicate your own results, discuss scientific topics in English and critically assess scientific literature.