Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code ASB09101 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 医療社会史
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Social History of Medicine
ナカムラ エリ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Tues5-8:IAS K109
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture-oriented class, DVD will be used. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : History
Eligible Students
Keywords eugenics, eugenic thoughts, the Eugenic Protection Law (1948-1996), forced sterilization, reproductive health & rights 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
This is an introductory course for the history of eugenics and eugenic policies in Japan, but its level is intermediate because of comparisons with examples from around the world and the use of some English-language websites. 
Criterion referenced
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
◆Course Objectives
1. To understand the historical development of eugenics and eugenic thoughts in Japan from the end of the 19th century to the 20th century.
2. To understand the main issues and research on eugenics and eugenic thoughts.

◆Class Outline
Eugenics, which was born at the end of the 19th century, aims to improve the genetics of children to be born and human populations by artificially interfering with reproduction. Eugenic thoughts, which aims to improve the genetic quality of human beings, includes a wider range of ideas that are not limited to academic fields. Eugenics is still a big issue, including a mass murder at Sagamihara care home in 2016, lawsuits seeking state compensation for forced sterilization under the former Eugenic Protection Law, and bioethics issues related to advanced reproductive medicine. In this course, students are given an overview of the establishment and development of eugenics and eugenic thoughts in Europe and the United States, and learn how they were introduced and developed in modern Japanese society. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Aims of This Course and Basic Concepts (Introduction)
lesson2 The Birth of Eugenics in UK (The Origin of Eugenics)
lesson3 Eugenic Policies in US (The First Compulsory Sterilization Act)
lesson4 Eugenic Policies in German (Can Eugenics be identified with Nazism?) *assignment 1
lesson5 Eugenic Policies in Scandinavia (Welfare State and Eugenics)
lesson6 Watching a Documentary Film (the Eugenic Protection Law) *assignment 2
lesson7 Eugenic Policies in Japan (1) late 19th - 1910s (Introduction of Eugenics)
lesson8 Eugenic Policies in Japan (2) 1920s (Development of Eugenic Movement
lesson9 Eugenic Policies in Japan (3) 1930s - 1948 (the National Eugenics Law)
lesson10 Feedback on assignment 2 (Eugenics in the world)
lesson11 Eugenic Policies in Japan (4) After WW2 (Enactment of the Eugenic Protection Law)
lesson12 Eugenic Policies in Japan (5) 1950s – 1970s (Development of the Eugenic Protection Law) *assignment 3
lesson13 Controversy over the Eugenic Protection Law (1) The Second Wave Feminism (Reproductive Health & Rights)
lesson14 Controversy over the Eugenic Protection Law (2) Disability Movement (Inner Eugenic Thought)
lesson15 Life Science and Eugenics (Newgenics)

*Students will submit a term paper after all classes. 
Yonemoto, Shohei, et al. Yūseigaku to Ningen Shakai. Tokyo: Kodansha, 2000. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Textbooks, handouts, and videos. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Lesson 1-15: Read the textbook and materials. 
Requirements If it will be an online class, some changes to the syllabus may be made. Please be sure to check with Bb9 in advance. 
Grading Method Term Paper: 40%, Reaction Paper: 20%, Assignments: 40%
If you do not attend at least 2/3 of the class, you will not receive credit. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
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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