Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2022Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 11038001 Subject Classification Peace Science Courses
Subject Name 広島から考える戦争・平和・ジェンダー
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War, Peace, and Gender in Hiroshima
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Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Mon1-4:Online
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Detailed information will be given at the first lecture or via My momiji. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 07 : History
Eligible Students
Keywords War, Peace, Atomic Bomb, Gender, Hiroshima, Feminization of Peace, Structural Volence 
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Liberal Arts Education
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◆Course Object
(1) To understand modern and contemporary history of Hiroshima from the perspective of gender.
(2) To be able to examine the structure and politics of how representations of the atomic bombing and peace have been gendered.

◆Course Outline
In this course, we will consider the modern and contemporary history of Hiroshima from the perspective of gender, from its development as a military city, through the destruction and loss of life caused by the atomic bomb, to its reconstruction as the "International City of Peace, Hiroshima". It aims to examine war and peace in Hiroshima from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the connection between representations of peace and war damage and femininity and motherhood, as well as the perpetrating aspects of Hiroshima that are obscured by this connection. 
Class Schedule Lesson1:Introduction
Lesson2: National Integration and Gender in Modern Japan (1) Women
Lesson3: National Integration and Gender in Modern Japan (2) Men
Lesson4: Hiroshima as Victim and Perpetrator
Lesson5: "Atomic Bomb Maidens" and "Mother of Hiroshima"
Lesson6: "Miss Atomic Bomb" Contests and Politics of Beauty
Lesson7: "Atoms for Peace" and Gender
Lesson8: Anti-Nuclear, Anti-Nuclear Power and Gender
Lesson9: Considering "Comfort Women" Issue
Lesson10: "Comfort Stations" of Japanese Imperial Army and US Army
Lesson11: Atomic Literature and Gender
Lesson12: Atomic Movies and Representation of "Innocent Victims"
Lesson13: Overrepresentation and Underrepresentation of Hibakusha
Lesson14: About Hiroshima, Gender, and Zainichi Resource Center
Lesson15: What "Feminization of Peace" Hides
Kanou, Mikiyo. Hiroshima to Fukushima no Aida. Tokyo: Impact Shuppankai, 2013.
Kurushima, Noriko, Hiroko Nagano and Shizue Osa eds. Rekishi wo Yomikaeru Gender kara Mita Nihonshi. Tokyo: Otsuki Shoten, 2015.
Takao, Kikue ed. Hibaku Nanajyunen Gender Forum in Hiroshima Zenkiroku. Hiroshima: Hiroshima Joseigaku Kenkyujyo, 2016.
Yoneyama, Risa. Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory. Berkeley: California University Press, 1999.  
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Lesson 1-15: Read the references and materials, and look up the key words in the dictionary. 
Grading Method Reaction Paper: 30%, Short Paper: 20%, Term Paper: 50%
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  
Other You are required to submit a report entitled "My Approach to Peace" as a common assignment for Peace Science Courses. When you fail to submit the report, the credit will not be given.
【the period of the report submitting】
The 2nd term course--> from June 16th to June 29th
The 3rd term course--> from October 10th to October 23th
The 4th term course--> from December 8th to December 21th
Night program course--> according to the direction of the teachers
See the link below for further details.
【In the case of the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the course, a computerized random drawing will be held.】
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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