Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 11044001 Subject Classification Peace Science Courses
Subject Name 国際平和への記憶学
Subject Name
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Memories Studies Towards International Peace
ファン デル ドゥース ルリ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Mon5-8:Online
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
(More Details)
In principle, the classes will be online, but some workshops with guest speakers will be face-to-face. Detailed timetable will be announced in advance via MOMIJI and Moodle. Learning Modes: Lectures, discussions, PowerPoint presentations, films and other audio-visual materials will also be used in class. 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 21 : Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Peace Education
Eligible Students All students
Keywords SDGs_1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16, & 17, Memory Studies, Peace Studies, Discourse and Visual Representation Analyses, Empirical Research, Educational Psychology, Positive Peace, Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Populism, the Media and AI, Heritage Studies, Tourism. 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status within
Liberal Arts Education
This course falls within the discipline of Peace Studies 
Expected OutcomeUpon completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) identify different facets of a specific social phenomenon related to memory; (2) identify the instances in which social psychology has shaped public memory; (3) analyse and explain different representations of memory, separating recorded facts from experienced or projected memories; (4) take a logical approach to discussing variance in interpretations of historical events by identifying contributing factors; and (5) consider the role of memory in the state of "peace" in local and international settings, drawing on the knowledge and skills gained from this course. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Contemporary studies of the concept of memory have three elements: (1) memory as the physical functional area where information is stored; (2) memory as the mental process of handling information through actions such as learning, remembering, and recalling; and (3) memory as the specific content of an event, whether experienced or projected. This course will focus on the third element of memory. We will examine how interpretations of past events can shape contemporary public opinion and social attitudes, discuss how memory plays a role in the creation and resolution of world conflicts, and consolidate the basic skills and methodology of memory studies.  
Class Schedule lesson1:Overview and Introduction to Memory Studies
lesson2:Memory Studies and the Concept of Universal Peace
lesson3:Language, Literature and Memory Studies
lesson4:Constructing National Memories
lesson5:War memories and the Atomic Bomb Experience
lesson6:Memories. Records, and Exhibitions
lesson7:Identity and Memory
lesson8:Populism and Memory
lesson9:The Media, Digital Memories, and AI
lesson10:Forgetting and Inheriting Memory
lesson11:Les Lieux de Mémoire and Tourism
lesson12:Memory and Reconstruction: Hiroshima’s Memorial Sites
lesson13:Cross-border Memories
lesson14:Introduction to Empirical Research Methods in Memory Studies
lesson15:Review and Feedback

Assessments are based on two short reports (one peace monument visit report and one end-of-term report, 40% each) and weekly responses to a brief questionnaire on the lecture contents (20%). There will be no oral or written examination.

Two short reports and weekly online questionnaire are compulsory components of this course.
Please note that the order of classes may change depending on the progress of the class and the timing of workshops with special guests. 
Teaching materials will be provided each week as required. There are no set textbooks, but the following are recommended as references:
②Olick, Vinitzky-Seroussi, & Levy (2011)The Collective Memory Reader, OUP.
③Hook (ed.) Excavating the Power of Memory in Japan, Routledge. ④山田、岡本(2021)いま私たちをつなぐもの、拡張現実時代の観光とメディア、弘文社. ⑤Gabriel A. Radvansky (2017) Human Memory、Routledge. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Text・Handout・Voice text・Picture(Video/PC/Other)
Lectures will be mainly delivered orally and often using PowerPoint presentations. Internet access is required.  
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Each week, make a list of keywords from the lectures and then regularly search for news articles using these keywords on NHK and commercial news websites. Using real examples, examine how memory can affect individual lives and societies, and consider how the discourse of 'remembered' events can shape public opinion and influence individual and collective social attitudes. 
Requirements Teaching will be in Japanese, but films and audio-visual materials in English with Japanese subtitles may be used to demonstrate a range of memorial representations around the world. Printed handouts will be in Japanese, but English versions will be available on request (subject to availability).
**Students who do not submit the "Monument Visit Report" will not receive credit.  
Grading Method Assessment will be based on two short reports (one on the visit to the Peace Monument and one on the end of the semester, 40% each) and weekly responses to a short questionnaire on the content of the lectures (20%). There will be no oral or written examination.  
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it The instructor and guest speakers have a wide range of practical experience of working with the media and international organisations, including the United Nations and OECD. 
Message For over seven decades, Hiroshima and its citizens have struggled with the memory of the atomic bombing, while at the same time establishing itself as a city of collective consciousness striving for universal peace. There is much to be learned from the experiences of the city's people. It is my hope that this course will help you to develop a flexible attitude and international perspectives to issues of remembrance, and encourage you to continue to engage with issues of conflict resolution and peace building. 
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 credits will not be awarded.
【Period of the report submission】
The 1st term course--> from April 30th to May 13th
The 2nd term course--> from July 1st to July 8th
The 3rd term course--> from October 28th to November 7th
Night program course--> Follow teachers’ instructions
See the link below for further details.
In case the number of registered students exceed the upper limit, a computerized random selection will be carried out. 
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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