Course Description


Hiroshima is not merely a site memorializing its tragic atomic bombing in the last century, but a dynamic city in the new century, where students from diverse backgrounds can come together to study and discuss issues related to world peace. In this summer course, lectures will be given by specialists in peace research with particular reference to 1) cross-cultural perceptions, 2) perspectives on peace and violence, 3) nuclear weapons, 4) Fukushima and nuclear energy, 5) experiences of survivors, 6) international law and 7) the environmental issues. In addition to the lectures, the course will feature several special programs, including visits to the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum, participation in the Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6th, and discussion with atomic bomb survivors. Both undergraduate and graduate students (in a master’s or doctoral program) are eligible to earn credit in the course.


The aim of this course is to provide students with a general understanding of the nature and attributes of war and peace by illuminating various aspects of wartime experiences, including the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and at the same time, to explore contemporary issues relating to world peace in a global era. It is designed primarily for students who seek to gain a deeper knowledge of the importance of peace-making by participating in lectures, discussions, and featured programs. The course will be conducted in English, so the ability to speak and write in English is essential.


Students’ grades for the course will be based on the quality of their participation in the classes and activities. The grade will also be based on their participation and performance in a group project task where they will have the opportunity to show the knowledge and perspectives they have gained during the course.

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