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Hiroshima University's online classes -Hiroshima University 100 special lectures

In line with its policy of "never stopping learning", Hiroshima University has been working on online classes at COVID-19 crisis.
Students say that online classes allow them to study at their own pace and that they can ask questions more easily than in face-to-face classes.

This site introduces the unique online classes offered by our diverse teaching staff.
There are a total of eight lectures, and these are the introductory lectures for each class.

These classes will be offered to students of Hiroshima University and its partner universities. We hope you will make use of this opportunity to experience the diverse knowledge of Hiroshima University for your own learning.


Lecture :"Global Peace"

We will learn about the philosophy and history of the system of sovereign states that formed the basis of current international relations, and outline the development of global governance and the new international order since the 1990s. We will also learn about human rights violations during conflicts and emergencies, the role of education, and what is needed to protect women's peace and security. Finally, we will explain the history of Hiroshima, the site of the atomic bombing, with the aim of providing an opportunity to think about peacebuilding in the world from Hiroshima.

 Mari KatayanagiGraduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor

 Tatsuo YamaneGraduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor

Part1 "History of Sovereign State System"


Part4 ”Human Rights-based Peacebuilding”


  • Part1 "History of Sovereign State System"(Now available)
  • Part2 "Global Governance and International Order since the 1990s (1)"
  • Part3 "Global Governance and International Order since the 1990s (2)"
  • Part4 "Human Rights-based Peacebuilding"(Now available)
  • Part5 "Education in Emergencies"
  • Part6 "Women, Peace and Security"
  • Part7 "Business, Human Rights and Peace"
  • Part8 "Hiroshima’s Peacebuilding"

Lecture :"Environment and Peace"

Degradation of environment and depletion of natural resources are among the factors that threaten peaceful human life. This class aims to provide basic knowledge of  environmental issues in reltion to peace of the world.

 Takayuki NakatsuboGraduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Professor

Part1 ”Food issues 1”


  • Part1 "Food issues 1"(Now available)
  • Part2 "Food issues 2"
  • Part3 "Climate change 1"
  • Part4 "Climate change 2"
  • Part5 "Biodiversity loss 1"
  • Part6 "Biodiversity loss 2"
  • Part7 "Issues Related to Underground Resources 1"
  • Part8 "Issues Related to Underground Resources 2"

Environment, Energy

Lecture:"An Introduction to Modern Physics"

This course is aimed at students who are not specialists in physics, and will cover topics in modern physics. The aim is for students to be able to discuss radiation from a scientific point of view based on their basic knowledge. Special relativity and quantum theory have revolutionized the way we think about nature. Through this lecture, we aim to understand the essence of these ideas.

 Tohru TakahashiGraduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Associate Professor

  Check! Dr. Takahashi's lecture "Particle Physics Gateway to the Quantum Universe", which was released in February 2021, is a popular lecture with over 1 million views.

Part2-1 ″Basics of Radiation”


Part2-2 ″Basics of Radiation”


Part8  ″What is a Quantum Computer″


  • Part1  ″A Brief History of Physics”
  • Part2  ″Basics of Radiation”(Now available)
  • Part3  ″Introduction to the Special Relativity”
  • Part4   ″Relativistic Phenomena”
  • Part5  ″Relativistic Kinematics and E=mc2
  • Part6  ″Dawn of Quantum Physics″
  • Part7  ″Principle of Uncertainly″
  • Part8  ″What is a Quantum Computer″(Now available)

History, Literature

Lecture:"Representations of the Self in Japanese Literature "

We will consider issues of representation of the self and identity in Japanese literature, using Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Haruki Murakami as subjects.
In the first session, two lecturers will discuss Japanese autobiographical narratives and I-novels, respectively, in light of their historical backgrounds.

 Marie-Noëlle Beauvieux(Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor)
 Katalin Dalmi(Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor)

Part1 ″ Autobiographical Narrative and Japanese I-novel″


  • Part1  ″Autobiographical Narrative and Japanese I-novel”(Now available)
  • Part2  ″Taisho period I-novel”
  • Part3  ″Akutagawa Ryunosuke and the I-novel ”
  • Part4  ″Murakami Haruki and the “International” Identity Part 1.”
  • Part5  ″Murakami Haruki and the “International” Identity Part 2.”
  • Part6  ″Beyond I-novel : Identity Narratives and Conflict″

Anthropology, Geography

Lecture:"Transformations in Island Tourism"

This lecture examines how tourism transforms islands. We first discuss why island tourism and studies are important and how sustainable tourism can contribute to island development. Then we look at island tourism from the aspects of nature, culture and society. In each section, we identify challenges and chances from different examples. Sustainable tourism aims to address the challenges and promote the chances brought by tourism to create a balanced form of tourism adjusted to each island. 

Carolin Funck(Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor)
Kyungjae Jang(Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor)
Meng Qu (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor)
Rie Usui (Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Visiting Lecturer) ※At the time of shooting

Part1 ″Island tourism: potentials and problems″


  • Part1  ″Island tourism: potentials and problems”(Now available)
  • Part2  ″Sustainable island tourism”
  • Part3  ″Nature-based island tourism in Japan: What are the threats and future prospects?”
  • Part4   ″Popular culture and island tourism (1) ”
  • Part5  ″Popular culture and island tourism (2)”
  • Part6  ″ Island creative tourism in rural Japan (1)″
  • Part7  ″Island creative tourism in rural Japan (2)″
  • Part8  ″Transformations in Island tourism: chances and challenges″


Lecture:“Characters and Culture: A Look at Topics in the Cognitive and Social Sciences”

What are some of the compelling explanations behind our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions? Do you ever wonder about our values as individuals, or what creative responses to the state of the human condition convey about the state of both Japan and our global society? The “hub” nature of psychological science means that the discipline intersects with theories of behavior, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, and other areas of the social sciences.

This lecture series illustrates some of these connections with four big questions grounded in a throughline of characters and culture. Leaning on critical evaluations of the empathy technology of books, we will engage in topics from research in fiction, personality, well-being, and morality, and reflect on their contributions toward cultivating your interest in the cognitive and social sciences.

KABIR RUSSELL SARWAR(Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor)

Part1 ″The Power of Fiction (A)″


  • Part1  ″The Power of Fiction (A)”(Now available)
  • Part2  ″The Power of Fiction (B)”
  • Part3  ″Cultural Questions of Well-being (A)”
  • Part4  ″Cultural Questions of Well-being (B)”
  • Part5  ″The Puzzle of Personality (A)”
  • Part6  ″The Puzzle of Personality (B)″
  • Part7  ″The Taste Buds of Morality (A)″
  • Part8  ″The Taste Buds of Morality (B)″