2020 Special Lecture: History of Universities

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Humanities and social science courses
Kamei Hiroyuki  Yamazaki Taisuke  Hirose Shigehisa  Yamaguchi Masahiro  Takuwa Yoshimi  Suzuki Yuta 
Class Format
Lecture    (ZOOM)
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Tue5-6(W621)  Fri5-6(W621)  
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Course description and aims

This course is for us to think about what kind of university Tokyo Tech is. Students will listen to lectures on the people who built the over 130 year history of Tokyo Tech, and their achievements, tour relevant locations on campus, come in contact with the results that have been produced, learn the history, and think about the future. Tokyo Tech students aspiring to be experts in science and engineering will think about the future of both Japanese science and engineering through Tokyo Tech's history.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course.
1) Be able to accurately describe who was involved with the establishment of Tokyo Tech and its transitions.
2) Be able to choose and specifically explain representative achievements generated from Tokyo Tech
3) Be able to explain the period backdrop of and connections with Tokyo Tech's history.


history of universities, Tokyo Institute of Technology, history of science in Japan

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

One topic is covered during each class period. In each class. The rest of the time is for lecture. In the final 5 minutes, students will send their thoughts and questions. The final class will be held for Q and A.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of the class, and instruction of the assignment Explain the meaning to learn the history of Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Class 2 Origin and history of Tokyo Institute of Technology Explain the history of Tokyo Institute of Technology from its origin as Tokyo Vocational School to its development as Tokyo Technical School and Tokyo Higher Technical School until establishment of Tokyo Institute of Technology, with their historical background.
Class 3 Formation of campus of Tokyo Tech Explain the formation of campus of Tokyo Tech, using maps of the campus.
Class 4 Architect of Tokyo Tech Explain the tradition of "architect-professor" of Tokyo Tech in the prewar period.
Class 5 Disturbance of the late Tokugawa period and the first principal: Taizo Masaki Explain the life and work of Taizo Masaki, who was the first president of Tokyo Vocational School.
Class 6 People who made Tokyo Tech: Sei-ichi Tejima Explain life and work of Sei-ichi Tejima, who played a most important role for foundation and development of predecessor of Tokyo Tech.
Class 7 People who made Tokyo Tech: Life and Works of Gottfried Wagner Explain the life and work of Gottfried Wagener, a foreign specialist, who played an important role for establishment of modern ceramics in Japan.
Class 8 Tokyo Tech and WWII Explain the lives and activities of researchers who worked at Tokyo Tech during WWII.
Class 9 People who made Tokyo Tech: Life and Works of Koroku Wada Understand the life and work of Koroku Wada, the president of Tokyo Tech in the 1940s and 50s, who played an important role in the radical reform in the post-war period.
Class 10 Faculty of Bioscience and Biotechnology at Tokyo Tech: Its Origin and Attraction Understand the origin and its development of the newest Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology.
Class 11 Tradition of Ceramics: From Kanjiro Kawai and Shoji Hamada to Tatsuzo Shimaoka Understand the tradition in ceramics from Kawai and Hamada in the 1910s to Shimaoka in 2000.
Class 12 Researches on Holography in Tokyo Tech Expalin a history of research on holography in Tokyo Tech.
Class 13 making a report Develop their understanding on the interested topic by making a report.
Class 14 Q and A Q and A

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


You can find necessary materials and instructions in OCW-i in advance

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required

Assessment criteria and methods

short report of each class (totally 60%)
a final report on the most interested topics of the class (40%) 

Related courses

  • LAH.T102 : History of Science A
  • LAH.T202 : History of Science B
  • LAH.T302 : History of Science C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required

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