|科目名／Subject||基礎法特講II／Topics in Basic Law II|
|担当教員（所属）／Instructor||小林 友彦 (商学部)|
|開講学期／Semester||2015年度／Academic Year 後期／Fall Semester|
|開講曜限／Class period||火/Tue 3|
|配当年次／Years||2年 , 3年 , 4年|
小林 友彦(火曜日・水曜日 12時から12時40分
Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00-12:40)
|更新日／Date of renewal||2015/03/04|
／Course Objectives and method
Law is local. Law is everywhere in your life. How does the Roman axiom “ubi societas, ibi ius” (if there is a society, law will be there) apply to Japanese society?
This introductory course starts with an overview of Japanese legal tradition, constitutional system and judicial procedures. The course then deals with a number of contemporary issues that illustrate the way law works in everyday life of residents in Japan.
We usually make a couple of off-campus visits to relevant facilities/institutions and/or invite outside experts for guest lectures. Conducting comparative analyses are expected among students with diverse backgrounds. Active participation is expected. Have fun!
|The main goals of this course are to grasp basic skills to examine the actual role of law and legal process in social context, with a special focus on contemporary Japanese society. It would help you to understand law from broader perspectives, rather than as book knowledge. It may also serve to make your life in Otaru safer and more comfortable.|
Note: Topics and schedule may change depending on the class size and interests of participants.
Week 1 General introduction and technical information on legal research
Week 2 Legal and constitutional system of Japan
Week 3 Group presentations on potential amendments to the Constitution of Japan
Week 4 Racial discrimination
Week 5 Sexual harassment
Week 6 Karaoke
Week 7 Earthquakes and real property
Week 8 Field research 1
Week 9 Mid-term exam
Week 10 Love hotels
Week 11 Working hours
Week 12 Debt-suicide
Week 13 Field research 2
Week 14 Overall discussion
Week 15 Summing up followed by the final exam
Mark D. West, Lovesick Japan: Sex, Marriage, Romance, Law, Cornell University Press, 2011, 259p.
Mark D. West, Law in Everyday Japan: Sex, Sumo, Suicide, and Statutes, University Of Chicago Press, 2005, 279p.
* You do not have to buy these textbooks in advance.
Grading will be based 40% on class participation (group presentation and discussion), 20% on a mid-term exam (short essay), and 40% on the final exam (open-book).
Note: the style of examinations may change depending on the class size.
A. 100-90 %: excellent performance
B. 89-80 %: strong performance
C. 79-70 %: good performance
D: 69-60 %: enough performance to meet the basic requirements
F. 59- 0 %: failure to meet the basic requirements
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