Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2019Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Education (Master's Program)
Lecture Code NMG20260 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 市民性・社会科学認識内容学特講V
Subject Name
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Special Lecture on Citizenship and Social Sciences V
Instructor HATA HIROTO
ハタ ヒロト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Thur5-8:EDU A405
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Special lecture: The repetition of reading and understanding of important literature, reporting of research results, Q & As, discussion, further studies and researches. 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 24 : Law
Eligible Students M1 students
Keywords Socio-legal studies, law education, law system comparison, judge appointment process, democratic judiciary, state-level autonomy, judicial reformation, legal profession. 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
 Out of contents of social science recognition education, conducts research on legal education and teaching contents development from socio-legal study and criminal sociology.
 Also, enhances social science recognition through research and discussion of domestic/foreign basic materials on law and has students acquire advanced teaching contents research and development capability.
Objective and Theme
 ・Objective: To develop and fulfill contents of civics education, understands overseas legal system concretely and accurately through reading of detailed research on judiciary system. Then, has students acquire social science analytical capability to explain why the similar legal system exists in Japan and evaluate function of legal system objectively, and improves capabilities as civics teacher and teaching contents development ability significantly.
 ・Theme: To understand Japan/U.S. court system from law comparison and social-legal study points of view. 
Class Schedule  To be evaluated with contents of documents reading, Q & A, discussions, re-investigation report in each lesson.
 If there’s any question remained for the key topic, midterm report or term-end report submission may be required for assessment.

  Provides basic issue of contemporary justice and recent issue faced by legal science first. Then, after students’ selecting some of them and presenting research results, holds a discussion. Assuming act and rule, personality and freedom, and conflict resolution between plaintiff and defendant through 3rd party’s involvement, as a basic issue of current legal science.
 Class outline
・For all lessons, students are expected to read the specified English documents in advance, summarize the section they are in charge, and make presentations on research results of relevant factors with logical consideration added. Results of follow-up study after discussion need to be posted as needed on electronic bulletin board for this class.
<Class schedule>
Lesson 1: Introduction. Documents introduction, Decision of reporting in charge, Explanation of procedure
Lesson 2: Prologue of the textbook  Essence of court equalization plan deployment
Lesson 3: Chapter 1  Selection of constituent members for nomination committee
Lesson 4 Chapter 2  Procedure of judge appointment
Lesson 5  First half of Chapter 3  Political party function and judge appointment in J county (environment and characteristics of participants)
Lesson 6: Second half of Chapter 3  same as above (nomination and appointment game, history)
Lesson 7: First half of Chapter 4  Multifactorial characteristics of judge selection in S area (environment and characteristics of participants)
Lesson 8: Second half of Chapter 4  same a above (Selection process and system)
Lesson 9: Chapter 5  Cooperative selection of judge in higher court
Lesson10: Chapter 6  Social background of judge and life sentence
Lesson11: Chapter 7  Lawyer’s attitude for judge selection method
Lesson12: Chapter 8  Lawyer’s evaluation on judge’s determination action
Lesson13: Chapter 9  Trend of decision by the judge selected from the plan
Lesson14: Chapter 10 Conclusion (influence of judge selection plan)
Lesson15: Summary, Comparison with judge appointment process in Japan, Democratic control function of popular review system. 
Textbooks: Richard A. Watson & Rondal G. Downing, “The Politics of the Bench and the Bar: Judicial Selection under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan,” John Wiley & Sons, 1969年
Reference books: Hideo Tanaka, "Anglo-American Judicial System," Tokyo University Press,1973.
    Kichimoto Asaka, "Federal and state judicial systems in the United States," Tokyo University Press, 1999. 
PC or AV used in
  As the textbook is out of print, copied text to be provided. Materials posted on Bb9.  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
  For every lesson, it’s necessary to prepare for English reading (i.e. unknown words and technical term check) , and investigate unclear points/questions in the class. For English-Japanese dictionary, if you have good internet connection, Eijiro on the Web (http://www.alc.co.jp/) is concise and detailed.
 In addition, as this class has 2 credits, at least 90-hour learning is required in total, including 30-hour classes.  
Requirements   If students want to take this course, they need to send the e-mail to the instructor for preparing class material. Students who proactively participate in the research presentation and the graduate students who are interested in legal science and legal education are welcome. They are not allowed to bring food or drinks in the classroom (This is like the announcement made before the departure in Hanshin-bus. ) I’m a Class-1 health controlling officer.  
Grading Method   Students to be comprehensively assessed by assessment elements such as attendance status, reports and responses to questions, questions to other students' reports and the contents of lectures, discussions, and posting to the class electric bulletin board.   Students will not pass if they are absent 5 times.  The class is only 45 minutes long (elementary school level?), shortened due to time allocated to breaks and travel.  Tardiness is not acceptable.  Two times of tardiness is equivalent to 1 absence.  
Message   My field of expertise is legal science, in particular, socio-legal study and criminal sociology. Specifically, I am investigating reality of activities by law-related people such as criminal lawyer, judge, and city council members. Also, my scope is expanding such as juvenile problematic behavior, status of juvenile delinquency, and countermeasures.  
Other Relevant website URLs: Justices of Japanese Supreme Court http://www.courts.go.jp/saikosai/about/saibankan/index.html
    The Local Boards to Review Nominated Judges http://www.courts.go.jp/saikosai/about/iinkai/kakyusaibansyo/index.html
    Year Book of Judicial Administration http://www.moj.go.jp/TOUKEI/nenkan.html 
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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