Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC241312 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 法律学概説
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Introduction to Legal Studies
Instructor HATA HIROTO
ハタ ヒロト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Tues9-10,Thur9-10:EDU K104
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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  We will read  1 case of the text each class and I will explain the legal institution and its social backgroundMainly lectures, Use projector instead of board writings, Papers are required. 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Law
Eligible Students Fresh person, 2nd semester, mainly targeted for students on the Program in Social Studies Education
Keywords Jurisprudence, precedent, case, legal field, civil and criminal law,  legal process.Legal (norm) and law, court cases and precedent, civil and criminal, awareness of law, judicial process, Rule of law, international law 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
a basic subject in major program 
Criterion referenced
Secondary School Social Studies/Geography/History/Civic Education
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・With regard to civic education field in secondary social education, to have basic knowledge of its teaching contents.
(Abilities and Skills)
・To be able to collect, understand, analyze, and evaluate data and materials about studies related to social science. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
  You will understand some important  legal fields and their specific roles and theories.In order to acquire basic contents of legal education which tends to be neglected in civics subject, through reading some judicial precedents, after understanding various legal fields and legal concept, students will relatively understand law as a means of political process, and aim to acquire systematic legal knowledge as a background of contents of civics textbooks.  
Class Schedule lesson 1 Introduction: appellate system, fact-finding and application of law.
lesson 2 Case 1: Japanese Constitution, part of governing system
lesson 3 Case 2: Japanese Constitution, part of human rights
lesson 4 Case 3: Public law on personal information
lesson 5 Case 4: Civil law on tort
lesson 6 Case 5: Civil law on neighborhood dispute
lesson 7 Case 6: Civil law on family dispute
         Case 19: Conflict of Laws on International Divorce
lesson 8 Midterm training to write an answer sheet
lesson 9 Case 10: Civil Procedure on Order to Make a Party Submit its Written Evidence
lesson10 Case 11: Civil Procedure on Personal Bankruptcy and Immunity
lesson11 Case 12: Criminal Law on Theoretical Elements of Crime
lesson12 Case 13: Criminal Law on Sentencing
lesson13 Case 14: Criminal Procedure, especially Custody during Appellate Review
lesson14 Case 15: Labor Law on Equal Wages Between Men and Women
lesson15 Case:18: International Law on State Immunity

  Students must have the final examination in the 16th class. For obtaining the additional points, they may submit two relatively short papers on the blog of Bb9.
Achievement level:  "Understanding & Skills" will be evaluated by the final exam, "Capabilities & Skills" will be evaluated by two papers.

  For international students who will work as an elite in the industrial world or a government, the second version textbooks having pronunciation in kana will be used.
 The latter half of the textbook is a small law term glossary.
 The latter half of the textbook is a small law term glossary. In the first half of this textbook, a judicial precedent will be taken up, along with explanations. Through these precedents, students will learn systems and the point of view of each law field, and by overviewing major law fields, students will understand unique way of thinking in law, word usage, and the world of law practices. 
Text: Hitoshi Aoki et al. eds., " Introduction to Japanese law, the 3rd edition", Yuhikaku: Tokyo, 2014.
( The English title : Law Students in Wonderland)
  Almost articles and materials listed in the bibliography of every chapter ever have been put on the Bb9. 
PC or AV used in
On Blackboard 9, document materials put up. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
  You should read 1 case of the text before every class and the resume and related materials after it, in order to understand the legal system step by step." You should read the judgement first of all. In some chapters, it may be better for you to read its explanation earlier than judgement itself.
  Though many people make a mistake, our aim is not to memorize the articles of laws, so, please do never misunderstand. We request you to understand mechanism of legal system, which means various legal systems and total image or idea which connect those systems each other, and to acquire the base of jurisprudence thinking method, which is so-called Legal Mind. We will show points in a lecture, you should understand them, and then, you will be admired sometime by others like, "You know laws!" On the other hand, you will know that most people live by utilizing unreasonable prejudice, which is sometimes called common sense. 
Requirements  Subjects related to subjects
 Essential questions and opinions for attending a lecture are put up on the electric notice board in Bb9.
 By the way, according to the article 21 (2) of the Standards for Establishment of Universities, it's said that "To compose one unit class subject with the contents calling for 45 hours of learning is the standard",  you should do your "learning" of 60 hours individually except 30 hours of classes to get two units in this class. Please refer to the article 19 (3) of general notices of Hiroshima universities. 
Grading Method Midterm writing in the 8th class (30 scores) and final examination (70 ones). If you were not to take part in the training of the 8th class,  instead you could submit 2 reports on the blog in Bb9 and acquire 20 scores at most.
And every students may prensnt a mini-report once on the blog and get 10 scores in additon.
 How to write a report: In writing your comments on the electric notice board, you should make a effect to show your originality and avoid to take similar thing in contents as well as you can with referring others writing before yours. And, you should make a effect to have the title only show the contents to readers well. It's important to specify the origin of materials which you examine as clearly as you can.
 The points for evaluation of the report are following.
1 The Concreteness of the Title 
2 Clarification of Question and Ignorance Points (They should be set to the level of university which is not too easy.)
3 Logical Relationship with the Main Theme of the Chapter (Understanding capability against text),
4 Eligibility of Investigation Target (Glossary in the latter of the text is lacking a little.)
5 Quotation Method of the Investigate Result (author's name, title, year of publication, applicable page or URL),
6 Conclusion (Problem solving, or the left new problem is also possible.)
7 Whole Logical Structure, Wording, and Form, these are seven points on which I'll check selectively. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message    Can you write about social disputes and their legal resolution? Can you answer the sudden question, "what is a law?", right then? This course is maybe a class which you can't catch up if you don't read through materials of the text and check unknown points by yourself before attending. By the way, I guess that it's normal in college in the USA.
 By the way, you can't bring any foods or beverages in a class room. (Class-1 health officer. It sounds like an announcement before departure of Hanshin bus.) 
Other URL of related website
 1 Courts in Japan http://www.courts.go.jp/(Justices of the Supreme Court, Person in charge of each court, Major court decisions in full)
 2 Japan Federation of Bar Associations http://www.nichibenren.or.jp/(The official publication is Monthly Freedom and Justice)
 3 Law search system of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications http://law.e-gov.go.jp/cgi-bin/idxsearch.cgi (Roppo zensho, a Compendium of Laws, is no longer necessary.) 
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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