Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School School of Education
Lecture Code CC245503 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 現代司法論
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Overview of Contemporary Judiciary
Instructor HATA HIROTO
ハタ ヒロト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Fri5-8:EDU K216
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
Mainly lectures, Projectors instead of board writings, Blackboard 9 is always used for presentations by students, cross references, and Q & A sessions.   
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 sophomore, 3rd semester, Mainly students on the Program in Social Studies Education
Keywords Judicial System, Legal Profession, Sociology of Judicial Process, Judicial Administration, Rule of Law, Training of Legal Professionals, Sociology of Law, Socio-Legal Studies, Bureaucratic Judiciary, Democratic Judiciary, Reformation of Judicial Institutions 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
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 the status quo of Japanese legal system in relation to respective procedure and profession.To develop and improve the contents of civics education with the times, operation process of modern judiciary systematically and  dynamically using lows or social studies models, and by acquiring analytical abilities to criticize situation of judicial process correctly, quality of students who will be teachers will be improved. 
Class Schedule lesson 1 Systematic Understanding about Judicial Institutions

lesson 2 The Bar 1: Lawyer

lesson 3 The Bar 2: Prosecutor

lesson 4 The Bar 3: Judge and Justice

lesson 5 Other Law-related Professions

lesson 6 Civil Procedure 1: Before Court
lesson 7 Civil Procedure 2: Use of the Law by the People

lesson 8 Civil Procesure 3: In  Court

lesson 9 Civil Procedure 4: Appellate System

lesson10 Criminal Procedure 1: Crime and Delinquency in Society

lesson11 Criminal Procedure 2: Police Investigation

lesson12 Criminal Procedure 3: Prosecutor as Gatekeeper

lesson13 Criminal Procedure 4: Defense Attorney representing and balancing different interests for Social Justice

lesson14 Criminal Procedure 5: Adjudication and Sentencing by Judges

lesson15 Access to Justice and Popular Participation in the Process

  At the end of a semester, a written exam will be held.

  Lectures will be given in line with the textbook. At the end, an written exam will be held.
 Students will submit papers at the end of May and at the beginning of July.  They should write a note on the WebCT to show that they have read the textbook. 
Text: Shigeo Kisa et al. eds., " Textbook Contemporary Justice," the 6th edition, Nihon Hyouronsha, 2015.
 Reference books: "Judiciary Bureaucrat: Men of Power of the Court," written by Shindo Muneyuki, Iwanami Shinsyo in 2009,
     "The Reality of a Judicial Process: The Field Work of Sociological Jurisprudence,"written by Miyazawa Setsuo and others published by Shinzansha-Shuppan in 1994
  The style of lecture: Preparation and review are of course essential. ; Board Writing in the projection style; The text is essential  to attend this class. ; We will regard discussion, debate, and presentation of students important. (On the WEB); Lecture's summaries are going to be put up on the bulletin board for class after.
  In the case of using DVD (It takes 60 minutes, documentary film "The Story of Courts in Japan and Germany" published by Seido Production in 1999) 
PC or AV used in
Texts, materials distributed on Blackboard 9, and movies (video).  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
  You must read the specified pages of the text before and research the related articles and/or materials after it." It's a method that is faithful to a principle and repeats for 15 weeks a set menu composed of two hours of preparation, other two hours, actually 90 minutes, of a lecture, and other two hours of review every week.
  As "preparation", text understanding should be done in the designated part of every class.
  As "review", you should investigate and confirm the matters you couldn't understand in last lecture by yourself, and write a report about subject interesting.
※"Preparation" and "review" I say mean more offensive ones of high teaching level than ones you have knew so far, and they are the words I made. I accompanied the change of how to spell one legal term, learning, in Chinese character. 
Requirements  Subjects related to subjects
 You can post your report on the electric notice board of Bb9. 
Grading Method   Final examination (100 points).
And you can submit 2 Reports and get 20 points (10 scores multiplied by two times) at most.
 You are always examined whether or not you make a effect to recognize the world with jurisprudence thought or social scientific models after having read the text enough.  I guess that major candidates of theme of a report are the construction of descriptions in the text, logical composition of invoked ideas and theories, and matters related to the truth of cases and statistics. And, about cases and statistics, you should investigate them to a certain degree by yourself at first before asking me a question in order not to make me be confused by a question asking a teacher to investigate it from the beginning. You should pay attention as well as you can. (A question like, "I have investigated until here, but I can't find the next absolutely. " is possible.) In short, I wish you to give a report as an evidence of question setting and answering by yourself repeatedly. The style is similar to the last class, the outline of jurisprudence. You should do it efficiently. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message   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",  so, you should do your "learning" of 60 hours individually except 30 hours of classes to get two units in this class. In this class, I'm sure that you will consume such time in preparation and review such as text's reading and writing reports. Please refer to the article 19 (3) of general notices of Hiroshima universities in which you can see the same intent. 
Other URL of related website:1 The Supreme Court http://www.courts.go.jp/saikosai/
 2 Japan Federation of Bar Associations http://www.nichibenren.or.jp/
 3 The Public Prosecutors Office http://www.kensatsu.go.jp/
 4 The Japan Federation of Shiho-shoshi's Associations http://www.shiho-shoshi.or.jp/ 
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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