Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Education (Master's Program)
Lecture Code NMG10270 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 市民性・社会科学認識内容学特講VI
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Special Lecture on Citizenship and Social Sciences VI
Instructor HATA HIROTO
ハタ ヒロト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Thur5-8:EDU A407
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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  Special lecture: The repetition of reading important literature, reporting by students, discussions, Q & As, further studies and researches.
  Although this course is scheduled for Thursday afternoons, it would be available on another time slot in view of attendees' convenience. 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 6 : Graduate Advanced
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Law
Eligible Students Master course 2nd grade students of Social Studies Education Major
Keywords Criminology, theory and practice, from modern to contemporary, big change, common law system and civil law system. 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
Criterion referenced
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
  ・Objective: To develop and fulfill contents of civics education, understands the overview of criminal justice concretely and accurately through reading of latest textbook concerning criminal justice system. Then, has students acquire social science analytical capability to explain how the Japanese criminal justice reaches the current state and evaluate function of legal system objectively, and improves capabilities as civics teacher and teaching contents development ability significantly.
 ・Theme : To understand overview of Japan and U.S. criminal justice system from law comparison and social-legal study points of view.  
Class Schedule   Student must report something and discuss on at least one topic in every class.

  Outline of class
・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: Chapter 1  U.S. crime and judiciary
Lesson 3: Chapter 2  Criminal damage
Lesson 4 : Chapter 3  Criminal justice system
Lesson 5: Chapter 4  Criminal justice and rule of law
Lesson 6: Chapter 5  Police, Chapter 6  Policemen and law enforcement action
Lesson 7: Chapter 7  Recent issue of police activities, Chapter 8  Police and Constitution
Lesson 8: Chapter 9  Court and pretrial
Lesson 9: Chapter 10  Prosecution and defense
Lesson 10: Chapter 11  Determination of guiltiness (guilty plea and court proceeding)
Lesson 11: Chapter 12  Criminal punishment and sentencing
Lesson 12: Chapter 13  Remediation
Lesson 13: Chapter 14  Treatment in society (probation and intermediate sanction)
Lesson 14: Chapter 15  Detention and prison society 
Lesson 15: Chapter 16  Social rehabilitation, Comparison of criminal justice system between Japan and U.S. (implemented in every lesson)

 This course covers criminology theories. The reason why death penalty abolition movement isn’t so active in Japan is the fact that both reformist group and progress advocates have conservative view of society and are lack of viewpoints that new comfortable society should be established by themselves. Through learning of logic on criminal phenomenon that seems to lead to collapse of the society, new logical horizon that isn’t be surprised by any theory will be seen.
 In particular, Japanese courts are centralized by the central government, but countries with federal system have variety of judiciaries. Furthermore, through reading of this English document, you may be able to understand why jury and citizen participation systems are in place in U.S./U.K. courts. It will dispel a misconception for joint judge-jury system. It would be wonderful if you can understand diversity of judicial branches concretely and objectively, and consider it through comparison with similar system in Japan.
In 15 lessons, selects/reads some of the chapters from the textbook shown below. Ideally, reads one chapter per lesson (20 pages), but would be several pages/lesson until students get used to terminologies. Important to have a will to read the whole book describing specialized contents in English. 
Textbook: George F. Cole & Christopher E. Smith, “The American System of Criminal Justice, 11th ed.” Thomson Wadsworth, 2007.
 Also, there’s a textbook emphasizing the theoretical perspective.
 Wayne Morrison, “Theoretical Criminology from Modernity to Post-modernism”, Cavendish Pub Ltd, 1995/04. 
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Textbook and materials posted on Bb9. 
Suggestions on
Preparation and
  As shown above, reading of English documents and additional understanding through Japanese documents are preliminarily and repetitively requested.   
Requirements   Subject area "civics" related subject.
  Depending on student’s interest and intention, course correction can be done within the judiciary system. Specifically, themes such as “court’s ruling action and law change” and “U.S. state supreme court and popularly-elected judge’s ruling action” “reality of U.S. federal supreme court” “practice case of direct democracy in U.S.” are included in the syllabus of other classes the instructor is responsible for. So, if students are interested, students can refer to them. Also, students can chose documents on practice of lawyers and prosecutors.  
 As all of them are written in English, students may have difficulty in reading. But those documents will be read in accordance with student’s research interest and field.
 As a basic rule, in case of lecture (2 units), in addition to 30-hour class of 15 lessons, 60-hour preparation and review is necessary at minimum. Students must look into the dictionary for unknown words, study basic concepts, models, and examples adequately beforehand.
★ If students send e-mail to the instructor to inform their questions and expectation related to their research direction, it would be beneficial because the instructor can be ready and start the class immediately without wasting time.
※The class hour on the time table happens to be Thursday afternoon for the convenience of registration (to avoid overlapping with other classes). From the 2nd lesson, the convenient time will be determined through discussion with students.  
Grading Method   Students to be comprehensively assessed by attendance status, reports and responses to questions, questions to reports of other students and the contents of lecture, discussions, posting to the class electric bulletin board.  Students will not pass if they are absent 5 times.  2 times of tardiness is equivalent to 1 absence.   
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message   According to Article 15 of Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools, “In the standard, 1 credit course must include contents that require 45 hour learning” by refereeing to Article 21 section 2 of Standards for Establishment of Universities. So, in order to have 2 credits, be sure to perform 60-hour “learning” in addition to 30-hour lessons. 
Other Relevant website URLs 1 Japanese Association of Sociology of Crime http://hansha.daishodai.ac.jp/action/index.html
    2 Japanese Association of Phychology of Crime http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/jacp2/society/index.html
    3 Japanese Association of Sociology of Law http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/hosha/
    4 Asian Criminological Society http://www.acs002.com/index.php 
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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