Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Education (Master's Program)
Lecture Code NMG10330 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 市民性・社会科学認識内容学演習III
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Seminar on Citizenship and Social Sciences III
Instructor HATA HIROTO
ハタ ヒロト
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Fri5-8:EDU A401
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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  The aim of this course is to make further research on educational practices through the repetition of already or planned practice reporting, discussion, Q&As, related literature reading and the re-examination reporting by graduate students. 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Law
Eligible Students Masters students of Social Studies Education Major, mainly incumbent teachers
Keywords U.S. federal supreme court, judge popular election system, ruling action, popular review of judge, rule of law.   
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
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Class Objectives
/Class Outline
  To develop and fulfill contents of civics education, understands different judiciary systems concretely and accurately through reading of foreign documents concerning judiciary system in western countries. Then, has students acquire social science analytical capability to explain how the Japanese judiciary reaches the current state and evaluate outcome of judiciary system objectively, and improves capabilities as civics teacher and teaching contents development ability significantly.  
Class Schedule   To be evaluated with preparation for each class, contents of research presentation and Q & A session.
 If there’s any question remained for the key topic, midterm report or term-end report submission may be required for assessment.

  Japanese courts are centralized by the central government, but countries with federal system have variety of judiciaries. In particular, U.S. has not only federal court but also unique court system in each states. In this course, focusing on research results of “state Supreme Court”, diversity of judicial branches that are not covered in daily news but influencing citizen’s rights significantly will be understood concretely and significantly through reading of English documents. Then, consideration will be provided through comparison with similar system in Japan.
  In general school education, diversity of local government level is emphasized. Therefore, it would be beneficial to pay attention to characteristics of judiciary branches in each region to understand political issues such as decentralization and citizen’s participation in the judicial procedure.  
 In 15 lessons, reads the whole textbook shown below, or selects/reads major sections from several textbooks. 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.
※ Happens to be set in the Thursday afternoon for the sake of registration procedure. If not available, schedule to be changed according to discussion with students. 
1. Laura Langer, "Judicial Review in State Supreme Courts: a Comparative Study," State Univertsity of New York Press, 2002.
2. Henry Robert Glick, “Supreme Courts in State Politics: An Investigation of the Judicial Role,” Basic Books, 1971.
3. Mary Cornelia Porter & G. Alan Tarr eds. “State Supreme Courts: Policymakers in the Federal System,” Greenwood Press, 1982.
4. Susan P. Fino, “The Role of State Supreme Courts in the New Judicial  Federalism,” Greenwood Press, 1987.
5. G. Alan Tarr & Mary Cornelia Aldis Porter, “State Supreme Courts in  the State and Nation,” Yale University Press, 1988.
6. Joseph R. Grodin, “In Pursuit of Justice: Reflections of a State  Supreme Court justice,” University of California Press, 1989.
 Also, the following book can be used as classic achievement in this field.
7. 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. 
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Textbook (if it’s out of print or hard to obtain, copied text to be provided.) Materials posted on Bb9.  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
  Every time, preparation for presentation/presentation, and investigation results/progress report are required on unclear points or questions identified in the previous lesson. Because, 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.  
Requirements  A subject area "civics" related class.
 Depending on student’s interest and intention, course correction can be done within the judiciary system. Specifically, themes such as and “U.S. state supreme court and popularly-elected judge’s ruling action” “reality of U.S. federal supreme court” “Theoretical criminology” and “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, they can refer to them. Also, students can chose documents on practice of lawyers and prosecutors.
 As all of them are books written in English, the most appropriate book needs to be selected according to student’s interest and area of research. In case of practical study (2 units), in addition to 30-hour class of 15 lesson, 60-hour preparation and review is necessary at minimum. So, students are expected to read the book carefully, read unclear points, and make a brief presentation several times.
★ If students send e-mail to the instructor to inform their questions and expectation related to their research direction, it would be helpful because the instructor can be ready and start the class immediately without wasting time. 
Grading Method   Students to be comprehensively assessed by attendance, reports and discussions.  
If students are absent 5 times, they will not pass.  2 times of tardiness is equivalent to 1 absence.  Students need to be punctual.  
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
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 1 Link to Foreign Bar Associations http://www.e-chosashi.or.jp/link/kaigai.htm
    2 Link to Legal Sites http://www.jlf.or.jp/link/link.shtml
   3 Japanese Association of Sociology of Law http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/hosha/ 
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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