Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences International Peace and Co-existence Program
Lecture Code WMG02101 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Law and Human Rights
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Law and Human Rights
カタヤナギ マリ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Mon5-8:IDEC 201
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture and discussions 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Law
Eligible Students M1&2
Keywords Law, human rights, global issues, SDG_01, SDG_02, SDG_03, SDG_04, SDG_05, SDG_06, SDG_08, SDG_10, SDG_16, SDG_17 
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Class Status
within Educational
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Class Objectives
/Class Outline
The course objective is to understand human rights and international human rights law by examining various problems in our world today. Participants are NOT required to have knowledge of international human rights law in advance, as the class purports to introduce human rights instruments through concrete cases. For that purpose, the course starts with thematic classes and looks at the human rights protection mechanism in the lesson 14. 
Class Schedule lesson1 Introduction – Human rights and our daily life
lesson2  Non-discrimination
         Kotani, Junko. 2018. 'Proceed with Caution: Hate Speech Regulation in Japan', Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 45: 603-621.
lesson3 Poverty and human rights
        Singh, Dahrmendra Kumar. 2017. 'Poverty and Human Dignity: A Human Rights Appraoch', IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 22(6): 48-55.
lesson4 Statelessness
     Foster, Michelle, and Lambert, Hélène. 2016. ‘Statelessness as a Human Rights Issue: A Concept Whose Time Has Come’, International Journal of Refugee Law 4: 564-584.       
lesson5 Child’s rights
lesson6 Gender equality
lesson7 Forced displacement (Case of Rohingya)
lesson8 Freedom of speech    
lesson9 Political partcipation
lesson10 Cultural diversity and human rights
lesson11 Rights of persons with disabilities
lesson12 Workshop - presentation of your research topic and human rights
lesson13 Workshop - presentation of your research topic and human rights
lesson14 International human rights mechanism
lesson15 Human rights advocacy

A term paper is required at the end of the course. 
Textbook is not specified. Reading materials will be notified and distributed in advance. Reference books and articles will be introduced during the course. 
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Power Point, audio-visual material 
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Preparation and
Reading material will be specified prior to the class and students are required to read it in advance and actively participate in discussion. 
Requirements Class language will be English. Since this course will include students with varied academic background, our discussion will be based on various actual challenges today. Knowledge of law is not the prerequisite for this course and you will learn the international human rights law through the course. 
Grading Method Assessment based on contribution to the class, presentation and a term paper 
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it I have experiences in a UN peacekeeping operation as well as peacebuilding in an international organisation. Human rights work in peacekeeping and peacebuilding will be referred to in the class. 
Message The topics and reading materials of the first four lessons are determined as above. For the following lessons, the indicated topics are provisional and the course structure will be revised based on the interests of participating students. 
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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