|授業科目名||Seminar（Comparative Constitutional Law Ⅰ）／Special Lecture（Comparative Constitutional Law Ⅰ）|
|履修条件||This course will be taught entirely in English. It is a course about law but students do not need any prior knowledge of law or legal training in order to enjoy and be successful in the course.
|科目の目的・到達目標||Students will become familiar with key vocabulary and concepts of law and constitutional systems. They will develop basic fluency in using this vocabulary and discussing the concepts in English.
Students will also develop their critical thinking skills, the ability to express their ideas clearly, and the ability to respond to what others say.
|授業の概要||Subtitle: comparing constitutions around the world
This course will teach students to do research on, write about and discuss fundamental constitutional law concepts in English. It is hoped that students will also gain a better understanding of the Japanese Constitution by comparing its key terms and rationales with similar documents in other countries. Constitutional texts in selected liberal democracies, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada will be considered in depth. Students will become familiar with some key areas of study in constitutional law discourse, such as: the origins and principles of constitutionalism, constitution-framing, separation of powers doctrine, separation of church and state, the place for international law in the domestic framework, and so on.
|授業計画||1. Course orientation: Introductions and guide to course
2. Initial skills training: Note-taking and vocab-building exercises
3. Legal English workshop: How to talk about constitutions
4. Cycle 1: introduce a constitution: Students choose a constitution from around the world to compare with Japan
5. Cycle 1: introduce a constitution: Students present and discuss research
6. Cycle 1: introduce a constitution: Students present and discuss research
7. Cycle 1: introduce a constitution: Students present and discuss research
8. Cycle 1: introduce a constitution: Presentation day: introduce a constitution
9. Cycle 2: constitutional reform in Japan: Students choose an issue of constitutional reform in Japan
10. Cycle 2: constitutional reform: Students present and discuss research
11. Cycle 2: constitutional reform: Students present and discuss research
12. Cycle 2: constitutional reform: Students present and discuss research
13. Cycle 2: constitutional reform: Students present and discuss research
14. Cycle 2: constitutional reform: Debate day: students debate issues of constitutional reform
15. Course summary: Student course reflections due
|評価方法||Participation and homework: 30%
Presentations and written tasks: 70%
|テキスト・参考文献等||There is no textbook for this class. Instructor will provide all materials.
|授業外の学習活動||Students will be expected to spend 1-2 hours a week preparing for this class. Work will include research, reading, note-taking, and short opinion-writing. Students will be expected to compile a research diary.|