|科目の目的・到達目標||Exploring and understanding Social and Legal Issues in Contemporary Japan. This course is suggested for both Law students and non-law students.|
|授業の概要||(Attention: All classwork is in English)
This research and discussion course offers students an opportunity to survey contemporary legal and social issues in Japan from a variety of perspectives. The Spring Semester begins with a focus on developing critical thinking for research and discussion.
Following the critical thinking units, students will begin independent research. Students will develop their research outside of class and this research is used as the basis for in-class discussions and presentations. With guidance from the instructor, students are encouraged to select and research a wide range of legal and societal themes.
Some of the topics that students have researched in the past include: hate speech, euthanasia, the social and legal implications of suicide, child labor and child abuse, discrimination against minorities, international child abduction, gender (in)equality, death from overwork, same-sex unions, freedom of expression, maternity harassment, and other forms of harassment.
Classes follow the same basic format in both semesters. However students’ research topics differ from one semester to the next. Students are welcome to enroll for one or both semesters.
If you have any questions or concerns about this course, please contact the instructor at: email@example.com
|授業計画||The course is divided into 5 sections for a total of 14 classes. Each "Independent Research" cycle will conclude with students giving presentations to small groups of class members:
I. Developing Critical Thinking (2 weeks)
II. Public Policy and Analysis of Legal Issues (1 week)
III. Independent Research and in-class discussion (5 weeks)
IV. Independent Research and in-class discussion (5 weeks)
V. Semester Review and class survey (1 week)
第1回 Course introduction and requirements; Intro to developing Critical Thinking.
第2回 Developing Critical Thinking
第3回 Public Policy and Analysis of Legal Issues
第４回 Cycle 1 sharing independent research: Developing sources
第５回 Cycle 1 sharing independent research: Developing structure
第６回 Cycle 1 sharing independent research: Developing analysis
第７回 Cycle 1 group presentations
第８回 Cycle 1 reflection and self-evaluation / assessment
第９回 Cycle 2 sharing independent research: Developing sources
第1０回 Cycle 2 sharing independent research: Developing structure
第1１回 Cycle 2 sharing independent research: Developing analysis
第1２回 Cycle 2 sharing independent research: Developing opinions & perspectives
第1３回 Cycle 2 group presentations
第1４回 Semester review, reflection and class survey
|評価方法||Attendance, preparation, participation and completion of all assignments are required to pass this course.
1. Preparation, participation and attendance 50%
2. Outlines and presentations 50% *
* At the end of each Research Cycle, students will complete a comprehensive outline with footnotes that will be used for an in-class presentation and discussion.
|テキスト・参考文献等||The teacher will provide some texts. However, students will be responsible for finding the resources and materials needed for their independent research.|
|授業外の学習活動||Students will be responsible for choosing research topics and developing their research step by step over 3~4 weeks. Discussions in class with the teacher and other students will help students deepen their research and understanding.|