|授業科目名||Seminar(Foundations of Law and Society)|
|科目の目的・到達目標||Law plays a part in all of our lives everyday. When you buy a train ticket you are making a contract with the train company. When you drive a car, eat in a restaurant, or shop in a store, there are local, national and international laws that influence what you can and cannot do. In fact, every moment of everyday the law influences your behavior and having an understanding of the law will open your eyes to a matrix that lies just beneath the surface of our society. This course is intended to give students a look "behind the scenes" of law, its origins and functions, how and why it is made, and how law shapes society, and each one of us.
Most students have little knowledge of the interplay between law and society, and therefore this course offers an overview of this interaction by taking a look at various issues of law in contemporary society. The objective is for students to gain familiarity with law as a component of human life, past, present and future. With a better understanding of the history, development, and purposes of law, students will come to a more critical awareness of contemporary issues of law and the legal profession. Once we understand the law, we can escape from our own stereotypes and gain valuable insights that will enhance our critical thinking and decision-making, academically and professionally.
|授業の概要||Not just law students should understand the role of law in society. This course is intended for non-law students interested in gaining a better understanding of the interaction between law and society in today's world.
The course will begin with an overview of how law and society interact and influence each other. We will look at perceptions and misperceptions of the law, and consider pros and cons of law, various critiques of law, and issues of Morality and Justice. We will then look at Japan's Saiban-in System and compare this with the American jury system.
In the second half we will explore how the law undergoes changes in society, and consider a variety of contemporary legal issues, globally and in Japanese society. These include Artificial Intelligence, the legal and social status of women in Japan, and issues of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. We will conclude our thematic study with an overview of various legal issues in contemporary Japan.
Please note that at the halfway mark in the class (7th week) and in the final class (14th week), students will share their thoughts and observations based on the reflection essays they have written during the term.
|授業計画||1. Introduction to Law & Society: A Primer
2. Overview of Course Content
3. Pros & Cons and Critiques of Law
4. Morality and Justice
5. Justice and Balancing Justice
6. Japan and the Saiban-in System
7. ** Class Discussion of Reflection Essays
8. Law in Flux
9. Artificial Intelligence and the Law (AI)
10. Legal & Social Status of Women in Japan
11. Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco in Contemporary Society
12. Managing the Challenges of Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco
13. Legal Issues in Contemporary Japan
14. ** Class Discussion of Reflection Essays
|評価方法||Each of the following will be calculated independently to decide your final grade:
• 20%: Attendance (12 classes minimum without permission of instructor)
• 30%: Preparation (homework) & Participation in classes
• 50%: 2 Reflection essays during the semester, minimum 1000 words each, depending on the student’s 1st language. (This portion of your grade will include in-class discussion of your essays in small groups with other students.)
|テキスト・参考文献等||Readings will be provided by the instructor.|
|授業外の学習活動||Homework readings and reflection essays are required for class participation.|