2019 Graduate Lecture in Politics, Law and Administration S1A

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Kaneko Hironao 
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Course description and aims

Students will understand legal theory and methodology with a focus on civil disputes. Hironao Kaneko is in charge 2018 spring. By learning how to handle basic legal documents, students in this course acquire skills which can be applied to examining legal problems. There are many branches of law, but the goal of this course is for students to learn about civil dispute settlements and mechanisms of the civil justice system. In addition, this course covers modern cases such as complex lawsuits and internet issues for specific examples of civil cases, and students study related articles, judgments, etc.

Student learning outcomes

Understand basic legal theory and methodology necessary for graduate research. Students will understand the comparative law study especially between Japanese and U.S. Laws (in some cases British and EU laws).


Civil dispute resolution, Justice system, court system, Law, public order, Human rights protection

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students digest and discuss about a reading assignment. Students need to decide theme for final presentation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Legal rules Understanding legal rules
Class 2 Public order The role of general provisions
Class 3 The role of common sense and ethical rules Understanding the characteristics of social norms
Class 4 Conflicts in legal aspects Causes of conflicts
Class 5 The role of conflict resolution system Understanding the justice system
Class 6 Principle of conflict resolution Principles of conflict resolution
Class 7 Case study Discussion on conflict case studies
Class 8 General discussion and presentation General discussion and presentation


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

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Assessment criteria and methods

Daily assignment and reports

Related courses

  • LAH.S102 : Law (Civil Law) A
  • LAH.S302 : Law (Civil Procedure Law) C
  • LAH.S202 : Law (Civil Law) B
  • LAH.S303 : Law (Intelectual Property Law) C
  • LAH.S250 : Seminar on Social Sciences (Japanese Law Study Seminar)1
  • LAH.S251 : Seminar on Social Sciences (Japanese Law Study Seminar)2

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Graduate students had better have legal knowledge of undergraduate leve. Undergraduates in the international exchange programe need not take legal courses in their university.
Participation from the first class is important.

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