2020 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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Introduction Video/Audio

Law-Intro-01.mp4 (5min) 
Law-Property-Limitation-01.mp4 (8min) 
ActPandemicInfluenza_Ch1.mp4 (6min) 
law-Property-Limitation-part2.mp4 (4min) 
law-Property-Limitation-part3.mp4 (9min) 
law-Eshics01.mp4 (6min) 
law-Eshics2.mp4 (6min) 
law-Eshics03.mp4 (5min) 
law-Eshics04.mp4 (8min) 
Law-Intro-02.mp4 (3min) 
Law-Intro-03.mp4 (4min) 
Law-Intro-04.mp4 (2min) 
Law-Family-03.mp4 (4min) 
Law-Family-01.mp4 (9min) 
Law-Family-02S.mp4 (11min) 

Course description and aims

Students will understand legal theory and methodology with a focus on civil law. Hironao Kaneko is in charge 2020 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 law, 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 relating to the Japanese law contemporary problems, and students study related articles, judgments, etc.
In 2020, legal issues around COVID-19 will be discussed.

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).

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Based on experience at research institute on copyrights of computer program, lecturer will learn and teach practecally.


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.
In 2020, students lean through lecture video and excercise at every classes.
Students need to decide theme for final presentation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Legal rules(Online) Understanding legal rules
Class 2 Property rights, Contract law and Public order Limittion of property rights; The role of general provisions
Class 3 The role of Common Sense, Ethics and Law (Torolley Poblems, Medicaal Care, Euthanasia) Understanding the characteristics of social norms
Class 4 Issues on Family Law Understanding of family issues
Class 5 Privacy, Rights of Individual Understanding of presonal rights
Class 6 Contemporaty Issues on Justice System.(Death Penalty, ICT in Court)(Selection of research theme for final presentation) Understanding the justice system(Students need to decide research theme for final presentation in DAY7)
Class 7 Final Presentation of research by students(Online and produce report) Presentation of research

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Specified as needed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified as needed.

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.
Please study basic Japanese Law through edX course: https://www.citl.titech.ac.jp/japaneselaw/
Caution! Avoiding a contingency of Coronavirus in 2020, classes will be held throug the online system(OCWi)
Be sure to check procedure and schedule of courses by laboratory's WEB.http://www.shs.ens.titech.ac.jp/~kaneko/


Avoiding a contingency of Coronavirus in 2020, classes will be held throug the online system(OCWi)
Agenda of classes may be changed to fit for an onlline lecture.
Be sure to check procedure and schedule of courses by laboratory's WEB.http://www.shs.ens.titech.ac.jp/~kaneko/
Fight against COVID 19!

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