Course syllabus

Special Lecture and Seminar (Asian Family Law)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: H. Ito
Other Lecturers:
Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Fall
Year: M1
Course Periods: Thursday, 4th.period
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Not mandatory for LGS students. Other GSL students can register for credits.
Classroom: -

Open to other students of GSL:



Outline of Lecture Course

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills needed to understand Asian legal systems using comparative techniques.

It begins with an overview of where and what is Asia, and concepts of family and law. Then students will learn and discuss topics such as: legal pluralism, constitutional law, religion and the law, ethnic and religious conflict and the law, access to justice, and globalization and the law.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students are equipped with knowledge and skills concerning the following:

1) A clear understanding of Asian historical, cultural, political, social and legal complexities.

2) An understanding of social, historical and religious influences on law in Asia.

3) An ability to explain the key terminology of past and present law in Asia.

4) A critical understanding of colonial, modernist and other epistemological and structural interventions into the knowledge systems and jurisprudential traditions of law in Asia.

5) An understanding of global family issues in Asia.

6)An advanced comprehension of debates in the selected topics.

7) An ability to search legal information of foreign countries.
Textbooks No assigned Textbook.
Course Materials/Supplementaries Course materials and supplemental reading materials will be addressed each session.

A passing grade will be given based on a demonstrated understanding of the basic concepts and terminology related to the issues of family law and legal pluralism.

Grading will be based on;

1.Contribution to discussion in the classroom and on the CANVAS (20%)

2.Group/individual presentation (40%)

3.Final Paper (40%)

Prerequisites There are not formal prerequisites, but class members will be expected to have a basic grounding the sources of law and legal analysis.
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study

Assignments will be given at the end of each class. Prepare for each class by previewing the new material and looking up new terminology.

This class uses the CANVAS for making announcements, reviewing, course-related materials, holding online discussions, and communicating. In the discussion forum posting, you are to share with the class your reflection on the assigned readings, to pose questions and to discuss.
Responding to Student Questions Via message postings on the CANVAS.
Other Notes


Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Orientation & Introduction

1) Layout of the class

2) Short explanation of the lecture

3) Introduction to the readings

4)Explanation about evaluation procedure

5) CANVAS system and Classroom/Online Etiquette guidelines.

6) Self-introduction
Please see the CANVAS.
2 Legal Pluralism
1) Globalization and Law
2) Legal Pluralism


As above.
3 Legal Pluralism in Asia (1)

Religion and the State in Asia



As above.
4 Legal Pluralism in Asia (2)
Asia Colonization, Globalization and Family Law in Asia.


As above.
5 Legal Pluralism in Asia (3)

Short Group Presentation on legal pluralism of students’ home countries (1).

As above.
Legal Pluralism in Asia (4)

Short Group Presentation on legal pluralism of students’ home countries (2).


As above.
7 Family Law in China (1) Patriarchy in Pre-modern Easter Asian Countries
As above.
8 Family Law in China (2)

Protection of Women and Children under Chinese Family Law before and after 1949. As above.
9 Family Law in Japan (1) Patriarchy and social system before the Meiji Restoration As above.
10 Family Law in Japan (2) Westernization and Modernization of Family Law As above.
11 Family Law in Japan (3) Globalization and Contemporary Family Issues As above.
12 Family Law in India (1) Religious Laws and the State As above.
13 Family Law in India (2) Freedom of Religion and the Uniform Civil Code As above.
14 Family Law in India (3) Globalization and Family Law- Same-sex Marriages, International Surrogacy and etc.. As above.
15 Wrapping-up Wrapping-up discussion
As above.

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