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Seminar IB/IIB/ⅢB(E)

Course Syllabus

Lecturer: MCGINTY Sean Michael
Other Lecturers: N/A
Course Type: Seminar
Semester: Spring
Year:* 2,3,4
Course Periods:* Friday 16:30-18:00
Credits:* 2
Whether mandatory or not:* Not
Classroom:* TBA

 

Outline of Lecture Course

NOTE: We will NOT be holding class as usual on Fridays at least through April 30.  It seems likely that we will not be able to hold classes as normal even after that date, so the current plan is to hold it entirely online (though maybe holding in class seminars later if the situation improves enough to allow it).

So I will be distributing some introductory mini lectures via NUCT and after that we'll try to arrange to have classes via ZOOM later in the term.

The topic of the seminar this term will be "Law and the Pandemic".

The Coronavirus pandemic is a major crisis that is unfolding in real time for us across the world.  History provides us with many examples of how previous crises - from the Black Death of the 14th century to the Great Depression of the 20th - have upended social, political and economic structures in society.  Invariably such changes have an impact on the legal system as well.  These are not limited to immediate changes necessary to mitigate the crisis as it unfolds, but also include more fundamental changes that will last long after the crisis is over.

So in this course there are two basic questions we will look at.  The first is descriptive: How is the pandemic changing law as we speak?  It has already exposed weaknesses in existing systems that have been poor at responding to the immediate threat, so how have these changed?  The second question is more normative and takes a longer term view: How should the law change going forward into a post-pandemic world?  Crises often give us the opportunity to make legal changes that would not be possible under normal circumstances and thus allow for bolder changes.  This is evident in such things as, for example, the radical change in discussion on universal basic income, which was a relatively fringe idea in policy circles just a few months ago but is now being seriously considered in a world with skyrocketing unemployment levels.  

 

 

Course Objectives

The main objective of the course is to explore how the Pandemic is changing legal systems and how these should change going forward.

Textbooks

There is no required textbook for the course. 

 

Course Materials/Supplementaries These will be distributed through the Canvas system.  
Assessment

Assessment will be:

50% Presentation

50% Essay

The current plan is for you to do your presentations via ZOOM. We'll figure out the timeline of that later in the term.

Prerequisites None
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study Nothing in particular, though please do the readings each week.
Responding to Student Questions

Prof. McGinty can be reached by email at smcginty@law.nagoya-u.ac.jp 

I can address questions by email, or by appointment (just send me an email and we can arrange a time to meet) or after class.

Other Notes The "Lecture Course Description" below is largely meaningless owing to the need to move online, so we won't follow it strictly (by which I mean we'll still have the equivalent of 15 classes, but they won't necessarily be broken down as they are below).

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Introduction to topic and course.
2 Literature review
3 Literature review
4 Literature review
5 Literature review
6 Literature review
7 Presentations
8 Presentations
9 Presentations
10 Presentations
11 Presentations
12 Presentations
13 Presentations
14 Presentations
15 Presentations

※Students who wish to enroll as a member should access the URL below.
Log in using the Nagoya University ID and password, and click on "Enroll in Course".

https://canvas.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/enroll/TBDHRX 

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