Course Syllabus

Course Title
[Basic Information of the Course]

Instructor Y. Matsuura
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Classification: Graduate Course of Campus Asia Program
Semester: Spring semester
Class Period: 10:30-12:00, Thursday
Credits: 2
Compulsory?: NA
classroom: Seminar Room 6, Asian Legal Exchange Plaza Bldg (4 F)


Course Outline

This is an introductory course on East Asian Comparative Law that will promote deeper mutual understanding of four jurisdictions of CJKT (China, Japan, Korea & Taiwan). Both instructors and students will be engaged in collaborative work in education and research on selected topics. The course will work with other similar courses offered in China and Korea and instructors of these courses may join via video-conference system.  This course will mainly focus on forming a rough view of four jurisdictions' approach to good governance of power and society through law. 

Target To achieve a better understanding of how CJKT jurisdictions design the system to create a good governance of power and society through law.
Textbook No textbook is assigned but the instructor will provide a bibliography of books and other materials.
Teaching Materials The instructor will provide a basic package but the instructor and the participating students will work together to improve the teaching materials to share with other similar courses in CJKT jurisdictions.
Grading Method A student performance will be reviewed by class contribution and a short paper on a topic chosen by each student. A short paper should be approximately 10 pages. The instructor will provide the writing guidelines of Nagoya University Graduate School of Law in class. 
Conditions for participation  Weekly attendance is required for full credit.  Please inform the instructor before class with email, explaining the reason for absence. 


No. Theme Topics of the Class Assignments pages
4/20 Introduction Concept of the State & the Sources of Law Visit the World Factbook  and read the information about China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.Link

Class 1 PPT


2 4/27

Legal Education

How does your jurisdiction produce professionals to run the country and the judiciary?

Take a look of the material for class 2 and collect information about your own jurisdiction. Class 2 a brief history
3 5/11 Power Governance (1)

An Overview of CJKT jurisdictions

              How does your jurisdiction organize the power and use it? We will discuss the structure of the State and Local Powers: how the powers are structured based on what theory, including the theory of the State and the Party.

Class 3
4 5/18 Power Governance (2)

the National Assembly: What is their power and how the representatives are elected? What do they do?

Class 4
5 5/25 Power Governance (3)

the Executive Branch : Structure of the National Government and the Local Governments.  How the public officers are selected and appointed?  What do they do?         What is the Division of Tasks and how these Tasks are funded?

Class 5
6 6/1 Power Governance (4)

the Judiciary: Structure of the Judiciary, the Prosecution and the Bar. How are the legal professionals trained and distributed?

Class 6
7 6/8 Social Governance (1)

Overview of the Social Life Design: A big theory about how the people and the individuals can shape their lives and society. How does your society use rights, duties, freedoms and resources? How does your jurisdiction use the bill of rights, public and private rights? 

Class 7
8 6/15 Social Governance (2)

Family and Life of Private Citizens: What is a family? (Family v. Individual members of a family) What relationship do you expect in a family? When does a family in your jurisdiction buy a house and how do they finance it?  A life cycle of an individual: child – adolescence – marriage (divorce)? - retirement – funeral

Class 8
9 6/22 Social Governance (3)

Social Peace and Security: How do you keep peace of the society? (Economy, Police and Social Security) How do you help those who are not doing well?

Class 9
10 6/29 Market Governance (1)

Legal Tools for Market Economy: What basis do we need to practice a market economy? (property right and what else?) What can we learn from the experience of a radical transition from a planned economy to a market economy?  The mindset for a market economy: “the spirit of Capitalism”?

Class 10
11 7/6 Market Governance (2)

Design of a Market: Do we have a perfect market? If not, what do we have? How is the business organized? How are enterprises organized? -- Chaebol, Zaibatsu and business organizations

Class 11
12 7/13 Market Governance (3)

Market and the State: How does your jurisdiction control the market? What aspects of your market does your government control with what tools?

Class 12
13 7/20 Comparative Analysis (1)  Students presentations
Class 13
14 7/27 Comparative Analysis (2) Term paper work
15  Comparative Analysis (3) Term paper work

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