Departments' Profile

Department of Law

Clear Vision for Turbulent Times

Nurturing the Ability to Understand and Respond to Contemporary Society

In our contemporary society, we are surrounded by a great variety of activity: crimes, such as murder, are taking place; incidents, such as the failure of major corporations, are occurring; programs, such as nursing care insurance, are being introduced; and issues, such as public works projects, global warming, and ethnic conflicts, are being discussed. The world is changing rapidly. How does the turbulent environment at home and overseas affect us and society?

The Department of Law, through studies ranging from jurisprudence to politics, develops students' ability to understand phenomena in modern society and to find solutions to problems. What hinders our ability to realize the right granted to each of us to freely pursue happiness in peace? We help students develop the intellectual capacity to find answers to such questions in their four years of academic life.

Small-Group Programs, Diverse Teaching Staff

A team of 20 full-time teachers with a variety of research interests allows for a comprehensive 4-year program of education that ranges from jurisprudence to politics.

One of the unique features of the departmentfs curriculum is small-group study being combined with lecture-type study over the entire four years of the program. Students take freshman seminar and a basic seminar in the first-year, specialized seminars in the second and third years, before carrying out graduation thesis research in the final year. Freshman seminar and the basic seminar are conducted in groups of approximately fifteen students, and the specialized seminars in group of approximately ten students. With the guidance of the teaching staff, students acquire expertise knowledge and nurture their skills in giving reports, participating in discussion, and writing research papers. Although it tends to be true that a large department has difficulty in offering small-group programs, our departmentfs ability to do so is perhaps our biggest attraction.

For those who cannot attend school during regular daytime hours, our department also has a four-year night program in jurisprudence and politics (30 students per year). The department also allows transfer to the daytime program in the third year (up to 5 students) and to the night program in the second and third years (up to 5 students).

For more information on faculty members and curriculum, visit our website at http://www.hss.shizuoka.ac.jp/law/.

Department of Law Curriculum

Small-group subjectsMajor specialized subjects
Year 4Graduation research
Reading in foreign language
Human rights, property transfer, intellectual property law, political process, administrative remedy law, civil proceedings law, labor law, political thought, local autonomy act, commercial trade law, social security act, international relations, taxation law, law of bills of exchange, promissory notes and cheques, foreign law, history of international politics, criminal justice, financial instruments and exchange law, trial law, local politics, international human rights law, insurance law, legal history, local autonomy, international remedy law, economic law, public administration, internship, family law, antimonopoly law, comparative politics
Year 3Specialized Seminar II
Reading in foreign language
Year 2Specialized Seminar IPenal code, philosophy of law, legal sociology, contract law, corporation law, administration law, law of administrative activities, international law, international politics, internship
Year 1Basic SeminarOverview of constitution, governing structure, overview of human rights, overview of contract law, tort law, introduction to law, introduction to criminal law, social information handling, politics

Seminar

Our students take freshman seminar and basic seminar in the first-year as introductory subjects to law before taking specialty seminars II and III in the second and third years to acquire more advanced knowledge in their area of expertise. This enables them to research and write their graduation thesis in the final year. The small-group seminar plays a key role in students developing both paper-writing skills and the intellect necessary for exploring issues. It also facilitates communication among students and between students and teaching staff. Students have a prime opportunity to consult their instructor about various academic concerns.

Specialty Seminar Themes Offered

NameTheme
ConstitutionConstitution-related issues
Civil lawIssues related to modern civil law
Criminal lawJury system and responsibility capacity, capital punishment, juvenile law
Administrative lawCommunity development and law
Commercial lawCommercial code in general
Civil procedure codeCurrent issues related to civil procedure code
International lawIssues related to modern international law
Labor lawChanges of employment system and labor law-related issues
Social security law(Not offered due to overseas research sabbatical)
History of Japanese lawJapan-China comparative law history
Legal sociologyJudicial reform
History of international politicsChanges and issues of modern international politics
Public administrationStudy of measures to revitalize local communities
PoliticsStudy of comparative political institutions
International relationsIssues related to humanitarian intervention