Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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SOC300ZA(社会学 / Sociology 300)
Law in a Globalizing World

Kelesha NEVERS

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6375
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 水6/Wed.6
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
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Learning for the Future CP
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Chiyoda Campus Consortium
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Outline and objectives

As nations and peoples continue the trend of globalization, legal issues become increasingly more complex. This course provides an overview of this trend, investigating similarities, differences, changes, and challenges experienced by an array of stakeholders as new issues arise and views on existing issues converge in some ways and diverge in others. Specific discussion topics include, but are not limited to, human rights, crime, the environment, international institutions, and conflict of laws.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss and analyze the legal aspects of specific problems in a globalizing world. Through discussion and debate, students will develop their ability to grasp and analyze different opinions, as well as predict counter-arguments.Through the creation of a final report and related presentation, students will enhance their ability to develop and logically present their ideas, while reflecting on peer feedback.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3” and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

This course will be taught through a combination of lecture- and seminar-style classes. Students are required to attend class prepared to participate in discussion. Students are also required to make one main and one or more smaller presentations and submit a final report on the topic of their main presentation, which should reflect class discussion and peer feedback. Instructor feedback will be given during class discussions, through commentary on errors and correct responses found in the assignments, and in response to individual requests. Assignments submitted on the online dashboard will receive individualized comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the submissions.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:オンライン/online



Course guidance and general introduction to the role of law in a globalizing world. Overview of the discussion topics.

2[オンライン/online]:What is Law? What is Globalization?

Defining law and globalization; What are the causes and impacts of globalization? International organizations

3[オンライン/online]:How does globalization of the law
affect national legal systems?

Hard law versus soft law; international organizations; reputational harm

4[オンライン/online]:Freedom of Expression and Religion

Comparative analysis of free speech and the right to worship (or not) as one chooses.

5[オンライン/online]:Right to Life

Comparative analysis -death penalty; International declarations

6[オンライン/online]:Gender Issues

How does globalization change/impact gender roles? Empowerment; disenfranchisement

7[オンライン/online]:Crime and Enforcement

Comparison of criminal justice systems; Are we more or less safe in a globalizing world?

8[オンライン/online]:Humanitarian Law

Crime and punishment in war time

9[オンライン/online]:Right to a Healthy Environment

Global treaties and other agreements protecting the environment; sustainable development

10[オンライン/online]:What does the future hold for globalization?

Fragmentation / Convergence; inevitability vs nationalization.

11[オンライン/online]:Outline of presentation

Meet to discuss and provide feedback on the presentation online


Student presentation(s) and class discussion. Topics to be decided
based on the interests of the students.


Student presentation(s) and class discussion. Topics to be decided
based on the interests of the students.

14[オンライン/online]:Wrap-Up the semester

Discussion and provide feedback

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students are required to complete the reading assignments and prepare before class.Students are also required to do independent and collaborative work for their assignments.Preparatory study and review time for this class are two hours each.


No textbook will be used. The readings are available online.


Reading materials are available on the classroom dashboard.

Grading criteria

Detailed requirements concerning assignments will be given in class. The final grade is calculated based on preparation (20 %), participation (20 %), presentation (30 %), outline and final summary (30 %).

Changes following student comments


Equipment student needs to prepare

Internet access (smartphone, tablet, laptop).


Slight alterations might be made to this syllabus, taking into account the number and specific interests of students who decide to take this course.