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The Department of Jurisprudence aims to equip students with the skills to analyze social phenomena in legal and political terms and to present guidelines for legal and political solutions to discrepancies and problems arising from such analysise.

Introduction to Jurisprudence is offered in the first year, and then core subjects such as Constitutional Law, Civil Law, Criminal Law and Corporate Law are offered to enable students to gradually learn from the basics to application. Students belong to a basic practice in the first year and enjoy an excellent learning environment. This includes small-group classes which instill motivation and the joy of learning. In the second year, studies are divided among the Administration Course, the Legal Service Course, the Corporation Course and the International Course. Students are able to acquire a practical and broad range of knowledge by learning the specialized subjects required for each course (course core subjects) along with the recommended subjects of other courses or departments.

The Department of Jurisprudence offers specialized subjects appropriate to students' future careers in each course. "Special Practice" is offered in the Administration Course for those who wish to take civil service examinations, and "Special Practice on Legal Service" in the Legal Service course is offered for students wishing to take aptitude tests for law school. In the International Course, a subject called "Foreign Affairs" which includes a short-term overseas study program is offered for the purpose of equipping students with a global perspective. In addition, those who wish to study more at graduate level or to become specialists are able to proceed to the Graduate School of Law using the internal entrance-exam system of essays and interviews.

Features of the Curriculum

Constitutional Law (1st year)

Students learn human rights and governance structure. They are taught that there are a number of disputes over what the short clauses of the Constitution of Japan guarantee and to what extent they are guaranteed, and examine opinions from both sides.

International Relations (3rd year)

International politics is where one-sided and unilateral commentary and judgments are made more than anything else. The aim of this course is to help students understand issues of ethnicity and the North-South problem based on historical as well as theoretical viewpoints, and to equip them with an attitude which will help them to think multilaterally about international politics.

International Law (3rd year)

Students consider Hokkaido-related problems and incidents such as the Northern-Territorial issue by using fundamental ideas to explain the basic rights of International Law. The course's aim is to consider the meanings and limitations of modern globalization and identify alternatives.

Curriculum by Academic Year

Curriculum List / Department of Department of Jurisprudence

Category First year Second year Third year Fourth year Completion method

Liberal Arts Subjects
Liberal Arts Curriculum
  At least 20 credits (must include 4 credits of English subjects)
Faculty of Law Specialized Subjects
Core Department Subjects Introduction to the Constitution (2)
The Constitution A (2)
Introduction to Civil Code (2)
Overview of the Criminal Code I (2)
Politics (2)
Introduction to Economics A (2)
Introduction to Economics B (2)
Basic Seminar A (2)
Basic Seminar B (2)
Mock Trial Seminar I (2)
Mock Trial Seminar II (2)
The Constitution B (Political Structure) (2)
Civil Code A (General Provisions / Right in Rem) (2)
Civil Code B (Right in Personam) (2)
Overview of the Criminal Code II (2)
Public Administration (2)
Social Systems Theory (2)
Basic Legal Skills (2)
Civil Code C (Family and Inheritance) (2)
Applied Legal Skills (2)
  At least 22 credits including 6 credits from the three subjects marked ●.
Total of 104 credits
Career Design Subjects Learning About Occupations (2)
Occupations and Life (2)
Basic Career Skills A (2)
Basic Career Skills B (2)
Applied Career Skills A (2)
Career Mathematics A (1)
Introduction to Social Studies (2)
Society and Information (2)
Basic Information Systems (2)
Occupations and Life II (2)
Applied Career Skills B (2)
Career Mathematics B (1)
IT Practice A (2)
IT Practice B (2)

Occupations and Life III (2)
Occupations and Life IV (2)
Career Mathematics C (1)

  At least 18 credits
Corporate Management and Work (2)
Public Law    The Constitution C (Litigation) (2)
Administrative Law A (Actions)
Administrative Law B (Organizations)
Tax Law I (Overview)
Administrative Law C (Remedies) (2)
Tax Law II (Corporate Tax Law) (2)
Civil Code   Companies Act A (Governance) (2)
Companies Act B (Finance) (2)
Companies Act C (Organizational Restructuring) (2)
Special Civil Code Theory (2)
Civil Litigation I (2)
Civil Litigation II (2)
Special Civil Code Theory (2)
Commercial Code General Provisions / Commercial Transactions (2)
Drafts and Checks (2) 
Criminal Code   Criminal Litigation I (2)
Criminal Litigation II (2)
Criminal Policy (2)
 Criminal Code Theories I (2)
Criminal Code Theories II (2)
Basic Law   Legislative History (2)
Japanese Socio-legal History (2)
Gender and Law (2)
Social Law   Labor Law A (2)
Labor Law B (2)
Social Security Law (2)
International Law    International Law (2)    
Sports Law   Sports Law A (2)
Sports Law B (2)
Politics   Modern Political Thought (2)
International Relations Theory (2)
Local Government Theory (2)
Special Public Administration Theory A (2)
Special Public Administration Theory B (2)
Intellectual Property Law  
Intellectual Property Law A (Copyright Law and Other) (2)
Intellectual Property Law B (Patent Law and Other) (2)
Practice   Specialized Seminar I (4) Specialized Seminar II (4)
Legal Seminar I (2)
Legal Seminar II (2)
Case Seminar (2)
Specialized Seminar III (2)
Specialized Seminar IV (2)
Special Practice特別演習  
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant A (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant B (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant C (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant D (2)
Special Legal Practice A (2)
Special Legal Practice B (2)
Special Legal Practice C (2)
Special Legal Practice D (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant E (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant F (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant G (2)
Special Practice for Becoming a Civil Servant H (2)
Economics   Microeconomics I (2)
Macroeconomics I (2)
Fiscal Science I (2)
Fiscal Science II (2)
Urban Economics Theory (2)
Japanese Economic Theory I (2)
Japanese Economic Theory II (2)
Agricultural Economics Theory (2)
International Economics Theory I (2)
International Economics Theory II (2)
Hokkaido Economics Theory A (2)
Hokkaido Economics Theory B (2)

Community Internship A (2)
Social Policy I (2)
Social Policy II (2)
English and International Cultures A (2)
English and International Cultures B (2)
Information and Law (2)
Regional Society Theory (2)
Financial Planning A (2)
Financial Planning B (2)
Financial Planning C (2)
Financial Planning D (2)
Financial Theory I (2)
Financial Theory II (2)
Socio-Information Studies (2)
Information Society Theory (2)
Social Studies Methodology (2)
Web Design I (2)
Information Communication Network Theory I (2)
Multimedia Processing Theory I (2)
Basic Data Analysis I (2)
Basic Data Analysis II (2)
Basics of Modern Society (2)
Programming I (2)
Basic Social Studies Practice (2)
Corporate Theory I (2)
Corporate Theory II (2)
International Finance Theory (2)
Regional Media Theory (2)
Information Security Theory (2)
Regional Fiscal Theory (2)
Finance Theory (2)
Web Design II (2)
Data Analysis (2)
Information Communication Network Theory II (2)
Multimedia Processing Theory II (2)
Programming II (2)
Social Studies Practice (4)
Graduate Thesis (4)
Public Policy Theory (2)
Foreign Book Reading A (2)
Foreign Book Reading B (2)
International Fieldwork A (2)
International Fieldwork B (2)
International Fieldwork C (2)
Community Internship B (2)
General Lecture on Law and Policy A (2)
General Lecture on Law and Policy B (2)
General Lecture on Law and Policy C (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy A (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy B (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy C (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy D (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy E (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy F (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy G (2)
Special Lecture on Law and Policy H (2)
*Subjects other than those above are categorized as “Other Liberal Arts Subjects” by the Department of Child Development.
Parenthesises indicate the number of credits
●: Required subjects
△: Subjects offered every other year
▲: Subjects offered when available


Respect for human beings

Educational Goals

To instill students with a sense for human rights and an international way of thinking, enabling them to contribute to the advancement of the community and the improvement of local residents' welfare.