FACULTY OF LAW
Educational Ideals and Three Policies
- Educational Ideals
- Nurturing sensitivity to human rights and the concept of an inclusive society
- Diploma Policy
- The Faculty of Law aims to foster students who develop an understanding of modern society through specialized and systematic study and education in law, politics and public administration, and who can work for society in various fields in the future.
1. Our educational policy
Modern society is getting more and more complicated and advanced, and the sense of values among people is diversifying. Social management based on customs, common sense and agreement, which used to be accepted in old times, has been showing limitations. Under these circumstances, law, as the common rules of society, has become increasingly important. But if we overestimate the function of law and fail to take human nature into account, we will get our priorities wrong. The law specialists who are needed now are those who have a good sense of balance and try to comprehend law on the basis of sympathy and understanding of others.
Based on the CGU founding philosophy of “Cultivating social and moral integrity”, and the ideals of the Faculty of Law, “Nurturing sensitivity to human rights and the concept of an inclusive society”, we seek to foster persons with these attributes by implementing all-round education in which general and professional education are integrated.
2. Abilities students are required to acquire before graduation
In light of the above-mentioned objectives and policies, the abilities which students are expected to acquire by the time they graduate are as follows.
(1) Specialized subjects of the Faculty of Law (law, politics and public administration) and basic and systematic knowledge of the subjects of each course.
(2) Abilities required in all aspects of life, such as a wide range of knowledge, communication skills, numeracy skills, information literacy, self-control, logical thinking and the ability to solve problems.
(3) Attitude and disposition as a member of society, such as teamwork spirit, leadership, moral values, social responsibility, interest in and understanding of life-long learning.
(4) Ability to find new problems and solve them.
Therefore, evaluation of academic achievement and graduation judgement are carried out with consideration as to whether each student has acquired the above-mentioned abilities.
3. Graduation Requirements
The Faculty of Law at CGU awards bachelor degrees in law to students, except for transfer students, who have studied at CGU for more than four years and earned the minimum of 127 credits necessary for graduation.
- Curriculum Policy
- We offer a curriculum composed of specialized subjects (law, politics and public administration), liberal arts, foreign languages, Japanese language, information processing, physical education, etc.). Among them, subjects in law, politics and public administration, and the compulsory and elective subjects of each course, make up the core of the curriculum.
1. Focusing on fostering human resources to become public officials
Since the foundation of the Faculty of Law we have given priority to fostering capable public officials (police officers, fire fighters, local government employees, etc.) and offer special subjects and other related courses for that purpose.
2. Diversified Courses
We offer the five following courses in order to meet the various needs of our students and produce capable human resources in many fields as well as public officials.
(1) Judiciary Course
(2) Public Administration Course
(3) Business Career Course
(4) Field Studies Course
(5) Sports System Course
Each course has its own education policy that takes into consideration the students’ career after graduation while sharing the basic concept of the Faculty of Law and develops a characteristic curriculum composed of subjects in law, politics and public administration and specialized subjects for each course.
(For more details, please refer to the CGU Guide brochure.)
3. Course Assignment
Each student belongs to one of the above-mentioned courses and studies according to its curriculum. While it isn’t impossible to change courses afterwards, students basically continue to study in the same course until graduation as this enables them to acquire the necessary knowledge and abilities that will be needed in order to contribute to society.
4. Freshman Education
We put importance on first-year education as the starting point of both fostering abilities to become public officials and providing education in various courses. We offer a “Special Training Course for Civil Service I” to motivate freshmen who aim to become police officers and other public workers, and help them acquire the abilities they will require in the future when they work for the public.
Meanwhile, as the starting point for each course, first-year students are required to attend seminars. (“Basic Seminar I” in the Judiciary Course, “Basic Seminar I” in the Administration Course, “Business Law Basic Seminar I” in the Business Career Course, “Research & Presentation Basic Seminar” in the Field Studies Course, and “Sports Science Seminar” in the Sports System Course.)
These seminars include learning how to use the library and write a report, learning how to give a presentation and debate, a joint training camp with other universities, on-site study, and planning and management of events outside the university. And they also provide freshmen with opportunities to gain the skills and attitude required for their study afterwards. In these courses students are motivated to think about their future by analyzing themselves.
- Admission Policy
- The Faculty of Law at CGU seeks students who understand the CGU founding philosophy and the educational ideals of the Faculty of Law and are willing to embrace them.
1. Firm sense of purpose
We seek students who understand our diploma and curriculum policies and have a firm sense of purpose to acquire knowledge and abilities in law, politics and administration, as well as the knowledge and abilities designated in each course with a view to working for society in the future.
2. Basic abilities required in selection of students for admission
We seek students who have the basic abilities required in the admission selection (basic communication skills, logical thinking, writing ability, basic knowledge and applied skills in subjects in high school).
Five Courses in the Faculty of Law
|Judiciary Course||Students acquire broad knowledge in law, i.e. rules of social life, focusing on the Six Codes such as the Constitution, Civil Code and Criminal Code.|
|Public Administration Course||Students realize the importance of the connection with the local community through studying both theoretically and practically about neighborhoods and local governments.|
|Business Career Course||Students mainly study corporate transaction and “corporate law” regarding business contracts. We put weight on practical skills (English and computer) and students in this course can take more subjects in the Faculty of Commerce than the other courses.|
|Field Studies Course||Students study the relationship between law and various problems in modern society, such as war and environmental problems. We emphasize on-site study and field work.|
|Sports System Course||Students study “sports” from the viewpoint of “law” and are expected to work for the safety, health education and vitalization of the community in the future. We also have a class in kids’ sports science.|
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