Global Society (Psychology & Law)

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Society (Psychology & Law)

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Pre-Law, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    4 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0 - 0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Psychology is at the heart of legal systems around the world. Courts, law enforcement officers, judges, and lawmakers make a variety of assumptions about how citizens act, both inside and outside of the legal system. Psychological research has taught us that laws and legal systems indeed have a lot to learn from psychology. This course examines how psychology teaches us how to improve legal systems, both in the United States and abroad. After establishing core principles in psychology and law, a particular focus will be made on psychology in Japan and on the impact of psychological research on the Japanese legal system, especially considering the country’s newer jury-like “saiban-in” system in criminal trials.

    Course Objectives
    This course aims to develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a global and interconnected environment. It engages students by introducing an interdisciplinary approach to law, psychology, and policy, and it follows this approach through both an individual and collaborative format. By the end of the semester, students will know how to explore legal and policy issues in unique ways, and will have contributed to the design and writing of their own experimental study. 

    Various “Student Learning Outcomes,” are embraced by this course, including: the development of problem solving, research, written and oral communication skills; critical thinking designed to serve life-long learning, and the connectedness of a diverse and cross-cultural world; understanding the ethical responsibilities of lawyers in a global world; and the effect of legal institutions on society.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.