Global Society (Psychology & Law)
J.F. Oberlin University
Area of Study
Asian Studies, Pre-Law, Psychology
Taught In English
Host University Units4 - 4
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0 - 0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0 - 0
Hours & Credits
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.
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.