Course Syllabus
Course Name US Family Law
Category American Law (Cultural Competence)
No. of Credit 1
Number of Classes 8
Professor Kazuko Shimizu

Professor Profile:
Graduated from Sophia University Faculty of Comparative Culture(BA) in 1991, and Faculty of Law (Bachelor of Law) in 1996. Graduated from Temple University School of
Law (LLM: Master of Law) in 2001. Learned legal translation at Babel University classroom. Engaged in teaching translation of legal documents at Babel University classroom. Involved in translation of English-written legal documents since 1990s. Engaged in writing teaching materials for trans-national legal program of Babel University Professional School of Translation in 2004 through 2007. Involved in distance education and training of legal translators at Babel University Professional School of Translation.
Course Summary Lecture US family law in Japanese language.
How this course was developed From 2004 to 2006, BABEL University Professional School of Translation developed 30 courses on U.S. laws to help the students who majored in International Paralegal and Legal Translation, to build background knowledge on their major. This course is one of them. The course was established in 2006 and updated in 2007.
Course Objectives Students acquire comprehensive knowledge of US family law.
Learning Outcome  Students who have successfully completed this course will have a comprehensive knowledge of US Family Law in both English and Japanese.
Prerequisite Japanese Law Courses
Course Progression (1) Study basic learning materials and listen to audio lectures
(2) Submit homework assignments as per the class instruction booklet
(3) Take part in interactive classes using audio lectures, Q&A, electronic message boards, etc. with professors
Course Length Standard* 2 months (can be completed in a minimum of 1 months or a maximum of 4 months)
Estimated Hours of Study Reading course guide and course material, listening to audio lecture: 1.5hrs
Completing assignments should take 3 hours or more.
The entire course should take 32 hours or more to complete.
(Course Text etc.)
U.S. Family Law(Babel University original text)
*Authored originally for this course. Copyrighted by Babel University Professional School of Translation.
Course Outline

The class instruction booklet (study guide) will provide students with (l) the objectives of the class, (2) an explanation of the learning materials, and (3) instruction in how to go about studying the materials.
Students will (l) read the text to acquire knowledge of the content of the class, (2) listen to the professor's audio lecture to deepen their understanding of the content, and (3) verify their understanding by completing exercises, and submit their answers to the exercises.

 Lecture Course Title
Lecture 1 Sources of Family Law Marriage
Lecture 2 Properties and Financial Obligations of Couples    
Lecture 3 Annulment and Divorce
Lecture 4 Legitimacy and Paternity
Lecture 5 Adoptions     
Lecture 6 Lawsuits Involving Family Members
Lecture 7 Living Together Domestic Violence and Law
Lecture 8 Senior Persons, Conservator ship and Guardianship     
Grade Evaluation and Course Requirement Grade will be based on total scores from the following:

*Assignment Submission --- 8
After you have studied each lecture, you will need to submit the assignment within two weeks.

Grading Procedure: Evaluate submitted reports in five-grade system.
Grade Score
A 85 - 100
B 70 - 84
C 60 - 69
D 50 - 59
F 49 and under
Submission papers will be returned with the evaluation sheet, which states evaluation marking and comments as well as corrections with rubrics.

*Minimum Course Requirement: B or above

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