ERIC Number: ED354204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Constitution and Individual Rights in Japan: Lessons for Middle and High School Students.
Parisi, Lynn S.
The four teaching units of this publication focus on Japanese constitutional law and history, while providing opportunities for comparison with the constitutional experience of the United States. The four units have been designed as a comprehensive course of study that emphasizes understanding of the historical and cultural context of contemporary situations and issues. While each unit is designed to complement and build upon the preceding units, each activity and unit is self-contained and may be used alone as well as in combination with other resources. The first of the four units is entitled Social and Political Traditions in Japan. It contains three activities: (1) The world according to Confucius, (2) Geography and perceptions of individual society. The second unit, called The Meiji Constitution, contains two activities: (1) The Meiji Constitution in historical context, and (2) Comparing principles of government in the Meiji and U.S. Constitutions. Unit 3, The 1947 Constitution, also contains two activities: (1) Dictating change: a simulation, and (2) Bringing democracy to Japan. Finally, activities in the fourth unit, Individual Rights in Contemporary Japan, are the following: (1) Comparing constitutional rights in Japan and the United States, (2) The tug of war between law and custom: the Fukuoka patricide case, and (3) A half-step behind: the evolution of women's rights in Japan. A 16-item bibliography of teacher background materials and additional readings is included. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Intermediate Grades, International Law, International Studies, Japanese Culture, Law Related Education, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Political Science, Secondary Education, Social Studies, World History
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.; National Clearinghouse for United States-Japan Studies, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Japan