シラバス Syllabus

授業名 Introduction to Business Law
Course Title Introduction to Business Law
担当教員 Instructor Name Anthony Townley
コード Couse Code NUC405_N20A
授業形態 Class Type 講義 Regular course
授業形式 Class Format
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category
学位 Degree BBA
開講情報 Terms / Location 2020 UG Nisshin Term1

授業の概要 Course Overview

This course will explore some of the main business law concepts and practices that are important for companies that operate in a globalized world, among which are corporate social responsibility, sale of goods, product warranty, workers’ rights, intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution. In this course the instructor will use case method teaching and give students projects to complete. These projects require all students to actively participate and develop their frontier spirit.

本授業の該当ラーニングゴール Learning Goals


LG1 Critical Thinking
LG2 Diversity Awareness
LG3 Ethical Decision Making
LG4 Effective Communication

受講後得られる具体的スキルや知識 Learning Outcomes

Students will develop an understanding of the legal environment for significant international business activities. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply basic legal knowledge to these business structures and activities and communicate effectively using business law terminology.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

教育手法 Teaching Method

教育手法 Teaching Method % of Course Time
インプット型 Traditional 30 %
参加者中心型 Participant-Centered Learning ケースメソッド Case Method 70 %
フィールドメソッド Field Method 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

学習方法、レポート、課題に対するフィードバック方法 Course Approach, Report, Feedback methods

○ Case readings are assigned for each class. Students are expected to commit at least three (3) hours to carefully read the assigned material before classes and prepare to offer meaningful questions and discussion during class. Students should come to class with questions and comments already prepared in order to be best prepared to positively contribute. In addition, students should be ready to explain their ideas, and listen and respond to the ideas of others both during group work and class discussions. Active learning requires that each student be ready to articulate and support his or her own ideas.

○ Students will receive written feedback for all written assessment to assist students with the development of their writing skills and the coherent organization of documents. Each class will also conclude with oral feedback that reflects on student participation in group activities and class discussion.

授業スケジュール Course Schedule


We will examine the business law environment and organizational structures of multinational companies (MNC’s), which operate across different international markets and in different legal jurisdictions.

The Multinational Company.


We will examine the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an increasingly significant component of good corporate governance in both domestic and international contexts. The CSR case studies form the basis for one of the 10% writing assessments in the course.

The Good Corporate Citizen.


We will examine the unification or harmonization of laws for the international sale of goods in different countries and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on the Express and Implied Warranties protection for the buyer of goods under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Working in groups, you will also participate in a contract negotiation activity during class.

Doing Business in Harmony.


We will apply the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (the ILO Declaration) to the Nguyen case in Japan, which is designed to prevent Member states and corporations from profiting from the exploitation of laborers, and by doing so, infringing on peoples’ fundamental rights. The Nguyen case study forms the basis for one of the 10% writing assessments in the course.

Exploited Migrant Workers in Japan.


We will learn about the different types of intellectual property rights and how they impact on business operations and commercial markets. In particular, we examine the perceived problems with patents rights in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States.

Regulatory Protection or Profit Protection?


We will examine the concept of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a more cost and time-effective alternative to certain types of legal disputes and litigation. Working in groups, students will also be involved in a mediation role-play activity during this class.

ADR: a Better Alternative to Litigation.


We will examine both regional (sometimes bilateral) trade agreements and multinational trade agreements, which are commerce treaties that involve three or more nations. Both types of international trade agreements are designed to reduce tariffs and make it easier for businesses to import and export to overseas markets. However, like most commercial deals, there are often winners and losers.

Multinational Trade Agreements.

成績評価方法 Evaluation Criteria

講師用内規準拠 Method of Assessment Weights
コールドコール Cold Call 0 %
授業内での挙手発言 Class Contribution 40 %
クラス貢献度合計 Class Contribution Total 40 %
予習レポート Preparation Report 30 %
小テスト Quizzes / Tests 0 %
シミュレーション成績 Simulation 0 %
ケース試験 Case Exam 0 %
最終レポート Final Report 30 %
期末試験 Final Exam 0 %
参加者による相互評価 Peer Assessment 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

評価の留意事項 Notes on Evaluation Criteria

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases


教科書 Textbook

  • N/A「Not Applicable」N/A(N/A)

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource

Additional resource readings will be posted on Google Classroom.

授業調査に対するコメント Comment on Course Evaluation

“Interesting to learn about the legal system in other countries”.

“Really active class discussion. The teacher is really good in helping the shy students to speak”.

“Instructor encourages for active class participation. Class is lively and interesting. We are given feedback on our assignments”.

“Learnt a lot, relevant examples and interesting theory. Improved writing skills as the teacher gave a lot of feedback, and gave a lot of instruction on how to write a good paper. Very encouraging class".

“The teacher is really good at engaging us to be more active in discussions”.

“Interesting class. Good teaching style”.

“Group discussion was great”.

担当教員のプロフィール About the Instructor 

Anthony Townley completed his Master (MA) and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). Anthony previously completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Asian Studies (BA) at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia).

Anthony has accumulated 25 years of varied professional work experience, most recently as the Director of Academic Writing at at Koç University in Istanbul. He has also worked as a commercial lawyer in Sydney and as an English language instructor, in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in Australia, Turkey and Japan. His special teaching areas include: English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Academic Writing, Legal Writing and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and he is currently undertaking sociolinguistic research of legal/business discourse practices in Japan.

(実務経験 Work experience)

Professor, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (2018 - present).

Director of Academic Writing Program, Koç University, Istanbul (2015 – 2017)

Academic Writing & Legal Writing Instructor, Koç University, Istanbul (2009 – 2017).

Academic Writing Consultant, Open Society Foundation, New York (2008 - 2017).

In-House Commercial Lawyer, TeleResources Engineering, Sydney (2006 – 2008).

EFL Language Instructor, Morioka English Academy, Iwate Japan (2002 – 2004).

Commercial Lawyer, Corrs, Chambers, Westgarth, Sydney (2000 – 2002).

Refereed Articles

  • (2022) The Use of a Multi-Perspectival Research Model for a Discourse Study of M&A Commercial Law Practice. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research 9(1): 2376-760X
  • (2022) The use of discourse expertise to control the provision of legal services and establish discursive hegemony in commercial law practice: a case study from Europe. International Journal of Legal Discourse 2364-883X
  • (2021) The Use of Discourse Maps to Teach Contract Negotiation Communicative Practices. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 84(1): 2329-4906
  • (2021) The intertextual nature of embedded email communication for contract negotiation activities. Text & Talk. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies 41(4): 1860-7330
  • (2019) A pivotal interactional role to oversee contract negotiation activity: Insights into a key interdisciplinary legal-business practice. Discourse & Communication 17504813

Refereed Proceedings

  • (2019). It Doesn’t Always Pay to be Polite in Business: the Discourse Realities of Facework and Im/politeness Discourse Strategies in Contract Negotiation using Email Communication. Proceedings of the Third JALT Business Communication SIG Conference .It doesn’t always pay to be polite in business: the discourse realities of facework and im/politeness discourse strategies in contract negotiation using email communication. 1. 2. Toyo University, Tokyo