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 NUC412_N21A
授業形態 Class Type 講義 Regular course
授業形式 Class Format Live Virtual
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category 教養教育科目 / Liberal Arts
学位 Degree BBA
開講情報 Terms / Location 2021 UG Nisshin Term1

授業の概要 Course Overview


The "Case Method" is the principal learning methodology used in the GBBA program at NUCB. Case method is a learning methodology built on learning by doing and which aims to prepare students for strategic decision-making in companies through the practice of real situations. Case method promotes increased content knowledge and higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking and analysis as well as positive attitudes towards learning as a critical part of the Frontier Spirit at NUCB.
The Introduction to Business Law 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, agency, workers’ rights, intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution.
Students will be expected to understand the legal concepts and regulatory frameworks that apply to the key business activities presented in the Introduction to Business Law course by actively participating in case method discussions and completing written assignments.

本授業の該当ラーニングゴール Learning Goals

*本学の教育ミッションを具現化する形で設定されています。

LG1 Critical Thinking
LG2 Diversity Awareness
LG3 Ethical Decision Making
LG4 Effective Communication
LG5 Business Perspectives (BSc)
LG6 Managerial Perspectives (BBA)
LG7 International Perspectives (BA)

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 in the Introduction to Business Law course. Upon completion, students will be able to apply basic legal knowledge to these business activities and communicate effectively using business law terminology in English.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4 質の高い教育をみんなに(Quality Education)

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

第1日(Day1)

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

●使用するケース
"The Multinational Company".

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

第2日(Day2)

We will examine both multinational trade agreements (MTAs) and regional (sometimes bilateral) trade agreements (RTAs), 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.

●使用するケース
"The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)".

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

第3日(Day3)

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 study forms the basis for the 10% writing assessment in the course.

●使用するケース
"Ben & Jerry’s: More than just ice cream".

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

第4日(Day4)

We will examine the law of agency, which enable the principal to employ the agent to work, sell goods or services. A lot of MNC business activity is carried on through agency and no corporation would be possible, even in theory, without such a legal concept. The agency relationship is primarily regulated by contract law and we will also explore contractual ways to regulate the right and obligations of the principal and agent under an authentic agency agreement.

●使用するケース
"Massage Chairs in Vietnam".

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

第5日(Day5)

We will examine the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (the ILO Declaration), 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 labor law case study forms the basis for the 15% writing assessment in the course.

●使用するケース
"Oysters from Hiroshima".

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG 4: Quality Education
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 10: Reduced Inequality
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

第6日(Day6)

We will learn about the different types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and how they impact on business operations and commercial markets. In particular, we examine the future regulation of the burgeoning cosplay industry under copyright law.

●使用するケース
"Cosplay Copyright".

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

第7日(Day7)

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.

●使用するケース
"Mediation for Wrongful Termination in Japan".

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

成績評価方法 Evaluation Criteria

*成績は下記該当項目を基に決定されます。
講師用内規準拠 Method of Assessment Weights
予習レポート Preparation Report 25 %
コールドコール Cold Call 0 %
授業内での挙手発言 Class Contribution 50 %
ケース試験 Case Exam 0 %
参加者による相互評価 Peer Assessment 0 %
シミュレーション成績 Simulation 0 %
小テスト Quizzes / Tests 0 %
最終レポート Final Report 25 %
期末試験 Final Exam 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

評価の留意事項 Notes on Evaluation Criteria

50% of the course grade is awarded for written reports and students will receive written feedback for the 10% and 15% Preparation Reports to assist students with the development of their writing skills and the coherent organization of documents. Students will be instructed about what is expected in terms of content and rhetorical organization for all written assessment as explained in each grading rubric.

50% of the course grade is awarded for "Class Contribution", so 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 during class discussion.

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases

    ケースは使用しません。

教科書 Textbook

  • N/A「N/A」N/A(N/A)

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource

Resource materials 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

  • (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
  • (2017) Analysis of Authentic Legal Negotiation Discourse: Towards an ELP Pedagogy. Macquarie University, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
  • (2016) The role of emails and covering letters in negotiating a legal contract: A case study from Turkey. English for Specific Purposes 44 0889-4906

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






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