The Faculty of Sociology and Social Work celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. It is one of the few faculties in Japan in which the departments of sociology and social work are brought together under a single faculty. Modern society is rife with diverse contradictions that could endanger human existence, and is trapped within a cycle of tragedies. To seek the key to unraveling the heart of common issues that underlie this situation, the two departments offer education, practice, and research from their respective approaches, as well as from an interdisciplinary approach. Through a curriculum based on the latest findings, interesting courses are provided by spirited faculty members who possess broad knowledge and profound insight. Students of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work are urged to use their university years to develop a free and critical mind by actively engaging with classmates who have gathered from throughout Japan and fully applying themselves to learning under the mentorship of their professors.
Seiichi Kitagawa, Director, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
The Faculty of Sociology & Social Work adheres to the university’s educational principles and has, since its founding, sought to train talented people to serve as cornerstones of social improvement. Contemporary society requires talented people who are broadly aware of other people (the Other), and who possess the kind of flexible and multifaceted perspective that is formed by learning about the realities of other people’s lives, who have the powers of thought to reach a profound understanding of questions, and who have the conceptual powers to realize new possibilities for society. The Faculty of Sociology & Social Work therefore cultivates talented people who, through study that is characterized by tolerance and deep insight into the other and the self, will contribute to the formation of a human society that respects and supports human character and individuality, and who are motivated to put these qualities into practice. To that end, our educational objective is to cultivate the ability to understand conflicts of various different kinds, to explore them as issues, and to communicate the results. It is also our objective to foster a highly-developed sense of human rights and abundant sensibility.
The Faculty of Sociology & Social Work has a Department of Sociology and a Department of Social Work, each with its own curriculum and faculty body. These are structured around scholarly research in a variety of different areas that are the concerns of sociology and social work. The Faculty provides its education to students for four years, and it confers its academic degree on those who it recognizes as having acquired the ability to contribute actively to society.
The basic policy of the Faculty of Sociology & Social Work is to convey specialized knowledge in each of its areas, to cultivate the ability to think and to put thoughts into practice, and to foster the stance that seeks to do so. The two departments each have their own curriculum and educational content, however, and curriculum policy is therefore determined by the department concerned.
In order to realize the educational objectives and policies of the Faculty of Sociology & Social Work, we seek students who possess a variety of different abilities and who are interested in social phenomena and concerned about social problems. When students who have had a variety of life experience studying together, there are important benefits in terms of encountering the other and understanding society. It has been our established practice, therefore, to accept not only recent high school graduates, but also applicants with full-time jobs who have a wide range of real-life knowledge, and exchange students from other countries.