Social work plays an increasingly important role in solving the diverse problems of contemporary society. Students in the Department of Social Work learn to scientifically analyze social issues, support individuals, and help build a better society from a perspective rooted in respect for basic human rights and dignity. Our graduates are able to contribute in many ways to the building creation of communities where all individuals can enjoy secure and meaningful lives.
In their 1st year, students study the basics of social work and deepen their understanding of the field through lectures by social workers and staff at NPOs and international organizations as well as professors, moving toward a vision of how their interests match up with wide-ranging career options. Starting in their 2nd year, they split into 2 courses, the social work course or the welfare development course, geared toward future careers.
The Department offers many opportunities for exposure to contemporary social work in Japan and abroad. Through these courses, students improve their ability to put classroom knowledge into practice.
This project aims to educate “Multicultural Symbiosis Facilitators or Supporters” who help build meaningful relationships with people with roots in a diversity of countries and cultures.
In small-class learning, students gain reading and presentation skills and they develop an understanding of social work by focusing on actual social problems in their first year. In the second year, they choose from 2 courses linked to future careers. In the third and fourth years, students deepen their specialized knowledge through seminars and training in line with their interests and anticipated career path.
Students will participate in internships at companies that focus on employing people with disabilities or NPOs and social enterprises that address social problems, researching and reporting on initiatives they learned about in the field. Students will hone practical skills for contributing to the multicultural society of the future.
Students will learn the state of welfare for children, such as how children’s rights and welfare have developed and the extent to which laws and systems for children have been established. They will also consider what they can do to help children grow up better in society.
Students will learn about various social welfare challenges confronting Japanese society, societies in other countries, and the international community, as well as welfare development approaches to these challenges.