The Department of Social Work and Life Design combines interdisciplinary courses in Life Design and Social Work. It provides in-depth knowledge that enables students to understand people’s lives and social welfare issues, with a view to promoting greater quality of life (QOL). The major in Life Design prepares students with fundamental principles and practices in areas of daily living such as clothing, food science, housing, and the community environment. The major in Social Work prepares students for professions in community welfare, welfare for the disabled and aged, child welfare, health care services, and social work. Students also acquire basic knowledge of research methods and transferable social work skills in practical training at various institutions.
Three Courses of Study
Life Design Course
Life Design Course focuses on quality of life and culture by emphasizing the relevance of basic, interdependent components, such as clothing, food, and housing. This area of study offers courses that enable students to understand cultural and material aspects of daily living by studying and producing new ideas in the fields of food science and diet, clothing and fashion design, architecture and interior design, and health science. It also provides courses related to the theme of home and family, including approaches to health, social, material, and psychological issues that influence daily life.
Social Work Course
Social Work Course combines the study of social welfare with both theoretical and practical study related to social work and social services. The emphasis throughout the program is on helping students to gain fundamental knowledge of social welfare and support services, to understand human behavior and social environments, and to learn specific knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the practice of social work. The program also includes extensive opportunities for students to receive practical training at social agencies or designated institutions for elderly or disabled people.
Creative Community Life Course
Students will learn a broad range of topics including life design, welfare and psychology, and gain the practical skills required for creating lifestyles. There is also an excellent range of practical classes aiming at students who wish to become female entrepreneurs, such as the “Career Guidance Seminar” and the “Practice of Welfare Community.” Practical skills can also be developed by proposing ideas for the lives of the elderly or for people with disabilities, in product development jointly conducted by the university with private enterprises. Graduates are expected to work for product development in private enterprises or to work in NPOs / NGOs related to urban planning and living.
Learning about Life, Culture, and Social Welfare through Study Tours Abroad
Students can gain valuable experience and get to know different cultures through overseas study in Europe (France or Italy), the countries with rich cultures, or in Denmark, the country with its advanced welfare system. By visiting farms in Europe, students learn how the food supply situation in that country differs from that in Japan. They also study food production and distribution sites, along with the food culture in Europe. In Denmark, students learn about the country with the advanced social welfare system, while deepening their insights into the social services by visiting several welfare facilities and educational institutions.
Elective Qualification / Certificate Programs
- First Class Certificate for Upper Secondary School Teacher (Home Economics)
- First Class Certificate for Lower Secondary School Teacher (Home Economics)
- Qualification for Certified Social Worker Examination
- Qualification for Psychiatric Social Worker Examination
- Qualification for Second-class Architect and Wooden Construction Architect Examination
- Qualification for Registration as Interior Planner
- Qualification for Food Specialist Examination
- Qualification for Social Work Officer
- Qualification for Child Welfare Officer
- Qualification for Child Guidance Worker
- Librarian Certificate
- Teacher Librarian Certificate
- Japanese Language Teacher Certificate
- Data Processing Specialist Certificate