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Graduate School of Welfare Society Design


Toyo University has the longest tradition of social welfare education in Japan.The Graduate School of Welfare Society Design conducts cross-disciplinary, flexible research activities as it has added new courses called Course of Human Centered Life Design and Course of Human Environment Design to the courses that have inherited that tradition, Course of Social Welfare and Course of System for Welfare Society. This graduate school fosters personnel capable of dealing with modern challenges, such as the declining birthrate coupled with an aging society, with a high level of professional expertise by keeping its doors wide open to working people.


Course of Social Welfare

Contributing outcomes to the workplace based on both research and practical actions.

Based on the idea of achieving welfare for all, social welfare studies is an academic discipline that holistically researches the policies, systems, and practices of social welfare with the goal of giving the knowledge and methods to society. This program has three courses based on history and achievements to date, “Social Welfare Principles and History,” “Social Welfare Policy Planning,” and “Social Work.” It strives for postgraduate education that gives back to society by nurturing advanced research skills and their outcomes, based on both research and practical actions. This program also utilizes a day/evening course system so that graduate students can flexibly conduct research. Students are expected to carry out research that boosts practical actions that achieve welfare and to polish the theories and decision-making capabilities behind them.

Course of System for Welfare Society

Building a welfare society for the future by integrating sociology and social welfare studies.

This program strives to design a new kind of welfare society by merging sociology and social welfare studies, and consists of three courses, “Regional Society

Systems,” “Health and Welfare Systems,” and “Regional Welfare Systems.” A comprehensive curriculum in sociology and social welfare studies has been compiled. It is a semester program, so students are accepted twice a year in spring and fall. In addition, classes are held on weekday evenings and Saturdays during the daytime to enable the general public to also join. The students range in age from 20s to 60s, and there is active research and exchange among the graduate students and graduates.

Course of Human Centered Life Design

Cultivating researchers and professionals capable of responding to needs in an aging society with a declining birth rate.

This program, which most strongly reflects the problems faced by present-day society, is made up of three courses, “Child Support Studies” and“Elderly/Disabled Support Studies,” which cover problems related to an aging society and fewer children, and“ Health Design Studies,” which aims to create health̶ the basis for a welfare society. Under the principle of creative design for a welfare society, all courses have curriculum that focus on problem solving and practical action, and strive to foster researchers and professionals with great insight who can respond to the needs of the times.

Course of Human Environment Design

Promoting advanced research on “human environment design” based on projects in the real world.

This program has three courses, “Architectural/Environmental Design,” “Tools/Equipment Design,” and “Products/Information Design.” It is based on the concepts of human-centered design and universal design, and concentrates on collaboration in various specialized fields. For instance, planning and creating a residential facility requires the development of architecture/environment/furniture design based on research of related facilities, an urban planning focus, and human engineering analysis. The design of welfare devices and products must also always be conscious of the real world. Research and development must take into account the end user. The program aims for well-rounded graduate education centering on joint projects between academia and industry, or academia, industry, and government.


Course of Social Welfare  [PDF/24KB]
Course of System for Welfare Society [PDF/22KB] 
Course of Human Centered Life Design [PDF/48KB] 
Course of Human Environment Design [PDF/21KB]

Student Voices

Laura Flores Méndez
2nd year, Master’s Program, Social Welfare, Graduate School of Welfare Society Design

Main Campus

Social Welfare & System for Welfare Society

Hakusan Main Campus

5-28-20 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8606
Human Centered Life Design & Human Environment Design

Asaka Campus

48-1 Oka, Asaka-shi, Saitama 351-8510

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