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Course of Human Centered Life Design//福祉社会デザイン研究科ヒューマンデザイン専攻

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 Course of Human Centered Life Design
ヒューマンデザイン専攻

Design of social welfare in response to the current era of declining birth rates and an aging population.

 少子高齢化の時代に応える福祉社会をデザインする

ヒューマンデザイン専攻長 吉浦輪 教授

Chair of the Course of Human Centered Life Design

Toru Yoshiura
吉浦 輪

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Message from the Course Chair

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

The Course of Human Centered Life Design was established in 2006 in the Graduate School of Welfare Society Design with the aim of passing on Toyo University's traditional style of conducting research and providing education on social welfare, and expanding its range of research possibilities into social welfare. The Course comprises three courses—the Child Support Studies Course, the Elderly/Disabled Support Studies Course, and the Health Design Studies Course—and it pursues research into subjects related to welfare and health from a comprehensive and practical perspective to respond to the needs of the aging Japanese society with a declining birth rate and a decreasing population.

Japan's aging population rate climbed to 26% in 2014, while its population has been decreasing since 2010, thereby aggravating the country's declining birth rate and aging population issues. The issues of decreasing population and population drain in rural farming regions are particularly serious, and it is safe to say that such regions already stand at the crossroads determining their future existence. Urban areas also face this aging population issue but, in such areas, there are a number of other burning issues such as the number of children on preschool waiting lists and the need to create opportunities for women to work. In addition, gaps in people's income and healthiness are widening.

What kinds of collaborative relationships and communities do these critical situations that Japan faces today require citizens to develop? While a desperate need for the development of a comprehensive community care system is currently expressed, I believe that it is the Course's mission to also develop a new blueprint for how community development ideally needs to be shaped.

The Course aims to ultimately achieve the following two goals: 1) to conduct, based on the perspectives of the Course’s three courses, research and education on the multifarious problems that stem from today’s issues of Japan’s aging society with a declining birth rate and a decreasing population; and 2) to cultivate people who can proactively engage in resolving such problems and take part in developing the country’s communities.

The Course's Master's Program welcomes the following two types of people: 1) students who will actively pursue ways to resolve issues concerning welfare, childcare, and/or health by comprehensively examining such issues and their adverse effects on communities by approaching such issues from a professional perspective; and 2) people who, while already practicing their professions, are strongly motivated to aim to acquire an even greater level of expertise or skills or to boost their careers.

The Doctoral Program is looking for the following two types of people: 1) people who are well versed in welfare, childcare, and/or health and also issues concerning these areas of expertise, and will devote their efforts to formulating new theories to resolve such issues; and 2) people who are strongly motivated to contribute to experts practicing their professions in welfare, childcare, and/or health by providing them with new findings made by applying such new theories.

I hope that people who are reading this such as yourself will enroll in the Course of Human Centered Life Design to pursue research and put your research efforts into practice, in order to help society forge its path for the future.

Summary and additional details on the Course

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 health―the very basis for a welfare society.

Under the principle of creative design for a welfare society, all courses have curricula 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.

  •  Admission Capacity:
      Master's Program―20 students
      Doctoral Program―5 students
  •  Lecture Times: Daytime & evening courses (lectures held mainly in the daytime)
  •  Campus: Asaka
  •  Degree:
      Master's Program―Master of Social Welfare or Master of Health Design
      Doctoral Program―Doctor of Social Welfare or Doctor of Health Design
  • Program Applicable for Education and Training Grant System: Master's Program

専攻長メッセージ

これからの少子高齢化・人口減少社会を切り拓く研究者や専門職の養成。

ヒューマンデザイン専攻は、東洋大学の社会福祉の研究や教育の伝統を継承し、さらには社会福祉研究のウイングを広げるべく2006年に設置された福祉社会デザイン研究科に位置づく専攻です。本専攻は、子ども支援学コース、高齢者・障害者支援学コース、健康デザイン学コースから構成され、少子高齢化・人口減少社会のニーズに応える総合的実践的な福祉・健康に関する研究に取り組んでいます。 

日本は、2014年に高齢化率が26%となる一方で、2010年より人口減少過程に入り、少子高齢化が進んでいます。特に地方農村部の人口減少と過疎化は、もはや地域社会の存亡に関わる重大な局面に入っています。都市部においても、高齢者問題と同時に、待機児童問題や女性の雇用機会の創出も喫緊の課題です。人々の所得や健康の階層も拡大しています。

そのような厳しい時代状況の中で、我々は、どのようにして市民の協働関係を構築し、地域社会を構築していくべきなのか、いわゆる「地域包括ケア」の展開が叫ばれていますが、これととともに、今後の地域創生のあり方に新たなビジョンを提示していくことも、我々に課せられた重要な使命です。

本専攻は、このような少子高齢化・人口減少社会が抱えている多種多様な今日的問題をそれぞれの分野から取り上げ、研究・教育すると同時に、問題解決と地域社会の構築に主体的に関わる人材養成を大きなねらいとしています。

博士前期課程では、福祉、保育、健康に関する諸問題に対し、総合的にその事態や現象をとらえ、それぞれの専門的立場からアプローチすることにより、問題解決の方法を積極的に見出そうとする学生や、すでにそれぞれの専門職に就いているが、より深い知識や技能の習得をめざし、キャリアアップを目指そうとする意欲のある方を歓迎します。

博士後期課程にあっては、福祉、保育、健康に関する諸問題に精通し、それぞれの分野で問題を解決するための新たな理論を構築しようとする方や、その成果をそれぞれの分野の専門従事者に還元する意欲のある人材を求めています。

ぜひ、あなたもヒューマンデザイン専攻で、これからの社会を切り拓く研究と実践に取り組んでみてください。

概要

現代社会の諸問題を最も色濃く反映する本専攻は、少子高齢化の問題に対応した「子ども支援学」や「高齢者・障害者支援学」、福祉社会の受け皿ともいうべき健康づくりへのアプローチである「健康デザイン学」の3コースで構成されています。

福祉社会の創造的デザインという理念の下、いずれのコースも問題解決型、実践志向型のオリエンテーションの下にカリキュラムを構築し、時代のニーズに対応する、高い見識をもった専門職を育成します。

  • 入学定員:前期課程20名/後期課程5名
  • 開講時間:昼夜開講(昼間主)
  • キャンパス:朝霞
  • 学位:前期課程 修士(社会福祉学または健康デザイン学)/後期課程 博士(社会福祉学または健康デザイン学)
  • 教育訓練給付制度指定講座:前期課程

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