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Message from the Faculty of Human Life Design Dean//ライフデザイン学部長メッセージ

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Toyo University Faculty of Human Life Design Dean Doctor (medicine)
Kyohei Saito

東洋大学ライフデザイン学部 学部長 博士(医学)
齊藤 恭平

The Faculty of Human Life Design opened its doors to the public in April 2005 as the 9th Faculty of Toyo University, adopting a new, innovative academic discipline entitled “Human Life Design” ahead of other universities in Japan.  Ever since its establishment, the Faculty has been making steady progress for more than 10 years.

“Human Life Design” is a study which aims at systematizing knowledge and technology in order to create ideal human lifestyles in the 21st century, advancing beyond conventional concepts of  ‘welfare’ to deal with Japan’s low birthrate and aging society. The name as described by Katakana (“ライフデザイン”), the Japanese phonetic syllabary for loan words, indicates that the discipline deals with all the various aspects of “life” and “design” that these two English terms denote—regarding life: life as existence, everyday life, life as a journey, and life from birth to death; regarding design: design as shapes and patterns of equipment, buildings, cityscapes, etc., design as plans for systems, etc., and design as models for developing human life as a journey.

Thus, ‘The Study of Human Life Design’ based on the philosophy which lies in interdisciplinary focuses on the following three broad areas of academic discipline: 1) humanities and social sciences such as jurisprudence, sociology, psychology, pedagogy, and social welfare studies; 2) disciplines related to science and engineering such as product design studies, architectural engineering, and environmental science; and 3) sports and health sciences such as health sciences, health and sports, healthcare studies, rehabilitation sciences, and care welfare studies.

The Faculty of Human Life Design comprises three departments: the Department of Human Care and Support (comprising a Human Care and Support Course and a Social Work and Child Care Course), the Department of Health Care and Sports, and the Department of Human Environment Design. The students are expected to be the useful human resource developing their outstanding abilities such as powers of observation of society and creativity by enhancing their powers of reasoning and their sensibility based on a broad understanding of Human Life Design studies. This is because the faculty provides students with opportunities to pursue their studies not only into each area of expertise relevant to their department or course of affiliation, but also with crossover opportunities to register for classes in “welfare,” “childcare,” “health,” and “sports,” and also “city planning” and “design.”

The Faculty of Human Life Design aims to create a new human society after transcending conventional boundaries of welfare society.  It is our sincere wish that the students will study in this unique learning environment and become an excellent human resource who will support society.

ライフデザイン学部は、東洋大学の第9番目の学部として、2005年4月に全国に先駆けて『ライフデザイン学』という新しい学問領域を学部名に掲げて発足しました。以来、10年以上着実に成長を遂げてきた学部です。

『ライフデザイン学』は、これから迎える超少子高齢化社会に向けて、これまでの福祉の概念を超え、21世紀のヒューマンライフを創造するための、知識と技術の体系化をめざす学問です。カタカナ表記であるのは、英語の「ライフ」がもつ生命、生活、人生、生涯などの意味と、「デザイン」がもつ(道具、建物、街並みなどの)造形や意匠、(制度などの)設計、(人生の)創造などの豊かな意味のすべてに関わる学問であることを示すためです。

ですからライフデザイン学は、東洋大学の学際の要である哲学を基本に、法律学、社会学、心理学、教育学、社会福祉学などの人文社会科学、プロダクトデザイン、建築や環境づくりなどに関わる理工系科学、さらには保健学、健康スポーツ学、医療、リハビリテーションや介護などの健康科学といった、多彩な学問領域により成り立っています。

本学のライフデザイン学部は、生活支援学科(生活支援学専攻・子ども支援学専攻)、健康スポーツ学科、人間環境デザイン学科から成り立っています。学生諸君は、それぞれの学科や専攻で各専門領域の学習をする一方で、ライフデザイン学や学科の横断的な科目履修を通じて、「福祉」や「保育」、「健康」や「スポーツ」そして「まちづくり」や「デザイン」など、他学科の知識・技能などの専門性や発想法、応用性についても学び、ライフデザイン学という視野の広い理性と感性を身につけることで、社会を観察し創造する力に勝る人材となることは間違いありません。

ライフデザイン学部はこれまでの福祉社会の枠を超え、新たな人間社会の創造を試みる学部です。このような学部の学びの中で、皆さんが社会を支え、社会に必要な、そして社会を創る人間となることを期待します。