Human Care and Support Course 生活支援学専攻

Course of Human Care and Support
Course Chair, Professor Hiromi Watanabe

Conducting Practical Research into Improving the Quality of Life (QOL) of Contemporary Society and Cultivating Highly Specialized Professionals

Message from the Course Chair

The Course of Human Care and Support (Master’s Program) originated from the Department of Human Care and Support of the Faculty of Human Life Design and, for that reason, we pursue research in broad areas of study ranging from childcare to the welfare of children and their families, of the elderly, and the physically challenged and thereby offer the following two courses with social welfare studies and childcare studies at the heart of our curriculum: 1) Concentration in Care for People with Disabilities and Elderly People , and 2) Concentration in Social Work and Child Care.

Japan currently faces an extremely diverse range of social issues including the following: 1) a sharp decrease in its number of children and increase in its aged population; 2) critical daily life issues including social isolation and poverty; 3) issues concerning children and child-rearing, which include children on preschool waiting lists and child abuse; 4) the need to create more employment opportunities for women and for supporting people experiencing difficulty in securing employment; and 5) infrastructure management in depopulated regions.

The above issues are all intertwined and thereby resolving them requires collaborating with communities and having not only some type of specialized knowledge but also a full understanding of all areas of study comprising the discipline of welfare.
Offering a broad curriculum that covers areas of study on children, the elderly, and the physically challenged, The Course of Human Care and Support aims at cultivating highly specialized professionals able to contribute to communities by applying a broad range of expertise and the ability to analyze issues, which the Course will assist them in acquiring through learning how to conduct research and analyses needed for resolving today’s complicatedly intertwined issues.

The social issues that Japan currently faces are not unique to this nation. Countries overseas are also seeing the same types of issues arise, and many international students are pursuing research in Japan into how their country’s issues can be resolved.

In today’s internationalized world, the need for improving the QOL of people in “welfare societies” (nations actively making efforts to maintain their stable provision of welfare services) is not only a national issue but also an international one beginning to require being researched around the world. The Course of Human Care and Support will focus on cultivating researchers and practitioners able to contribute to developing every aspect of social welfare from global and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Summary and additional details on the Course

At The Course of Human Care and Support where studies being pursued strongly reflect every issue contemporary society faces, we aim at assisting students in acquiring the academic ability needed to conduct interdisciplinary and practical research and, to achieve this aim, offer the following courses focusing on each of their specialized areas of study with academic research at their hearts: 1) Concentration in Care for People with Disabilities and Elderly People , which focuses on issues relating to the elderly, the physically challenged, care welfare, and community welfare; and 2) Concentration in Social Work and Child Care, which focuses on issues relating to childcare, early childhood education, and child protection.

With the aim of cultivating professionals able to contribute to improving the QOL of society, both courses closely collaborate with experts from different specialized fields to help students acquire the problem-solving skills and discernment needed on the spot.

Admission Capacity: 10 students (Master’s Program)
Lecture Times: Daytime & evening courses (lectures held mainly in the daytime)
Campus: Asaka
Degree: Master of Social Welfare Studies or Master of Early Childhood Care and Education
Program Applicable for Education and Training Grant System: Master's Program

Faculty Members of the Human Care and Support Course (in Japanese)

生活支援学専攻長 渡辺裕美教授






20156月、WHOは、グローバル戦略として、「WHO global strategy on people centred and integrated health service」報告書をインターネット上にアップしました。インテグレーテッドケアは、断片的なサービスが専門職中心で提供されている現状を変えようとする、世界潮流のチャレンジです。利用者を中心としてその人が必要とするケアサービスを一体として提供する。かつ、医療費やケアサービスのコストを抑えて持続可能なヘルスケアシステムを維持する。ソーシャルケアの在り方は各国で検討されています。本専攻では、国際的な視野を兼ね備え、かつ学際的な観点から各領域の発展に寄与できる研究者や実践者の養成に取り組んでいきます。





入学定員:修士課程 10名
学位:修士(社会福祉学)または 修士(保育学)