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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

Course of Human Centered Life Design

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

 
 

Chair of the Course of Human Centered Life Design

Kiyoko Sugita

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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

ヒューマンデザイン専攻

将来を見据え、現代での実生活における諸問題に学問的なアプローチで挑戦する

専攻長メッセージ

杉田 記代子教授

ヒューマンデザイン学専攻は、2006年に設置された福祉社会デザイン研究科で、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が用意され、博士前期課程と博士後期課程で構成され、専門的知識を基に社会に貢献できる高度な学術的研究を行い、その成果を修士論文または博士論文としてまとめることを目的とした専攻です。超高齢化社会の現代日本においては、どのライフステージにおいても、またどのような状況にある人も社会の中で自己肯定感を確信でき、同時に健康寿命を延ばすことが求められます。少子化問題は、その根底に子どもを産み子どもを育てるための社会的環境整備、とりわけ保育環境や市民の労働環境整備の課題があります。 さらには、日本の国際化が進む中で多種多様な文化を理解し、対応していくことも求められます。このような現代の多様かつ複合的な問題に対して解決策を見出すためには、従来の学問領域からの視点だけでは限界であり、人の営みを中心としヒューマンデザイン学という新たな複合的学術観点に立ち、人々の社会生活環境と心身の健康維持、向上のために私達が具体的に何をすべきなのかを見出す研究力と実践力が必要となります。 今後ますます技術革新が進み、人の果たすべき役割も変化する中、人の支援を繋げるのは人間の英知によると考えます。 そのような将来に向けて、福祉や保育、医療、介護、健康、スポーツなどの各専門知識の研鑚のみならず専門領域の枠を超えて、幅広い視野に立ち人の営みが抱える問題の本質を考察し、問題解決のために新たな理論体系を生み出す力をこの専攻で修得してもらいたいと考えています。自ら考察し、他の領域と協働し論理的に問題解を探求する技能を身につけることにより、社会リードし貢献する人材となりうると確信します。

 

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