Department of Social Welfare, Faculty of Sociology
At the Department of Social Welfare, we aim to cultivate students who can put themselves in the shoes of welfare system users to understand their needs and living environments and who can subsequently adjust and develop ways to support the users’ lives within their communities or institutions. These students will have a deep understanding of the welfare environment and be responsible for creating “welfare with the ability” to promote public/private cooperation and residents’ participation.
The department has put a lot of efforts into training students who will have the ability to provide leadership in the welfare field by providing education that emphasizes practice and exercises. These efforts are supported by the department’s curriculum, which has set up consistent seminars for students from their freshmen to senior years and has considered the cultivation of practical work skills through social research exercises. The department enables its students to develop a broad perspective regarding welfare and helps them learn about welfare based on this broad perspective by utilizing both theory and practice.
The curriculum includes exercises and drills, and it allows students to learn skills that are practical for the field. Each student simultaneously learns about systems, policies, or methods for offering support (such as social work) that match his or her individual interests. The junior year course on social welfare field drills is actually conducted in welfare offices or welfare facilities for children, children with disabilities, or the elderly. Through these various experiences, students become acquainted with the realities of welfare, greatly increase their awareness of welfare, and are motivated to take great efforts in studying or research.
When they graduate, students can obtain the qualifications required for candidacy of the National Certified Social Worker Examination by satisfying the set conditions and earning credits from specified subjects.
To support students’ preparations for attempting the national examination, teaching assistants, directed by the teaching staff, always provide guidance, and they genially attempt to accommodate all students. To further strengthen this support system, the department’s entire teaching staff cooperates to support students’ thorough understanding of the subject content.