Professor Hiromi Watanabe, Course Chair, Course of Human Life Studies
Message from the Course Chair
The Course of Human Life Studies is a Doctoral Program based on the Master’s Programs of the Graduate School of Human Life Design’s Human Care and Support Course and the Course of Health Care and Sports (established in 2018). The purpose of this course is for the student to, on a foundation of their individual technical expertise, perform advanced academic research that can contribute to resolving social problems and put the results of that research together in their doctoral thesis.
Japan is confronting a society with a decreasing birthrate and aging population, the likes of which no country has experienced before. Amidst the functional decline in regional areas and the shrinking labor force, this will entail several issues, including the lengthening of healthy life expectancy and preventive care as well as dealing with age-related cognitive impairment. We cannot use a single method of approach for solving these kinds of issues. We will need an integrated, interdisciplinary approach. This course is largely comprised of research based on a new interdisciplinary approach—human life design.
As Japan is a country with advanced social welfare programs, other Asian countries are likely to watch our development closely. In this sense as well, it is our mission to provide society with information from our research in human life design. We also plan to promote international research and information dissemination that goes beyond the borders of Japan.
We need research that displays high levels of creativity and innovation that goes past the boundaries of conventional social welfare. Rather than simply learning about social welfare, childcare, nursing, medical care, health and sports, we want this course to provide students with capabilities to develop brand new theoretical systems.
Summary and additional details on the Course
Built on a foundation of diverse academic disciplines related to “human life,” the Course aims at enhancing students’ abilities to adopt interdisciplinary perspectives and conduct research into issues under the themes of health, welfare, medical services, the elderly, the physically challenged, children, and communities, in order for them to contribute their findings to society in ways including assisting community revitalization and practice development.
Admission Capacity: 5 students (Doctoral Program)
Lecture Times: Daytime & evening courses (lectures held mainly in the daytime)
Degree: Doctor of Social Welfare or Doctor of Health Care and Sports
Faculty Members of the Course of Human Life Studies (in Japanese)