Faculties and Departments
The Faculty of Human Services has two differing specialist curriculum lines, the Major of Social Sciences and the Major of Child Care and Education. The Major of Social Sciences is aimed at students looking to obtain national qualifications as a social worker or as a psychiatric social worker, while the Major of Child Care and Education is targeted to students looking to obtain qualifications and licensing as a nursery teacher or a preschool teacher. While the courses taken and the specific content covered differs between majors, the methods of study remains the same. Initially, students gain a rudimentary understanding of the human body, mind and society, as well as the basic principles and mechanisms of each field in order to gain a greater understanding of how people and society work. Following this, students learn the various methods and techniques required of each field, and develop their practical abilities through continued hands-on experiences both in the form of seminars and through work experience.
Social welfare in the future will strive towards opening up avenues for self-determination* for people facing struggles in everyday life, and for the creation of a society where everyone can live in tune with each other’s differences. To achieve this end, not only is direct support for the elderly and the disabled essential, it is also imperative to recognize each other’s diverse perspectives, values, and needs, and to aim towards the building of a society where the people within it can come to the aid of one another by providing support and education for society as a whole.
The Major of Social Services places great emphasis on practical learning by setting interview roleplaying exercises in a rich practical classroom setting, and by providing training opportunities at welfare facilities. These studies are massively advantageous to students in developing their ability to find problems on their own accord and to act independently. The practical skills cultivated here will serve students well when they in turn contribute to the creation of a people-friendly society in the future.
*Self-determination: The ability and right to make decisions about one’s own life and lifestyle
As the birth rate continues to decline, new problems have started to emerge in relation to child welfare and education. The need for a wide range of child rearing support measures has come into the spotlight, from responding to new day care needs, such as extended-hours childcare and younger age childcare in response to the increase in dual income households, greater support for parents and guardians that are unsure in their abilities to raise a child, and support for abused children and disabled children. In response to these changing circumstances, the Major of Child Care and Education develops in students a specialist knowledge of child care and education, while providing them with a perspective on welfare that overlooks wider society as a whole. We provide students with the ability to provide all children with the support they need to move towards a future full of hope.