Academics

Major in Social Welfare
Field of Management for Social Welfare

Overview of the field

In the field of Management for Health and Welfare we conduct research on the theory of social work and on practical examples with the main focus on generalist social work practice. In addition, we conduct theoretical and practical research on care management methods and technology in each field of health and welfare. And we educate leaders in lifelong training, such as supervisors, instructors, and care managers in areas such as health and welfare, assistance for the elderly, and support for people with disabilities.

Characteristics of the Department of Social Welfare

Diversified teaching staff and multidisciplinary education/research system

In this department teachers of various specialties provide education and work on research integrating theory and practice on health science, sociology, regional political science, social welfare studies, education, economics, and law. Therefore, in these fields, the educational and research systems allow students to deepen theoretical and evidence-based research on a wide range of issues from health and welfare policies to social work practice in a specialized and multidisciplinary manner.

Functional and well-endowed educational and research environment

In the field of Policies Planning and Administration of Health and Welfare, and in the field of Management for Health and Welfare, the educational and research environment is integrated so that the teachers can be in charge of classes in both fields. In concrete terms, the "graduate students' laboratory" is situated on the same floor as the teacher's laboratory, and therefore, it is a system in which students can always connect with the teachers' educational and research functions.

Respect for individuality and interactive communication

The leadership in this specialty is characterized by its maximum respect for each graduate student. There is no imposition of theory or limitation of research subject. In addition, interactive communication is always used during classes. Classes are given not as a one-sided lecture, but as active discussions and questions-and-answers between graduate students and teachers, or among graduate students themselves. By doing so, it is possible to get diversified viewpoints and collaboration.

Selection of career options using highly-specialized knowledge

Discussions alone are not enough when studying Social Welfare. What is important is how to make sure that the research results lead to practice. In fact, many graduate students make use of the knowledge and the research results that they obtained in this specialty. They have been active social workers in healthcare and welfare institutions, teachers in welfare-related universities and vocational schools, or as health and welfare administrators.

Master's Degree

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Examples of research topics

  • Validation study of the civilian participation in community-based welfare
  • Establishment of a public assistance system in Japan
  • Social work in assisting patients during their discharge from hospitals after inpatient treatment in sickbeds
  • Elderly people in small scale retirement homes and the formation of new communities
  • Regionalization of health and welfare in group retirement homes for the elderly with dementia
  • Support network for people with mental disabilities
  • Collaboration in the support for a balanced combination of nursing care and work
  • Medical problems for foreign citizens staying illegally in the country, and "advocacy networks"
  • Research on degrees of satisfaction regarding the use of at-home services: Through the awareness of caregivers confronting elderly people with needs for nursing care at home
  • Discussions on at-home nursing care: A study based on the present conditions of home-help services
  • Research on patients who need yet refuse welfare services; and approaching their families: Discussions on social and emotional aspects
  • Research on children living with diseases and the support provided for their families: With a focus on proposals of the barrier-free concept