Academics

Faculty of Social Welfare
Department of Social Welfare

Objectives

The mission of the Department of Social Welfare is to educate students to be qualified social work professionals. The department is dedicated to the enrichment of quality of life (QOL) of all people, particularly all those who need support to lead a healthy and independent life style. We train the students to develop technical skills (involving communication skills) and knowledge (involving basic medical knowledge), which are required in the area of social work. We also help them to acquire research-based knowledge so that they can find solutions to social problems.

Characteristics of the curriculum

  • A prerequisite for graduation is to meet the requirements of the national examination for certified social workers.
  • Students can be qualified to take the national examination for certified psychiatrics, care workers and social workers by selecting one of the two additional courses.
  • Students can build their future careers through learning ethics, theories and practical skills that are required for social workers starting the first year.
  • Students can develop practical problem-solving competence and enhance their communicative competence through small-group classes or seminars.
  • Students can acquire skills that can be directly applied to work through social work internships or care work training.

Qualifications and careers

Qualifications we aim for:
  • Qualification to take the national examination for certified social workers
  • Qualification to take the national examination for certified psychiatric social workers
  • Qualification to take the national examination for certified care workers
  • Qualification for social welfare secretary
  • Qualification for child counselor
Careers
  • Prefectural and city governments
  • Prefectural and city councils of social welfare
  • Child welfare facilities such as orphanages
  • Disability welfare facilities such as supporting facilities for the disabled
  • Elderly care facilities such as special nursing homes for the elderly
  • Medical institutions such as general hospitals or psychiatric hospitals
  • Others (local comprehensive assistance centers and disabilities' community life supporting centers)

Learning support

For the sake of students who want to experience practical social work methods, our department has established a supportive system among social welfare workplaces. Moreover, if students want to enlighten themselves in addition to regular curricula, we can make arrangements to support them in cooperation with welfare facilities and institutions.

International activities

Our students travelled overseas (the U.S.A and the U.K.) to study cross-cultural communication with students from the department of physical therapy and nursing. Here in Niigata, we have opportunities for academic lecture meetings, for example, inviting professional care worker from Denmark. And also, we have been to Denmark to study cross-cultural social work.