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Department of Welfare and Culture,Welfare and Culture Major

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Major characteristics

In the Welfare and Culture Major, we actively provide opportunities for students to be in direct contact with the elderly and children, support handicapped students, participate in volunteer activities, and other forms of field learning so that they can get as much practical on-site experience as possible in four years. We are the only place in Okinawa where it is possible to acquire qualifications as both a certified social worker and a mental health social worker during the same four-year period. This opens up opportunities for activities in various welfare fields.

Degree policy

In the Department of Welfare and Culture, Welfare and Culture Major, a degree is awarded to students who complete 124 credits and take the required courses and fulfill other requirements, and who are able to develop and comprehensively use the following abilities and qualities.
1. Well-educated, with the ability to think comprehensively and from multiple perspectives
(Well-educated, with the ability to protect human rights)
Students acquire the ability to fulfill their role in society by becoming well-educated, preserving human dignity, and protecting human rights.
2. The ability to learn independently and cooperate with others
(The ability to find and solve problems through independent learning)
Students acquire the ability to understand the diversity of people and independently find and solve the problems that occur in society.
(The ability to communicate and understand oneself)
Students learn how to communicate by listening, accepting, and responding to the words of others. Accordingly, students become able to understand themselves through their interactions with others and to respect others and themselves.
3. Regional co-creation
(Co-creation in a regional society)
Students are able to become key people in community welfare activities co-created with various individuals and related institutions in the region in order to achieve an inclusive society.
4. The ability to use specialized knowledge and skills
(The ability to use specialized knowledge and skills)
Students are able to learn and apply the values, knowledge, and skills for social welfare so that all people can lead culturally, physically, mentally, and socially healthy lives.

Curriculum policy (Content and method of education)

(1) Well-educated, with the ability to think comprehensively and from multiple perspectives
(Learning through general education)
Through general education, we aim for students to acquire the study skills and communication skills fundamental for four years of education, and we provide career guidance to help students consider their career. Also, by taking courses across a broad range of fields, students consider the values, systems, practices, education, etc., related to the broad problems faced by modern society from multiple perspectives, and they learn the basic perspectives and way of thinking for co-creation. In the Departmental Core Courses, students deepen their understanding of health and welfare principles like well-being and self-actualization while establishing ethical views and developing practical skills based on their career plan in the health or welfare fields.
(Arrangement of courses in consideration of academic relationships)
The Major Specialization Courses, which are required courses, are established as specialist courses for understanding the principles, policies, systems, and targets of social welfare. Major Free-elective Courses have been established for social welfare field learning, advanced specialization in social welfare, or specialization in related fields. These courses are systematically established in years one to four for students to acquire the knowledge, abilities, and practical skills required in social welfare, etc., environments.
(2) The ability to learn independently and cooperate with others
(Educational method in consideration of practical skills)
In order for students to acquire the fundamental practical skills related to social welfare, we have them understand the links between the knowledge gained through studying and from on-site, primarily through field learning and seminars, so that it can be put into practice. Also, in order to achieve in-depth learning that is independent and interactive, our educational methods incorporate active learning.
(3) Regional co-creation
In order for students to be able to find and solve problems in the community, particularly in the social welfare fields, we have established specialized courses for students to acquire the knowledge and support skills required for problem solving. Accordingly, this will expand the opportunities for exchange with the community.
(4) The ability to use specialized knowledge and skills
(Course of study in specialized courses)
In year one, students broadly increase their understanding of social welfare in terms of medicine, psychology, law, sociology, etc.
In years two and three, students understand the targets of social welfare such as the elderly, children, the disabled, etc., and systems such as social security, etc., and they study specific theories and methods of consultation support as well as the current state and issues of social welfare. In year three, students experience on-site practice through social welfare field learning in order to sufficiently demonstrate what they have learned.
In year four, students take specific preparation courses in order to pass the national examination.
(Integrated, specialized seminar education)
Specialized seminar courses (required) have been established for years two to four. Specifically, Basic Seminars have been established for acquiring basic knowledge and theory related to social welfare fields, and specialized seminars have been established for strengthening and pursuing personal expertise.
In year four, students aim to create their senior thesis as a culmination of four years of study.