Welcome Message from the Dean

Takahiro Kirita Dean of the Faculty of Social Welfare

Takahiro Kirita
Dean of the Faculty of Social Welfare

Anyone would want to help someone around them who is struggling. But depending on the type of problem, they might not be able to do anything. For example, if you met someone that was lost, you could show them the way with a map or by explaining if you knew the place or building they wanted to visit. If you had time, you could take them to their destination directly. On the other hand, how would you assist someone that is unemployed and struggling economically. You could loan them money, but that would only be a temporary solution and they might just fall back into the same situation. How about helping them find a job that gives them a stable source of income? Even if they were lucky and found work, that person might quit right away. Economic difficulties are a superficial problem that might be a sign of a more fundamental problem that person has with continuing to work. In that case, in order to solve the problem it’s necessary to correctly understand its nature. Support for some problems can be accomplished by anyone, but others can only be dealt with by experts who understand the problem and its surrounding environment and have mastered the systems and methods available for solving them.

The Faculty of Social Welfare is a place where you can systematically learn the specialized knowledge necessary to support people who have problems in their daily lives, and get hands-on training in concrete supporting techniques. The Faculty of Social Welfare has two courses, each of which is characterized by a framework for localizing the problems people face in their everyday life. In the Department of Social Welfare, we explore problems faced by people mostly as individuals, families, at workplaces, and in close communities, as well as those at different societal levels including at the municipal and national government level, and consider specific measures and mechanisms of support at each level, think about specific support methods and mechanisms at each level, and learn the skills necessary to provide actual support. On the other hand, in the Department of Human Welfare, we focus on localizing the problems that people individually face internally and interpersonally, their lifelong development in a framework and learning the methods and techniques to support problem-solving.

It goes without saying that the perspective of the person seeking support is the most important, regardless of which course you study. Let’s not only relate to faculty and students within the university, but also broaden our perspective beyond the university, and gain a perspective informed by experience and interaction with various people.

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