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School of Social Life and Human Environment [Doctoral Course]

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Now that Japan has entered the 21st Century, we are faced with demands for a new social lifestyle that can accommodate changes in many areas, including a recycling-oriented society, the aging society, and a society that welcomes equal participation by men and women. This School aims to contribute to the construction of a new social lifestyle environment that accommodates these types of changes, and by doing so to act as a source of information for other countries in Asia that can be expected to take the same path as Japan in the future. Based on the premise of a stable, high-quality social life, we will plan and create a new lifestyle environment, and develop education and research from various perspectives related to the achievement of the School's goals, including both fundamental perspectives and the perspective of practical applications. The Department of Human Environmental Design, the aim of which is to create new living spaces, forms the core of School of Social Life and Human Environment, while at the same time maintaining close ties with the other three Departments.

 
Department of Human Behavioral Science
This Department, which focuses on the individual, undertakes integrated research in human behavior as well as research and education aimed at contributing to the construction of living environments through a clarification of the interactions between the behaviors of all people - young and old, men and women - and various types of living environments. The goal of this research is to understand a wide range of complex human behavior related to the body and the mind, from aspects of internal environment such as physiology, movement, emotion, and awareness, to aspects of a broad range of fields in the external environment, such as development, education, human relationships, society, and culture. We have recently added to the curriculum philosophy, which is the foundation of human sciences, and educational research fields, which will enable more comprehensive education and research, and allow us to form comfortable and stable living environments with a focus on the body and the mind, while aiming to expand the effects of fostering individuals with a view toward an international society.
 
Department of Socio-economic Studies for Co-living
This Department seeks to provide fundamental and practical education related to the construction of a "co-living" society from the perspective of lifestyles (individual, family, and the community). Society has many different facets, including welfare, the natural environment, gender, family, ethnicity, disaster prevention, rural-urban relationship, and society in the context of lifestyles, and each one of these facets presents problems that are difficult to resolve as extensions of existing lifestyle issues. In response to these difficult issues, through collaboration with members of Wakayama University Graduate School of Economics and other cooperating staff in- and outside the university, we will strive to achieve specific and problem-solving developments through new understanding from the perspectives of human relationships, culture, welfare, economics, and consumerism, an understanding from the perspectives of society, community, and administrative theory, and an understanding from the perspectives of international and political theory.
 
Department of Sociology and Geography
With the new addition of physical geography to the fields of sociology and human geography, this Department will clarify changes in the geographical environment and the communication, social mechanisms and fluctuations in those mechanisms, and the construction of safety nets in a risk society from the perspectives of both regional sociology and regional geography such as natural infrastructures and accident prevention. This will be accomplished using theoretical and practical methods from the perspectives of society, culture, and history, through international and Japanese comparisons, and through a combination of the humanities and the sciences. Specifically, this Department will explore a wide range of developments including: balanced relationships between regional development and environmental protection; construction of new norms and morals related to social fairness and equality and social solidarity; complex relationships between traditional or modern cultures and regional or group identity; regional formation and regional changes in the natural environment, history, economy, and culture as regional infrastructures; and natural disasters and related countermeasures.
 
Department of Human Environmental Design
The unique feature of this Department is that the target of research is "lifestyles" with a particular focus on "lifestyle spaces that influence the quality of lifestyle environment" in the context of the construction of lifestyle environments in the 21st Century. The shift to a new social framework currently being faced in Japan is giving rise to a transformation into new lifestyle environments and variety of social needs with regard to living spaces. In order to respond to these needs, this Department undertakes research in the interrelationships between such factors as human lifestyles and space, society, economy, and nature, and conducts practical activities related to planning of new lifestyle environments and design of living spaces. Based on the premise of achieving stable, high-quality lifestyles, the Department aims to plan and create new living environments that accommodate coexistence with the natural environment and evolution of a society that allows equal participation by all persons, young and old, men and women. Studies touch on such elements as interior, residences, community, regions, historical environment, urban environments, and natural environments.
 

[Educational Philosophy]
This School undertakes comprehensive reexaminations of human lifestyles, society, local systems, and living space from a scientific perspective that combines the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. It investigates the healthy development of the body and mind; the creation of safe, secure, high-quality social lifestyles; local mutual assistance systems; and ideal forms of symbiotic relations between regional nature and human cultures and traditions. With a view toward these issues it conducts teaching and research focusing on the construction of lifestyles and environments.
The School is consisted of four Departments: the Department of Human Behavioral Science, which conducts integrated research regarding the internal and external environments of human behavior; the Department of Socio-economic Studies for Co-Living, which undertakes research aimed at finding integrated solutions to the problems of the human mutual assistances and the co-existential relations with the environment from the perspectives of the individual, the family, and the local lives the Department of Sociology and Geography, which conducts research combining science and the humanities to contribute to the construction of a sustainable society; and the Department of Human Environmental Design, which conducts practical and theoretical research targeting life environment design and planning to achieve high-quality life and safe, secure new living environments.
Based on close ties between these four Departments, this School offers high-quality education and research guidance focusing on individual research themes selected by the students, and taking advantage of the small classes at Nara Women's University to provide students with the skills to take on integrated and comprehensive research themes and methods in the field of social and lifestyle environment studies.

[Expectations of Students]
The aim of this School is to train students to be equipped with high-level specialized knowledge and an ability to reevaluate human development and lifestyles, society, and living space, from an integrated lifestyle science perspective. The School also aims to foster students to become researchers and high-level professionals that can participate in debates and actively express their ideas on issues related to their academic fields.
For this reason, the School welcomes students with a desire to examine the various forms of new social lifestyles and living environments, to seek out problems, and to resolve these problems from a co-existential point of view. These students should be willing to attain a high level of knowledge in their majored fields, in addition to rich academic knowledge and integrated perspectives that cut across various fields.
We also welcome students hoping to become involved in education and research in the following fields at universities or research institutes in the future, or to participate in related industries as professionals with a high level of specialization.

○ Students wishing to become involved in the fields of education related to family issues, youth development, and life-long education, psychology, sports, health, education in welfare-related sectors, research and counseling, or educational rehabilitation counseling.
○ Students wishing to pursue careers as researchers or consultants in community development policy and regional planning, regional management and promotion, or area and building disaster prevention. Also, students preparing for careers as symbiotic environment architects, counselors for local communities (including ethnic groups), staff specialists for government agencies concerned with human life, and specialized leadership staff at life science centers.
○ Students seeking to develop advanced specialization and interdisciplinary perspectives in the humanities and in social and natural sciences, or to conduct research in fields such as gender or promotion of culture so as to make their mark in specialized leadership roles or as researchers in those fields.
○ The School also welcomes international students and adult students, particularly those who wish to contribute to the development of Asian and the countries and regions adjacent to the Silk Road.




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