Social work studies for a better, stronger, and brighter community
Message from the Acting Dean (Toshiaki Inoue)
In line with the effects of Japan's aging society, the national welfare policies scheme is in the critical phase of shifting from the protective welfare view to the paradigm of respect for individual rights. As Japanese society is also facing increasing problems such as child abuse, bullying and domestic violence, we also explore adoptive social work frameworks.
The Faculty of Social Work Studies at Josai International University offers four courses in social work, childcare, clinical psychology, and care work. These courses are within a curriculum focusing on child development, senior care, social work for disabilities, and community social work. Our faculty also welcomes students interested in advanced welfare practice.
Introduction to the Faculty of Social Work Studies
Students can select one of four specialized courses in either the first or second year of the program, and prepare themselves for the national examinations to become eligible for working in social work related occupations. Practicum, and preparatory courses for the national examinations as well as volunteering activities are offered in all our courses. Students can choose from four main courses: Childcare; Care Work; Social Work, and Clinical Psychology. The department places emphasis on the four following areas; field education, global education, qualification education and cooperation between welfare, pharmacy and nursing education.
A curriculum providing support to community specialists of the future
The curriculum in the Faculty of Social Work Studies at JIU develops social workers with the necessary professional skills and qualifications who can make a positive impact on the lives of others. Freshmen learn about social work studies through basic skills development and fieldwork. Based on awareness of social problems gained from experience in the field, sophomores study theory and skills as social workers. Through both orthodox studies and internships, juniors are able to form a sense of professional ethics and merit in social work. Seniors strive hard for success in the national examinations for social workers and undertake graduation work through seminars.
By way of global education, students are able to experience different cultures and values through both the JIU Global College and overseas training. Students in the department have opportunities to study abroad in countries such as Australia, Canada, Norway and the UK. In this way, students can experience different histories, systems and ideas of social work practice in different parts of the world.
Foreign students' campus life in Japan
JIU has approximately 5000 students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, with many of the students coming from overseas. Professors at JIU come from rich international backgrounds providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for international students. JIU prides itself on its international education and diversity while also offering international students opportunities to participate in a variety of Japanese cultural experiences. These are made possible by participation in student organizations and extra-curricular activities on campus.
My name is Zhang Qian. I am from the People's Republic of China. I have been studying hard at JIU to gain the qualification of (certified) care worker. I find it difficult to use Japanese language in my life here, but fortunately my classmates have often helped me when I have trouble. And the Japanese Language Partner system always helps me, so I feel it is easier. Other foreign students are around me and I am always communicating with them. So I have been enjoying my life at JIU!
Career opportunities and further study in social work
After graduation, students can work in professions such as, childcare, nursery education, care work, social workers or mental health welfare workers. More than one quarter of graduates find work with the elderly, a quarter work with people with disabilities, while the remainder find employment in the social work field at medical institutions and in the area of childcare.
The Graduate School of Social Work Studies offers a Master's degree in social welfare that targets students who aim to become educators in social welfare. This higher degree also trains advanced welfare specialists, community workers, social welfare facility managers and medical social workers. By offering an advanced and diverse experience in research activities, the Graduate School endeavours to prepare students for a career in the increasingly complex social environment.
My name is Han Yi. I come from China. I studied social work and psychology at JIU in the Faculty of Social Work Studies. I researched about stress and adaptation as graduation work in my seminar class. The more I study social work, the more I take an interest in studying. Now I specialize in social work in graduate school at JIU. Thanks to the kindness of all JIU staff and my Japanese classmates, I overcame problems and enjoy my school life very much.
I'm Kazunori Imai. Thanks to many positive experiences at JIU through learning, club activities, and volunteering I was able to get a wide perspective during my time as a student. Because of my experiences at JIU I decided to become a social welfare worker and now I am working as a medical social worker, and support patients using a team approach. I am making great use of the social work skills that I learned at university.
I'm Chiemi Asahi. I got a job as a nursery teacher on graduating from university. I acquired childcare skills in the course at JIU, and had a very valuable experience in childcare teaching practice at nursery school during my university days. The experiences I made during my time at JIU are very helpful for me in my every day working life, especially when I care for children who need special assistance. It's my sincere desire to keep working to practice child-friendly care.