Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University
Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University newly establishes the Faculty of Contemporary Human Life Science in 2010. The field of study in this faculty covers all aspects and phenomena we face in our daily lives. We offer education to develop a student’s potential and ability to enable each to deal with diverse, contemporary problems and to build a sustainable society. The Faculty of Contemporary Human Life Science consists of five departments, namely, the Department of Modern Home Economics, the Department of Health and Nutrition, the Department of Human Life Science and Design, the Department of Child Studies, and the Department of Social Welfare.
Department of Modern Home Economics
The latest theory of Home Economics advocates the idea of “prosumers,” a word coined by combining “producers” and “consumers.” The role of prosumers is to understand both the producers and the consumers, and to mediate them. Introducing the latest trend into education, we offer programs to train specialists well-versed in consumer issues from a prosumer viewpoint. Students will learn and examine various human activities in the actual world through practical training. Not only aiming at more intelligent consumers, but also environmental education is included in our course programs. We intend to develop capable community leaders who have sufficient knowledge of our daily life; an understanding of various commodities; and expertise on the qualities of an enriched society. (The Department of Modern Home Economics will be relocated at Chiyoda Samban-cho Campus in April 2011.)
Department of Health and Nutrition
The aim of the Department of Health and Nutrition is to qualify students as candidates for the national certification examination for registered dieticians. We train students to become specialists in food science, nutrition, and health. Eating provides both mental and physical satisfaction. Nutritional education empowers students with knowledge about “healthy food,” “slow food,” and “food safety.” Through the curriculum of this department, students learn how to satisfy nutritional needs and also how to promote health and the quality of life with appropriate food.
(The Department of Health and Nutrition will be relocated at Chiyoda Sanban-cho Campus in April, 2011.)
Department of Human Life Science and Design
In our department, a special focus is placed on how to create a comfortable living environment through aspects of clothing, food and housing. Our society consists of people with diverse backgrounds and values, but we can conceive of the best way for everyone to live pleasantly. The expertise of clothing, food and housing is fundamental to building a better understanding of our daily lives. Therefore, students begin with the study of basic skills concerning clothing, food and housing. In order to fulfill the purpose of our department, you will be taught how to produce living space through experience-based learning.
Department of Child Studies
The goal of this department is to foster child care giver specialists. This goal is approached through the latest theories and practices of child psychology, health, education, welfare, and culture. In this department, students make a comprehensive study that is indispensable to children for achieving physical, psychological, and social development. As the surroundings of children have changed remarkably in recent times, we have to contemplate what child care givers should do in order to make a child’s environment better. We also focus on how we can develop children’s and students’ creativity and flexibility, and how we can empower both to shape their future.
Department of Social Welfare
This department offers programs to those who aspire to become welfare professionals active in many settings. Everyone has the right to lead a happy and healthy life. The reality, however, not all of us are so fortunate. These are socially disadvantaged people who need other’s help. When we consider what we can do for them, we realize that there are many complicated issues facing us. We, therefore, endeavor to provide courses that will enable our students to become capable, comprehensive welfare experts. With the knowledge of psychology, law, economics, education, and the basic necessities of the life: food, clothing, and shelter, they will be well-qualified to improve the quality of life of social disadvantaged people.