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Graduate School of Human Development

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Aiming to create objective solutions to the “Child development crisis”, and nurturing the advanced specialists to secure it.

Master’s Course

The Graduate School of Human Development offers a Master’s course, within the Department of Human Development.

At present, the circumstances surrounding a child’s upbringing appears to be far from rosy, and what has been called the “child development crisis” is being universally aggravated.
Therefore, this department is committed to investigating for possible scientific solutions to this crisis - which is manifested in all aspects of a child’s life. The syllabus is therefore built on the disciplines of pedagogy, psychology, curriculum research and development, and child-care and education. This program is furthermore geared towards engendering experts who possess the research capability and practical skills to analyze in detail, and to hypothesise on potential answers to daily confronted issues.
In addition, this department is particularly focusing on the area of recurrent education, and so is cultivating the advanced specialists who can actively contribute to regional communities. Research is conducted in cooperation with institutions, such as elementary schools, kindergartens, nursery schools, child-raising support centres, consultation centres, and non-profit organizations.

The curriculum comprises of subjects that are related to welfare, and on two central themes built on the disciplines mentioned above - these themes being the theories of human development, and the method of how to support human development.
In addition, some subjects which are essential to obtaining a qualification to become a clinical developmental psychologist, have been introduced into the syllabus.
Moreover, all collaborated educational research is conducted at the Department’s “Lifespan development research centre”.

Thus, the department’s carefully organized curriculum assists students into acquiring the knowledge to help address the “Child development crisis”, from a number of different angles.

Doctoral Course

In the doctoral course in the Graduate School of Human Development, we aim to train university and junior college researchers equipped with independent research abilities for undertaking human development studies as well as specialized professionals equipped with high-level research capabilities.

For that reason, we have prepared a curriculum that leads to the formation of high research and practical capabilities enabling students to solve a variety of problems of “human development” scientifically.

With a good balance of nine special lecture subjects arranged around three lines of inquiry?“The Study of Natural Laws of Developmental Subjects,” which is focused on the level of individual human development, “The Study of Practical Theory that Secures the Learning of Developmental Subjects,” which is focused on the level of relations that produce development, and “The Study of Social Systems that Support the Lives of Developmental Subjects,” which is focused on the level of communities and societies that support development?graduate students are able to deepen their disciplinary knowledge, which forms the core of the doctoral dissertation, while gaining a broad and comprehensive understanding of the field of “human development studies.”

In addition, through multiple faculty involved in research guidance, graduate students are able to receive close and careful guidance aimed at preparing their doctoral dissertations.


Master’s Course:
Master of Science in Human Development

Doctoral Course:
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development

Message from a Current Student

Graduate School of Human Development

Kazunori Tamakoshi

Currently, I am developing the basis of my research by studying the relationship between human activity and society, centering on developmental psychology and modern human-rights studies.

The Graduate School of Human Development consists of many professors and graduate students who are involved in diverse areas of research, including developmental psychology, social welfare, education and human rights. As a result, discussions unfold from wide-ranging perspectives covering each of their specialized fields. Moreover, the graduate students, regardless of whether they're master’s or doctoral students, are very close to each other. The doctoral students give us strong inspiration in pursuing our research, helping us lead fulfilling lives as graduate students.


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