Aiming at producing highly qualified experts in the field of health and sports science
In Japan, however, while people’s awareness and expectation regarding health and physical activity are on the rise, sufficient systems and an appropriate environment for the effective education of health and sports are not yet in place, and also the development of human resources to support these systems has not kept pace. Experts in the field of health and sports committed to improving and enhancing quality of life are increasingly sought after.
In order to foster such specialists, the Faculty of Health and Sports Science offers programs in three main academic fields, which equip students with specialized knowledge and skills from diversified perspectives. In the field of Health Science, students learn the significance of sports-related health promotion through the study of health and prevention medicines. In the field of Training Science, students learn methods for improving sports performance, as well as ways to help people develop a habit of lifelong sports participation. In the field of Sports Management, students learn methods for improving and enriching the social environment surrounding sports, as well as sports-related business and management.
Also, taking advantage of Doshisha’s strength as a ‘comprehensive university’, the Faculty has been positively collaborating with other faculties of the university to provide students with an opportunity to study a wide range of topics－including medical care, physics, psychology, management and policy－allowing them to develop a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach.
Moreover, through collaboration with various research and medical organizations inside and outside the university, the Faculty aims to nurture individuals who can propose a health and sports education system that goes beyond ‘sports science’ in terms of merely acquiring sports skills to include ‘health promotion’ and ‘creation of motivation in life’ as well as a method for enriching the sports environment from a new and creative perspective.
Human Resource Development Objectives
Knowledge:Acquirement of a systematic understanding of health and sports science, including updated knowledge and theories regarding health and sports activities, and the surrounding social environment
Attitudes:Ability to identify issues related to health and the social development of sports, and seek solutions from the perspective of health and sports science
Skills:Ability to demonstrate the effective application of the characteristics of health and sports science, thereby contributing to the health promotion and social development of sports
(Admission capacity has been increased since 2013.)
|Name of Faculty||Faculty of Health and Sports Science|
|Name of Degree||B.A. (Health and Sports Science)|
|No. of Students / Admission Capacity||210 / 840|
|Campus||Doshisha University Kyotanabe Campus|
Characteristics of the Faculty of Health and Sports Science
1. A flexible curriculum system and three curriculum modelsHealth and Sports Science is an applied science integrating the humanities and sciences, which covers fields ranging from preventive medicine to sports coaching methods, and from public administration to social studies. Therefore, a free curriculum system has been implemented in which students can choose subjects in diverse though related fields according to their interests and needs.
However, to avoid the possibility of incoherence in the curriculum design, the Faculty presents three curriculum models－Health Science, Training Science, and Sports Management－helping students to engage in a well-organized and systematic study of their specialized subjects as well as the study of related and adjacent subjects tailored to their academic objectives and future career goals.
2. ‘First Year Seminar’ and practice-based education in small groupsTo enhance the efficiency of learning, the Faculty limits the maximum number of registered credits to 44 in the first and second years, and offers seminars in small groups given by full-time faculty members in the first semester of the first year, and in the two full semesters of the third and fourth years. This means that students are able to attend small-group seminar-style classes in five out of eight semesters over four years. ‘First Year Seminar’is taken in the first semester, with ‘PracticeⅠto Ⅳ’ in the fifth to eighth semesters. These seminar-style classes allow students to experience close interaction with faculty in their chosen fields, and receive detailed and individualized instruction so that they can deepen their learning in an efficient and stepwise manner throughout their four years at university.
3. Acquisition of a range of experimental and practical skills through basic practical trainingHealth and Sports Science is a discipline that integrates the humanities and sciences. Thus, students are required to acquire laboratory and practical skills crucial to both natural science and social science. Students without the knowledge of laboratory and measurement methods necessary for the study of natural science, or those without the knowledge of investigative methods for the study of social science, are not considered eligible to acquire a B.A. degree in Health and Sports Science. In consideration of this, the Faculty offers the Basic Practice course to equip students with a range of laboratory and practical skills.
4. Diverse and integrated curriculum design through collaboration with other facultiesThe Faculty of Health and Sports Science shares some specialized subjects with the Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences to enrich the curriculum related to medicine and health science, and also offers some related subjects in the Faculty of Psychology and other faculties (Social Welfare, etc.), capitalizing on the merit of a comprehensive university, so that the diversity and the integration of the curriculum can be ensured.