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[Graduate]Graduate School of Human Life Science (Doctoral Programs)

The Graduate School of Human Life Science was established in response to the sophisticated technological innovations, advancement of learning, diverse social conditions and changes in the environment that have occurred in recent years. Its goal lies in the comprehensive investigation of the human life style, the training of researchers and educators who are able to apply their knowledge creatively, and the nurturing of individuals with advanced, specialized skills.

Although the Graduate School of Human Life Science is based on the master's program in the Graduate School of Home Economics, it disposes of the traditional home economics framework in favor of a separately-organized second-stage, three year doctoral program. Candidates take their research to a new plateau based on a broad, comprehensive understanding of human life. The program consists of two Divisions: Human Development and Living Environments.

In the Division of Human Development, students focus their inquiry on human beings, who are the principle agents in daily life, from both physical and mental perspectives. In particular, they aim to identify the influence of such factors as education, culture and environment on the process of mental development in the various stages of growth, and to investigate the basic biological theory, nutrition, and eating habits that affect the formation and growth of the human body. Finally, they study ways of maintaining and improving human health.

In the Division of Living Environment, students pursue the purpose and direction of daily human life by investigating the relationships and functions present between man and nature and between man and inanimate objects. This is accomplished by a study of people, their natural environments, and the artificial environments that result from the meeting of man and inanimate objects. Furthermore, since the living environment forms a stage for human culture, it is also examined from a historical and structural perspective.

There are eight courses within the two Divisions, allowing students to deepen their experience in specialized research. The courses include: develop-mental education theory, which aims to identify the relationships between the factors influencing human development-education, culture, and environment - and individual characteristics; basic physical development theory, which forms the basis for human life and development; nutrition and health-related studies, which examine the nutrients essential for human physical development in both healthy and sick individuals; life environment theory, which ex-amines the interaction with and influence of the natural and artificial environments on the body; life materials theory, which examines the suitability of materials for use in daily life along with the possibility of their improvement; life functions theory, which studies the purpose and direction of life functions from the interaction between people and things in the process of daily life; life structural theory, which examines daily life from a structural perspective; and life economic theory, which studies the economic analysis of the social welfare of the people.

Students who complete any of these programs receive doctoral degrees.