Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies

Research and education on contemporary life and death issues from multiple perspectives

About the Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies

Acquire the practical method to apply the care based on spirituality

The Role of Applied Religious Studies

Applied Religious Studies is a new field of study discovered in an endeavor to counter the challenges posed by modern globalized society. The clash between communities with different religious cultures, and the confrontation between common interest and traditional religious values is much relevant in discussing variety of public agendas such as science and technology, politics, and economy.

The role of Applied Religious Studies is to respond to these issues in a practical and clinical manner, based on the study of diverse religious cultures and traditions of ethics and thought.

Japan’s first graduate school

The purpose of the Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies is to lead the development of research and education in applied religion and life and death studies in Japan. As such, it will play a critical role as the first graduate school in Japan to train academic specialists in the area and professionals with qualified expertise.

Educational Objectives

Students will study religious and ideological foundations of modern society. They will also study and learn thanatological matters in modern times, where new initiatives are sought, from the three aspects of religion’s social roles in a multi-value society, views of life and death and bioethics, and clinical spiritual care. Students will work to achieve practical spirituality-based care competency. Through these efforts, they are expected to become capable scholars, caregivers, community-care staff, or care leaders.

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