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  ◎ History of the Department
Our department was called “Department of Social Studies Education” previously. Founded in 1987, it was the first “Department of Social Studies Education” approved to be established in Taiwan at that time. Since the 2002 academic year, its Graduate Institute has begun to recruit students. In the 2006 academic year, its In-service Master’s Program was established. It lays profound foundation on cultivating excellent elementary school teachers. During recent years, in order to respond to the teacher education policy proposed by Ministry of Education, expand research directions, and revise focal points in our development, it has been transformed into “Department of Regional and Social Development” formally in the 2010 academic year, to be a new department emphasizing both education and specialty.


◎ Academic Features
Our department has prosperous developments of academic researches and activities. We regularly publish periodicals such as the Department’s Journal, Valley Breeze(谷風), and Research on Regional and Social Development. All the three periodicals have explicit attributes and orientation. In addition, our department arranges academic seminars for more than three times regularly in every semester, in which all the lecturers are domestic/foreign experts or scholars. Every year, our department holds a release for all the department’s teachers and students to publish their theses, so that teachers and students can share their research results.


◎ Teachers
At present, our department has 9 full-time teachers and 23 part-time teachers, and they all acquired domestic/foreign master’s or doctor’s degrees.


◎ Curriculum Planning
As for the curriculum design for the department’s college department, in addition to common compulsory courses, selective courses of general education (28 credits in total), and professional courses on education (40 credits), we also organize common compulsory courses in the entire department (27credits), courses in learning groups (53 credits), and optional courses (20 credits) aimed at cultivating students’ specialties. Among them, the courses in learning groups are divided into Regional Learning Group and Social Development Group; students can choose to study one of the learning groups as they wish. Besides, for the sake of the needs for cultivating students’ second specialties, we provide optional courses (20 credits); students can acquire necessary knowledge and skills in different departments or institutes, depending on their personal needs.


◎ Specialty Enhancement
In order to enhance students’ quality and cultivate their ability of second specialties, in addition to strengthening the structure of professional courses, our department has additionally established “Courses on Enhancing Public Service Personnel’s Legal Knowledge”, “Courses on Enhancing Knowledge of Tour Guiding”, and “Courses on New Immigrant Education Culture” in the college department. Also, we hold regular verifications on the specialty-enhancement of homeland teaching, so as to reinforce students’ competitiveness in workplaces.


◎ Future Developments
1. Regional planning: To engage in the work related to urban-rural regions and community development planning.

2. Teaching: To acquire credits of elective courses on education, to serve as elementary school teachers.

3. Research and writing: To engage in researches on regional development, explanations for Community Building, or the work of compiling and writing histories and literatures.

4. Governmental public service: To pass Senior Exam, Junior Exam, or Special Exam, to engage in public service, such as General Administration, Social Administration, etc.

5. Tourism and leisure: To engage in tourism/leisure industries, such as tour guiding.

6. Culture, education or supplementary education: To engage in jobs related to culture, education, publishing industries, or supplementary education.

7. Social service: To engage in jobs in non-profit organizations or social welfare organizations.

8. Further study: To pass the entrance exams for attending domestic or foreign research institutes related to the domain of Social and Regional Development.

 

 
   
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