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Dept. of Social & Regional Development


Department of Social and Regional Development



The original name of our department was ‘Department of Social Studies Education.’ Due to recent reforms and an upgrade to the status of our University, we received authorization from the Ministry of Education to change our name to Department of Social and Regional Development.

The Department of Social and Regional Development strives not only to examine the phenomena of social change in regional communities and Taiwanese society at large, it also seeks to practically engage policy issues relating to the transformation and development of regional communities and geographical tourist sites, with an interest in supporting sustainable economic growth at both regional and societal levels.

We are currently accepting applications to our daytime undergraduate and graduate programs, evening graduate program (including a masters track in multicultural education), and advanced masters summer program in social field studies.



     iDevelopmental Characteristics

 I. Our department strives to engage issues in regional community development, environmental planning, and tourism and leisure development at various levels: 1) by employing faculty with diverse academic and professional experience; 2) by emphasizing an attitude which combines theory and practice; 3) by creating optimal approaches to development that blend consideration for humanity with consideration for the natural environment; and 4) by respecting the rights of various cultures and indigenous groups, in addition to being aware of gender disparities in our society.

 II. To work with developing social trends through an emphasis on enrichment through multiple disciplines, our department strives to prepare our students to adapt to, and integrate themselves within, modern social life.

III. Our department is privileged to have excellent faculty bringing with them diverse backgrounds in foreign academic achievement, thus fulfilling students’ desire for exposure to a more ‘global’ awareness and real-life practical understanding.

     iTeaching Goals

I. Build students’ knowledge and expertise in social and regional planning development.

II. Foster strong self-study habits and the ability to develop independent research projects.

III. Cultivate students as experts in regional environmental resource planning and regional cultural development.


     iGraduation Requirements 

I. Certifications for English ability

     Before the add-drop deadline for spring semester of the third year of study, students are required to pass one of the following language exams:

A. General English Proficiency Test (GEPT): at least pass the intermediate level.

B. TOEFL (Pen-paper based exam): for a minimum score of 457.

C. TOEFL (Computer based exam): for a minimum score of 137.

D. TOEFL (Online exam): for a minimum of 47.

E. TOEIC: for a score of 550 or above.

F. IELTS: at least level 4 or above.

G. We accept other language examinations; please check with our administration or students’ major department.

  II. Area of specialization

    All students are required to submit a paper related to their area of specialization prior to their graduation.

 III. Field practicum

    Prior to applying for graduation, students are required to complete an internship at one of the allied companies with whom our department has a cooperative agreement. Students’ major advisers and internship supervisor will agree on internship goals and guidelines for evaluating student performance; in this manner, students’ professional knowledge and skills will be tested.

iFuture Careers

I. Positions in environmental resource planning, including city/county planning and development, regional community design and establishment, and tourism and leisure development.

II. Positions related to regional socio-cultural development, including group, gender and social change, profit and non-profit culture industries, education and journalism relating to local history and culture.

III. Positions as government employees in regional and culture-related departments following passing of the government civil service examination.

IV. Positions as teachers in K-12 educational settings and cultural institutions following completion of teacher training coursework.


Based on students’ interest and career, our curriculum requires all students to complete 128 credit hours. General course plan and areas of specialization are as follows:

I. General Courses: at least 28 credit hours

II. Areas of specialization: a minimum of 100 credit hours (42 required credits + 58 elective credits)

A. Foundation courses: 34 required credit hours. Based on the current needs of social and regional development policy, foundation courses include sociology, business methodology, geology, statistics, and geographic information.

B. Advanced courses: Research social and regional development theories from four closely-related subject groups, including social change, history and culture, natural landscape, and regional industry.

C. Integrated curriculum and Practice: 8 credit hours: The purpose of these courses is to give students practical field experience and the chance to do interdisciplinary work.

D. Electives: 16 credit hours: Students can select these electives from courses offered both within and outside the department.



        Undergraduate Course Structure and Course List



 iDevelopmental Characteristics

Program of Social Studies Education: Taking the essence of regions, humanity, and culture as the foundation of social studies education, our core curriculum operates from historic, geographic, and civic considerations to prepare students to undertake research in their own area of specialization.

Program in Application of Environmental Information: Taking into consideration the roles of geographic information systems, remote sensing technology, and windows programming design as the foundation of study, our program investigates the debate on Nature and the human-built environment.

iTeaching Goals

           1.Program of Social Studies Education:

I. Develop students’ pedagogical knowledge and skill in regional culture and human society at large.

II. Develop students’ professional knowledge and skill in history, geology, and civilization.

III. Develop students’ expertise in sociological pedagogy and research

           2.Program in Application of Environmental Information:

I. Develop students’ ability to care for, and think critically about, both Nature and the human-built environment

II. Aid students’ future job placement in the environmental information technology field.

III.Cultivate students’ ability to systematically manage and process Natural, human, and cultural considerations.


iGraduation Requirements

I. Certifications for English ability

    Students from these two programs shall complete the minimum required credit hours and pass their thesis and degree examination for the master’s degree requirement. Before applying for their master’s degree examination (no later than their oral examinations), students are required to prove their qualification to our faculty committee by having at least one publication of a thesis in either a formal conference or academic journal, in addition to presenting a recommendation letter from their major advisor.

II. Increase participation and service

     To increase participations and service, our department has set up additional learning requirements for master’s degree candidates. The details are as follows:

A. Participations in academic seminars, speeches, reading groups, thesis planning committees, oral examinations: Students are required to attend at least one such event per month for a total of 15 events prior to graduation. Included within this total are the master’s degree oral examination and at least one audit of the thesis planning committee. Students who attend these events must submit a one-page essay on size A4 paper and post it to our department bulletins.

B. Volunteer services such as assisting the administrative office of education or serving as a teaching/research assistant: Students are required to spend at least two hours per month for a total of 30 hours prior to graduation.
Students must submit proof of both A and B before they can apply to take the master’s degree examination (at the latest, one day prior to the day of the exam). Students who fail to do so will not be permitted to take the exam.

iFuture Careers

A considerable job market awaits our graduates. Graduates can either choose to continue their studies by pursuing a higher degree in any domestic or foreign educational institution, or they may also choose to take on research positions in those institutions. Potential careers for graduates of both programs include the following:

      1.Program of Social Studies Education:

I. Positions in course development and textbook editing

II. Positions in education or administrative departments within government after students pass the national civil service examination.

III. Positions as teachers in K-12 education, specializing in sociology and general science of sociology after students complete their teaching course and meet the credit hour requirements.

2.Program in Application of Environmental Information:

I. Positions as specialists in integration of information systems and policy analysis management.

II. Positions as government employees in national and local government after they pass the national civil service examination.

III. Positions as educators in environmental education and integration of information systems in K-12 education and above.


      1.Program of Social Studies Education:

I. Profession: Enrich the essence of social studies education through the integration of human sciences and sociology so that students can develop their professional knowledge in sociology and pedagogical and research skills in social science.  

II. Innovation: cooperate with national educational program development requirements; strengthen and expand professional knowledge and skills in related academic research fields. Our curriculum is organized into six sections: methodology, thesis and seminar in special topics, history,geography, civics and social education.

In addition to required courses, students can choose elective courses based on their interests and career orientation. Students will need to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in their degree study. Students may choose to take 6 out of all 32 required credit hours as daytime and nighttime program courses, as well as courses from different universities (DOES NOT included courses offered during summer and winter semesters).
Please see the course framework below:

                      Course Framework

2.Program in Application of Environmental Information:

I.  Profession: By the time they graduate, students will have developed their abilities in technological invention, design, integration, and application; as a result of their solid academic foundation, students will be able to keep abreast of changes and innovations in the global market.  

II. Innovation: Graduates will be able to focus on environmental issues and engage public critiques; they will be able to utilize various learning methods to develop active and systemic teaching content; they will be capable of eliciting discussion on the interactive relationship between science and the natural environment, as well as examine the connections between nature and society.

The program curriculum is divided into two sections: 1) Information Technology, and 2) Environmental Issues. Students can graduate from either program once they have obtained 34 credit hours. The courses themselves are not divided according to either section. 6 credit hours can be taken as daytime or nighttime courses or as courses at other universities. Summer and winter courses are not included. The course framework is as follows:



         Graduate Course Structure and Course List