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Department of Social and Regional Development


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   Sue-Fen Wang
   Professer & Chair
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    Hsin-Yu Chu
    Teaching Assistant
The Department was formerly called the Department of Social Studies Education. In response to the restructuring and transformation of the university, the Department was officially renamed in August 2009 with the approval of the Ministry of Education; it is no longer affiliated with the teacher training education program. In terms of admission, the Department offers Daytime Bachelor’s Programs, Daytime Master’s Programs (including the Division of Social Development and Division of Regional Development), Social Studies In-service Master’s Programs (Weekend and Holiday Programs), and Multiculturism and Development In-service Master's Programs (Evening Program).
Features of Development
I.    The Department offers diversified faculties and curriculum designs to cultivate students’ vision and practical application ability surrounding knowledge about the social and regional environment. The Program is designed with an interdisciplinary curriculum based on social development (historical culture, social change, and digital transformation) and regional development (environmental resource management, geographic information system application, scenic recreation, and urban planning).
II.   To address the growing trend in social development, Departmental teaching emphasizes training in interdisciplinary integration to cultivate students’ ability to engage in multiple practices and adapt to future social developments.
III.  The Department’s strength is shown in the faculties featuring interdisciplinary integration and can cultivate an attitude acknowledging the importance of multiculturalism, data innovation, and global localization issues.
IV.  The Master of Social and Regional Development (MSRD) offers an unmatched set of degree programs in two distinct but related disciplines:
  1. Division of Social Development:This program enriches students’ background knowledge in social studies education, gender issues, and industrial innovation in the context of the social development trends in Taiwan. It also cultivates students’ competencies in social research, social studies instruction, industrial policy analysis, and industrial digitalization to become professional talents in interdisciplinary research and practice.
  2. Division of Regional Development: Our unique combination of disciplines allows for high-impact, interdisciplinary research. We offer a set of degree programs in three distinct but related fields:(1) spatial analysis and environmental resource management, (2) landscape architecture design and leisure management, and (3) cultural innovation industry with regional planning. Our faculty members focus on how to build a functional, healthy, sustainable, and resilient social-ecological environment. After completing the program, our graduates can become social scientists rooted in the theoretical bases of regional planning and development.        


    Hui-Lian Chuang
    Teaching Assistant








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