Founded in August 1968, the primary function of the department was to train secondary school teachers for the school subjects of Civic Education, Scouting Education and that of the Three Principles of People, as well as for the management of student affairs in the school. Until 1983 students were being admitted and taught in two separate divisions, one for the Three Principles of People and the other one for the scouting education, this had been abolished due to the needs of social change and educational development. A master’s degree program was then instituted in 1990, and a doctoral program in 1999. In 2002, the department has changed its name from the “Department of Civic and Moral Education” to the “Department of Civic Education and Leadership.”
Currently there are over 300 undergraduates, more than 200 Master students and over 40 Ph.D. students. With regard to building students’ careers, the main goals are:
◆ At the junior high school level, to train teachers of Social Studies (civic and moral education) and Integrated Activities (scouting education); at the senior high school level, to train teachers of Citizenship and Society, and also teachers of Social Science in vocational high schools.
◆ To develop experts of student affairs at all levels.
◆ To undertake academic research in the fields of human-rights education, law-related education, democratic education, economics education, out-door and leisure education, student affairs, multicultural education and so on.
◆ To aid various schools and social organizations in their research into and development of humanrights education, law-related education, democratic education, economics education, out-door and leisure education, student affairs, multicultural education and so on.
This department is not only committed to the ideal of a general education which gives student a wide base of knowledge, but also to the traditional focus on a teacher-training program. However, we also emphasize the leadership character of a student, which is required to the practices of organizing school activity projects and to manage student affairs of various sorts. Our faculty members are also engaged in a wide variety of researching programs such as human-rights education, law-related education, democratic education, multicultural education, economics education, out-door and leisure education, student affairs and so on.