Undergraduate Programs

Department of Sociology

Introduction

Sociology is a discipline for understanding how people live in a community and it tries to explain the social phenomena to create a better society.

Sociology is a comprehensive science that pursues various approaches to modern society, and therefore, sociology majors have a wide variety of choices in careers that they can choose from.

Educational Objectives

  • ① To inspire students to have an intellectual insight into the human society in order for them to objectively and comprehensively understand social phenomena.
  • ② To teach students the methods and skills that they need to scientifically examine and analyze social phenomena.
  • ③ To encourage students to have a wide range of knowledge in sociology and in the fields of humanities and social sciences and to acquire the qualities as a global leader.
  • ④ To let students gain the ability to apply sociological theories and methodologies.
  • ⑤ To enhance students' interest in and understanding of the local society in order to increase their capacities to contribute to the development of local societies.

HISTORY

Yeungnam University Department of Sociology received governmental approval to establish a 40-student department from the Ministry of Education in September 1979 and began recruiting students in 1980. Since its establishment the department has produced approximately 1,114 graduates (as of February 2012). Currently it has an enrollment of 160 undergraduate students.
A teachers' certificate program (socal studies education in secondary schools) has also been offered in the department from the beginning. Part of the students (30% at the beginning, 20% from 1997 to the present) are allowed to enroll in this program. The department has been able to produce several secondary school teachers every year.

The Department of Sociology, together with various departments in the College of Liberal Arts, were integrated into the School of Social Sciences in 1999. In 2005, the School of Social Sciences was dissolved and it once again became independent as the Department of Sociology.

In 1990 approval was given to establish a master's degree program in the department and a Ph.D. program began to be offered in 2000. For the last two decades of graduate education, seventeen students received their master's degrees and four their doctorates from the department. As of March 2010, the department has a graduate enrollment of thirteen.

JOB FIELDS

There are many different career paths for students to follow after graduation.
Students can become public employees or find work in the media, advertising companies, marketing companies, financial institutions, research centers, middle schools and high schools, or become lawyers by enrolling in law schools.

Certifications that may be acquired are:
  • - Middle and high school teacher certification (General social studies education, Integrated social studies education)
  • - Social investigation analyzer (Must pass a qualification test)
  • - Certified Public Labor Attorney (Must pass the national bar examination)
  • - Social worker
  • - Life-long educator

CURRICULUM

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1 CURRICULUM
1-1
UNIVERSITY LIFE AND SOCIAL SERVICE
University Life and Social Service This course is designed to help the freshmen adapt to his or her university life and major. In addition, it will help understand human dignity and values, which is necessary to be a leader, through community services.
1-1
PRACTICAL ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students develop basic English verbal skills in real life situations. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with basic English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to practice speaking English utilizing basic English structures. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.


1-1
READING THE GREAT BOOKS AND WRITING FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE
The aim of this course is to help our students to have a cultivation of the humanities which university men are supposed to develop, and then to improve the ability of expressing their own thinking into both written and spoken language, through the great books selected by the Committee of Great Books Selection of Yeungnam University. This course is composed of three main contents. First, this course has a process of finding out the core value of the great books through the deep reading for the great books. Second, this course has a process of expressing students' own thinking into both written and spoken language effectively. Third, this course has a process of reinterpreting the core value of the great books into present value, and then of expressing the contents interpreted into logical and precise sentences. This course makes it a rule to read one great book per two weeks, and to deepen the process of finding out the core value of the great books through discussions and debates. And also, this course is to cultivate the ability of interpreting the core value into the present value through writing.
1-1
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
This course aims to help students understand society’s social phenomena systematically and logically. It deals with the definition of sociology, its disciplinary goal, its object and its point of view. This course also focuses on the basic concepts and knowledge of social institutions and social relationships.
1-2
ACADEMIC ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students increase their fluency and accuracy in English. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with an opportunity to practice English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to enhance their verbal skills by actively participating in classroom activities. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.


1-2
READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY
This course aims to enable students to read sociological documents written in English by Western sociologists and comprehend them precisely. The course intention is to familiarize students with sociological perspectives of social phenomena.
2 CURRICULUM
2-1
CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY
This course analyzes major cultural issues in contemporary Korean society from the sociological perspective. Through this analysis, we can understand the structure, process, and phenomenon of the cultural formation comprehensively and also expand the realm of our cultural awareness.
2-1
SOCIOLOGICAL ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
In this course, students investigate the major sociological problems in consequences of those problems. Furthermore, they will provide some suggestions for resolving those problems with sociological insights.
2-1
FAMILY & SOCIAL STRUCTURE
This course covers the nature and functions of the family, varying forms of familial institutions, the processes and various patterns of courtship and marital interaction, the role system and power structure within the family, and the interpersonal relations and life-courses of family members. It focuses on the characteristics of the Korean family structure and the ensuing social problems that arise in the contemporary Korean family which is in transition.
2-1
HUMAN BAHAVIOR AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT
This course attempts to analyze human experiences and behaviors withiin the context of social group and culture and to examine the basic concepts, perspectives and theories in the sociological social-psychology. It also deals with such sub-disciciplinary issues as the socialization processes of the human individuals, their interpersonal interactions and human relationship, collective behavior and actions, and the problems of mass society.
2-1
RESEARCH & METHODS
The objective of this course is to obtain knowledge and skills relative to conducting research. The class emphasis is towards theoretical framework of research, understanding basic sociological concepts, and survey/research methods. This class will provide the students with ability to carry out research by themselves.
2-1
CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
This course covers the historical development of sociology from the late 19th century to the 1930s. It deals with important sociologists and the major sociological theories which were advanced from the 19th century to the 1930’s. It also emphasizes the significance of classical sociological theories form the perspective of sociology’s historical development.
2-2
RURAL SOCIOLOGY
This course covers contemporary and historical issues in rural Korean society in Korea. Sociological concepts and theories are introduced and discussed in the context of agricultural institutions and rural social structures. With special attention to the rapid transformations of the land tenure system and rural community structure and development in contemporary Korean society will be discussed and analyzed.
2-2
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
This course examines and studies the nature, theories and basic methodological orientation in the study of social problems. Firstly, we will deal with the theoretical contributions of some major schools of thought in this field. Then we will discuss each theoretical perspective in detail in the context of the historical development of sociological thoughts in general.
2-2
SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
This course introduces central concepts, methods, and theoretical orientations in the area of social hierarchy and social stratification. The topics include the nature and various forms of social inequalities, the origins and transformations of social class differentiation in modern capitalist societies, production and reproduction of social cleavages, and the consequences of class and status as related to political behavior and lifestyles. It emphasizes the understanding of class dynamics in modern capitalistic society.
2-2
SOCIOLOGY OF OCCUPATION
This course provides students with a forum for the analysis and discussion of the social aspects of occupations. One of its hidden objectives is to help them prepare for the planning of their future occupational careers. The course examines the historical processes of occupations, particularly in the context of the changes in the industrial structure, and social determinants of occupational choices. It also deals with such issues as occupational prestige and social status, social mobility in the occupational hierarchy, and occupational career. Finally, the relations between occupational and other social activities such as domestic life, political activity, leisure, and local community activities will also be discussed.
2-2
SOCIAL STATISTICS
This class will emphasize the use of statistics to better understand social phenomena. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics will be employed and explored in the class. Social statistics will be used to examine the causes of social phenomena using quantitative statistical approach.
3 CURRICULUM
3-1
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
This course surveys the nature of urban sociology, the historical developments of modern metropolitan areas, the characteristics of contemporary cities, urban ecology and urbanization processes. Special attention will be given to the ecological structure, problems and concerns, and urbanization processes of today's fast growing Korean urban areas.
3-1
TEACHING IN SOCIAL STUDIES
This course aims to help develop basic understanding of the overall objectives of social studies education in secondary schools and the nature and composition of its curricula. It also intends to provide students with teaching and evaluation methods, and other educational methodologies for every disciplines or teaching areas in this field.
3-1
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION AND LABOR POLICY
This course deals with identity of migrants, rights protection of migrants, conditions and problems of foreign workers in labor market, focusing on causes and settlement process of international migration. In doing so, the course analyses the impact of migration on labor market, national finance, industrial policy, etc.
3-1
SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN KOREA
This course introduces students to the understanding of the specific social problems in contemporary Korea. We will attempt to analyze the causes and trends of a variety of structural, disintegrational, and deviant social problems of today's Korean society. Students in this course are strongly encouraged to participate in the presentation of papers and in-class discussions in selected issues.
3-1
SOCIOLOGY OF POPULATION
The main purpose of this course is to scientifically understand the three major components of population growth, i.e. fertility, mortality, and migration. Both causes and consequences of population growth will be analyzed and discussed. The basic concepts and theoretical perspectives of population will also be examined.
3-1
POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
This course examines the nature, structure, distribution, and practice of political power and authority; origins and expansion of modern states; linkages between state and society; impact of the modern world system on national politics; and the structure of political group formation and individual participation in modern states. It emphasizes a new and critical perspective on themes of political sociology.
3-1
CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
This course covers the socio-historical background, historical development, sociological structure, core issues and limitations of current and major theoretical perspectives of sociology. It also discusses their significance in better understanding contemporary Korean society. Students in this course will give a special emphasis to today’s new theoretical movements in sociology.
3-2
SOCIOLOGY OF MASS MEDIA
The students in this course will be encouraged to understand the functions and impacts of mass communication in current society, to look at the past, present, and the future of the major mass media, and to compare and examine the different natures of various mass media. They will also be introduced to the study of the interconnections between mass society, mass culture, and mass media.
3-2
SOCIAL STUDIES-TEACHING MATERIALS RESEARCH AND METHOD
This course aims to help examine the curriculum of social studies that are taught in the secondary schools?for the students in the middle school and the first graders in the high school. Those who take this course are also expected to get accustomed to the composition and contents of the secondary school social studies textbooks and to study diverse teaching and evaluation methods.
3-2
FIELD WORK I
The objective of this course is designed for the students in the major of sociology to achieve both the practical knowledge and the experience in the related job fields.
3-2
SOCIOLOGY OF OCCUPATION AND INTERNSHIP
This course is designed to discuss the substantive field of occupational sociology. Specific topics to be discussed in this course include, such as occupational choice and socialization, job search and recruitment processes, job and ethics; career and career mobility, occupations and stratification; and the future of work and occupation. This course aims to enhance the experiences of the work world through internships.
3-2
SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
1. to search for the job spheres which are directly associated with the majors of Sociology, Psychology, and Journalism and Information and to foster the realistic and practical job mind. 2. to obtain professional skills through the lectures and teachings in the detailed and practical spheres such as resume writing, communication skill and ventures and to help the students to find out the their own appropriated talents in the job world and to set up the long-term planning for career development. 3. to introduce the basic knowledge on business world in the spheres of journalism, psychological research, advertizement and marketing in our local area and to help search jobs effectively.
3-2
COMPUTER AND SOCIAL SURVEY
The goal of this course is to provide the students abilities to conduct social survey by themselves using computer technology. In this context, research design, sampling methods, data collection, and statistical analysis using the computer technology will be discussed.
3-2
INDUSTRIAL SOCIOLOGY
This course reviews the nature and historical development of industrial sociology. It deals with social phenomena on the industrial scene. It covers the nature of work in the contemporary capitalist society; the characteristics of labor process; the structure of the labor market; the social relationships in the workplace; the organization of work; industrial relationships; industrial democracy.
3-2
SOCIAL WELFARE
This course covers fundamental concepts and theoretical orientations in the study of social welfare, and the social and historical background in which the ideology and theories of social welfare had emerged. It also introduces students to various major social welfare policies in contemporary society.
3-2
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The assumption of a unilinear progress in human history, which is one of the basic elements of the classical perspectives on social development, will be critically examined in this course. Both the mainstream and Marxist traditions of developmental theory will be reassessed in this regard. Secondly, newly emerging theories of development will be introduced to the students. Finally, we will also examine the issues of Third World development using the conceptual framework of 'world-system' and make a cross-national comparative analysis with a few cases in Asia and Latin America.
4 CURRICULUM
4-1
COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
This course analyzes different theories and methods that have attempted to account for the historic rise and fall of social movements and collective actions. It also discusses contemporary research strategies for collecting and analyzing data on collective political actions―protests, riots, rebellions, and guerilla warfare―regional and ethnic conflicts, and social movements.
4-1
SOCIAL STUDIES-LOGICS AND DISCOURSES
Students in this course will examine diverse perspectives and theories in the various academic disciplines that are related to the social studies such as political science, economics, sociology, law, anthropolgy, geography and history. They will also study the unique characteristics and logics of the social studies subjects that are taught in the secondary school. This course thus aims to help students develop abilities to hold discourses with others in one's own logic.
4-1
ENTERPRISE EXPLORATION PROJECT I(CAPSTONE DESIGN)
Students will obtain practical capability for employment by performing field exploration practice, through these attempts, they could develope the ability which reach successful employment.
4-1
FIELD WORK Ⅱ
The objective of this course is designed for the students in the major of sociology to achieve both the practical knowledge and the experience in the related job fields.
4-1
FIELDWORK ON MIGRATION AND MULTICULTURE
This course examines the conditions of immigration and multicultural field facilities, the practical programmes of immigration and multicultrual agency in contemporary Korean society. Students will have opportunity of examining how to understand the field situation of immigration and multicultrual society by participating in these field agency.
4-1
ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
The major objective of this course is to examine sociologically the relationship between environment and society. This course deals with social construction of nature and environment, global warming, environmental inequality, environmental movements, envisioning a sustainable society, and ecological paradigm.
4-1
KOREAN SOCIAL HISTORY
This course deals with the nature and methodological orientations in the study of Korean social history. It teaches students the value of historical changes within the context of Korean social institutions. An emphasis on kinship systems and estate systems will be explored.
4-1
COMMUNITY STUDIES
A preliminary understanding of the local community in which we live is a prerequisite for the students of sociology who make a scientific exploration of all kinds of social phenomena. This course encourages students to understand the power structure, political culture, economic and industrial structure, social stratification patterns, social organizations, local social culture, and demographic phenomena in Daegu-Gyeongbuk area. Students are expected to collect and analyze various data on these issues and they will also be engaged in the historical data analysis and field research.
4-1
CONTEMPORARY MASS CULTURE
This course aims to theoretically examine the characteristics and trends of mass society and the masses, and they will be critically appraised with reference to contemporary developments in mass culture. It also prompts students to have a sociological understanding of various aspects of contemporary mass culture, popular music and literature, the movies, drama, cartoons, and advertising.
4-2
GERONTOLOGY
This course deals with the basic concepts and theoretical models in Gerontology and attempts to discuss the reality and issues related to the elderly. In this context, causes and consequences of problems related to the elderly will be discussed. Furthermore, policy implications will be introduced and discussed.
4-2
SOCIAL SECURITY
This course aims to introduce students to various issues and aspects of social security systems that have been designed to guarantee the members of the nation minimum standard of living and to provide them with means of social-economic security. This course will examine these issues in basically two different categories : public assistance and social insurance. It will also discuss some problems of social security system that are in practice.
4-2
INFORMATION SOCIETY
This course aims to show students how to understand the emergence of an information society. It discusses the contemporary development of science and technology that brought about the coming of an information society and theoretically compares and analyzes the nature of the information society with other historical forms of society including the industrial society. It also deals with the meaning and consequences of the emergence of an information society in the various sectors of society including political, economic, legal, cultural, educational, and religious sectors.
4-2
FOREIGN AREA STUDIES
Students in this course will be engaged in a comparative study of various areas of contemporary world―East and Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, etc. The areas to be covered in the course vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. The topics include socio-cultural, economic, and political developments from the early classical states to the present; contemporary social and political problems; economic problems and reform efforts; developmental strategies and political system; state-civil society relations and democratization processes.
4-2
CONTEMPORARY KOREAN SOCIETY
This course intends to lead students to have a better understanding of the politics, society and culture of contemporary Korea. To be taught in English, it will provide foreign students with an opportunity to learn about Korean society. It will also help Korean students acquire an international orientation and foreign language skills which are necessary in this globalizing world.
4-2
ENTERPRISE EXPLORATION PROJECT Ⅱ(CAPSTONE DESIGN)
Students will obtain practical capability for employment by performing field exploration practice, through these attempts, they could develope the ability which reach successful employment.

FACULTY

Kim, Han Gon,  Professor
email (hgkim@yu.ac.kr)
Univ. of Texas at Austin ,  1985 ,  (Demography, Sociological Methodology)
Park Seung Woo,  Professor
email (swpark@yu.ac.kr)
The University of Georgia ,  1991 ,  (Sociology of Development, Political Sociology)
Lee, Chang Kee,  Professor
email (cklee@yu.ac.kr)
Kobe Univ. ,  2006 ,  (Rural Sociology, Sociology of Family)
Chung YongKyo,  Professor
email (ykyochung@yumail.ac.kr)
Kyungpook National Univ. ,  1998 ,  (sociology)
Huh Changdeog,  Associate Professor
email (cdpoet@hanmail.net)
Southern Illinois University ,  2006 ,  (sociology)

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