Academics

College of Liberal Arts

Introduction

The goal of this department is to help students understand Korean and global cultures from prehistoric to modern times and to provide them with the knowledge that they need to practice in society.

The Department of Cultural Anthropology includes academic studies of archeology, folklore and social anthropology, and it makes on-site investigations and deepens the methodological perspective that becomes a critical guideline for identifying the meaning of the diversity that exists throughout the lifestyles of mankind and the world in life in general.

First, in archeology, students learn to investigate, excavate and restore different types of artifacts and also study analyzing methods for excavated artifacts in order to possess the ability to conduct research by interconnecting the history and culture of people in the past. In Folklore, students learn to recognize the features of Korean cultures by studying how Korean cultural traditions are formed and created through daily habits and seasonal habits, folk religion, material culture and technologies, cultural sceneries of village societies, as well as through passing down of traditions.
In social anthropology, comparative research is made on societies around the world for deeper understanding of social organizations such as families and relatives, as well as for European and Asian cultures and society, cities and economy, and culture and human nature, so that students can identify the common traits and differences of cultures.
These three academic fields aim at comprehensiveness relationships among different academic fields, which are not in any other one subject of study.

In response to the recent dynamic multi-cultural era, the many different social fields are showing great interest in cultural anthropology. Above all else, in the case of Korea, there has been a rapidly increasing need to foster experts and human resources with capabilities and knowledge on the culture of different nations and cultural properties due to the trends of time in which the economy is developing, companies entering overseas markets, decentralization, enhanced quality of life through culture and multi-national races living together. Furthermore, there has been an explosive increase in investigations of prehistoric and historic remains due to national development, and there is a growing social demand for archaeologists.

In response to this, this Department is greatly increasing opportunities for graduates to find employment in museums, overseas companies, universities, public and private institutions related to cultural properties and in the press. Therefore, future prospects for this field are quite high as well.

History

HistoryThis table demonstrates the history of this major according to years.
December 1971 Authorization
March 1972 Installed undergraduate program
March 1976 Installed master's program
November 1980 Installed Ph.D. program

Job Fields

Curator at national museums and cultural research centers, curators at private museums and art galleries, college professors, excavation research center researcher, conventional companies, press, cultural property expounder and administrator
Instructor Certification (History)

Faculty

sorted by the position and Korean name

Curriculum

Department Of Cultural Anthropology
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    CONVERGENCE- AND INTEGRATION-BASED THINKING AND WRITING
    The ability of analyzing and solving problems is emphasized as one of the conditions for survival in the 21st century and one of the core elements of creative capabilities. This course was designed to cultivate convergence- and integration-based creative capabilities, which are integrated problem-solving capabilities to collect, analyze and process knowledge and information by reinforcing the ability of analyzing and solving problems, recreate it in a synthetic fashion, and express it effectively through speech and writing. The course will help the students cultivate their synesthesia thinking and communication skills based on sympathy with other human beings, understanding of the community, and positivity or Gongseong that is sought after by Yeungnam University. Its ultimate goals are to promote the students' creative knowledge development and reinforce their writing capabilities consistently through "convergence- and integration-based thinking and writing as a problem-solving approach."
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    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.
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    SEMINAR FOR ACADEMIC LIFE
    1. Summary of the course This course is to assist university freshmen in CRM designing to adapt university life well through the instruction and counselling of supervising professor. (This course is composed of self analysis, personality type test, career research, instruction for the success of university life, career plan and direction setting, CRM designing method and CRM designing. The course should be teaching in classes of the students by supervising professor.) 2. Course objectives This course is to motivate the students before the mid term exam and provide students with self analysis, personality type test (MBTI or TCI) and career research (YAT test). Also, this course shall has a plan to instruct the students to enhance the efficiency of university life through career and time management. In addition, this course is to make a chance for the students to have practical assistance to university life by providing study method, report designing strategy and the information on academic system and various kinds of internal programs of the university. After the mid term exam, the students will be instructed to set the direction of career designing through continuous counselling of supervising professor and the students will be able to establish CRM designing and execution plan.
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    INTRODUCTION TO FOLKLORE
    The aim of this course is to acquaint students with main bodies of theory and classical sub-fields within the folklore(rites of passage, village and family life, oral tradition, folk costume, folk drama, folk belief, folk medicine). Considering folklore's long-standing engagement with Korean societies, this course will encourage students to rethink and reflect Korean way of life. In this course, the lecturer will focus on how the Korean folk culture has been constituted by Korean history and environment.
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    INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
    Human nature and social character in cross-cultural perspective. Special attention is covers to relating theories of anthropology and psychology to methods of studying human personality.
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    GLOBALIZATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURE
    The 21st century is known to be an age of culture. Understanding of different cultures is one of the survival strategies. In particular, in these days of the current of internationalization and globalization, under a fixed standpoint and angle of viewing different cultures and races, each race (혹은 people) can preserve and succeed to their inherent traditional culture transcending globalization. The aim of this course of study is to understand the fundamental notions of internationalization, globalization, WTO, FTA, neoliberalism, cultural relativism and to examine in every particular the details of culture -- gender and culture, the differences and the inequalities of the sexes, environment and the quality of life, disease and health, kinship and marriage.
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    SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION AND SERVICE
    This course is to cultivate community sense as members of society and the global village for students in order to develop the basic knowledge required as global citizens. Especially, this course is to foster the spirit of cooperation, sharing, service, and creativity and study the social contribution and leadership to solving the challenges the global community faces. As a liberal arts course, it is centered to nurture a leader having the global capability to contribute to community development through learning the knowledge and the case on the value & logic of social responsibility focused on environmental preservation, social contribution, and good governance(ESG). This course aims to foster a generous mind, learn knowledge and technology and build the capacity to contribute to building a society towards a safer and happier world through the study of theory and practice.
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    SOFTWARE AND AI
    Software and AI (Artificial Intelligence) course aims to educate the basic concepts of software and computational thinking to use them in various applications. It allows students of various majors to experience the core technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, such as big data, machine learning, and AI. It also introduces various applications of AI so that students can easily apply these technologies to their field of study. This course classifies the lecture types into three categories, and adjust the lecture difficulty according to the student's academic ability.
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    CULTURE CONTENTS
    This subject covers the understanding of culture contents which imply cultural meaning and value and create economic value in terms of various cultural elements.
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    ECONOMY & SOCIETY
    Economic systems and transactions, social institutions of changing cultures in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
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    PEOPLES & CULTURES OF KOREA
    This course attempts to provide the student with the social character, culture, and social organizations of the Korean people in relationship to their socio-cultural heritage, and local conditions of Korea.
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    PRACTICE IN INVESTIGATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
    One has to become familiar with site investigation in order to carry out work related to cultural heritage. This is a course subject that links the making of cultural heritage contents and increasing social demands. The objective of the lectures are to tie professional investigative centres and possible outstanding talent of cultural heritage site investigation for the inducement of employment.
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    THEORY AND METHOD IN ARCHAEOLOGY
    This study contains principally archaeological methodology which covers not only prehistoric archaeological field but also historic archaeological one. This methodology is divided into three chapters. Firstly, the field survey method that may let students understand how to find archaeological sites and remains are available. Secondly, students could learn archaeological excavation method through which archaeological structures of underground and relics would be discovered. Thirdly, students could learn also how to reconstruct prehistoric and historic culture with excavated archaeological relics and underground structures.
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    CAREER DESIGN
    1. Summary of the course This course is to let the students to set the career goal at the early stage of university life through systematic and continuous counselling and instruction on CRM achievement and change of career designed by the students after the admission to the university. This course is to let the students attain career management method and edit, complement and confirm the CRM in a systematic manner by self analysis and analysis of employment competence while the course is being taught. Also, this course is to utilize video lecture as the secondary teaching material to let the students have competency in employment. 2. Course objectives This course is to assist to the enrolled students in designing their own employment plan for themselves by the education of drafting application materials for employment (resume, statement of purpose and application forms), communication skills and presentation skills. Furthermore, the course ultimate goal of guiding the students to systematically design (manage) CRM at each grade of the university with the counselling by the supervising professor until the time of graduation.
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    CULTURE & PERSONALITY
    Human nature and social character in cross-cultural perspective. Special attention covers to relating theories of anthropology and psychology to methods of studying human personality.
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    FAMILY AND KINSHIP
    This course will raise questions of what kinship and family are and why this it has been such a central topic in anthropology.
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    LOCAL CULTURE PLANNING
    This subject aims at training experts in the field of planning and producing of local culture contents regarding local festivals, performances, construction of cultural spaces and communities, storytelling etc.
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    PRACTICE IN PREPARATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
    One must become familiar with the obtaining of data, its preparation and its analysis methods from site investigation in order to do work related to cultural heritage. This is a course subject that links the making of cultural heritage content and the increasing social demand of actively coping with it. The objective of the lectures are to link professional cultural heritage centres with possible outstanding talent of preparing cultural heritage for inducing employment.
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    METHODOLOGY IN ANTHROPOLOGY
    Course in problems of anthropological investigation, consideration in their relevance to anthropological theory.
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    MUSEUM SCIENCE
    The course explains the history and the function of various museums in both the Western and the Eastern World. It also introduces world-famous museums with slides and videos, and periodic tours of nearby museums in Korea.
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    PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY
    This subject is to understand mainly the world prehistoric culture which has been studied throughout the world sites so far and to learn the paleoecological circumstances with prehistoric fauna and flora. Particularly this study is to acquire the quaternary geology closely related with paleoclimatology which shows glacial and interglacial period and to learn world paleolithic cultures which are subdivided into lower, middle and upper paleolithic age.
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    VILLAGES AND TRADITIONAL CULTURE
    The course content includes the socio-cultural system of various villages in terms of size, settlement, cultural landscape, and social space in relationship to traditional culture.
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    CULTURAL CHANGES AND HERITAGE
    The Course is concerned with the conditions and factors with reference to cultural changes. Through cultural heritage, we would like to explore the process of cultural change. It contributes to cultural regional regeneration by discovering and utilizing cultural heritage contents in the community.
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    TEACHING METHODOLOGY OF HISTORY
    This course is designed to explore the business history. Topics include: various theories of business history, business history from ancient age up to the present and the comparative study of corporate cultures.
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    UNESCO AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
    This course explains the UNESCO policy that has led the global trend of cultural heritage conservation and introduces the cultural heritage policy of Korea. By examining the discourse on tangible and intangible cultural heritage, it aims to explore ways to utilize cultural assets as content.
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    FIELDWORK IN ANTHROPOLOGY
    Systemic training in various field techniques, methods of data gathering and data handling, and strategies of analysis of various fieldwork problems.
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    HISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY
    A lecturer explains the cultural process and history of ancient Korea from 3rd to 10th Century by archaeological data.
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    PRACTICE AND APPLICATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE
    Recently, there is an increasing demand to secure regional identity and create new cultural heritage values through archaeological heritage. The importance of understanding archaeological materials well and finding and sharing their utilization value with the public is being emphasized. The purpose of this class is to learn the practice of acquiring and researching archaeological materials based on these social needs and to cultivate the ability to capture the value of use. Therefore, we intend to cultivate customized talents required by society by learning various field practices and methods and applications of archaeological content development necessary for archaeological research.
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    ARCHEOLOGY OF THE TECHNIQUE
    The outline of this subject is to review the changing course of archeological materials such as stoneware, bronze ware, iron ware, earthen ware and a tile in the aspect of technical development. Periodization in archeology depends on the change of tool's material quality as a criterion. That is, the stage of technical development would be the important standard. That is why, in this subject, technical quality and chronical changing aspect of main tools representing each era will be inspected. In the process, making natural mastering the method of the archeological analysis of the tool of all sorts used by people in the past is the final goal of this subject.
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    CULTURE AND INDUSTRY
    This subject aims for training professional human resource in the area of cultural projects. This subject covers cultural policy, cultural marketing and cultural administration especially associated with exhibition of cultural heritage, planning for festivals of traditional culture and performing arts, and storytelling.
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    HISTORY AND CULTURE FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
    1. to search for the job spheres which are directly associated with the majors of Korean History, Eastern History, Western History, Clutural Anthropology and Archaeology and to foster the realistic and practical job mind. 2. to obtain the more professional knowledge through the lectures and teachings in the detailed applied and practical spheres, to help the students to find out the their own appropriated talents and to set up the long-term planning for career development. 3. to teach the basic knowledge in the archive studies, museum studies, methodological studies for creating cultural contents from the specialists and to help students to prepare the official examinations for licences in each field effectively. 4. to provide the opportunities to learn practicalities as an apprentice or intern in the work places and business fields and develop the job potentialities of students with self-confidence.
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    LOCAL CULTURE CAPSTONE DESIGN Ⅰ
    The purpose of this lecture is to develop students' ability as a local curator to collect and utilize various cultural resources in the region in the context of globalization, in which globalization and localization are simultaneously developed. In this process, this lecture will actively encourage the use of new industries such as 3D printing and drones to cultivate archaeological and anthropological abilities suitable for the 4th Industrial Revolution era. The contents of the class are to be conducted field work of various festivals, ceremonies, cultural spaces, and historic sites in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province for the third and fourth graders who have completed major classes, and to practice the idea and planning of cultural contents needed for actual communities based on the field work. By combining anthropological knowledge and field experience, this lecture will discover and diagnose problems in the community, and further nurture talented people with cultural planning capabilities that meet the needs of local people.
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    METHOD & RESEARCH OF HISTORY TEACHING MATERIALS
    Introduction to methods and techniques employed in investigation and reporting educational problems. Suggested for all candidates in education for undergraduate degrees. In addition, this course deals with methodological issues and problems in education.
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    UNDERSTANDING OF MINORITY GROUPS
    The aim of this course is to explore the characteristics of minority groups. It gives students a broad understanding of globalization that emphasize flows of commodities, people and capital with the examinations of ethnic integration and assimilation of ethnic groups in world, We will also talk about diaspora, and hybrid forms of cultures in Korea.
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    KOREAN ARCHAEOLOGY
    This subject is to understand korean prehistoric archaeology as well as korean historic archaeology, studying korean paleolithic, mesolithic, neolithic, bronze age, early iron age, proto-three kingdoms and ancient tombs age on the basis of recent archaeological achievements.
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    URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY
    This course covers comparative studies of contemporary urban society culture and its development.
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    CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD WORK
    This field work, which is conducted as part of industry-academy cooperative education, aims to cultivate students' ability to adapt to the field of work and field application ability of major theory. The contents of the field work are as follows. During the vacation, students in the 3rd and 4th grade who have completed their major courses will be trained in various fields such as companies, research institutes, museums, preservation of cultural heritage, etc. The contents of the field work are evaluated under the supervision of the laboratory company, and the professor regularly visits the field and supervises the project so that the field work can be easily achieved. This field work process is expected to provide students with a vivid understanding of the field and opportunities for employment.
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    EAST ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGY
    An lecturer explains the charateristics and interaction of ancient cultures, which flourished among Korea, China, and Japan by archaeological data.
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    FOLKLORE AND TOURISM
    This course attempt to provide the student with the process of socio-cultural change of the regional society due to the development of tourism, and the strategy for the practical social time through the tourism. It also deal with the taste of folk culture in the modern tourists, the possibility of cultural resources of the folk materials with the folklore theory and field survey.
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    LOCAL CULTURE CAPSTONE DESIGN Ⅱ
    The purpose of this lecture is to develop students' ability as a local curator to collect and utilize various cultural resources in the region in the context of globalization, in which globalization and localization are simultaneously developed. In this process, this lecture will actively encourage the use of new industries such as 3D printing and drones to cultivate archaeological and anthropological abilities suitable for the 4th Industrial Revolution era. The contents of the class are to be conducted field work of various festivals, ceremonies, cultural spaces, and historic sites in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province for the third and fourth graders who have completed major classes, and to practice the idea and planning of cultural contents needed for actual communities based on the field work. By combining anthropological knowledge and field experience, this lecture will discover and diagnose problems in the community, and further nurture talented people with cultural planning capabilities that meet the needs of local people.
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    MUSEUM EXHIBITION PLANNING
    This course explains the ins and outs of practical exhibition planning to nurture competent museum curators. With various cases of exhibition planning, the course provides pragmatic and hands-on resources.
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    PROBLEMS IN MODERN ANTHROPOLOGY
    This course explores the examination of selected problems in general anthropological theory.
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    THE LOGIC AND WRITING OF HISTORY
    "The logic and writing of history" aims to improve the logical and positive capabilities through presentation, discussion and writing. And this class encourages students to deeply understand history, historical theory and history of historiography not to mention to improve the basic abilities for historical logics and historical writing, analyzing and synthesizing the typical research products of debatable events, people and thinking in the historiography.
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    VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY
    The systematic training of students in the gathering and analysis of various cultural data through visual work.
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    CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY AND MATERIAL CULTURE
    Material culture within the history of academic disciplines. This course introduces not only material and ideological conditions of production. but also distinction between human beings and things. Instructor will teach on what the typical forms and represtational practices of material culture.
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    CULTURE AND ENTERPRISE
    The subject of this course will be the culture of industries which have diverse subgroups and subcultures, and the target of this course is to research the relationship between culture and industry by exploring the way of settling problems among groups. Specifically, this course will focus on researches on businesses and industries in terms of anthropology, creation and development of industrial anthropology, culture shock for international companies and its solutions, ways of communication in enterprises, overseas expansion of Korean, American and Japanese enterprises and multinational companies' ways of adapting to different cultures.
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    INTRODUCTION TO CERAMIC ARCHAEOLOGY
    The subject of this lecture is to explain the change of ceramics from the primitive period to the pre-modern age in Korea. The technology and style of them and their historical and cultural background are also explained in relation to the Chinese ceramics, which have affected those of Korea especially from the medieval age.
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    ORAL HISTORY AND LIFE HISTORY
    This course introduces oral history research as a method of recording people’s life histories. Reconstructing history by focusing on individuals’ experiences and lives is another way of recording the history of people in the 20th century.
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    UNDERSTANDING OF CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
    This course will treat cultural landscape as the dynamic product of a complex interaction between human society and natural environment through this course. The goal of this course is to understand the social, cultural, and natural environments are meshed and, become part of the shared symbols and beliefs of members of the groups for students.

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