KOREA UNIVETSITY Department of Sociology

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Overview

Beginning of Sociology

Korea University’s Department of Sociology was established in 1963. Considering that sociology as a modern social science has its basis in the turbulence of the French Revolution, the establishment of the Korea University Department of Sociology foreshadowed the full-fledged intervention of sociology in building the social order of Korea’s modern industrial society as it transitioned forward from the upheavals of the 4.19 revolution and 5.16 military coup. In 1967, four years after its establishment, master’s and doctoral programs in the graduate school were created, preparing the system that would foster the next generation of academics within the department.

Beginning of Sociology

Educational Objectives of Sociology

Sociology is a discipline that analyzes human lifestyles and societies, examines social interaction, and investigates social structure and dynamics to discover alternatives for a better future society.

The educational objectives of the Department of Sociology are for students to develop the intellectual capacity and insight requisite to comprehensively, objectively understand diverse social phenomena and problems, enhance their methodological competence and skills to scientifically investigate and analyze social phenomena, and foster character and competence to contribute to social development by actively participating in diverse areas of social life.

Based on the above, the educational objectives of the Korea University Department of Sociology can be outlined as follows.

Four Educational Objectives of the Korea University Department of Sociology


Vision

Promote areas of strength within the Korea University Department of Sociology

Development Strategies

  • Globalize the research and social activities of its faculty, students, and the department
  • Create a triangular network with East Asian universities and host academic conferences for East Asian sociology research
  • Build networks with departments of sociology in major Asia-Pacific universities
  • Expand its global network with departments of sociology in major universities in the USA, Canada, and Europe
development strategies


Promote areas of strength within the Korea University Department of Sociology

  • Diversify courses offered in both undergraduate and graduate programs and maintain their currency with the latest academic trends and research
  • Develop tracks for Department of Sociology graduate students and provide academic and professional roadmaps
  • Shift from individual guidance by an advisor to group guidance by academic committees
  • Improve and develop lecture methods and support expenses for field study and guest lecturer invitations
  • Increase scholarship opportunities (plan underway for best thesis award)
  • Expand opportunities for graduate student participation in faculty research projects
  • Support conferences and workshops run by graduate students and necessary expenses when students present at major sociology conferences


Promotion of Regionalized Characterization of Research Areas

Promote areas of strength within the Korea University Department of Sociology

Substantiality of Curriculum and Study Course

  • Diversify courses offered in undergraduate and graduate programs and maintain their currency with the latest academic trends and research
  • Develop tracks for Department of Sociology graduate students and provide academic and professional roadmaps
  • Shift from individual guidance by an advisor to group guidance by academic committees
  • Improve and develop lecture methods and support expenses for field study and guest lecturer invitations
substantiality of curriculum and study course


Expansion of Support for Research Activities of Graduate Students

  • Increase scholarship opportunities (plan underway for best thesis award)
  • Expand opportunities for graduate student participation in faculty research projects
  • Support conferences and workshops run by graduate students and necessary expenses when students present at major sociology conferences