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1. Curriculum for Each Department

Academic Number Course Title Grades(Time) Remarks
SOCI 205 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION THEORY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 225 SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND CHANGE IN KOREAN SOCIETY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 233 SOCIAL ORGANIZATION 3(3) First semester
SOCI 236 SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 238 SOCIOLOGY OF WOMEN 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 240 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 242 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 251 SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 252 RURAL SOCIOLOGY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 255 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 262 SOCIOLOGY OF INFORMATION 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 264 SOCIOLOGY OF WELFARE 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 273 UNDERSTANDING OF NORTH KOREAN SOCIETY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 291 SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION 3(3) Every
SOCI 292 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGY 3(3) Every
SOCI 293 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 3(3) Every
SOCI 294 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHOD 3(3) Every
SOCI 295 SOCIAL STATISTICS 3(3) Every
SOCI 297 CITY AND SOCIETY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 299 POPULAR CULTURE 3(3) First semester
SOCI 315 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT 3(3) First semester
SOCI 343 COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 347 KOREAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 348 COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 352 SOCIOLOGY OF LIFE COURSE 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 355 PRACTICING SOCIAL RESEARCH 3(3) First semester
SOCI 358 WORK, OCCUPATION AND SOCIETY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 360 SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 361 VISUAL SOCIOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 362 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 363 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS 3(3) First semester
SOCI 365 SOCIOLOGY OF LABOR 3(3) First semester
SOCI 373 SOCIAL CHANGE 3(3) First semester
SOCI 375 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 379 THEORY OF SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING 3(3) First semester
SOCI 380 TEACHING MATERIALS AND TEACHING METHODS OF SOCIAL STUDIES 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 381 LOGIC OF SOCIAL STUDY EDUCATION AND ESSAY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 398 GENDER AND SOCIETY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 446 CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 464 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 465 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 466 CRIMINOLOGY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 467 ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 468 SOCIOLOGY OF ELDERLY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 471 HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 480 SOCIAL MOVEMENT ORGANIZATION 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 481 BODY AND SEXUALITY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 482 SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBAL SOCIETY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 485 UNEMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY 3(3)  
SOCI 486 ORGANIZATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTS 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 490 FOOD AND SOCIETY 3(3) Second semester
SOCI 493 INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 494 SOCIAL PROBLEM AND SOCIAL POLICY 3(3) First semester
SOCI 495 COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY OF WELFARE STATES 3(3) First semester
SOCI 497 POVERTY AND POVERTY POLICY 3(3) First semester


2. Courses and Syllabuses

SOCI 205 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION THEORY [3]
Exposition of class theories, elite theories, middle-class theories, social stratification, social structure, and methodology for determining social stratification.
SOCI 225 SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND CHANGE IN KOREAN SOCIETY [3]
This course examines Korean culture, family, class, religion, education, economy, political culture, civil society and civil movements, and social changes.
SOCI 233 SOCIAL ORGANIZATION [3]
Sociological treatment of the basic principles related to structure and functioning in social organization.
SOCI 236 SOCIOLOGY OF FAMILY [3]
An investigation into the family in terms of its size, composition, pattern, values, clan organization, role, and power structure.
SOCI 240 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY [3]
The process of socialization will be examined, including the relationship between social organization and personality, as well as a psychological analysis of social change.
SOCI 242 SOCIAL PROBLEMS [3]
Study of theories of deviant behavior and social problems, and a discussion of the causes and solutions to major social problems in contemporary society.
SOCI 251 SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY [3]
Study of the relationship between humans and society from ancient to modern times, from a comparative historical perspective.
SOCI 252 RURAL SOCIOLOGY [3]
An examination of human relations in rural life in terms of community, clan group, rural family, rural stratification, power structure, rural change, and interest groups.
SOCI 255 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY [3]
Examines interaction between society and environment. Issues such as population and resources, economic development and the environment, energy, and the environment are discussed.
SOCI 262 SOCIOLOGY OF INFORMATION [3]
A review of various theoretical appraisals of the information society and how the development of information technology affects daily life and social relationship.
SOCI 264 SOCIOLOGY OF WELFARE [3]
Examines the sociological meaning of welfare policies and their relationship to social organizations.
SOCI 273 UNDERSTANDING OF NORTH KOREAN SOCIETY [3]
Examination of the historical and structural characteristics of North Korea, from a sociological perspective.
SOCI 291 SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION [3]
This class has as its main purpose to introduce the fundamental concepts, theories, perspectives, methodologies, and major findings of sociology so as to develop a sociological imagination. Once you complete this course, you will have the basic tools you will need to understand and analyze the social world.
SOCI 292 HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGY [3]
This course reviews the historical development and change of sociological theories covering classical theories as well as modern theories.
SOCI 293 CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY [3]
Discussion of sociological theories, including structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interaction.
SOCI 294 SOCIAL RESEARCH METHOD [3]
The principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods are discussed.
SOCI 295 SOCIAL STATISTICS [3]
Basic quantitative research methods used to analyze empirical data are discussed. Issues such as sampling, reliability of estimates, correlation, regression analysis, and variance analysis are dealt with.
SOCI 297 CITY AND SOCIETY [3]
This course provides an introduction to urban society and the classical foundation of urban sociology. The course discusses spatial and social organization of cities, theories of urbanism, urban growth, and urban problems, paying particular attention to the social and structural characteristics of cities. Through readings, lectures, discussions, documentary films, exams, and research projects, you will acquire a deeper understanding of the urban society in which you live.
SOCI 299 POPULAR CULTURE [3]
This course provides an introduction to critical issues and approaches in the study of popular culture with sociological perspectives. It is not based on cultural studies, but cultural sociology to stress the social and the economic backgrounds as the base of popular culture. For this purpose, the concepts and theories of traditional as well as modern sociology, such as ideology, power, and cultural capital will be explored. In addition, we will explore the ways in which each of us accepts popular culture. This course will use your own expertise as consumers of popular culture. In addition, the main task of this course will be to refine further your ability to read, evaluate, and synthesize materials from theories of cultural sociology. Throughout, students will have opportunities to explore and evaluate ideas from class via independent social research.
SOCI 315 SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT [3]
This course seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of theories of development and explore practical approaches to current issues of development in contemporary world society.
SOCI 343 COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY [3]
Covers various methods to compare different societies and culture in order to improve our understanding of human beings.
SOCI 347 KOREAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE [3]
The goal of this course is to enhance our understanding of Korean society and culture by employing sociological perspectives. The lectures are organized around the question of how development has affected Korean society, culture, and people.
SOCI 348 COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR [3]
A review of the theories and methods of collective behavior including crowd, rumor, fashion, and social movements.
SOCI 352 SOCIOLOGY OF LIFE COURSE [3]
Examine how people encounter similar or different experiences according to their placements in the life courses. Intrinsic characteristics of the life-course perspective will also be introduced.
SOCI 355 PRACTICING SOCIAL RESEARCH [3]
Students learn how to carry out research using techniques such as the questionnaire, sampling, the interview, data analysis, and reporting survey results.
SOCI 358 WORK, OCCUPATION, AND SOCIETY [3]
This course covers sociology of work, occupations, and issues related with career mobility, and work-life balance.
SOCI 360 SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGIES [3]
Sociological analysis of the relationship between society and science, the effects science and technology have on society, and social change more generally.
SOCI 361 VISUAL SOCIOLOGY [3]
Sociological understanding of social phenomena based on analysis of film.
SOCI 362 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION [3]
Function of religion in society, religions and social variation, interrelations between religion and social structure. Also, economic development.
SOCI 363 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS [3]
Introduces students to participant and non-participant observation methods to enhance their knowledge of culture and society. Actual research by students is emphasized.
SOCI 365 SOCIOLOGY OF LABOR [3]
Examines theoretical and practical issues involved in the labor process, labor relations, and labor power in modern society.
SOCI 373 SOCIAL CHANGE [3]
Review of theories of social change formulated before the nineteenth century and an interpretation of their place in the present century from various perspectives.
SOCI 375 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE [3]
Examine social construction of health and illness through sociological perspectives. Social determinants of health and the role of the power in medical system will also be introduced.
SOCI 379 THEORY OF SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING [3]
This course examines the theoretical backgrounds and objects of social studies teaching. It also covers a analysis of a new curriculum of social studies.
SOCI 380 TEACHING MATERIALS AND TEACHING METHODS OF SOCIAL STUDIES [3]
This course offers an introduction to the analysis of teaching materials and teaching methods of social studies. Especially, it provides opportunity to make outlines of teaching outlines and to practice teaching methods.
SOCI 381 LOGIC OF SOCIAL STUDY EDUCATION AND ESSAY [3]
This course is an introduction to the logic of inquiry in the social studies and essay writing based on its logic. By logic of inquiry we refer to the way that social scientific theories are brought into relation with evidence.
SOCI 398 GENDER AND SOCIETY [3]
Review of important theoretical texts on gender and gender inequality, as well as an examination of institutional solutions for furthering the status of women.
SOCI 446 CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY [3]
A review of various theoretical appraisals of the culture and cultural change.
SOCI 464 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW [3]
Broad discussion on the nature of formal sanctions, legal administrations, and their social effects.
SOCI 465 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY [3]
Examines how social actors attempt to change their relationships with their social surroundings. Includes topics such as government, the workplace, democracy, social movements, and political processes from a sociological perspective.
SOCI 466 CRIMINOLOGY [3]
Deals with the definition and measurement of crime, theories of treatment and control, correction methods, and the administration of justice.
SOCI 467 ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY [3]
The course explores the core issues in economics from a sociological perspective. Includes how instrumental economic action in embedded in the general relationship between economic and social action.
SOCI 468 SOCIOLOGY OF ELDERLY [3]
Discussion on the aging of populations in contemporary society and the process of re-socialization and social adaptation of the aged. Comparison of aging and the role of elderly people in various societies, age grading, age-norm, and the life cycle.
SOCI 471 HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY [3]
Historical comparative examination of the changes and structures of world order, including states, regions, and various social organizations.
SOCI 480 SOCIAL MOVEMENT ORGANIZATION [3]
A review of social movement organizations by examining their organizational structure, characteristics, and changes from a sociological perspective.
SOCI 481 BODY AND SEXUALITY [3]
The course examines the relationship between the body and society. The changes in the sociological importance of the body are discussed. Furthermore, the socio-cultural contexts in which importance and meanings of the body are escalated in our everyday lives are discussed. Finally, social construction of gendered body and its distinguishing effects are analyzed.
SOCI 482 SOCIOLOGY OF THE GLOBAL SOCIETY [3]
This course plans to figure out the new social phenomena in the age of globalization and discuss the global issues today. One of the main goals in this course is to encourage the road toword the professionals in the area studies.
SOCI 485 UNEMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY [3]
The purpose of this course is to increase the understanding about theories and practices of unemployment and employment policy. This course stresses the social and political context of the unemployment as social problem. Firstly, it discusses the theories on the labor market and the employment policy. Especially not only economic aspects but also social and psychological impacts of the unemployment are considered. Secondly, it discusses the changes of the labor market and labor market policy in developed countries from the perspective of an international comparison. The building and development of various employment regimes is explained. Thirdly, it explores the characteristics and problems of the labor market in Korea. Fourthly, it critically explores the institutions and their implementations of the employment policy in Korea from the aspect of the employment regime. It also discusses about the political alternatives for the employment policy in Korea. Fifthly, the unemployment problems of special groups such as women, young adults, and elderly are discussed.
SOCI 486 ORGANIZATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTS [3]
The main purpose of this course is to explore the major themes in macro-organizational theories that describe the interface between formal organizations and their various environments. In doing so, the course provides students with conceptual tools to understand and analyze current issues and problems arising from our experiences with organizations.
SOCI 490 FOOD AND SOCIETY [3]
The aim of the course is to analyze structure and dynamics of food in social contexts that includes production, consumption, and distribution.
SOCI 493 INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY [3]
Many countries of the world are becoming multi-racial, ethnic, and cultural societies as results of globalization and international migration. Previous ideologies like nationalism based on ethnic and cultural homogeneity are no longer able to integrate hyper-pluralistic societies. Multiculturalism is an alternative social ideology and policy that recognizes cultural diversity and aims to achieve social cohesion among diverse ethnic and cultural groups. The goals of this course are first, to introduce main concepts and theories of international migration and multiculturalism, second, to review empirical cases of both Western and Asian countries, and third, to examine current situations of multiculturalism in South Korea and to seek a Korean model of immigration and multiculturalism. Main topics include international migration, theories and situations of multiculturalism, multicultural perceptions and acceptivity, conditions of multicultural minority groups, multicultural education, and immigration and multiculturalism policy.
SOCI 494 SOCIAL PROBLEM AND SOCIAL POLICY [3]
This course examines main concepts and theories of social problems. The construction and trends of the social problems such as inequality, labor problems, and elderly problems of counties has to be brought in the systematic comparision. Furthermore, this course explores concrete social policies for social problems.
SOCI 495 COMPARATIVE SOCIOLOGY OF WELFARE STATES [3]
The course discusses development of social policy in developed as well as developing countries from the comparative perspective. The aim is not only to understand the varying ways in which nations have addressed social issues, but also the social and political forces that shape these responses.
SOCI 497 POVERTY AND POVERTY POLICY [3]
The purpose of this course is to increase the understanding about theories of poverty and poverty policy. First, it introduces the theories for measuring extent and courses of the poverty. Second, it discusses the changes of the poverty and poverty in developed countries from the perspective of an international comparison. Third, it explores the structure of the poverty focused on problem groups such as children, elderly, and minorities in Korea. Fourth, it discusses the features of trends of the poverty in Korea. Furthermore, it critically explores the institutions and their implementations of the poverty policy in Korea.