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Instructor:  Professor Kim Eungi

Email:  aekim@korea.ac.kr

   

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the main aspects of contemporary Korean society, including those pertaining to the family, industrialization, gender, aging, labor, population, religion, and political system.  The course will specifically focus on topics and issues that figure prominently in the lives of the Korean people, such as patriarchy, modernization, education frenzy, urbanization, authoritarianism, collectivism, and anti-Americanism.  Each of these issues will be examined through sociological, historical, comparative, and balanced perspectives.  The assigned readings that specifically deal with Korea will be supplemented by a reading from an introductory sociology textbook to enhance the students’ understanding of the workings of society and to help broaden their perspective to appreciate the social institutions of other countries.  Because this is not a lecture course, your participation is extremely important and is a vital part of the course.


Course Objective

The principal objective of this course is to prepare students with the knowledge and analytical tools needed to develop balanced views on Korean society.  Toward this end, students are expected to:

  • understand the key dimensions and principal trends of Korean society;
  • comprehend how class, race-ethnicity, gender, and age relate to social institutions such as the family, education, economy, religion, and politics; think globally, question commonly held beliefs, assess different perspectives used by sociologists, and to use this process to understand the forces that generate change and continuity in Korean society;
  • understand how significant changes in society affect the experiences of diverse groups in Korea;
  • identify the significant social institutions involved in domestic governance and assess their contribution; and
  • understand various social problems facing Korean society, including inequality, sexism, and aging population.
  • understand the key dimensions and principal trends of Korean society;
  • comprehend how class, race-ethnicity, gender, and age relate to social institutions such as the family, education, economy, religion, and politics; think globally, question commonly held beliefs, assess different perspectives used by sociologists, and to use this process to understand the forces that generate change and continuity in Korean society;
  • understand how significant changes in society affect the experiences of diverse groups in Korea;
  • identify the significant social institutions involved in domestic governance and assess their contribution; and
  • understand various social problems facing Korean society, including inequality, sexism, and aging population.

 


Recommended reading

John D. Carl. 2010. Think Sociology. London: Prentice Hall.

Alford, C. Fred. 1999. Think No Evil: Korean Values in the Age of Globalization. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Breen, Michael. 1998. The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies. New York: St. Martin’s. Amsden, Alice. 1989. Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization.

Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kendall, Laurel. 2002. Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Lie, John. 1998. Han Unbound: The Political Economy of South Korea. Stanford:Stanford University Press.

Armstrong, Charles. 2002. Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State.New York: Routledge.

Oh, John Kie-Chiang. 1999. Korean Politics: The Quest for Democratization and  Economic Development. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

 

  

 

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