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SOC611 Sociology of the Family

This course reviews the theoretical position of the sociology of family, changes in social and family systems (such as aging society, information society, changes in the economic system of the post-industrial society, etc), the relationship between social structure variables (such as class, gender, race/ethnicity), and points at issue associated with families and individuals.

SOC612 Study on Aging Society

South Korea is rapidly becoming an aging society. This course analyzes relevant factors in this process and explores the biological, psychological, and social theories associated with aging. The course also reviews subjects such as senior citizens’ economic status, health, relationship with others, housing, participation in social activities, mortality, etc.

SOC620 Tourism and Modern Society

In modern times, tourism has become part of people’s everyday lives. This course takes a social science-based, critical approach to tourism, analyzing it in depth from various perspectives to derive a theoretical framework. The course encourages students to explore cultural industries related to tourism and come up with more desirable alternatives.

SOC627 Social Contexts of Advertising

Advertising is an important tool that displays the characteristics of the capitalistic society in which goods are an important part of the economy and cultural elements become goods. This course explores the social significance of ads, sheds light on the cultural codes exploited in advertising that comprise part of the essence of society, and examines the production mechanisms of advertising.

SOC613 Special Topics in Gerontology

This is a course for students who want to delve more deeply into specific subjects in gerontology, e.g. senior citizens’ health, relationship with others, housing, participation in social activities, and welfare facilities.

SOC614 Aging Problems and Policies

This course examines the social and economic problems caused by a rapidly aging society and low birth rate, along with the expected effects of government policies adopted in 2006 to cope with the situation. Students are encouraged to come up with new policy alternatives.

SOC608 Study on Multicultural Society

Collisions between different cultures are a common phenomenon in modern society amid the frequent movements of capital and labor forces across national borders. People from underdeveloped countries are constantly moving to more industrialized countries. As a result, many countries, including South Korea, have become multicultural societies. This course reviews social problems that occur in multiracial or multicultural societies and helps students enhance their ability to find reasonable solutions to such problems.

SOC621 Mass Media in Modern Society

The lives of modern people are closely associated with mass media. This course introduces students to issues related to mass media in the areas of film, TV, radio, popular novels, and the Internet, with a focus on the social, political, economic, cognitive, and esthetic functions of mass media and its relationship with people.

SOC622 Popular Culture

This course reviews pop culture phenomena as a collective representation of cultural codes, and examines theoretical and experiential perspectives concerning systems of social meaning and trends of social change. The course aims to enhance students’ ability for critical analysis of pop culture, which is part of the core value system of post-modern society. Some of the subjects covered include. the significance of pop culture, post modernism and pop culture, and specific pop culture elements found in different media forms (i.e. TV, radio, press media, publishing, film, music), etc.

SOC623 Industrial Aspects of Culture

This course explores industrial phenomena as a modern expression of pop culture, interpreting the relationship between the value system that supports pop culture and the capitalistic economy from a market perspective. The course also helps students deepen their understanding of culture and offers an opportunity to explore the possibilities and limitations of culture as market phenomena. Some of the subjects covered include creativity and social context, the contents, production and consumption of materials used for expression, culture industries in a digital society, globalization and culture industries, and culture industries and the market.

SOC629 Cultural Studies and Cultural Theories

Cultural studies is a discipline studying matters related to critical theories, politico-economics, communication, sociology, social theory, media theory and film theory. Students explore the significance of culture in modern society, the social and political functions of culture and the relationship between the two functions, the symbolic and esthetic aspects of culture, and the mechanism of signification. Students are also encouraged to review the German tradition of critical theories, as well as the structuralist/post-structuralist cultural theories of France, the British tradition of cultural studies, politico-economic approaches to media and culture, feminism, post-colonialism, ideology, identity, social classes, sexuality, etc.

SOC624 Cultural Policy

This course deepens students’ understanding of the public nature of culture and the significance and role of cultural policy. Students are also encouraged to explore the possibility of enhancing cultural rights through cultural policy, along with the possibility of bolstering the public nature of culture at the frontlines of cultural industries. Students study cases of cultural policies adopted by major countries and develop their ability to establish cultural policy agenda and develop solutions to points at issue.

SOC606 Seminar in Future Studies

This course aims to develop students’ ability to predict the future of society through the application of the theoretical, logical and methodological frameworks that make such predictions possible. Students study diverse methodological techniques that can be applied to the process of understanding current trends and predicting future ones.

SOC605 Social Problems and Social Survey

This course examines attitudes and cases of consciousness surveys on social issues in the areas of labor, leisure, education, medical service, living environment, crime, inequality, discrimination, etc and issues related to life cycle, including problems affecting young people and senior citizens. Students are required to design their own consciousness surveys.

SOC609 Seminar in Social Change and Future Society

This course offers a glimpse at the process of change in society and its direction along with theoretical views on relevant mechanisms at work. Students compare leading futurists’ predictions of the future of society and make their own in-depth predictions on the dynamism and future of local society.

SOC601 Seminar in Social Theory

This course analyzes major theories that have attracted the attention of academic circles in the process of the development of sociology with a view to understanding the essence, contents and role of sociology.

SOC631 Special Topics in Sociology I

This course offers an introduction to and review of special research subjects not dealt with in existing curricula.

SOC632 Special Topics in Sociology II

This course offers an introduction to and review of special research subjects not dealt with in existing curricula inamorein-depthmannerthanSpecialTopicsinSociologyI.

SOC633 Special Seminar in Sociology I

This course deals with special research subjects.

SOC634 Special Seminar in Sociology II

This course deals with special research subjects.

SOC635 Special Seminar in Sociology III

This course deals with special research subjects.

SOC636 Special Seminar in Sociology IV

This course deals with special research subjects.

SOC610 Sociological Social Psychology
  1. 1. Major theories dealt with in this course include self and symbolic interaction theory, theories of phenomenological sociology, exchange theory, cognitive theory, and theories on social structure and human nature.

  2. 2. Individuals and interaction
    1) Self and identity, 2) Attitude and behavior, 3) Sentiment and society, 4) Language and society

  3. 3. Relationships and small groups
    1) Social network and exchange, 2) Power and social structure, 3) Conflict and negotiation, 4) Justice and equity, 5) Social dilemma

  4. 4. Social structure and process
    1) Gender, 2) Life process, 3) Stratification and inter-stratum mobility, 4) Work and occupations, 5) Health and quality of life, 6) Comparative culture
SOC607 Quality of Life
  • This course covers the following:
    - Theoretical positions on quality of life and well-being (socio-psychological approach, culture-anthropological approach,
    social structural approach)
  • - Concepts of and measurement methods for quality of life

  • Major factors of quality of life
    - Individual/behavioral factors (attitude, custom, life cycle, etc)
    - Social factors (aging, economic and vocational system, work/leisure)
    - Cultural factors (comparative culture-based approach)

  • Relationship between individual social position and quality of life (class, gender, race/ethnicity)
    - Quality of life and major social systems (medical system, education system, informatization)
    - Studies on cases of policies designed to enhance quality of life
SOC628 Leisure and Modern Society

This course examines the importance of culture and leisure through analysis of social science theories on leisure, discussion on changes in the significance and role of leisure in Western countries and Korea, exploration of leisure psychology theories and “dark leisure” (i.e. alcohol addiction, prostitution, etc), and analysis of the leisure trends of minority groups (including women).

SOC602 Research Methods

This course reviews the scientific and philosophical background of social phenomena and the logical background of research development. Students are encouraged to explore the types of materials required to carry out research. Other subjects dealt with in this course include the process of questionnaire-based collection and analysis of materials, interview techniques, content analysis, case study approaches, and organizational analysis.

SOC625 Seminar in Visual Sociology

This course examines the interrelationships between modern society and images created by visual media, such as photography, film, video, TV, etc, and reviews the sociological significance of visual media, whose influence continues to grow.

SOC626 Seminar in Sociology of Art

This course helps students enhance their understanding of society through a review of the significance, social function and dynamism of culture and an exploration of images in works of art. In addition, students explore how art has changed under historical and social structural conditions and the ways it has influenced people’s way of living.

SOC615 Population Research

Urban population is a primary factor to consider in the formulation of urban policy. This course reviews techniques used to determine the status of urban population by age group, gender, and region and the significance of such findings, and offers opportunities for discussions on related policies in the areas of housing, land, transportation, and welfare among others.

SOC616 Gender and Society

This course introduces feminist theories and methodologies, reviews gender-related issues in modern society, and explores practical methods that can be used for the establishment of gender equality.

SOC603 Advanced Statistics I

This course introduces basic statistical concepts to help students develop their abilities for demonstrative analysis of data and learn the process of applying statistical methodologies. The subject matter covered includes significance in data presentation, probability and random variables, probability distribution, sample distribution, estimation, and testing.

SOC604 Advanced Statistics II

This course introduces detailed statistical analysis techniques, discusses methods of correct application, and develops students’ abilities for real analysis. In detail, this course deals with representation and testing of relationships between qualitative variables, regression analysis, variance analysis, factor analysis, time series analysis, and statistical analysis of incomplete data.

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