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To educate students in the principal theories of cultural anthropology to understand culture in the age of globalization and the information network society

- Moving beyond a nationalism- and industry-focused paradigm by teaching anthropological theories for analyzing globalized society in the information age.

To educate students in the methodologies of cultural anthropology to build a grounded understanding of culture

- Teach qualitative research methods and digital documentation and connect students to internships

To nurture creativity to design alternative cultures

- Producing cultural experts in policy making, management, law, welfare, health, journalism, cultural industry, environment, NGOs

Principles and Methods of Cultural Anthropology
  • Understanding the perspectives and methods of Cultural Anthropology
  • Comprehending main sub-fields of Cultural Anthropology
  • Teaching Courses: Ethnography, History of Cultural Anthropology, Fieldwork Methodology, Religion and Culture, Historical Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Reading Ethnography, Contemporary Theories in Cultural Anthropology
Asian Studies
  • Comparing Asian modernities from an anthropological perspective
  • Understanding contemporary China as it undergoes drastic cultural changes
  • Comprehending Southeast Asian society and culture in a comparative scope and the development of the ASEAN community
  • Courses: The Defamiliarization of Korean Culture, East Asian Studies, Japanese Cultural Studies, Society and Culture of Contemporary China, Society and Culture of Southeast Asia, Area Studies, Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective
Migration and Cultural Diversity
  • Examining global mobility including migration, immigration, and study abroad
  • Understanding the diversity of Korean society from a multicultural and global viewpoint
  • Exploring the adaptation and integration of forced migrants including refugees
  • Courses: Globalization and Migration, Cultural Anthropology in a Global Era, Globalization and Multiculturalism, Nationality and Ethnicity, Identities in the Contemporary Society, Symbols and Rituals
Gender Studies
  • Understanding various sociocultural phenomena in the process of the deconstruction of modern industrial society deeply associated with the conventional notion of gender differences
  • Suggesting social agendas to promote gender equality
  • Courses: Family and Culture, Gender and Culture, Anthropology of the Body
Popular Culture
  • Analyzing the processes of the production and consumption of popular culture
  • Understanding cultural imagination promoted by transnational popular culture including the "Korean Wave"
  • Courses: Popular Culture and the Cultural Industry, Anthropology and the Visual Media, Cultural Design Practice (Internship)
Cultural Ecology
  • Exploring culturally and ecologically sustainable development
  • Reviewing relations between culture and environment from a critical stance
  • Courses: Culture and Environment, Ecological Anthropology
Poverty and Development
  • Understanding the experiences of poverty in various contexts of gender, generation, environment, and area located under the current of global migration and neoliberalism
  • Reviewing the various practices of poverty eradication and exploring alternative ways
  • Courses: Anthropology of Poverty, Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective, Political Anthropology
Applied Anthropology
  • Exploring practical measures to engage in contemporary social problems
  • Designing alternative life and culture through internship programs
  • Producing cultural experts in policy-making, management, law, welfare, health, journalism, cultural industry, environment, education and NGOs
  • Courses: Education and Culture, Cultural Design in the Network Age, Special Topics in Anthropology, Culture and Tourism, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Anthropology of Law, Structure of Care and Intimacy in the Contemporary Society, Cultural Conflicts and Global Governance

※ The Department of Cultural Anthropology at Yonsei University and the Haja Center (an alternative vocational education center for teenagers operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government) signed an MOU on August 21, 2014 and have provided the students of the department with vocational training and internship opportunities.