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Comparative Culture (Interdisciplinary)

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This interdisciplinary course, 'Comparative Culture', is run in connection with language-related departments and the humanities. Our goal is to cultivate specialists with creativity and pragmatism to actively deal with the globalized and complex cultural era.


This course started in 1999 as a collaboration with liberal arts subjects with the Korean Language and Literature at the center through a  master program, and was given permission to open a Ph.D. program in 2002, and undergraduate program in 2004.


In this course, we have endeavoured to lead an interdisciplinary approach to research on a variety of issues that encompass philosophy and modern/ premodern thought, literature, history, art, and music, across regional or language barriers. We place importance on students having the freedom to conduct research based on their individual interests, relying on their own intelligence and intuition without being limited to preconceived approaches in existing academic frameworks.


We are looking forward to welcoming local and global students who may be seeking to go beyond the existing methodologies of disciplines, who may be proficient in multiple languages and academic concerns.

Students who take all course and pass the general examination could be granted a master’s degree of comparative culture or could obtain a doctorate in cross culture.


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    : #31725, 7th floor of toegye hall of humanities
  • Address
    :25-2, Sungkyunkwan-Ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
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Department in Detail
1. Educational Objectives

- In the current era where diverse cultures cross each other and cultural boundaries become blurred, this major pursues a vision of integrated humanities education with international and academic qualities that go beyond merely comparing regional cultures. After completion of the course, students will be able to work as cultural experts in the internationalization and multi-cultural era. It can also act as a cultural mediator to intercede high culture to the public.


- The consciousness of the highest level of comparative culture-related major designed based on 7 key words such as Ecology / Multiculturalism / Intercultural Communication / Cultural Philosophy / Cultural Contents Development / Gender / Minority Culture


2. Courses and Curriculums
Category Core Major General Major

Students aiming

for Learning

A View of Culture, Comparative Understanding of Aesthetics, Cultural perception of Gender and Love, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary arts, Understanding of the Modern Culture

Study of image culture, Understanding of World Myths and modern culture, Reading literatures of the minors, Film theory and criticism, Criticism of Modern Culture, Literature and Gender, Women Writers and Poets, French aesthetics, History of German Culture, The Thought and the Culture of Ancient Korea, Philosophical Anthropology

Students aiming

for Professional Jobs

A View of Culture, Understanding of Cross-culture and Comparative Literature, Understanding of the Modern Culture, Planning & Creative Writing the Video Content, Modernity ․ Glocal cultural community ․ Hallyu

Study of korean pop culture, Study of image culture, Media and modern culture, Film theory and criticism, Criticism of Modern Culture, Public narratives, English Literature and Media Art, Planning & Creative Writing the Broadcast Content, Philosophy of Culture


3. Specialty in Major

   Comparative Culture

   ▶ Students will learn various perspectives on culture and deepen their understanding of cultural conditions in each country; focusing on major theoretical and practical issues, and establish a framework for thinking about comparative culture. Also, the course aims to develop topic setting and issue development ability of comparative culture, through the dual task of thinking about culture in relation to other literary, economic, political and social practices.


   Comparative Literature

  • -Reviewing the subjects and areas of comparative literature
  • -Focusing on the basic concepts of comparative literature
  • -A historical review of the theory of comparative literary approaches
  • -Methodologically reviewing and analyzing problems raised
Why Choose Us?
1. Reputation

Graduates can act as cultural professionals needed in the age of the internationalization and multi-cultural society. Also, they can act as cultural mediators (culture mediator) to promote cultural exchange between countries and to present high culture to the public.

2. Special Activities

- Comparative Culture-Literature Collaborative Colloquium -

The Collaborative Colloquium hosted by Departments of Comparative Culture and Comparative Literature in Seoul

☞ Date: Every year during the fall semester.

☞ Participant Target: Students of Department of Comparative Culture and Comparative Literature in Seoul

☞ Program Description: Students and professors of Department of Comparative Culture and Comparative Literature in Seoul debate about considerable issues related to politics, economics, social and cultural events.


   - Linking Comparative Culture Research Institute with Comparative Culture department -

     ☞   3 times a year opening of academic conferences in Korea and abroad :

5 domestic conferences and 4 international conferences on topics such as East Asian culture and ideology / East Asian classics / Western acceptance of Western literature

3. Support for Students

  - Collaborative colloquium hosted by Departments of Comparative Culture and Comparative Literature in Seoul

  - Lectures from cultural celebrities and special lectures on comparative cultures
  - Vitalization of academic network and support on future careers from laboratories in school with relative organizations such

     as Korea Culture and Tourism Institute