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College of Liberal Arts

Department of Philosophy

Introduction

Philosophy has the longest history in all academic subjects. It provides logical analyses of and concepts of various issues of the world and gives the understanding of human being as a whole.

Thus, the logical mode of thought as secondary order, the foundation of knowledge and science, essence of existence, standards of value and behavioral norms, as well as the meaning of history, religion and art are usually studied in philosophy. Society and culture are rapidly being changed and traditional academic fields are being subdivided, which in turn makes us hold to explore the objective and universal truth as secondary order. In this respect, we are in need of studying philosophy, which is the basic subject to enhance logical and critical thinking, as well as to develop desirable views of the world and values for mankind.

Students can train their skills for logical thinking at the Department of Philosophy and they also learn to establish a reasonable and harmonious perspective on life and the world. Graduates from the Department of Philosophy can go to graduate school to become college professors, researchers, and teachers of ethics and philosophy and may also choose various occupations throughout our society such as in culture, religion, politics, education, public service, companies, etc. The special cultural code in modern society called knowledge, information and creativity is providing more and more opportunities for students majoring in philosophy. For example, students majoring in philosophy traditionally used to be active in academics, art, press and publishing, but now the demand for philosophers is growing in all aspects of society including advertisement, planning, foreign affairs, politics, etc.

History

The Yeungnam University Department of Philosophy, which was first established in the southern side of Hangang in 1947, graduated many students that have been active in various parts of society. We have graduated professors who have been teaching philosophy and other subjects at universities around the nation (over 50), principals at secondary schools, educators, poets, theatre writers, ministers and leaders of broadcasting and conventional companies. Both undergraduate and graduate school students are still pursuing academics and research.

This department provides Eastern and Western philosophical traditions and wisdom, which is the greatest intellectual inheritance for mankind, while also studying the various types of modern philosophy, which is crucial for understanding the modern society we live in. We are striving to train students with analytical and comprehensive decision-making abilities that can actively respond to the future society, while establishing a new set of values through this.

Job Fields

The future for the intellectual who are trained upon philosophical reasoning is open in the modern industrial society that requires creative and all-inclusive intellect in fields such as academic and education, press, religion, publishing, public corporations, advertising, as well as in HR and training for private businesses, public services, politics, etc.
Instructor certifications: 12 selected for philosophy courses, Logical writing teacher certification as needs.

Faculty

※ sorted by the position and Korean name

Curriculum

Department Of Philosophy

Curriculum
1-1
CONVERGENCE- AND INTEGRATION-BASED THINKING AND WRITING
The ability of analyzing and solving problems is emphasized as one of the conditions for survival in the 21st century and one of the core elements of creative capabilities. This course was designed to cultivate convergence- and integration-based creative capabilities, which are integrated problem-solving capabilities to collect, analyze and process knowledge and information by reinforcing the ability of analyzing and solving problems, recreate it in a synthetic fashion, and express it effectively through speech and writing. The course will help the students cultivate their synesthesia thinking and communication skills based on sympathy with other human beings, understanding of the community, and positivity or Gongseong that is sought after by Yeungnam University. Its ultimate goals are to promote the students' creative knowledge development and reinforce their writing capabilities consistently through "convergence- and integration-based thinking and writing as a problem-solving approach."
1-1
LOGICAL WRITING AND DEBATES
We will discuss how to write argumentative essays and how to clarify our own philosophical views, and how to use evidence to defend our own views and also how to criticize our opponents' views more effectively.
1-1
PHILOSOPHY IN HISTORY
History has been changed through the times and environments. For this kind of transformations and progresses, our priorities for those are that we should understand and clarify the world where we are. The philosophy is the thing which comes from this process. Self-reflecting abilities of human by philosophy and understandings of the World totally transform many kinds of situations afflicted to them. Also it turns human to be a diving force to change the history. In the human’s history, a variety of philosophies exist and it provides the causes which decide the historic streams. The understanding of the world, the transformation of recognition about truth, the contemplation about God and human, and the definition of human altered the main stream of history.
1-1
PRACTICAL CHINESE(I)
This course is for students just beginning to learn Chinese. The most difficult aspect of learning Chinese is pronunciation. So, first of all, in this course students will learn how to pronounce Chinese correctly. Then, through topics of daily life conversation, students will learn the basic communication skills Chinese as well as basic grammar.
1-1
PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students develop basic English verbal skills in real life situations. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with basic English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to practice speaking English utilizing basic English structures. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-1
SEMINAR FOR ACADEMIC LIFE
1. Summary of the course This course is to assist university freshmen in CRM designing to adapt university life well through the instruction and counselling of supervising professor. (This course is composed of self analysis, personality type test, career research, instruction for the success of university life, career plan and direction setting, CRM designing method and CRM designing. The course should be teaching in classes of the students by supervising professor.) 2. Course objectives This course is to motivate the students before the mid term exam and provide students with self analysis, personality type test (MBTI or TCI) and career research (YAT test). Also, this course shall has a plan to instruct the students to enhance the efficiency of university life through career and time management. In addition, this course is to make a chance for the students to have practical assistance to university life by providing study method, report designing strategy and the information on academic system and various kinds of internal programs of the university. After the mid term exam, the students will be instructed to set the direction of career designing through continuous counselling of supervising professor and the students will be able to establish CRM designing and execution plan.
1-1
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WESTERN PHILOSOPHY
A systemic examination of philosophical problems in ancient and medieval Western philosophy, including pre-Socratic philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophers, and Patristic and Scholastic philosophers. This course will provide solutions to questions of how they have answered philosophical questions and what reasons they have given for their answers.
1-2
ACADEMIC ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students increase their fluency and accuracy in English. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with an opportunity to practice English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to enhance their verbal skills by actively participating in classroom activities. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-2
PHILOSOPHY AS STORYTELLING
The subject deals with philosophical questions and world views raised by philosophy through applying to a variety of practical circumstances which we often face in daily life, rather than approaching it through philosophical issues through formal and difficult jargons. From such process, students themselves can also contemplate and reflect on different kinds of philosophical problems in life. For instance, the following questions can be derived from Oriental and Occidental Philosophies. "What is a happy life?" "True is what I am aware of?" "Cyber itself can have a personality?" "For what do we live a good life?" "What is a nation?" "Imaginary fact can be more realistic than reality?"
1-2
PHILOSOPHY FOR HUMAN RELATIONSHIP
This lecture aimed at gaining a wisdom helpful in social life and communication searching about positions of human relations and cases of philosophical thinkers in East and West. Personal life exist with different personal relations. This is the inevitable aspects of life of humans that live in a society. Therefore the success of a human relationship is important enough to say in success of life. In this lectures, We reflect on the contents of a human relationship. And then investgating an example of a good human relationship - examples in the Chinese classics and the Buddhist scriptures, Examples in the Western classics and modern example of our society and so on - about what is the Good relationship and how they can maintain.
1-2
PRACTICAL CHINESE(II)
This course is for students who successfully completed Practical Chinese(I). Students should be aware of basic Chines grammar and can speak a little Chinese. This course will focus on a little more advanced grammar and expressions. Utilizing a variety of common everyday situations, students will practice what they have learned in Practical Chinese (I)
1-2
HISTORY OF CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
This course deals with the origin and development of Chinese philosophy, such as Pre-ch'in hundred school, Han-T'ang Buddhism, Sung-Ming Neo-Confucianism, Ching philosophy and contemporary Neo-Confucianism.

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