Field Trips Anywhere
Field Trips Anywhere

culture and society 2008/ syllabus

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Professor Cho Hae-Joang, John Lie
Office: Widang-gwan 503
Phone: 2123-2425
Office hours: W 7, 8, TH 7
e-mail :,

Course number: SOC 3311-01
Classroom: Yoenhi-gwan 027
Class time: T (5) 6, 7, TH 5(6)
* ( ) classes taught by Professor John Lee only in June

Spring 2008

This course is for juniors and seniors in social sciences and humanities. It is intended to develop your sensitivity and intellectual capacity to comprehend the present modern world in its complexity and rapid transformation. We will be discussing such key concepts as globalization, modernity, coloniality, neo-liberalism, cultural diversity and human adaptation, by carefully looking at individual desires and anxieties in everyday lives.

Course Objectives:

The fundamental questions in this course include: How much longer can humanity, with a 500,000-year-old history, dominate the earth? And who, among the human groups, will dominate others? Through the rapid development of science and technology, modern humans have been able to exercise greater personal freedom and become 'global citizens.' At the same time, they cannot hide their sense of fear and anxiety as the world becomes pervaded by discourses of unlimited competition, war, and ecological crisis. It appears as if the era of industrialization, urbanization, and nation--state, with the discovery of "the world" by the West, is coming to an end. Where do we locate family, ethnicity, and nation, along with "tradition," at this point in history? How about the globe, globalization, and cyborgs, values, ethics, and creativity? This course aims to analyze the rapidly globalizing topography of contemporary culture and link it to everyday life, with a special focus on the phenomenon of 'English Fever.' We will start the class with our own stories of learning foreign languages (English or Korean) and move onto analyzing the public discourses of government and media as well as the flourishing market of English education enterprises. Through developing alternative ways to learn English and learn about the world and humanity, we also hope to come up with alternative visions of modernization and globalization.

Key words: Globalization of Finance and Arms, Risk Society, Neo-liberalism, Casino Capitalism, Market Fundamentalism, Distinction, Colonial Modernity, Post-modernism, Late-modern, Space and Time, Inter-subjectivity, Reflectivity

Course characteristics: Experimental, Bilingual and Joint Teaching course

Bilingual class: Even though this is an English class, I hope students who speak both Korean and English take this class. The class will be conducted mostly in English, using English texts, but some Korean texts and films will also be used. You need not be fluent in both languages as I expect you to improve during the course. However, I recommend students who comprehend both languages to take this class.

A jointly taught course: Prof. Cho Hae-joang of Yonsei U and Prof. John Lie of UC Berkeley will be teaching the course together. The first part of this experimental pedagogy class will be taught by Prof. Cho. Rather than lectures, Prof. Cho will use diverse media and texts to teach the class. Students will engage in collaborative knowledge production through team projects and various forms of storytelling on her/his own life. Students are required to participate actively in the classroom and utilize the online discussion space. It is hoped that the classroom will be an ideal communication space, that is, a learning community of its own.

Ph. D. candidates who are doing fieldwork in South Korea with similar themes will be invited to participate in intellectual discussions in the classroom. The results of this class will be edited into a book for a wider sharing of knowledge.

The second part of this class will be taught by Prof. Lie from the International and Area Studies at UC, Berkeley. He will teach for 5 days from June 4th. It will be an intensive 3 weeks of learning for the students.

Mid-term/ Final (20%)
Individual writing (20%)
Activation of offline and online class discussion (30%)
Team project (30%)

Texts required:

David Graddol
1997, 2000 The Future of English, the British Council.
Harvey, David,
2005 A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford U Press.
Thomas Fridman,
2002 Lexus and Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization.

Please Teach Me English (영어 완전 정복)
Mysterious English Country (신비한 영어나라) Directed by Park Jin-pyo
The Mission/1492/The Descendants of the Wolf/
Babel/The Blood Diamond/The Lord of the War/Crash/
Sopyonje/the Host

Other readings:
Arjun Appadurai,
1996 Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimension of Globalization, University of Minnesota
Ueno Chizuko, and H Cho
200l [Talking at the Edge] Saengak ui Namu.
Hans-Peter Martin, Harald Schumann,
1997. [Globalization Trap], Young-rim Cardinal Publisher.
Ulrich Beck,
2000 [What is Globalization], Gu-rum Pub.
Robert Reich
2002 The Future of Success: Working and Living in the New Economy
David Crystal,
1998. English as a Global Language, Cambridge U Press.
? H Cho 2002, “Sopyonje: Its Cultural and Historical Meaning”
? 1998 "Constructing and Deconstructing Koreanness”
? 2004 "Beyond the FIFA`s World Cup"
? 2005 "Reading the Korean Pop Wave As a Sign of a Global Shift"
? 2006 " Internet, Youth and Temporary Autonomous Zone"


3/3- 1.Introduction
1) Why English Class? English, Globlish, Mono/Bi/Multiligual
Translation and Communication
Cultural Relativism, Cultural Diversity and Organization of Diversity

2) Society and Culture:
System vs Life world
Formal Institution vs Informal Culture
Instrumental Rationality vs Communicative Rationality
Music Note vs Actual Performance
Value and Method

3) Structure of Learning of this class:
Studying/schooling vs Learning
Active Learning/Learning Community/Creative Commons
Local Knowledge Production
Making a Learning Community- introducing oneself
? Assignment: Introducing oneself through one’s history of learning English/Korean

4) Making a Learning Community
- Reflecting Learning, Schooling and Family Life
- Making a Team for Research Projects under the Themes of English Education and "Going Global"
Film: Park Jin Pyo’s ,
* Reading: H Cho, 1995, "Children in the Examination War.”
1996 “Male Dominance and Mother Power”

2. Modernity and Globalization
1) “English Fever” in South Korea
*Assignment : short essay on the public discourse of the new president’s policy on English Education

2) The Birth of Modern Man, the Birth of Modern Man
Film : (1492>
? Appadurai 1996,
? David Crystal, David Graddol

3) Two Faces of Globalization and Post Modernism
The Collapse of Modern World and Time/Space
Guest Speaker : Alice Kim (UC Berkeley)
? Reading: Thomas Friedman and David Harvey

3) Globalization and Migrant Workers
Who and What are English Teachers?
Guest Speaker: Cho, Song Pae (U of Illinois)

4) Making a ‘Native Speaker’: Managing Mothers in Neo-liberal World.
Guest speaker : Park So ?Jin (Yonsei U)
*Presenting Research Proposals- eg: What is Globish?, Comparative Study of English Fever in East Asia, Alternative ways of Learning English, English Proficiency, Gender and Class, etc.

5) How Much English Do We Need in Working Global Companies?
Guest Speark : Kee, Min Soo (Senior Account Director, Cheil Worldwide)
*reading : H Cho (2000) "You Are Entrapped in an Imaginary Well"

4/21 Midterm

3. Globalization, Modernity and Alternative Modernity
1) Making Sense of the Messiness: Global Imaginaries in Contemporary South Korea
Yoon S. Choi (UC Irvine)

5/5 Thinking Alternative Ways for Globalization : A Case
2) An Experiment of Haja Global School: A Case of ‘English Camps’
Guest Speaker : Uhm Kiho (Yonsei U)
? Film :

5/12, 19, 24
3) Team Project Presentation by Students:
"English with/without Us."
What to do with English? With South Korea? With the World?

6/2. Beginning of Tuesday and Thursday Lectures by John Lie (5 Hours)
1) Globalization and University

2) Globalization of the Higher Education Market

3) Other Globalization Issues