Since its establishment in 1976, the Department of Sociology at Sungkyunkwan has nurtured a unique intellectual tradition and created outstanding educational programs. With this combination, the department has made substantial contributions to the Korean sociology and the higher education. The major fields of departmental concentration include but not limited to social survey, research methods, stratification, organizational/economic sociology, industrial/occupational sociology, human rights, and gerontology. Sungkyunkwan’s Sociology Department has long employed an empirical-positivistic approach to the discipline with faculty and students engaged in central social issues of our time.

Faculty Research

Who Thinks and Behaves According to Human Rights?: Evidence from the Korean National Human Rights Survey NEW
-Jeong-Woo Koo, Byeong-Eun Cheong and Francisco O. Ramirez, KOREA OBSERVER, Vol. 46, No. 1, Spring 2015, pp. 53-87.
The sociology of human rights has focused on the worldwide diffu- sion of human rights and analyzed the factors associated with this global social change and its impacts on nation-states. Yet, the way a world of human rights affects individuals has largely remained understudied. In an effort to fill in this gap, this article analyzes a comprehensive dataset compiled from a unique national human rights survey conducted in South Korea in 2011. We first differentiate the underlying structure of individual orientations toward human rights, thereby identifying three dimensions we call knowledge, endorsement, and engagement. Read More
Working Overtime in East Asia: Convergence or Divergence? NEW
-Tsai, M. C., N. Michio, S. W. Kim, & W. D. Wang.(2015, Journal of Contemporary Asia)
Working long hours has been a routinized part of life in East Asia. The different patterns of overtime across this region are understudied, however. This study represents a first systematic attempt to anatomize overtime and its determinants in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China by testing hypotheses that specify the distinctive influences of employment status and job contracts on work hours. Read More
Labor Market Performance of Economically Active Korean College Graduates Population
-유홍준, 정태인, 전은주. 한국 대졸 경제활동인구의 노동시장 성과, 한국인구학 제37권 제2호(2014년), pp. 49-69.
This study analyze the differences between successful job seekers and unsuccessful ones in Korean college-graduates labor market. The labor market outcomes as dependent variables of this study are measured by employees’ income level and their satisfaction to job and income. The independent variables are individual characteristics, readiness for work, and job search methods. Read More
Religious Affiliation, Religious Service Attendance, and Mortality.
-Kim, Jibum, Tom W. Smith, and Jeong-han Kang. “Religious Affiliation, Religious Service Attendance, and Mortality.” Journal of religion and health(2014): 1-21.
Very few studies have examined the effects of both religious affiliation and religiosity on mortality at the same time, and studies employing multiple dimensions of religiosity other than religious attendance are rare. Using the newly created General Social Survey-National Death Index data, our report contributes to the religion and mortality literature by examining religious affiliation and religiosity at the same time. Read More

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