How to Survive in between Colonialism and Corporatism: A Critical Case Analysis of South Korean Academia

Driven for one ideologies of neoliberalism and display capitalism, the higher education in South Korea has currently been conducted and become more and more corporatized under the circumstances of colonial academic reliance. Under this perspective, we review the academic dependency and corporatization of, especially, Korean colleges by locating three prominent occurrences: first, the recent attempt by Korean colleges to adopt the American chronicle accreditation arrangement; second, the annexation of the academies to Chabeol to make universities more ambitious and efficient; and after second, Korean college tactics for expanding English-mediated courses in their syllabuses. The theoretical foundation of this paper is the criticism of neo-expansionist doctrine, neo-liberalism, and the detracting theories. The certain purposes of higher education, which shouldn’t have in mind solely apiece logic of competition and controlled achievement, are belittled by these changes, according to our debate, which makes ruling class illegal and have a negative affect the atmospheres of higher education and academia in Korea. Additionally, these modifications disregard the freedom of thinking, speech, and study in lecturers’ and pupils’ native languages. We offer alternate viewpoints and means for the Korean academic community to return to their own academic autonomy and independence.

Author(s) Details:

Hyu-Yong Park,
Jeonbuk National University, South Korea.

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Keywords: Colonialism, corporatism, journal accreditation system, English-mediated courses

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