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

Driven apiece ideologies of neoliberalism and display capitalism, the higher education in South Korea has currently been conducted and become more and more corporatized under the framework of colonial academic reliance. Under this perspective, we examine the academic dependency and corporatization of, especially, Korean colleges by defining three prominent occurrences: first, the recent attempt by Korean colleges to adopt the American chronicle accreditation structure; second, the annexation of the academies to Chabeol to make universities more aggressive and efficient; and triennial, Korean college procedures 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 hope, speech, and study in lecturers’ and scholars’ native languages. We offer alternate viewpoints and forms for the Korean academic community to renew 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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