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Center for Theology

The Center of Theology under the umbrella of Hanshin Academy aims to serve to the church of Jesus Christ and realize the gospel in the world, including Korean society, through theological studies. To this end, the Center maintains four research departments: church and theology, peace, minjung education and Christian education.
The Church and Theology Department serves as a mediator between the church as a site for missionary work and theology as an academic discipline, and also engages in research activities in order to enrich Korean theology through communication with the global field. The Peace Department seeks out techniques for conflict resolution and peace settlement from the perspective of theology, as well as studies troubled regions of the world, including our own divided Korea. The Minjung Education Department strives to understand the reality of minjung (grassroots culture) in Korea and around the world and employs an educational approach to solving the issues they confront. The Christian Education Department aims for the development and specialization of church education and conducts research to develop specifically-tailored educational materials. Our Center has been actively providing traveling classes at churches and hosting faculty seminars and colloquiums, as well as publishing the magazine Theological Research.

Center for Humanities

The Center for Humanities was launched on September 1, 1999 with an aim to conduct humanities research in a more academic and in-depth manner, meaning as a discipline that raises fundamental questions regarding the life of human beings, history and the world in general and then seeks out answers. It also strives to contribute to Korean academia and our global knowledge-based society by maximizing the capability of the humanities at Hanshin.
In order to achieve its goals in a systematic fashion, our Center emphasizes four major research areas: Korean history and literature, language and culture, philosophy, and religion and culture. In the field of Korean history and culture, researchers with an interest in history conduct studies addressing human history in general, but centering on Korean history and culture. Researchers focusing on language and culture have gathered to explore critical subjects relevant to a range of foreign languages and cultures, as well as Korean language and culture. The field of philosophical research focuses on study designed to broaden and intensify both the fundamental questions and the humanities overall, centered on essential, philosophical issues in the field. In the area of religion and culture, world religions and their accompanying cultural phenomena are mainly addressed as a subject of research. In particular, both philosophy and religion and culture inherit in a more progressive manner the tradition of the former philosophical studies, religion and culture institutes restructured as part of the process of refining the research institutes at Hanshin in order to elevate even further the existing performance and achievement.
To meet this objective, 40 full-time professors from the University remain actively at work in each research field as a principal researcher. During each semester, a presentation is hosted on a regular monthly basis that is open to both the faculty members and students. A free forum, a kind of professional meeting, is organized where professors gather to discuss a particular subject or issue as the occasion demands. In addition, systematic support is proved to small research groups. Comprehensive symposia are held to include several presentations, comments and discussions under the theme of interdisciplinary research. Hanshin Journal of Humanities was published through its 6th issue and the publication of Journal of Religion and Culture is ongoing.

Center for Social Science

The Center for Social Science under Hanshin Academy has contributed to the theoretical development of social science through joint, interdisciplinary research between different branches of the field, and further labors to offer analysis and alternatives to the social issues of today. Our Center has range of departments under its management, including the politics and economy department, social welfare department, international area department, management and advertisement department, and social development and research department.
In general, the individualization of disciplines is intensifying and interdisciplinary boundaries are expanding. Social science is no exception to this trend. However, it is now becoming clear that the results of an individual approach taken by each discipline within social science are limited in their ability to expose the complexities and totality of social phenomena as a whole. Our Center aims for joint, interdisciplinary research between branches of social science, thus providing a contribution to the development of social science theory and furthermore presenting both an analysis of and alternatives to the social programs of today. In addition, in order to help create a more progressive and democratic society, we have directed our attention to sharing our research results by hosting lectures, seminars, colloquiums, and symposium in an active manner. Our journal, Hanshin Social Science Review, was produced through the 4th issue and the publication of books by our researchers is also supported at the center level.

Academy for Information Science

As the need is growing in today’s world for study on the theory and application of the information science that serves as the foundation for modern technology, the Academy for Information Science under Hanshin Academy was established for the purpose of making a contribution to the academic and practical development of information science by conducting research on the theory, development and application of the discipline. Our Academy has been hosting seminars by inviting professionals both from within and outside of the University in order to introduce to our researchers cutting-edge technologies and case studies in the information and communication sector and the fundamental and natural sciences, thus realizing their application in the academic field in a swifter manner through rapid information exchanges. Our researchers are enthusiastically engaged in a variety of actives, such as study presentations, hosting lectures by invited experts in diverse areas and exchanges of information. To this end, we include several departments: basic science, computer science, information technology and sports science.

Fields of Study

Basic science Research on fundamental theories in pure mathematics, information-related applied mathematics and information statistics
Computer science Research on basic technology and information processing related to informatization
Information technology Research on the development, establishment, and management of information systems that provide information technology and prior study results necessary to the industrial field and other sectors
Sports science Research on the promotion of rehabilitation and physical strength through scientific analysis of human movement focused on the elderly, children and the disabled, as well as experiment results derived in a rational manner