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Integration of the Department of Sociology and of Joint major of Social Welfare Cancelled
   
Students of the Department of Sociology opened a press conference regarding the integration of their department and of the Department of Joint major or Social Welfare in front of the Main Hall. 
                                                                          /Photography by Lee Min-jeong  
 
   At 7:15 P.M. October 8th, a meeting regarding the cancellation of major integration of the Department of Sociology and Joint major of Social Welfare took place at room B253 of Manhae Hall. The meeting was established to go over the steps of the integration and look for better plans to prevent similar events that will happen later on. The school decided to cancel the integration.
   This whole event started in September 8th when Academic Affairs requested gathered opinions about major integration from professors and students of  the Department of Sociology. Then on September 25th, Academic Affairs Vice President and two other professors from the Department of Sociology independently sent a document regarding the integration to the College of Social Science.
As a result, on October 1st, students and other professors gathered their opposing opinions on a document and sent it to the College of Social Science. On October 2nd, students started a protest and held a press conference regarding the issue. 
   Four days later on October 6th, the school cancelled the integration after the meeting between representatives of the school and the students. Lastly on October 8th Student Council Meeting was held to organize and discuss about the whole event.
   At the Student Council Meeting, one of the participant said, “We need to talk about errors and mistakes that occurred in the process of integration. The integration is cancelled this time, but it could happen in anytime soon. So, we need to focus on how to make this process better and transparent. By doing so, we do not need to repeat our mistakes over and over again.”
   Naturally, main question of the meeting became “Why did this event progress without enough discussions and debates with students and professors.” Professors, students, the Alumni Union of Sociology major gathered their opinions hoping that their effort would make difference.
   Cho Dong-ki, a professor of the Department of Sociology, said, “While we were gathering opinions from the professors, students and the Alumni Union, the document of three professors was sent without any notification and we were not able to do anything about it.”
   The meeting lasted for about two to three hours of fierce debate about the event.

Khang Seok-jun  seokjun29@dongguk.edu

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