Examination of Korean language in social and cultural contexts from sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological points of view. Focus on construction of cultural identities, social order and interpersonal relationships through everyday language use. Honorifics and language ideology, language and gender, regional and social variations, language contact and language policy in contemporary Korea. Sociolinguistics literature introducing conceptual frameworks and empirical research on specifics of language in use and synchronic and diachronic variations. Readings and class conducted in English. Prerequisite: Familiarity with Korean or basics of Linguistics. One course.