The purpose of this course is to quickly and efficiently familiarizeinternational students with day-to-day life in the Republic of Korea as theywill directly encounter it. They will get insights both from Koreans and fromnon-Koreans who have spent a significant amount of time living and working inthe country. This will allow them to not only function smoothly during theirstay in South Korea but also gain a basic understanding about why this countryis as it is. It will be essential in providing the smoothest meeting andbranching out point at the intersection of their respective cultures and thatof South Korea.
Fundamental Issues for International Business in Korea
This is a survey course that introduces various issues important to anyonewanting to study or engage in international business in Korea. Some topicsincluded are: contracts, international business law, modern Korean corporatestructures, historical and philosophical influences on modern Korean businessculture, and major international corporations and their current operations inKorea.
Korean Film and Literature
This course introduces students with little or no assumed experience ofKorean literature and film to a selection of 20th and 21st century proseliterature and representative critically acclaimed or popular films of the last20 years. Students who complete this course will have a greater understandingof recurrent concerns in Korean culture, a sense of developing fashions inmodern and contemporary culture, and a framework and vocabulary forinterpreting and discussing these things.
Current Issues in Modern Korean Society
The course will be designed to explore current issues in modern Koreansociety. The course provides students with the opportunity to explore andunderstand the most up-to-date social issues in Korea and what this means forour understanding of these issues in a global scale. Students will gaininsights significantly from attending and participating in class. The coursewill teach students skills which will help them to thrive in an academicenvironment: reading effectively and writing expressively in English on avariety of stimulating topics, organise ideas and express themselves moreeffectively and sophisticatedly in English, think independently and share ideaswith classmates for collaborative reading and writing as well as peer feedback.
Korean Economy: Dynamics and Future
This course is basically designed to disseminate the knowledge on how Koreahas been growing historically since early 1960s until recently. The topicsinclude overview of economic growth in Korea, by dividing the time periods suchas 1950-1961, 1961-1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Asian financial crisis with social andeconomic restructuring afterward, and 21st century. On top of a series ofgovernment driven economic planning, the course will highlight the patternchanges in industrial structure, labor relations, and social impacts. And thecourse will discuss the future trends in the aspects of ICT, industrialrevolution 4.o, etc.
Contemporary Political History of Korea
This course is designed to understand the political issues and historicaldynamics of Korea for the past century. Detailed contents include Japanesecolonial period, Korean War, efforts on industrialization and democratizationin a chronological order with focus on political, social and economic issues.Also the course explores how to achieve peaceful integration in Koreanpeninsula and development of democratic government in Korea which is facing inthe 21 st century.
Korea and International Relations in East Asia
With admirable economic growth, a major power shift in progress,long-standing crises, the second, third, eleventh of the world’s largesteconomies, the rivalry between China and Japan, and the identity clash,Northeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in world economy andpolitics. For example, China, Japan, and Korea comprise 70% of the US tradedeficit. The aim of this course is to introduce and analyze the internationalrelations of Northeast Asia with a focus on China, Japan, and Korea. Thiscourse will examine the dynamics of conflict and cooperation, introducingcompeting explanations for key issues in East Asia’s international relations.
Sociological Perspectives on Modern Korea
This course will focus on a brief history of pre-modern Korea (19C andbefore), the colonial period under Japanese Imperialism, the period of USmilitary rule, the establishment of the Korean government, the Korean War, andthe post-1953 period that experienced rapid transformations in various areas.It aims to introduce modern Korea as an independent entity throughout variouschanges that has affected Asia and the globe and also as a society thatconstantly interacts with the rest of the world.