• Peace & Global Governance
    • Power, Order, and Change in World Affairs (Advanced Level)

      *First and second year students of undergraduate studies are NOT eligible for Advanced Level classes.

    • The United Nations at 70


    • Democratic Governance, the United Nations System, and Civil Society
    • Global Governance and Human Rights in Asia

      Human rights have become a sacred word of the time and have constituted one major part of the globalization. At the same time, human rights NGOs are increasingly becoming regional for a better protection and promotion of human rights issues of common concern in the region, and they actively cooperate with other NGOs across national borders. In this sense, this course will, first, examine the characteristics of human rights NGOs and their evolving role within the existing international and regional human rights mechanisms, and further, in Asia, the way in which they have worked together for better human rights practices in this region. Then, the last half of the course will review North Korea human rights as a case study to understand how international human rights mechanisms have worked for it with the active cooperation of human rights NGOs in the region.
      Overall the purpose of this course is to gain a deepened understanding about human rights issues in Asia, and to facilitate a chance to think about what the future may bring. Simultaneously, this course will question whether the current international human rights system has evolved to formulate practically attainable standards and policies of human rights for all countries and whether it really embraces common values expressed in different ways by different cultures. In addition, continuous efforts will be made to help students to consider human rights as a concrete real-time problem in particular societies in the region.

    • Violence in Age of the Spectacle

      This module will provide students with an introduction into the political problem of violence. Examining the links between violence, identities, communities, and relations of power as they relate to distinct justifications, rationalities, competing claims over resources, changing historical conditions & political fortunes, along with technological developments, students will be provided with a thorough grounding in the key theoretical approaches, along with a platform for considered empirical engagement to highlight the subjective and political stakes.

  • Humanity & Civilization
    • The Doubt on Humanism


    • East Asian Popular Culture

      The course will provide a brief introduction to Eat Asian cultural change by focusing on popular culture. We will consider primarily Japan and South Korea and focus on two genres: movies/television drama and popular music. Although we will consider popular cultural products as objects in their own right, the stress will be on using them as windows into larger society and culture.

    • East Asian Religions and Civilization


    • Cosmos, Life and Civilization


    • Hollywood & Post-human: From Great Gatsby to Interstellar

      From the early days of silent film era when such innovative figures as Georges Méliès drew upon the popular literary works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, literature and film have courted a relationship whose level of intimacy is rivaled by few other art genres. This course traces and analyzes the mutual influence exerted by film and literature taking as its discursive focus such contemporary filmic works as Great Gatsby, Blade Runner, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty among others vis a vis literary texts which provided inspiration for them. The study of the overdetermined, yet each time singular commerce between the two distinct art forms will reveal that creative transcription of the literal into the visual and vice versa involve not only revising the limit and boundary of the two closely related art genres but critically rethinking such critical notions as the end of history and eventalness of event in our late capitalist world.

    • Korean Language I, II

      Promotion of speaking/listening competency and practical writing/reading skills based on various situations and language functions radically divided into 6 levels for student self advancement in the academic as well as survival Korean language purpose.
      -Level I: beginner’s level
      -Level II: Intermediate level

    • Introduction to Cultural ODA

      This course is introduction to Culture and Official Development Assistance (ODA). Cultural heritage is basic human need. However, economists in the past considered that traditional cultures that were being practiced, as they understood, more often a hindrance to modernization, development and economic growth of that particular region. However, over many decades, this view has been replaced by a contrasting view: traditional cultures, in all their richness, variety and creativity, can make an important contribution to development therefore should be treated with respect. Today, cultural development through multitude activities has been at the top of agenda for many nations and it now has become everyone’s business. The course will walk through the importance of culture and its role in sustainable development through exemplary case studies. The course also explores the critical questions such as “Why Cultural ODA now?” and “What needs to be done to support and promote cultural ODA?”

    • Contemporary Korean Cinema: National Identity and Transnational Migration

      This course is an introduction to contemporary South Korean films from the late-1990s to the present. We will study current trends in Korean films, such as the emergence of auteurs and blockbuster formats, their local reception and global recognition, the question of “Korean-ness,” and national identity, and the re-imaginings of nationalism in the global context. We will cover such issues as national trauma, political ideology, familial ties, gender relations, the modernization process, national identity, cultural specificity, and intersections of the national and the transnational. Students will examine narrative and documentary films with the aim to question the role of the nation in national cinema: What constitutes the “Korean-ness” in Korean films? How can we discuss the cultural specificity of Korean films? What kinds of political, social, cultural, and industrial influences affect the Korean film industry? What are the forces behind the recent “renaissance” of Korean cinema, and what films are representative of this “New Korean Cinema”? What kinds of debates and discussions are generated by this sudden rejuvenation of the Korean film industry? The course will begin by trying to define and question concepts of the nation, national identity, and national cinema, while also questioning their validity and significance in a global and transnational context. We will also examine how Korean cinema attempts to negotiate demands for globalization and localization.

  • Global CSR & Sustainable Development
    • Sustainable Development: The Challenge and the Promise

      Take one look at the smog that hangs over the former Olympic city Beijing and it becomes abundantly clear–globalization and economic expansion come at a price. Resource depletion, worker exploitation, pollution and corruption–this is the dark underbelly of globalization that has raised alarm bells around the world. Thankfully, more and more individuals and organizations are waking up to the social, environmental and ethical costs of a global marketplace and are making a sound business case for a new era of moral capitalism. Leading the way in this regard is the United Nations with its groundbreaking Global Compact initiative. Launched in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) as of January 2015 had more than 11,000 participants–including 8,000 businesses and 3,000 non-business participants in 140 countries around the world–making it the largest voluntary corporate social responsibility project. The course will explore the meaning of sustainable development and discuss how it might be realized through the UNGC and leaders of our public and private institutions. Outside speakers from the leading companies will come to the class to discuss their work in sustainable development.

    • From MDGs to SDG: Underlying Concepts


    • Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship in Nonprofit Organizations (Advanced Level)

      *First and second year students of undergraduate studies are NOT eligible for Advanced Level classes.
      This course will discuss an interesting phenomenon in the world of nonprofit (nongovernmental) organizations. NGOs are expected to work and care in areas the government is neglecting and for-profit companies are finding not profitable. As such, one would expect these NGOs to be innovative and adaptive. In reality, most NGOs are not innovative. In this course, we will discuss some interesting topics such as: What is innovation? What is nonprofit innovation? How does it happen? Who is behind NGO innovations? Are social innovations associated with social entrepreneurs? The course is relevant to students interested in the NGO sector, to those interested in organizational change, and to those who are interested in management and leadership.
      In addition to a few conceptual presentations by the class instructor and their follow-up discussions, the course will focus on cases of innovative NGOs or innovation in NGOs. The material for the course is based on a book that the instructor is editing. As such, it will be based on the most current knowledge in the field.
      Students will participate in discussions, will present a case of NGO innovation, and will be asked to write a final paper on any NGO that they know or have read about that has applied innovation.

    • Economics of Human Behavior: Are We Rational?

      Our course will take as a starting point that an economic perspective offers a very good insight into a wide range of human behavior both market and nonmarket behavior. These insights provide us ways in which to understand not only how market institutions work but how individuals behave: For example : whether they choose to marry or not, pursue advanced university degrees or not, whether they recycle or not, whether they discriminate or not, commit a crime or not, accept lower wages, donate money, whether they seek out plastic surgery or not, to vote in elections or not, etc. While not all decisions are purely rationale, some insights into e the costs and benefits of different actions will allow us to gain insights into social, economic and political behavior in our daily lives.

      As a society we choose many different ways to organize different aspects of our lives. The institutions and organizations we choose to provide us with the necessities and comforts of life range from the fundamental institutions of family and religious organizations, to firms in the capitalistic market and democratically elected governments. We respond to this environment in unique ways: we marry, we worship, we buy and sell goods and services, and we vote. The primary goal of this course is an examination of the various aspects of human behavior in the context of organizational and institutional life from an economic perspective.
      We start the course with an examination of how micro economists view the world and examine their favorite toolkit. We discuss concepts such as: efficiency, opportunity cost, marginal analysis, externalities, incentives, free-riding, rent-seeking, and transaction costs. These concepts are fundamental in an economic perspective and they will be presented using every day examples.

      Before concluding the course we will look at several topics including but not limited to: Human capital and investment in education (Should you invest in an Ivy League school education?); Law and enforcement (When is it profitable to break the law?); Bribes and gifts (Quid pro quo?); Economics of information (Used cars and the market for ‘lemons’; Why we discriminate against minorities?); Property rights and externalities (The tragedy of the commons; Should we have smoke free environments?); and Free riding (Should I vote in the next election? Should I volunteer to clean-up? Should I donate money?).

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