General Non-major Courses

General Non-major Courses

American History and Culture

United States History allows students to examine the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the United States from the Revolutionary period through the 20th Century. Students will demonstrate knowledge of: the events that helped to create the nation (1754-1816) ; the forming of the Young Republic (1816-1850) the crisis of the Union and Reconstruction period (1848-1877) the birth of modern America (1865-1900) imperialism, progressivism, and World War I (1890-1919) the crisis of American capitalism (1919-1940) World War II, Cold War, & American Dreams (1931-1960) Conflicting American Dreams (1950s-1990s) the US at the turn of the Century (1968- present).

Banking and Investment Practice

This is a basic investment course in the investment banking/fund management area associated with the capital market system. The various situations or activities will be discussed in an integrated framework to provide insight into the role and scope of investment banking in the real cutting-edge environment. The components and functions inspire students to become competent investment bankers/fund managers for not just the Korean capital markets, but the entire Northeast Asia region or even the global markets.

Modern Korean History

In this course the teacher, an American with 43 years of Korean experience, will use written materials—primary and secondary—and personal reminiscences to describe and analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural changes and developments that occurred in South Korea between the 1960s and the end of the 20th century. After briefly describing the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910, especially its last decades) and the Japanese colonial period (1910 to 1945), the course will deal with the Syngman Rhee era (1945 to 1960) as the setting for the 1960 Student Revolution and Park Chung Hee’s 1961 coup d’etat. It was from the Park period that the teacher’s experience began and from which the participant-observation based part of the course will begin, but always buttressed by readings. During this period the Republic of Korea began to develop from an extremely poor nation (annual per capita income of $270) into what it is today, a democracy with the 11th largest economy in the world. Unfortunately, from the lecturer’s point of view, at the beginning the government became ever more authoritarian and dictatorial. The course will focus on individual cases (Kim Dae Jung, Kim Young Sam, Kim Chi Ha, and many others) of those who became symbols of the Park, Chun Doo Hwan, and Noh Taewoo’s governments’ dictatorial rule and violations of human rights. In addition to the lecturer’s personal experiences, the lectures will be based on international human rights organizations’ reports, reminiscences of the individuals being described, US Department of State annual human rights reports, etc. The course will also deal with constitutional amendments (especially Yushin), the judicial system, the role of the legal profession, the labor movement, and many other important aspects of society. The Kwangju Uprising, and the 1987 Popular Uprising, the two most important incidents in the democratization process, will also be covered in detail. The lecturer always believed that South Korea would develop into a prosperous democracy and the point of the course is to explain how this came about. The course will also deal briefly, on the basis of personal visits and readings, with North Korea—actual conditions in North Korea, how fear of the North was used as part of the dictatorial governments in the South, and, if time permits, with the emergence recently of the North Korean nuclear threat. The course will help Korean students understand how their country is viewed by a concerned and sympathetic American and help students from other countries understand Korea better.

Presentation Skills

This intensive participation course trains students in communication skills, language knowledge and presentation practice. You will learn the key elements of professional presentations including features of an effective presentation, making a good introduction, ways of organizing a presentation, advantages of speaking verses reading, making a well designed and well presented visual aid, the importance of body language, making an effective ending to a presentation, how to effectively handle questions and how to evaluate the effectiveness of a presentation. You will be introduced to the cultural differences in business, government and academic presentations.

Understanding Global Affairs

At the beginning of the 21st Century, we live in exciting, but dangerous times. The local effects the global and vice versa. In this course we explore some of the trends and patterns of geopolitics, international business, environmental trauma, and cross-cultural pollination that are changing the world we live in. Current globalization issues, with analysis and evaluation of problems and possible solutions, are addressed through news articles and class discussions. Major players such as governments, international agencies, NGOs, corporations, and the media are also examined.

Understanding Globalization

This course focuses its analysis on globalization as a multifaceted phenomenon with political, economic, technological, social, cultural and environmental dimensions. Globalization has brought fundamental changes to our lives by making the world smaller and more interdependent. This course will explore the different meanings and theoretical interpretations of globalization; the importance and impact of globalization on the role of states, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-national corporations. We will also investigate the role of globalization in the transformation of national sovereignty; the extent and limitations of liberal democracy; changes in international trade relations and the international institutions that govern them. In addition we will examine look at how globalization effects social, cultural, and environmental developments.

Understanding International Business

The main purpose of the course is to introduce the students into the field of research in international business. Although the distinction between international business and international economics is far from clear-cut, international business here means theoretical or empirical studies aimed at analyzing behavior or management problems at the firm level, rather than macro-related aspects. Students are provided with an opportunity to examine the changing nature of industry and international economic intercourse, and to assess how these changes affect the nature of the managerial challenges those companies conducting business across national boundaries. Topics include global corporate strategy, organizational and human resource issues inside the multinational firm, international marketing and technology transfer, and foreign investment and market entry strategies.

Understanding World History

This course serves as an introduction to political, social, and economic developments in world history from approximately 1450 to the present. We will pay particular attention to the emergence of modern states, nationalism, and global conflict.

Understanding International Law

The world is evermore inter-dependent; states and other subjects of international law do not live in isolation. In other words, irrespective of economic, political, social, cultural, or religious systems, states and other subjects cannot operate within their domestic realm completely free of external constraints. This course will explain the role of international law in today’s world.

World Business Culture

This course will provide student with an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of world business. Course will cover the development of world business; theories and methods of international trade; financing mechanism and terms used in export documentation and export finance; the effects of economics, political and cultural environment on world business and trade; impact of geography in business transactions; legal aspects of international business; and developing an effective international marketing strategy.