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Global Collaborative Summer Program offers two to three credit courses depending on the structure of the course. Classes are held from Monday through Friday, and students may earn up to a total of 6 credits during the program. 

Taught by a faculty team of internationally renowned scholars, courses are centered on Humanity, Civilization and Global Governance. 

With the exception of the Korean Language classes, all courses are taught in English. Students may add or drop classes within the first one to three days of the course depending on the total course hour.

* KHU students who are expected to graduate in August 2017 may participate in the program, however, credits earned from the program will not be counted for their graduation assessment due to the designated academic schedule of KHU.

Humanity & Civilization

    Understanding What You Want: Desire and Culture [url]
    3 credit(2017.7.3 ~ 2017.7.21)

    Slavoj Zizek Information
    Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana

    Aaron Schuster Information
    Professor, Chicago University

    Is culture what we do? Or is culture who we are? Since the late 1980s Slavoj Zizek has been lifting the ideological veil on the complex dynamics of popular culture. Culture is everywhere. But what lies beneath the veil? Are we all, as Shakespeare writes famously, “players” on the stage of culture? If so, who is “directing” us? Like inhabitants of The Matrix, do we live without knowing it in a culture dictated by other people's desires—what psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan calls the "desire of the desire of the other"? In other words, are we all acting out someone else's fantasy? How realistic is it to imagine that we could leave our desires behind and live in a fantasy-free world? What would such “reality” be like? Perhaps we already inhabit such a world, and just don't know it yet. Let Slavoj Zizek be your guide, in the company of Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, as we journey together into the sublime unconscious of contemporary popular culture and politics.            

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    How We Became Posthuman: Posthumanism and Film [url]
    3 credit(2017.7.3 ~ 2017.7.21)

    Gregg Lambert Information
    Professor, Syracuse University
    International Scholar, KHU

    ​In this course, we wil explore the question of "the posthuman," which has come to the forefront of popular culture, film, and many academic debates concerning the destination of the human in advanced capitalist and techonological societies. Using the work of Kathryn Hayles and Donna Haraway, as well as psychoanalytic theories of the subject, we will employ popular culture and films to explore this question from the present, moving backward, to trace the orgins of the human-cyborg in earlier cultural expressions that are more ambivalent interpretations of posthumanism. The question that we will ask is why the Posthuman has emerged again in the contemporary cultural moment to represent a future that, in some respects, has already happened-that is, the question of how we actually became Posthuman? Selected filmography will include AI, Ex Machina, the Matrix and Terminator franchises, and Bladerunner. Selected theoretical readings will be distributed in PDF format to the class prior to the viewing of the films.

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    Korean Language Ⅰ,Ⅱ [url]
    3 credit(2017.7.3 ~ 2017.7.21)

    Jung Sup Kim Information
    Professor, KHU

    This class is for students who want to learn and use Korean language. This class is designed not to be instructor-centered, but rather to be student interactive. Thus it is a hands-on class focusing on speaking activities.

    Also, there is substantial use of visual materials and other media pertaining to course content so as to fully engage students cognitive abilities. In the interest of developing both students’ Korean language fluency and language accuracy, there is also thorough inclusion of grammar activities.

    In particular, the course will focus on introducing unique aspects of Korean culture and the modern meanings they have come to take on.

    Level Ⅰ(beginner's level 1): This volume provides a range of language functions and expressions essential to daily living along with their contexts of use.

    Level Ⅲ(intermediate level 1) : This volume furnish requisite topics, functions, expressiones with their context for students and the students can make a conversation consist of familiar topics and everyday conversation.

    ※ Native speakers of Korean are not allowed to take this course.

     There will be a level test prior to the beginning of the program.

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    Korea and Central Europe: Comparative Approach [url]
    3 credit(2017.7.3 ~ 2017.7.21)

    Miriam Löwensteinová Information
    Professor, Charles University in Pargue

    Alex Teak-Gwang Lee Information
    Professor, KHU

    1) Reading Korean Novel: Canon, Topics, Themes​ - Miriam Löwensteinová

    This course discusses the process of the establishing the “new”Korean literary canon during the age of modernity. Itbasically follows the chronological order, stressing the most important phenomena, works and authors of the period since 1910s till the era of globalization. By covering the whole 20th century novel development, the distinctive features like topics and themes will be figured and the relationship with the world literary canon can be more evident. By this lecture, students can easily understand the process of the creation of the Modern Korean Novel from its birth through the stage of the immaturity till the tendency of leaving the “Koreaness”, i.e. the recent state, in which the Korean attributes almost disappear. The stress is given to the ROK literature, but the outline of the DPRK´s trends will be introduced in short.


    2) Czech Literature in Korea: Milan Kundera and Vaclav Havel - Alex Taek-Gwang Lee 

    The course is designed to understand the Korean reception of Czech literature. It has been not widely recognized that Milan Kundera was the key figure of postmodern literature in South Korea during the 90s. Korean readers consumed Kundera as an iconic writer for marking the end of ideology and the surge of liberalism in those days. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, one of his bestsellers, was reproduced a film, carved a deep trace in Korean literature from the 90s. The influence erupted popular culture in the beginning of 21st century as the smash-hit of a Korean soap-opera called The Lovers in Prague. Another was the reception of Vaclav Havel, a president and playwright of Czech Republic. His work was introduced as a visionary text so as to illuminate the history after the end of ideology. The course would shed light on the way in which Czech literature brought about the different ideas in the Korean context and served as ‘a strange body’ from one community to another community.

    Contemporary Korean Narratives in Film and Fiction [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    YoungJun Lee Information
    Professor, KHU

    This course offers a broad cultural examination of Korean narratives in contemporary film and fiction in historical context. We start with some post-democratization period fictions and films in the 1990s and work our way to the very recent works of the “New Women Writers” and the “New Wave Korean Films.” Prerequisites: None. All readings are in English, and films are subtitled.

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    Korean Popular Culture [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Kyung Hyun Kim
    Professor, University of California, Irvine

    What does it mean to be a Korean in the 21st Century?  Is there a particular culture to which the identity of Korea subscribes?  What kind of distinction does Korean culture hold compared to the rest of the world? This course weighs the question of whether or not, beyond all of the casual and incalculable elements of fusion and intercultural exchange, certain grand traits with sufficient constancy justifies an entity of "Korean Culture." The class will examine, via pop culture, cinema, advertisements, literature, sports, and other visual materials, how the globalization pursued by the Korean Wave has redefined the core of Korea's national identity over the past three decades. 

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    Taekwondo: Building Body and Soul - Introduction to Korean Martial Arts [url]
    2 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Yoo Jin Kim Information
    Professor, KHU

    Taekwondo is Korean traditional martial arts as well as the most representative of Korean sports. Today, it has been popularied at more than 200 countries and was first adopted as an official Olympic sport in the year 2000 at the Sydney Summer Olympics. In Taekwondo, only hands and feet are used to attack and defend without any aids of weapons.

    Besides the physical aspects of the sport, it helps developing upright character and stronger mental discipline. In addition, Taekwondo helps building confidence through various techniques including kicking, sparring, self-defense etc.

    This course not only teaches history of Taekwondo, but also provides opportunities to improve physical health, coordination, and balance.

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    Remaking East Asian Cities : Past, Present, and Future [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Hyun Bang Shin
    Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science

    This is an interdisciplinary urban course, aiming to understand the historical trajectories of urbanisation in East Asia. The region has experienced condensed industrialisation led by a growth alliance consisting of strong (often authoritarian) governments and their partners, having produced its unique urbanism that frequently becomes a reference point for other countries in the global South. The course makes use of East Asia as an empirical site to de-centre urban theories born out of the experiences of the West, and to understand, historically and contextually, the rise of cities as sites of accumulation and contestation. A number of urban policies and practices are drawn on for in-depth discussions about themes that range from the political economics of urbanisation, statehood and urban growth politics to gentrification, displacement and the right to the city. By the end of the course, students are expected to gain a critical set of knowledge on some of the key concepts of urban theories and their application to Asian cities, as well as contemporary and future challenges that East Asian cities face in our urbanising world.

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    Culture and Society of Modern East Asia [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Sukhee Lee Information
    Professor, Rutgers University

    History of East Asian countries – China, Korea, and Japan – has been deeply intertwined with one another, whether politically or culturally. It goes without saying that the close connection among the three countries continues today. But each country’s modern fate in the 19th-20th centuries was anything but similar. China, which had long been the center of the East Asian world, had to experience a century long “humiliation” of foreign interventions before it finally became a socialist country; Japan swiftly transformed itself from a loosely united feudal society into a modern industrial nation-state and eventually imperialistic superpower, colonized Korea, and invaded China; and Korea’s road to modernity was informed as well as thwarted by Japanese colonial rule. What accounts for these markedly different paths the three countries walked?
    This course aims to introduce students to the historical backgrounds of modern trajectories of the three East Asian countries. In doing so, we begin by examining the “early modern” period of each country. Besides basic political histories of each country, issues of their social structures, traditional thoughts and beliefs, and indigenous efforts to modernize themselves will be examined as well. While traditional lectures and textbook will remain as the backbone of this course, short stories and films will also be used to enhance students' understanding.

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Peace & Global Governance

    Can the World be Governed?: International Relations in an Age of Disorder (Advanced Level) [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    John Ikenberry Information
    Professor, Princeton University


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    The United Nations and Global Issues : Understanding the Dynamics and Workings of the UN System [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Ramu Damodaran Information
    Professor, United Nations Academic Impact

    Heung-Soon Park
    Professor, Sun Moon University

    The United Nations is the largest comprehensive international organization in human history. Pursuing international peace and security, the betterment of human life and dignity, and the preservation of the planet earth, the UN system has served as a most dynamic and useful multilateral instrument and actor in international society.

    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the role of the United Nations system in global affairs, with a brief review of the concepts, evolution, contribution, and actual activities and workings of the organization. The students can acquire a broad overview about how the UN organizations consist of and works in diverse activities in dealing with various global issues, as well as how the member states and international community work with and in the United Nations system.

    The global issue areas include: i) peace and security, ii) sustainable development, iii) human rights, iv) humanitarian action, (v) civil society relations. The study also deals with the UN policies and behavior of major nations, like the US, China, Japan, Korea and other Asian nations. The course will be effectively covered by both a scholar and a UN official, with lectures, discussions, DVDs, UN web-sites, and other materials.

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    The United Nations and Civil Society: The History of Shared Values; The Opportunities for Shared Futures [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Cyril Ritchie Information
    Professor, CoNGO


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    North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom? : Politics, Economy, and Human Rights [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Buhm-Suk Baek Information
    Professor, KHU

    Myong-Hyun Go Information
    Professor, Asan Institute of Policy Studies

    Youngshik Bong Information
    Professor, Yonsei Univ. Institute for North Korean Studies


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    The Global Arctic: The Rise of Asia and Climate Change [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen Information
    Professor, The Arctic University of Norway

    This course will discuss and analyze the place of the Arctic in globalization. The course will look how environmental globalization (climate change) affects the Arctic and puts the Arctic in the global spotlight attracting much greater attention. The course will look at the place of the Arctic in international systemic transition and political globalization from the Cold War to the current international system marked by struggle over Russia’s place and the rise of China. The global attention to the Arctic in recent years has been driven by economic globalization with the rise of emerging markets in general and the spectacular economic rise of China in particular, which affects global energy and commodity markets profoundly and has made Arctic energy and natural resources interesting among energy and natural resources around the world. The course will look at the Arctic as a new nexus between the Arctic Council states (Canada, Denmark/Faroes/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, USA) and Asia (focusing on China) and the European Union. It will analyze the place of the Arctic as a new political, economic, scientific and transnational nexus between the small Nordic states and rising centers of power as China and the European Union and between a superpower as the USA, a great power as Russia or a middle power as Canada with China and the EU.

    The Politics and Everyday Practice of International Humanitarianism [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Miriam Bradley Information
    Professor, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

    This course offers a challenging introduction to the main debates within the study and practice of humanitarianism, and provides students with a range of conceptual tools for understanding the politics and everyday practice of humanitarianism. We examine the work of UN agencies and international NGOs in response to armed conflict, famine, and natural disasters. We discuss how politics and principles interact to shape the priorities, practice and outcomes of humanitarian response in countries like Haiti, Afghanistan and Syria.

    Does the massive expansion of the humanitarian sector suggest the world is becoming more compassionate and civilized? How do the political interests of donor governments drive humanitarian priorities? Does aid do more harm than good? How does humanitarian aid differ from human rights or development work? Should humanitarian action be political? How does law protect in war? The course will grapple with these, and other, important questions regarding the ethics, law, politics and practice of humanitarianism.

    Each class is divided into two parts. In the first half of the class, we discuss a case study focused on the international response to a particular humanitarian emergency. In the second half of the class, we turn to a more general theme or topic. Wherever possible, the case study humanitarian emergencies have been chosen as particularly pertinent or interesting examples of the issues and debates in the general topic covered in the second half of the class.

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Global CSR & Sustainable Development

    Sustainable Development : The Challenge and the Promise [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Oliver Williams Information
    Professor, University of Notre Dame


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    Economics of Human Behavior: Are We Rational? [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Femida Handy Information
    Professor, University of Pennsylvania


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    Environmental Energy in Northeast Asia : Policy and Technology [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Hyung-na Oh Information
    Professor, KHU

    HyungSeon Oh Information
    Professor, State University of New York

    Environmental Energy in Northeast Asia: Policy and Technology” introduces scientific method in the context of our most critical challenges – societal need for energy and the environment. We will explore present and future energy demands; examine traditional energy sources and systems; and focus on renewable energy sources and new systems.

    The course surveys engineering, economics, and public policy as they relate to energy and sustainability in two parts:

    Part I discusses what energy is; where it comes from; how we make and we use it; and finally in the near future how we make the transition to raise climate ambition.

    Part II provides an introduction to energy systems and renewable energy resources, with a scientific examination of the energy; emphasizes alternate energy sources and their technology and integration to the grids.

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    China's Reform and the Global Economy [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Shaofeng Chen
    Professor, Peking University

    Jaewoo Choo

    The central theme of this course is China’s role in world economy. Specifically, it includes three major types of contents. Firstly, it aims to help international students to understand Chinese economic reform, covering some major issues of Chinese economy, such as the rationale of China’s reform and opening-up, urban-rural divide, SOE reform, financial reform, demographic change, FDI in China, sustainable development, economic growth mode etc.; Secondly, it aims to help international students to understand the global economic structure, institutions and mechanisms where the Chinese economy is sitting; Thirdly, emphasis of this course is the interaction between China and the rest of world in terms of trade, finance, investment, global imbalance, regional integration in Asia, China’s “One Belt and One Road”, as well as China model and its ramifications on the world.

    Meanwhile, it is my strong conviction that to learn China, we cannot simply focus on China. Thus, the course will expand its scope into the outside world or big economic events (such as Japan’s Abeconomics, the “Middle income trap”, South Korea’s experience in SOE reform, the Transpacific Partnership Agreement, China-US Currency Dispute, whether BRICS countries have lost their market lure, etc.) through the form of case studies, trying to develop a comparative angle to see how neighboring countries conduct their economic reforms.

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    Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Futures [url]
    3 credit(7.3~7.21)

    Nemo Kim Information
    Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

    This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability in cities, from the local to the global, particularly issues and debates connected to inclusive development and interrelated issues of equality and justice, health and wellbeing, sharing resources from academic, governance, planning and policy perspectives. The lectures will primarily address urban issues of inclusive development and sustainability with a focus on the Korean capital of Seoul.

    The module will include lecture sessions focusing on topics including:


    • Dimensions of Inclusive development in cities

    • Sustainability and inclusive urban development

    • Inclusivity and right to the city

     Gentrification and its aftermath in the city.

     The creation of a suburb – the birth of Gangnam and its outcome

    • Inclusivity and healthy city

    • Sharing economies and low carbon solutions

    • Approaches to inclusive and sustainable urban futures


    The principal aim of this course module is to provide students with an opportunity for in-depth reading, research, critical reflection and discussion around key themes and debates connected with sustainability and inclusive urban development with a focus on the Korean capital city of Seoul. 

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