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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 2018 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

    What Makes Us Today: Capitalism, Desire, and Culture [url]

    Jason Barker Information
    Professor, KHU

    Slavoj Zizek Information
    Senior Researcher, University of Ljubljana
    Eminent Scholar, KHU

    ​This course will explore the basics of critical thinking and writing by introducing students to capitalism and its relationship to culture and politics. What is capitalism? We will address this over-simplistic question by engaging with the theories of Karl Marx and Jacques Lacan, and using examples from cinema and literature. Students will work through the basic concepts of critical theory and learn how to apply their knowledge to critical and creative writing.  

    Posthumanism in Contemporary Popular Culture and Film [url]

    Gregg Lambert Information
    Professor, Syracuse University
    International Scholar, KHU

    In this course, we will explore the question of "the posthuman," which has come to the forefront of popular culture and many academic disciplines around the destination of the human in advanced capitalist and technological societies globally. The question that we will ask is why the post human has emerged in the contemporary cultural moment to represent a future that, in some respects, has already happened--the question of how we actually (already) became post human?

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    Korean Language Ⅰ,Ⅱ [url]

    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.

    Beginner's level 1, 2: This volume provides a range of language functions and expressions essential to daily living along with their contexts of use.

    Intermediate level 1 : This volume furnishes requisite topics, functions, expressions with their context for students and the students can make a conversation consist of familiar topics and everyday conversation.

    ※ The registration is not available for Korean native speakers. There will be a level test prior to the program. 

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    Understanding What You Want: Desire and Culture [url]

    Aaron Schuster Information
    Fellow, Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY Buffalo

    Is culture what we do? Or is culture who we are? 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 the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan calls 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 these desires implanted by culture 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.

    In this three week course we will journey together into the sublime unconscious of contemporary culture and politics. The course will provide an introduction to such concepts as the ego, superego, and id; pleasure and enjoyment; desire and drive; fantasy and reality; sexuality and repression; identity and alienation; language and the body; society and the individual; and the psychopathologies of everyday life.

    Course materials will consist in films and television, popular culture, literature (short stories), artworks, and theoretical essays. We will also make one or more trips to see exhibitions in the city, depending on what is showing in Seoul at the time (for example, in 2017 we had a guided visit of the Noh Suntag exhibition at Artsonje Center).​

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    Love, Marriage, and Family in Korean Literature and Film [url]

    Yoon Sun Yang Information
    Professor, Boston University

    This course examines a broad range of Korean literary and cinematic texts focusing on three intertwined themes: love, marriage, and family. Viewing these not simply as universal human experiences but also as ever-changing cultural institutions, this course will ask what roles Korean literary and cinematic texts have played in reproducing socially sanctioned modes of intimacy and at the same time in challenging and redefining them. How have Korean love stories changed from the time when marriage was in principle a family matter, presided over by the authority of the patriarchy, to the time when the mutual feeling of love has become a precondition of marriage? To what extent have Korean writers reworked modern European notions of love and home since the early twentieth centuries? How have Korean literature and film challenged heteronormative intimacy and family?

    All readings and discussion are in English; No previous knowledge of Korean is required.

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    Global Korean Popular Culture [url]

    Sarah Keith Information
    Professor, Macquarie University

    Over the last fifteen years, Hallyu — the Korean wave — has spread across Asia and, increasingly, the West.  From Winter Sonata to BTS, Korean cultural contents have become increasingly visible in global mediascapes. Significant academic attention has been devoted to explaining and theorising the reasons for this global interest in Korean popular culture, as well as its future. How did Korean popular culture become a global phenomenon? What exactly do non-Korean fans find attractive about Korean popular culture? For how long will Hallyu continue, and what are its opportunities and threats?

    This course explores the development and socio-cultural aspects of Korean popular culture both domestically and globally, and aims to develop students’ understanding of transnational and transcultural aspects of Korean popular culture. We will explore various pop culture and content industries, ranging from K-pop, film, television, and webtoons, to Korean food, fashion and beauty. This course will investigate the economic and strategic factors underlying the growth of Korea’s cultural contents industries, and their spread beyond Korea. Additionally, we will apply key theoretical concepts in media and cultural studies to analyse and critique the production, consumption and meanings of Korean popular culture. Key themes and topics include: modernity, globalisation, postcolonialism, hybridity, nation branding and soft power, and the internet and social media.

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    Taekwondo: Building Body and Soul - Introduction to Korean Martial Arts [url]

    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.

    ※ Taekwondo suite is required for all students. More details will be provided at the first session.

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    Philosophy of Science [url]

    Hasok Chang Information
    Professor, University of Cambridge

    Minwoo Seo Information
    University of Cambridge

    Philosophy of science addresses fundamental questions about the nature of scientific knowledge. What is science? What makes it different from, or better than other systems of belief and knowledge such as religion or traditional medicine? Does scientific knowledge necessarily progress? What are the methods by which scientific theories are generated and validated? These questions may seem trivial, but you will find that deeper reflection reveals nearly insurmountable challenges in giving satisfactory answers to them. The main objective of this course is to cultivate your ability to think through these difficult issues -- clearly, systematically, and critically.

    Culture and Society of Modern East Asia [url]

    Sukhee Lee Information
    Professor, Rutgers University

    History of the 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.

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Peace & Global Governance

    International Relations, Yesterday and Tomorrow: Theory, History, and Policy Debates [url]

    John Ikenberry Information
    Professor, Princeton University
    Eminent Scholar, KHU

    This course is a broad introduction to the politics of international relations. It seeks to acquaint students with the major theories, concepts, and debates about world politics. It will begin by looking at the great theoretical debates in the field – particularly between the realist and liberal schools of thought. The topics will include: the nature of the international system and states; the rise and transformation of the international order over the centuries; the origins and consequences of war; international institutions and the problems of cooperation; the interaction of domestic politics and international politics; the role of ideas and norms about sovereignty; the rise of transnational challenges; the changing character of American hegemony; the rise of China; and the future of international politics.

    At the heart of this course is a grand debate over the “problem of order” in world politics. This is a debate over rival visions of world politics. How is order created and maintained in a world of sovereign states? Who commands and who benefits? Do we live in an international of laws that govern the behavior of states and peoples, or are we at least on the road to such an order? Or is all this a sham, and the reality is that we live in a state of international anarchy, where the rules are set by those with the power to make them, and states abide by them only when it is in their interest to do so? Is it a world of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Morgenthau, or a world of Kant and Wilson? Or is it something in between? This course will explore these grand questions through a focus on theory, history, and current global policy problems. 

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    The United Nations and Global Issues: Understanding the Dynamics and Workings of the UN System [url]

    Joon Oh Information
    Former South Korean Ambassador to the United Nations
    Former President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
    Professor, KHU

    Ramu Damodaran Information
    Deputy Director, Partnership and Public Engagement in the UN Department of
    Public Information’s Outreach Division
    Chief, United Nations Academic Impact

    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 are designed and work in diverse activities in dealing with various global issues, as well as how the member states, and the international community as a whole, 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, and (v) civil society relations. The study also deals with the UN policies and behavior of major states, such as the US, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and some others in Asia. The course will be effectively covered by a senior diplomatic practitioner and scholar, as well as a UN official, with lectures, discussions, PPT presentations, 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]

    Cyril Ritchie Information
    Immediate Past President, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN
    President, Union of International Associations

    Despite much public and media attention that is given to the United Nations Organization, the immense and varied day-by-day work of the UN around the world is little known. The UN's role in political or security dramas, or in health or refugee crises, may bring it into the headlines, but the UN System is vastly broader in scope. To give only a few examples, the UN System's more than 50 agencies, forums, commissions, programmes and other entities have significant responsibilities in promoting children's rights, the law of the sea, the education of girls, trade and development, civil aviation standards, more habitable cities, and of course the Sustainable Development Goals with a perspective until 2030.

    From its early days the United Nations System has had an ever-growing partnership with NGOs and Civil Society Organizations, building on shared values enshrined in the UN Charter and in the ideals and ethics of Civil Society. Again just a few illustrations are found in the defence and promotion of human rights, responses to humanitarian needs, rescuing and rehabilitating war victims, promoting democracy and accountability, fostering the rule of law, combatting trafficking and corruption, seeking disarmament and peace.

    The 2018 Course will trace the 70-year history of these shared ideals and values, their ups and downs, the obstacles and achievements along the way, with reference to some of the leaders whose vision and drive have made a real difference. The Course will provide building blocks for a discussion of the opportunities that are opening up for the shared futures of the UN and Civil Society, whose cooperation and interaction must further intensify to meet the needs and challenges of today's and tomorrow's world.

    The Course can also provide ideas and pointers to students wondering whether, and how, they might embark on an international career.

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    North Korea and the World: Issues, Perceptions and Realities [url]

    Youngshik Bong Information
    Research Fellow, Institute for North Korean Studies, Yonsei University

    How should we view North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: DPRK)? In order to answer this question, we need to study the history of the North Korean regime and the establishment of its political system and ideology. In week 1, this course will review political and military structure, and its foreign policy and relations, so that we can not only figure out North Korea’s past and present, but also predict its future from the historical-structural perspective. Hereditary succession of power and current Kim Jong-un regime will be explained by the history and current politico-military system. This course also will cover North Korea’s foreign policy and relations such as US-DPRK relations, China-DPRK relations, relations with the EU and other countries.

    Existing research on North Korea focuses overwhelmingly on "hard security", i.e., national security and foreign policies. North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile threats have been thoroughly analyzed, as well as the regime's conventional threats. The regime's leadership dynamics are dissected using qualitative methodology. Yet such approaches have not sufficiently addressed all important questions of how stable the regime is and what motivates the regime's policy choices. Instead, new approaches that involve multi-faceted, data-driven analyses of North Korea's economy and society have given policymakers and researchers fresh insights into the reclusive country. In week 2, this course aims to introduce students to the latest developments in the field that uses remote sensing information, public health data, and mirror trade statistics from China.

    There is more awareness and concern among the international community than ever before about the human rights violations committed in North Korea, for example, evidenced by the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry (CoI). However, so far, the international community has not been able to find a clear solution to the human rights problems in North Korea. In fact, without substantial changes made by the North Korean regime itself, there is very little that the international community can do to improve the human rights condition of the North Korean people. In week 3, this course will review major human rights issues in North Korea and what will be an appropriate approach to enhance human rights situation in North Korea either at international, regional or domestic level. It also examines the persistent and changing attitudes of South Korean public toward the issue of reunification of the two Korea. 

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    Earthquakes, Famines and Armed Conflict: International Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies [url]

    Miriam Bradley Information
    Professor, Barcelona Institute for International Studies

    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

    Politics and Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China [url]

    Dandan Zhu Information
    Professor, China Foreign Affairs University

    This course deals with the new stage of modern China that was reached in the endeavors of successive Chinese elites to meet domestic problems inherited from the late imperialist era and to respond to the century-old challenge posed by the indu-strialized western world, from 1949 to present. It carries a guiding assumption that the complex, often bewildering events at home and abroad of the contemporary China are always evolving out of the Chinese state's continuing efforts to pursue for independence, modernity, rejuvenation and the complex relations between P.R. China and other international actors around the world. The foreign model of revolution and nation-building fitted the Chinese situation sometimes superficially, sometimes more fundamentally. The Chinese state domestic and foreign behaviors in their contemporary guise are end products of a largely separated evolution, comparable but not at all identical with that of the West. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify the key stages of Chinese political, economic and social developments since 1949 and their implications on world politics; to interpret landmark Chinese domestic and foreign behaviors in the political and cultural context of its period; to apply their established knowledge about modernization theories to contemporary China studies; to evaluate, in light of the context, whether the Chinese leadership did the right thing (and for whom); to assess the future trends and challenges that P.R. China face in a world full of uncertainty and ambiguity.​ 

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    Creativity and Innovation in NGOs: Understanding How to Become a Social Entrepreneur [url]

    Ram Cnaan Information
    Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    Eminent Scholar, KHU

    Creativity and innovation are the hallmarks of success and what employers are looking for in hiring new employees. Everyone wishes to be creative and innovative but it seems difficult and illusive. This seminar will engage students in studying and researching an interesting and exciting phenomenon in the world of nonprofit (nongovernmental) organizations (NGOs); how are these organizations become innovative? Who are the people that make them innovative? While innovation requires creativity; it is the process of innovation that leads to transformation and success. This seminar will demystify the process of innovation and will help students understand innovation and be able to undertake their own innovation when time will come.

    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 creativity and what is innovation? Is creativity limited to a few very smart people? 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 any aspect of creativity and innovation, those interested in the NGO sector, those interested in organizational change, and 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 wrote and edited. As such, it will be based on the most current knowledge in the field.
    Students will participate in discussions, will take part in group exercises, will present a case of NGO innovation, and will be asked to write a final paper on any NGO that they know or have an interest in that has applied innovation or represents a social innovation. Students will ample opportunities to engage in one on one discussions with the class professor and form relationships with peers. Previous year cohorts are still engaged in chat groups and support each other.

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    The UN Global Compact and the Movement Toward a Sustainable Economy [url]

    Oliver Williams Information
    Professor, University of Notre Dame

    Take one look at the smog that hangs over the former Olympic host 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 UN Global Compact (UNGC) as of January 2016 had more than 12,800 participants—including 8,300 businesses and 4,500 non-business participants in 150 countries around the world—making it the world’s largest voluntary corporate social responsibility project.  The course will explore the meaning of sustainable development and how it might be realized through the UNGC and leaders in the public and private sectors. 

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    Global Philanthropy: The Generosity of People and Nations [url]

    Femida Handy Information
    Professor, University of Pennsylvania

    This course will provide students with a theoretical and practical framework to understand why individuals across the world either donate money or time or both. Students will consider the what social, cultural and religious norms support philanthropy and their role in a historical context leading up to the present day, for different national contexts.

    In addition, we will explore the role of government support, earned revenue, corporate philanthropy and private philanthropy in nonprofit management and fundraising when contextualizing philanthropy. Through visits to local corporate foundations and NGOS, students will gain practical knowledge about how these support systems are utilized and accessed.

    Before concluding the course we will look at several topics including but not limited to: Philanthropy in different countries ; (Is one country more generous than another? Why?); Motives to give (Why give?); Benefits of Philanthropy (Does giving benefit the recipient or donor?); Religious influences on philanthropy (What do the major regions say about generosity?); Free riding (Should I donate? Should I volunteer ?) Corporate Philanthropy (What is the role of social enterprise in corporate philanthropy?)

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    The Politics of Economic Inequality and Redistribution [url]

    Anthony Sealey Information
    Professor, University of Toronto

    Along with the growing threat of global warming and environmental degradation, the growing divide between the economic power of the globe’s most wealthy citizens and everyone else is one of the most important threats to the sustainable economic and social development. The purpose of this course is to consider the politics of economic inequality and redistribution within contemporary advanced industrialized democratic states. Some decades ago, political scientists began to refer to political contestations over the distribution of social resources as ‘old politics,’ with the implicit suggestion that new political cleavages were slowly replacing concerns rendered less important or irrelevant by the economic progress of the world’s most productive economies. Given the gradual decline in the rates of per-capita economic output and increasing levels of economic inequality that have characterized these states’ economic development, however, it seems unsurprising that distributional—and redistributional—issues and public policies have once again reemerged as critical arenas of political competition. In this sense, the primary subject of this course is ‘new old politics’: the reemergence of the salience of political cleavages between those who have more and those who have less.

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