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Master's Program

International Relations (IR)

Academic Goals and Program Characteristics

nternational Relations is an academic field centering on all the international affairs conducted between the world¡¯s nations, business organizations and NGOs. It is a complex study of political science, economics, history and languages, as well as a range of issues including international security, international political economy, political and economic development, and the politics of the transition to democracy.Read More ¡·

Selected Courses

Courses List
Major Required Courses Selected Major Elective Courses
  • Special Topics in International Political Economy
  • Cultural and Public Diplomacy
Applied Economics

This course is primarily designed to introduce the principles of economics in a practical way for those students who have not previously taken any rigorous economics courses. Accordingly, emphasis will be placed on the economic way of thinking, and on practical issues, rather than on mathematical details. After taking this course, it is hoped that the students will understand and be able to develop their own views on economic issues that appear in the news media, albeit rudimentary.

Global Agenda

This course introduces the entering students of the GSP to the most salient issues facing the global village. Starting with the time-old problems of security and economic well-being, this course explores new issues related to globalization. It pays particular attention to three types of issues: (1) the trans-boundary problem deriving from cross-border movements of culture, capital, labor, etc. (2) the common property problem such as marine resources, rain forest, etc. (3) the simultaneous problem that rapidly spills over from one region to another such as recession, inflation, etc.

International Relations

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of diverse theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. Students should strive to absorb the key elements of international relations theories advanced by the major thinkers in the field.
The topics covered in this course are manifold. First we begin with the reading materials covering major paradigms of international relations such as constructivism, realism, liberalism and long cycle theory. Then we move on to more specific topics such as anarchy, institutions, sovereignty, regional cooperation and the balance of power.

Internatioanl Political Economy

IPE is a field that explores the interaction between domestic and international factors as well as political and economic forces that shape/change international relations. The topics include IPE theoretical perspectives, international trade theories and regimes, global monetary/financial regimes, cross-border investment and production, international development, etc. We will also cover various globalization issues. Some of important contemporary IPE issues will be discussed during the class with mandatory/voluntary student presentation.

Special Topics in Internatioanal Relations

The course will look at the prospects of Asian community building and address the traditional and changing roles of external powers(the US, Europe, and Russia), regional powers(China and Japan), and the emergence of new actors(India, Australia, Central Asia); the role of ASEAN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and gradually emerging multilateral regional architecture; the Korean peninsula; and three important functional features of the emerging regional order: economics, globalization, and regional security.

International Organization

This is a graduate-level course of international relations (IR) focusing on the functions, structures, and significance of international organizations (IO). Thiscourse will begin with the review of the major theoretical approaches of IR, and explore how and why states interact through formal IOs. Our studied theorieswill be the lens through which we view international organizations. Through a sectoral focus on development, democratic governance, human rights, and theenvironment, this course also examines various IOs of global/regional governance attempting to shape our international order. Both the exams and courseassignments are specifically geared to encourage an interlinking of theory with practice.

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