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The list of courses and corresponding credit hours that appear below is not exhaustive and is subject to change. Sufficient notice will be given to students of any such modifications.
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School of International Studies, Languages and Literature
Syntactic Analysis of Modern English
(Spring&Fall)
Language use involves an intricate system of largely subconscious grammatical knowledge. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the study of how words are combined to produce sentences. The purpose of this course is to provide an outline of English sentence structure from the viewpoint of a current linguistic theory. As we consider the system of rules and categories that underlies sentence formation in English, students will be enabled to view human linguistic system from a Christian perspective and to engage actively in the issues of foreign language learning and teaching.
 
Culture and Literature in the Global Context
(Spring&Fall)
This course will provide students with an overview of crucial time periods throughout the history of Western Literature (Especially Classic, European, British, and American Literature). The primary focus will be on movements of cultures from the Enlightenment period through to our contemporary globalized world. The course will introduce students to key ideas and themes in each time period so that they can read the literature of that time period with an understanding of its historical influences and significance. Throughout the course, students will be required to consider the impact of the culture and literature they are studying on their own current context and the Christian faith.
Introduction to Linguistics
(Spring)
Linguistics has made important contributions to many academic fields such as philosophy, education, sociology, psychology, law, medicine and communication.This course is designed to introduce basic linguistic concepts and contents to students without prior knowledge of linguistics, enabling them to appreciate the structure and meaning of the human language and to gain insight and basic understanding of language issues and debates.
Introduction to TESOL
(Spring)
This course offers a survey of major areas in English language teaching. Students will explore models and basic principles of language acquisition and investigate various learning strategies and styles, as well as affective and sociocultural variables relevant to language teaching and learning.
Themes in Fiction
(Spring)
This course is designed to explore elements of fiction, and examine how novels affect our lives on the basis of such themes as love, death, sin, freedom, salvation, and etc. Students will read three novels written by Khaled Hosseini, Bernard Malamud, and Virginia Woolf respectively, and one novella written by Tillie Olsen.The course will focus on literary interpretation in general, primarily taking a thematic approach.
Themes in Poetry
(Spring)
This course introduces the students who love literature, poetry in particular, to the body of major British and American poetry (80 works), focusing on the themes, techniques, styles, terms, and movements. The poets discussed range from Renaissance poets like William Shakespeare (15641616) to the contemporary poets such as A. E. Stallings (1969-present). Diverse critical theories will be applied, such as historical, biographical, gender and feminist, Postmodernist approaches as well as Christian perspectives. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions. This course also requires the student to write a critical essay about one or two poems and to write a creative or parodied poem.
The Structure of Modern English: Sound Pattern
(Spring)
When one learns a language, one learns which speech sounds occur in the language and how they pattern according to regular rules. The phonology of a language is the system and pattern of the speech sounds. Accordingly, the goal of this course is not only to develop precise transcription systems (phonetic symbols) but also to discover principles that determine how sounds pattern in a language, and furthermore to explain how sound systems are acquired and represented in the mind. We will attempt to make explicit statements about the sound patterns of individual languages in order to discover something about the linguistic knowledge that people must have in order to use these patterns.
 
Special Topics in TESOL
(Spring)
In this course, we will learn the theories, concepts, research findings, and processes involved in second language acquisition in order to understand how to teach English as a Second/Foreign Language more effectively.
Introduction to International Relations
(Spring&Fall)
This course introduces students to the study of international relations in three units. In the first unit we will look at the international politics in history and then through various theories in order to better understand how politics affects our daily lives and how our own assumptions about politics affect what we see as important. During the second unit we will examine three categories of “players" and levels of analysis in international relations. In the third section use what we learn in the first two sections to better understand issues of conflict and national security, international political economics and development, and the connection between politics and religion.
History of International Relations
(Spring)
  • - Of all the ways that political communities interact, perhaps the most important is war. Indeed, Otto von Bismarck, a statesman of extraordinary ability, even described politics as “war through other means.” And yet diplomacy often entails minimizing or avoiding war. Thus Winston Churchill, another extraordinary statesman, quipped: “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.” This class examines the two primary modes of international relations (war and diplomacy) by studying ancient and contemporary conflicts along with a major text in diplomacy.
  • - The course is divided into three sections. The first brief section will examine the events leading up to the Peloponnesian War. The second section will examine the specific practices of diplomacy as provided in a leading text used by many ministries of foreign affairs. The third section will examine one particular account of 20th century cold-war diplomacy building on our work in the previous two sections. The course examines the history and practices of international relations, particularly as they are practiced by diplomats in service to city-states, and nation-states.

 

International Negotiation
(Spring)
1. To review the following Three Basic Agendas of Negotiation;
-Fundamental Understanding of Negotiation Theory and Strategy
-International Negotiation and Culture
-Improving Student’s own Negotiation Ability
2. To review contemporary negotiation Issues happening in the field
3. Individual research papers (2 times) and group study presentation (2 times) will be required.
4. The class review negotiation theories and skills from Biblical aspect. In this regards, “Negotiation Skills learning from the Bible” will be covered in this class. This is the most unique part of this lecture since no other university has covered this agenda.

 

Philosophical Foundations of Politics
(Spring)
  • - In this class we will examine the connections among political structures, fundamental perspectives, and civic participation.Political structures include things like cities, empires, and nation-states as well as types of regimes (democracies, aristocracies, monarchies).By “fundamental perspective” I mean to get at things like worldviews or religious beliefs that address such basic questions as who am I?, what is wrong with the world?, and how can we change the world?The answers that groups of people provide to these basic questions inform the breadth and modes of political participation.
  • - We begin with an examination of beliefs among the ancient near east, particularly the Egyptians, Babylonians and Greeks.We will then look at the Hebrews and Christian alternative accounts of political structure and participation.Finally, we will examine the emerging model that usually goes by the name “modernity.”This final account rejects much of the Christian set of fundamental beliefs and hence recommends alternative political structures and practices.
Senior Seminar
(Spring)
Studying US' grand strategy and actions on East Asia-China and Korea peninsula Studying China' grand strategy and actions Studying hegemonic competition between US and China in East Asia Studying North Korea issue and stances of related states on it Studying Korea's strategic options in the dynamics of EA.
 
Understanding Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing
(Fall)
Understanding Literature is designed as an introduction to literature in English such as fiction, poetry, and drama, but will not cover all periods in literary history.Students will be exposed to the different genres of literature and literary terms, but need not cram as many representative texts into their brain as possible.Instead, this course will focus on specific themes, leading to a better understanding of various issues such as "being old and young," "love between women and men," "faith," and many more.

 

TESOL Methodology
(Fall)
In this course, we will learn about the various methods that have been used in the history of English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching/learning. In the process, we will examine the pros and cons of each method and collect our own repertoire of teaching methods to best serve our future students' specific needs to learn ESL. To learn these methods, we will read a textbook and articles, watch videos, discuss, and create and present our own unique lesson plans in small groups as the final exam (project).
Themes in Drama
(Fall)
This course aims at giving students opportunities to read, understand, and write about various themes (for example, Curiosity, Death, Dream, Epistemology, Father figure, Authority, Leadership, Life, Love, Pride, Rebellion, Revenge, etc.) expressed or implied in the selected plays, ranging from Greek classic to the modern British and American dramas. Students will also study a general history of Western dramas and will be equipped with the basic knowledge of dramatic structure, form, and style so that they can analyze and interpret dramatic texts. The following is a tentative selection of plays (AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
  • - Everyman - Unknown , Oedipus the King - Sophocles, Trifles - Susan Glaspell, Our Town - Thornton Wilder, Macbeth or Hamlet - William Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  • - Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller, Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen, Waiting for Godot - Sameul Beckett

 

English Speech
(Fall)
In this course, we will learn to give several speeches/presentations (both impromptu and prepared) -- e.g., informative and persuasive ---individually and in small groups

 

Introduction to Area Studies
(Fall)
  • - This course is designed to provide an introduction to area studies from interdisciplinary framework, covering themes related to security, economy, and politics to understand better of world we live in and to introduce set of contemporary issues and challenges that cross borders and affect every region of world.
  • - However, at the same time the course considers the specific and distinctive characteristics of each area, region, country, or even community in the country that might not be explained by the holistic thinking. Several important themes such as globalization, conflict and war, economic interdependence, nationalism, poverty and development, democratization, and environment can give very different effects each of the regions although many consider that these are the common phenomena in the contemporary world. Each region or area is in different situation so that we have to draw attention to some of the challenges of looking at different societies.
  • - This class is divided into three parts. The first section covers conflict and security issues such as intra-state war, international intervention for failed states, human security, and nuclear proliferation. The second part of the course focuses on social, ethical, and economic issues with a global significance such as nationalism, human rights, poverty, hunger, and development. The third and final part of the course will give chance to the students to make presentation based on their own research in specific region or a country.
Introduction to Intercultural Studies
(Fall)
A widely quoted proverb reads: "If you want to know about water, don’t ask a fish.” Working from this proverb we can create two basic arguments. The first argument about cultural knowledge goes something like:
  • - Major premise: It is difficult to understand our culture when that is all we experience
  • - Minor premise: We usually only experience our own culture
  • - Conclusion: Therefore, we usually do not understand our own culture A second argument, which we might call an argument about self-knowledge, would go something like:
  • - Major premise: Cultures shape our character
  • - Minor premise: We usually do not understand our own cultures (from our argument about cultural knowledge)
  • - Conclusion: We don’t understand what shapes us To the extent that these arguments apply to you (and I believe they apply to nearly every person to some extent), we are in a difficult situation. We must understand our culture if we are to know ourselves. But this seems to require a fish to swim outside of its water, a difficult and uncomfortable situation. So, prepare yourself for a semester of uncomfortable, but profitable questions, such as:
  • - What are the strengths and weaknesses of my culture?
  • - Must we simply accept rival cultural worldviews and resign ourselves to either relativism or conflict?
  • - What does the Christian faith have to say about how we should respond to the diversity of cultures?
  • - This class is designed to equip students with many of the resources needed to address these and many related questions.
Senior Seminar
(Fall)
International Development has gone through several phases emphasizing such things as trade, direct foreign aid, colonialism, culture, education, the environment, and so on. What is a Christian to make of this history and the many current debates on international development? Is there anything that Christians bring to the table? Through discussion and interaction, this class will focus on three different approaches to international development, starting with an extensive contrast between (1) direct foreign aid and (2) market-based approaches. From there we will discuss the need to develop (3) legal institutions and then close with an explicitly Christian approach that emphasizes (4) local development strategies. NOTE: The discussion format of the course may be new and unfamiliar to some students; however, learning how to lead and participate in discussion is part of what we will learn during this course.
Capstone Design
(Fall)
This subject is an experimental course that carries out on-site visits and projects in conjunction with the relevant companies and laboratories.
 
On Korean Politics
(Unconfirmed)
- This course examines important issues and debates related to both of North and South Korean politics. This course is divided into two parts. In first part, it focuses on the South Korean politics by introducing its basic features such as political system and culture and then it deals important topics for South Korea including democratization and industrialization. Second part of course covers North Korean politics beginning with its political system, ideology, and economy. It also discusses the essential issues for North Korea such as power transition and regime's durability. Finally the course elaborates the future of the Korean peninsula.
- Since this is an introductory course, students do not need to have prior knowledge of Korean politics. This course begins with the introduction of basic features of both North and South Korean politics.
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US Foreign Policies
(Unconfirmed)
This course examines the field of United States Foreign Policy(hereafter USFP) with particular attention to the following three main areas:
  • - US presidents and their foreign policy doctrines in terms of historical context.
  • - Determinants and processes of USFP decision making.
  • - Case studies of USFP.

 

International Organization
(Unconfirmed)
This course is an introduction to the study of international organizations. The objectives of the course are to provide a better understanding of their significance in modern international relations. The lecture will deal with the nature, roles, classification, and developmental patterns of various type of international institutions. While the large part of the courses will focus on the United Nations, the UN will be studied not as a separate case, but as a representative or model case of other international organizations. Especially, we are going to look at International Organizations by focusing on the issue of global governance vis-a-vis state sovereignty. This course also deals with other major institutions such as EU, NATO, IMF, World Bank, NPT and so on. It is hoped that students will gain an ability to analyze, understand, and objectively evaluate the complex mixture of phenomena that comprise the politics of international organizations.
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