Department of Political Science and Diplomacy
Course Descriptions


Introduction to Political Science
Introduces the scope, objects, methods, and purpose of political science studies as an academic discipline, and gives an overview of the major concepts and approaches to its study.

Korean Political History
Systematically examines how Korea's past politics evolved into its present form. The course examines the political history of Korea, from the birth of Korean nationalism to the emergence of the current administration, and discusses the significance of major political events. At the same time, it predicts the future progression of Korean politics by understanding the correlation between historical force and the background elements such as institutions and culture.

Introduction to International Relations
Introduces the basic characteristics of international relations and the theories relating to the various aspects of interaction among nations.

Political Regimes and Institutions
The basic institutional instruments are introduced including the power structure (parliamentary government, presidential system), parliamentary system (bicameral system, plural system), party politics, and election system.

Ancient Political Thought
Examines the categories, methods, and significance of studying political thought. Explores the trends of Western political thought, from ancient Greek political thinkers to the Middle Ages.

East Asian Political History
This course will look at the dramatic impact on Asian countries of their exposure after the 16th century to modern Western civilization, and the types of policies taken as a response. Through this course, students will understand how Asian countries transformed and grew into modern nations.

European Political History
Political developments of the West in modern times will be classified into different periods, after which students will review the political basis and changes of each phase. Through this analysis, students will identify historical factors underlying political development.

Research Methods in Political Science
Introduces the core analytical criteria and logic, methods of observation, and data analysis techniques employed in a scientific study of political science. Discusses related premises in scientific philosophy. Includes practices in research design to develop research design skills.

Political Science in English
Students will become familiar with the terminology of diplomatic studies by reading introductory books on diplomatic studies in English. Students will understand the basics of diplomatic studies in English, take exams and ask questions in English. Whenever possible, answers to the questions will also be provided in English.

Modern Political Thought
A critical analysis of the core concepts, premises, and visions of major normative theories presented in the West by modern and contemporary [post modernist] thinkers.

Comparative Politics
Introduces major concepts presented in comparative politics, its methods of study, and its basic theoretical framework (including political development, political culture, political elites and leadership, political changes and democratization, comparative politics, and regional studies).

Korean Politics
Explores various approaches and perspectives relating to systematic analysis of Korean politics. The course deals primarily with major actors in Korean politics, Korean political culture, and important political issues arising out of the political process. By collecting and analyzing a broad range of empirical data related to Korea’s political reality, coupled with theoretical discussion, it offers students an opportunity to establish an understanding of Korean politics and to come up with ways of achieving political progress.

International Law
Consists of a systematic study of laws and regulations widely accepted in international society - the rules, nature, and sources of international law, its relationship to domestic law, approval by nations or governments, the diplomatic mission and consular system, national responsibility, national territory, maritime law related issues, legal status of individuals, and international treaties.

Theories of International Politics
Studies the various motivating factors behind international politics. Examines policies related to status quo, imperialism, and deception, as well as the principle of balance of power. Deals with issues of national strength as a basis for determining diplomatic policies, and arms reduction and collective security as a vehicle for achieving peace.

Eastern Political Thought
The aim of this course is to look at the details of various political ideologies in China and their development process. Main subjects of research include primitive Confucianism, philosophy of Lao Tzu; Taoism, metaphysics, doctrines of Wang Yangmig, and Buddhism.

North Korean Political Economy
This course will touch upon foreign relations and the domestic status of North Korea after the establishment of communism.

Civil Society
This course will cover a wide spectrum of subjects, including methods of political process research, political processes and political human beings, political society and culture, public opinion, communication and advertising, political participation, political developments, pressure groups, political parties, policy-decision process, execution of policies, political changes and instability.

Political Change
The course will look at political change research, which has recently played an increasingly important role in the area of comparative politics. This course will also deal with detailed themes of democratization of authoritarian order changes in political elitism implications of free elections and political parties in the process of political change and the role of women in politics.

Quantitative Political Analysis
Studies the logic and procedures related to major quantitative analysis methods, i.e., regression analysis, path analysis, factor analysis used in empirical political science. Plans, implements, and evaluates team research projects to build application skills.

International Organizations
Reviews the development history of international organizations up to the 19th century. Analyzes and studies the growth and problems of modern international organizations, with an emphasis on the League of Nations and the United Nations.

American Politics
Provides an overview of the traditions, systems, processes, and uniqueness of American politics. Places particular emphasis on the creation process of its Constitution, its unique presidential election system, relationship between the administrative and legislative branches, and the organization and functions of its judiciary branch.

Women and Politics
Students will review the history of political participation by women, trends in political participation by women manifested in the modern pluralist democratic system, and the progress in feminism. Throughout this process, students will look for ways to promote women's participation in politics.

Chinese Politics
The aim of this course is to impart an understanding of the political and social aspects of China, a country which is rapidly experiencing modernization. By the end of the course, students will have an in-depth understanding of the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese Revolution, relationship between political parties and the government, relationship between the central government and local governments, and political culture.

Politics in the Middle East
This course will begin with a review of international relations in the Middle Eastern region, centering on Arab States. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Middle East by conducting comparative analyses of the political, social, and cultural aspects of countries in this region.

International Political Economy
Politics and the economy are closely linked in the age of internationalism, so much so that the essence of politics or economy cannot be analyzed without thinking of the other. International political economy involves researching the interaction between politics and the economy in international relations, which can be thought of as a new way of approaching complicated international political and economic issues that cannot be resolved separately.

Election and Parliament Politics
This course will review the impact of interaction among political powers in parliament on the political process of a modern pluralist democracy, covering the following subjects: the status and roles of parliament under various political systems, including the presidential and parliamentary government system, parliamentary system of main countries, alliance and discord.

Foreign Policy
To impart a microscopic understanding of international relations, this course will focus on various subjects: the background to the foreign policies of major countries across the globe, details of these foreign policies, process of making policy decisions and key issues. Students will also be encouraged to look at horizontal comparisons among foreign policies of major countries. To this end, this course will introduce scientific trends in comparative foreign policy research.

European Politics
This course will mainly deal with performing horizontal comparative analyses on various aspects of political systems of major European countries. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the political culture and structure of these countries, along with the characteristics and issues surrounding their political development process.

Theory and Practice in Politics
This course aims to help students gain a more accurate understanding of the current political situation by linking details of various areas in the study of politics with the actual political atmosphere. To this end, a number of lectures will be given by diplomatic officials, incumbent politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and representatives of interest groups.

Korean Diplomacy
This course will look at Korea's diplomatic relations from a historical perspective, after the establishment of the government to the sixth republic of Korea.

Korean Political Thought
The characteristics and development of traditional political ideologies in Korea will be looked at throughout this course. In the process, students will identify the modern implications of these ideologies.

Korean Peninsula in World Politics
The aim of this course is to analytically understand the logic and reality behind the international politics of the Korean peninsula and neighboring superpowers.

Environment and Politics
Students will review public policies for environmental preservation, trends in political participation by various environmental protection organizations, and domestic as well as international disputes over environmental issues. Students will also be required to look for ways to efficiently resolve environmental issues.

Current Issues in International Politics
Key issues surrounding international politics will be selected, and various approaches for analyzing these issues will be presented. Students will develop their analytical skills through these approaches.

Labor Politics
This course will address various subjects related to labor politics, including political participation by labor groups to resolve labor issues, conflicts between labor and management and analysis of interactions among the government, political parties, and groups that take place to seek solutions to labor-management issues. Through this process, students will look for policies required to establish a sound labor environment.

Russian Politics
By the end of this course, students will understand the political and social aspects of Russia, a country that was reborn as an independent country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This course pursues an in-depth analysis of various subjects, including the Russian democratization process, electoral system, power structure, elite recruiting process, and legacy of socialism.

Japanese Politics
By analyzing Japan’s political parties, electoral system, profit organizations, civil society, and political culture, students will gain an in-depth understanding of general politics in Japan, a country that is geographically close, yet emotionally distant from Korea.

Political Economy
Students will look at the formation, changes, and development of economic systems, and the inter-relationship among political power structures from a structural viewpoint, based on the dependency theory, world system theory, and the rational choice model.

Political Psychology
Political activities or phenomena will be explained based on human psychology. This course will particularly focus on the cognitive theory and policy-decision process as well as learning theory and political habits.

Latin American Politics
Comparative analyses will be conducted of the international relations, politics, society, economic system and structure of countries in the Latin American region, based on their history and experience.

Contemporary Political Thought
Students will thoroughly research and participate in discussions on the birth of contemporary political ideology, and related key issues.

Contemporary Political Theories
Discussions will focus on basic assumptions of empirical-scientific and realistic (structuralist) positions, which form the ontological and epistemological basis of contemporary political theories. Students will then examine in detail the core theories of these positions.