Korean Economy in a Globalized World

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Korean Economy in a Globalized World

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Economics, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior familiarity with principles of economics is desirable, but not mandatory since this course will proceed with frequent reviews of basic economics whenever warranted.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Outline

    This course is divided into three parts: an analytical review of the Korean economy over the last four and a half decades, comprehension on the structure and trends of the current Korean economy, and the current challenges and issues.

    The first part will analyze the trend, cause, and result of the Korea?s economic and social development over the past four and a half decades. The coverage will include such key elements as: the long-term economic and social development strategy: its key policy tools and the achievement; the Heavy and Chemical Industry Drive; the Saemaul (New Community) Movement; Korea?s globalization initiatives; the 1997 financial crisis and the subsequent structural reform; the current global economic crisis and Korea?s responses; and finally Korea?s new strategies and new growth model

    The second part will cover basic macro-economics in relation to the current Korean economy: inter-relationship and trends of such macroeconomic components as GDP, consumption, investment, export and import, balance of payments, money, and inflation. Next, the analysis of the major elements that determine the variances of these components will follow. To be followed will include analysis and understanding of such elements as Korea?s corporate governance, income distribution, industrial competitiveness, the globalization and its impact, and the vision and preparedness of the Korean economy for the coming 2 decades.

    The third part will be group projects on such current leading issues as, challenges of the new Park government?s economic strategies and policies, aging population and its implication toward growth and viability of the Korean economy. .

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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