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College of Political Science & Public Administration

Department of Saemaul Studies and International Development

Introduction

This major deals with theories and practice in international development mainly based on the experience of community development in Korea known as “Saemaul Undong,” which increasingly attracts international attention as a successful example for developing countries. In addition, students also study regional development and social welfare in international development context. This will help students equip with a wide range of knowledge and skills required to be an expert and practitioner in this field.

Thus, this major focuses primarily on providing an education that fosters experts in the applied social science field needed for international development and social welfare. It also offers a solid grounding of theories and methodologies in planning theory, community development and organization, international social welfare practice and policy, welfare administration, social research and statistics, regional planing, economic development, geographical information system, etc.

History

This major was first established as the Department of Community Development in 1976, in which the first to fourth batch of students were admitted on a special basis and received full scholarships for their entire studies. After graduating, they were employed as government officials. In 1987, its name was changed to the Department of Regional Development and was under the College of Political Science and Public Administration. In 1999, it was changed to the Major of Regional Development as part of the School of Public Administration and night courses was also introduced. In 2007, the major became an independent department again and the name was changed to the Major of Regional Development and Welfare Administration. Then in 2015, the Department have the current name and more specialized in international development.

Students in the department can have double major in social welfare which lead to level two certifications as a social worker upon graduation. In 1987, master's degree programs were installed, PhD courses were also put into place from 1999.

Job Fields

Having completed the program, students will have acquired knowledge on many issues of international development and social welfare. Students with dual certificate will have opportunities to get involved in Official Development Assistance programmes (ODAs), international development activities of NGOs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as social welfare programs in the sector of government, finance, public corporations, business, press and research, etc. Certificates related to this major can be applied to ODA experts, social workers, social research analysts, and policy analysis evaluators. Other international development related certificates are expected to be introduced soon.

Faculty

  • Kim, Junghoon, Professor

    - Univ. of Newcastle Upon Tyne, urban and regional planning

    junghkim@ynu.ac.kr
  • Yi Yangsoo, Professor

    - University of Louisville, Regional Development Policy

    yiys@yu.ac.kr
  • Lee Jae-Mo, Professor

    - Toyo Univ., social welfare

    swleejm@ynu.ac.kr
  • LEE, JEONG-JU, Professor

    - Daegu Univ., Community Development, Saemaul Undong, International Exchange&Cooperation

    leesmu@yu.ac.kr
  • Han, Dong-Geun, Professor

    - Purdue Univ., international finance

    dghan@yu.ac.kr
  • Bo-Yung Kim, Associate ProfessorHomepage

    - Univ. of York, social welfare policy, welfare administration, social service, delivery system, policy process

    boyung@yu.ac.kr
  • Todd Andrew Terhune, International Professor for Education

    - , Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics, TESOL

    todd@taterhune.net

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Curriculum

Department Of Saemaul Studies And International Development

Curriculum
1-1
CONVERGENCE- AND INTEGRATION-BASED THINKING AND WRITING
The ability of analyzing and solving problems is emphasized as one of the conditions for survival in the 21st century and one of the core elements of creative capabilities. This course was designed to cultivate convergence- and integration-based creative capabilities, which are integrated problem-solving capabilities to collect, analyze and process knowledge and information by reinforcing the ability of analyzing and solving problems, recreate it in a synthetic fashion, and express it effectively through speech and writing. The course will help the students cultivate their synesthesia thinking and communication skills based on sympathy with other human beings, understanding of the community, and positivity or Gongseong that is sought after by Yeungnam University. Its ultimate goals are to promote the students' creative knowledge development and reinforce their writing capabilities consistently through "convergence- and integration-based thinking and writing as a problem-solving approach."
1-1
PRACTICAL CHINESE(I)
This course is for students just beginning to learn Chinese. The most difficult aspect of learning Chinese is pronunciation. So, first of all, in this course students will learn how to pronounce Chinese correctly. Then, through topics of daily life conversation, students will learn the basic communication skills Chinese as well as basic grammar.
1-1
PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students develop basic English verbal skills in real life situations. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with basic English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to practice speaking English utilizing basic English structures. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-1
SEMINAR FOR ACADEMIC LIFE
1. Summary of the course This course is to assist university freshmen in CRM designing to adapt university life well through the instruction and counselling of supervising professor. (This course is composed of self analysis, personality type test, career research, instruction for the success of university life, career plan and direction setting, CRM designing method and CRM designing. The course should be teaching in classes of the students by supervising professor.) 2. Course objectives This course is to motivate the students before the mid term exam and provide students with self analysis, personality type test (MBTI or TCI) and career research (YAT test). Also, this course shall has a plan to instruct the students to enhance the efficiency of university life through career and time management. In addition, this course is to make a chance for the students to have practical assistance to university life by providing study method, report designing strategy and the information on academic system and various kinds of internal programs of the university. After the mid term exam, the students will be instructed to set the direction of career designing through continuous counselling of supervising professor and the students will be able to establish CRM designing and execution plan.
1-1
UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
This course ties to understand what is the Official Development Assistance(ODA) that has been aided to grow the developing countries and to reduce the poverty level. The main purposes of this course are to enhance knowledge on the educational background of ODA, experiences and the needs of international development cooperation to build better world. This understanding course of ODA is offered to students as well as anyone who is interested in learning basic principles of ODA and international development assistance. By giving Korean nationals a proper understanding of development cooperation, the academy draws public participation and support in the elimination of poverty and promotion of peace around the world. Korea, the first nation to turn into an aid-donor from an aid-recipient country upon joining the OECD DAC, is becoming an active participant in the formation of international standards and rules for international assistance. Korea will try to play a leading role in global cooperative efforts to eliminate poverty and to promote welfare in the developing nations.
1-1
UNDERSTANDING OF SMART SOCIETY
The course will understand the concept of smart society, explore the direction and strategy of smart society at home and abroad. Students will understand the smart society through the platform of city, discuss what digital environment of future society is and identify the appropriate type of community. It also introduces various discussions about smart cities, which often appear in the development of existing cities and new cities.
1-1
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE
This is a module to introduce overall knowledge and values regarding academic research and practice in social welfare for students major in this study. After students understand the concepts and the motivations, values and ideologies in practices and policies of social welfare, and its historic development, then methods of practice and policies as well as various areas of practice in social welfare, and social welfare as a profession are reviewed, and, finally, issues and perspective of social welfare in Korea are discussed.
1-2
ACADEMIC ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students increase their fluency and accuracy in English. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with an opportunity to practice English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to enhance their verbal skills by actively participating in classroom activities. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-2
PRACTICAL CHINESE(II)
This course is for students who successfully completed Practical Chinese(I). Students should be aware of basic Chines grammar and can speak a little Chinese. This course will focus on a little more advanced grammar and expressions. Utilizing a variety of common everyday situations, students will practice what they have learned in Practical Chinese (I)
1-2
SOFTWARE AND COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
As the development of information technology, various industries apply computer technology to their productions. The importance of software has ever been growing as a result. In this course, we first explain issues such as software, algorithm, and coding. Then we introduce the computational thinking which can involve solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior, and review many applications of the computational thinking. We also educate basic coding skills using C or Python programming language.
1-2
UNDERSTANDING SAEMAUL STUDIES AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This is to develop general understanding of SAEMAUL UNDONG and SAEMAUL study. Therefore basic theories and characteristics of SAEMAUL study are introduced. SAEMAUL spirit should be developed accordingly to changed circumstance and reality in order to establish foundation of SAEMAUL study. In this context, not only initial three key spirits of SAEMAUL UNDONG, hard working, self-help, cooperation are understood, but the value of volunteering and creativeness is also discussed for SAEMAUL sprit in 21st century. In addition, Korean community development model is explored through comparative research between SAEMAUL study and various community development models.

Contact

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