Course Description

Course Name

Business and Management in Contemporary Korea

Session: VSOU1222

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Description and Objectives
The objectives of this course are to introduce you to and help you to analyze the economic history of South Korea and key issues in contemporary South Korean business and management.
By the end of this course you will have developed:
1. A detailed understanding of the development of the South Korean economy.
2. A good understanding of key issues relating to the contemporary business and management environment in South Korea, including the role of the chaebol (Korean Business groups) and their relations with the government; labor; human resource management; inward foreign direct investment the expatriate experience.
3. An appreciation of the importance of South Korea’s external economic relations and its economic status within the global community.
4. An ability to formulate, discuss and present your ideas and opinions in a group setting.

Required Textbook
There is no core textbook for this course, as we cover such a wide variety of topics. However, the following books (both available from Amazon) will provide you with very useful background knowledge about Korea and some insights into its economic development. Chapters from these books are included in the course reading list, and I strongly encourage you to buy and read them:

  • Buzo, Adrian. The Making of Modern Korea. Abingdon: Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-0415237499
  • Cumings, Bruce. Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History. New York, London: Norton. ISBN-13: 978-0393327021

*Course content subject to change