• A
  • A
  • A
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
Regular version of the site


The programme’s curriculum is conducted entirely in English and truly interdisciplinary as it encompasses core disciplines in East Asian Studies and electives in two concentrations: International Relations or Global Business.

The curriculum for the ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ programme includes:

  • Introductory courses.
  • Core courses.
  • Electives.
  • Projects: «Data Culture», «Capstone Design for International Studies I, II».
  • Internships and research seminars.
  • Facultative courses.

Introductory courses are designed to provide a solid base of knowledge whereby students can master applied and specialized areas with respect to International Studies.

Core courses form the foundation of skills and knowledge in key areas of International Studies. Core courses are obligatory and students must take them during their first and second years of study.

Electives allow students to individualize their education tracks in East Asian Studies and obtain practical skills with respect to their Minor, as well as get a supplement to their Kyung Hee University Degree in Global Business or International Relations. At the start of the first year, students choose their Major in East Asian Studies: Chinese Studies, Korean Studies or Japanese Studies. In the second year, students may select one course for their Minor, and in the third year, three to four courses for their Minor.

Project work and internships offer students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

In order to gain analytical and research skills, students will attend a scientific and research seminar. A large part of the seminar is dedicated to helping them develop their Bachelors’ thesis.


I. Introductory courses

Introduction to Economics I / Введение в экономику I

This course is an introduction to the study of microeconomics. Students will study basic concepts such as supply and demand, the analysis of the consumer and firm choices, market theory, international trade, among others. The students will also be introduced into the use of the method of economic analysis. In addition, we see government's roles in the economy, focusing on regulation policy, taxes and transfers, and public goods.

Introduction to Economics II / Введение в экономику II

This course covers the introductory level of macroeconomics. Students learn the mechanism through which many economic variables are determined and controlled at the aggregate level. Issues such as the determination of GDP, interest rates, exchanges rates, inflation rates and unemployment, etc., and their interdependences are to be covered. Government policies affecting these macroeconomic variables are also the main topics to be covered in the course.

Mathematics for Economics and Business / Математика для экономики и бизнеса 

Mathematics is an adaptation course taught in the fall semester to the first year students of the double-degree programme HSE and KHU “Economics and Politics in Asia”. This course is intended for undergraduate students studying economics and business to understand the elementary mathematical approaches. We study mathematical tools such as, calculus for functions of one and several variables, as well as a basic understanding of multivariable optimization problems with and without constraints. Linear algebra focused on matrix is also studied. It gives students skills for implementation of the mathematical knowledge and expertise. No prerequisites are imposed. The final assessment of the students will be an exam.

Academic writing / Основы академического письма

Course Objective is to build the basic skills of academic argumentation in English and written representation of undergraduate research in the sphere of regional and international studies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquisition of the basic skills of Academic Writing (structural elements, academic register peculiarities, academic vocabulary). 
  • Application of AW skills to the specific subject area of regional and international studies.
  • Mastery of academic presentation.

Introduction to International Relations / Введение в международные отношения

This is an introductory course for the study of international relations. Although it covers more than enough of the topics discussed in the Western/American academic field of international relations, its true emphasis lies not in just introducing Western-dominated thinking of international relations but in giving students a chance to get exposed to various alternative views of the world. By learning to "look" at things in various perspectives, students will have an opportunity to expand their mental horizon, becoming more open-minded and aware of things around them. While the subject matter of international relations being discussed by most IR scholars are extremely serious and dry, this course hopes to give students the taste of excitement and joy in gaining knowledge hitherto unknown to them.

Introduction to Political Science / Введение в политологию

This is an introductory course for the study of international relations. Political science can be extremely interesting and profound but at the same time, it can be boring and dry. In order to overcome such problems, this course deals not only with main subjects of political science but also with movies, drama, novels, etc. in connection with political science, offering students a great opportunity to think freely about them.

II. Core courses

East Asian International Relations

International relations among East Asian countries exhibit both cooperation and conflict at the same time. While economic relations are predominantly cooperative, political and security relations are still laden with competition and conflict. This course is to help students develop theoretical understanding of the contemporary East Asian international relations.

East Asian Economic Development

This course tries to understand the main courses and patterns of economic development in East Asia. For this, it investigates the central developmental strategies and economic policies of major countries of East Asia and compares the merits and flaws of the different approaches. The future of East Asian economy is also explored.

State and Society in East Asia

This course will focus on the interaction between state power and social pressures in the making of modern and contemporary China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. While conventional approaches to East Asia study have often stressed the strength of the East Asian state in promoting stability and growth, we will also examine the dynamic roles and forms of social forces in East Asia in generating political, economic, and social transformation.

Modern History of East Asia

This course aims at exploring the main historical trends of East Asia. Special focus is placed on historical developments of China, Japan, and Korea since the rise of the modern era. At the same time, a comprehensive examination of political, economic, social, and intellectual history is tried with regard to various aspects of East Asian history.

Korean (Japanese, Chinese) language (Basic course)

Цель освоения дисциплины «Базовый курс» - развитие иноязычной коммуникативной компетенции в единстве ее составляющих: языковой, речевой, межкультурной и академической компетенций, входящей в состав профессиональной компетенции бакалавра по направлению подготовки 41.03.01 «Зарубежное регионоведение». Иноязычная профессионально-коммуникативная компетенция представляет собой готовность и способность осуществлять иноязычное общение в условиях межкультурной профессиональной коммуникации.

Korean (Japanese, Chinese) language (Advanced course)

Цель освоения дисциплины «Продвинутый курс» - развитие иноязычной коммуникативной компетенции студентов в единстве ее составляющих: языковой, речевой, межкультурной и академической компетенций, входящей в состав профессиональной компетенции бакалавра по направлению подготовки 41.03.01 «Зарубежное регионоведение». Знакомство с культурой страны изучаемого языка и эмоциональным миром ее граждан, практическое овладение лексико-грамматическим материалом через все виды речевой деятельности; расширение словарного запаса, усвоение и применение лексики, широко используемой носителям языка в повседневной жизни.

Korean (Japanese, Chinese) language (for professional communication)

Цель освоения дисциплины «Язык для профессионального общения» предусматривает языковую подготовку студентов по практическому курсу общественно-политического перевода. Особое внимание уделяется адекватности и эквивалентности как основным понятиям перевода, а также проблемам соотношения содержания и формы в процессе перевода, основным видам переводческих соответствий и критериям отбора вариантов перевода, основным принципам перевода связного текста и фразеологических сочетаний в его составе, грамматическим и стилистическим аспектам письменного и устного последовательного перевода.

Korean (Chinese, Japanese) Politics and Economy

With the aid of a theoretical framework and concepts for analyzing political economy, the class conducts an in-depth examination of the past, present and future of the Korean political economy. Basically, the class adopts a historical and politico-economic approach to upgrade the students' balanced understanding of the Korean state and society. The course is also designed to provide students with overall understanding of the Korean Economy and lessons from Korea's successful development experiences. After an overview of Korea's economic development for the last 50 years, this course deals with trade and industrial policy and the role of government in economic development.

This course studies the development of Chinese political economy in the contemporary era and examines major issues in the course of its change, with special emphasis on the shift from the pre-1978 socialist development model to the post-1978 reforms for market socialism. The course is designed to let students understand the great changes in China in the past thirty years through its economic reforms and opening to the outside world, and China's fast economic development. The course is divided into three parts. Part one provides a general introduction to Chinese economy from historical perspectives. Part two deals with the process of China's economic reforms and opening process. The last part turns to issues in China's economic development in the past thirty years.

This course attempt to give a broad understanding of Japan by covering such topics as Japanese economics and politics. This course will also introduce students to the main themes in the economy of Japan. The course provides a historical overview of economic development of Japan, from origins of institutions and industries to contemporary challenges of long stagnation. The long-run trends in the Japanese economic performance are examined, linking them to the structural transformation of the economy. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of institutional development and the state, as well as the particular form of private sector development closely linked with them. These features of Japanese political economy are important not only in explaining its rapid industrialization and high speed growth, but also in understanding the rise and collapse of the bubble economy, and the subsequent long stagnation since the early 1990s. The course also engages with contemporary policy debates. Along with the focus on the long run trends, the course also covers key topics in the Japanese economy, including banking and finance, industrial organizations, labor, international trade, population and agriculture.

Korean (Chinese, Japanese)Foreign Policy

This class analyzes the internal and external factors influencing South Korea's foreign relations and the linkage between the above two, and applies the constituent theoretical framework to South Korea's history with an emphasis on Chosun's responses to Western imperialism, Japanese colonialism, post-liberation external relations, the Korean War, and inter-Korean relations.

China's role in the world has been increasing very fast in parallel with her rapid economic development. This course is designed to provide a broad perspective on China's foreign relations and the decision-making process of Chines foreign policy.

This course examines the evolution of Japan's foreign economic and security policy over the last sixty years. The first part of the course focuses on the broader theoretic frameworks generally used to explain Japanese foreign policy. The second part considers Japanese foreign policy in Asia and Japanese policy regarding global issues and international organizations. The third part of the course consists of student presentations of their research. The objective of this course is to help students better understand Japanese foreign policy in the context of international relations theory. Students are expected to develop substantive knowledge of postwar Japanese foreign policy. More importantly, students are expected to understand and critically analyze how international relations theory can help explain Japanese foreign policy. In this seminar there is a substantial amount of reading and emphasis is placed on active participation in class discussion and the completion of a major research project.

Culture and Society of Korea (Chinа, Japan)

This course provides an overview of Korea’s cultural tradition and its society with a focus on the implications of rapid industrialization for the present. Readings cover the politics, economics, culture and other aspects of contemporary society.

This course aims to familiarize students with a number of themes about Chinese society and culture. As the rapid development and comprehensive social transition in China has increasingly been a global foci, it is necessary, for both native Chinese and foreigners, to better understand the social, cultural and political forces that underpin China’s unique development trajectory and the current situation. In turn, such an understanding would further call for a process of learning an array of key notions and conceptual tools that will be methodically introduced and explicated throughout the semester.

This course is about contemporary Japanese society and culture. This course will provide students with an understanding of key aspects of contemporary Japanese society and culture. Major concepts necessary for the understanding of contemporary Japan will be introduced, and students will gain an understanding of key problems faced by contemporary Japan, and the structures, practices, and dynamics that inform these issues. Topics may include, but are not limited to: postwar politics, economics, international relations, social and cultural movements, popular culture, demographics, war and memory, gender and sexuality, minority issues.

Comparative Area Studies

Under the rising waves of globalization in the post-Cold War era, a proper understanding of other regions and states in the world is glowingly important. This course aims at providing the students with basic knowledge of area studies by delving into the meaning, scope, and subjects of the discipline and by making them familiar with various methods of investigation.

International Political Economy

This is an introductory course for understanding the interactions between politics and economics in international relations. As such it is designed to examine the schools of thought for the international political economy (IPE), dynamics of the international political economic order, international monetary system, international trade system, including the current World Trade Organization system, international corporations, global finance and other issues.

International Trade

This course introduces the theory of international trade as well as trade policy issues. The first part of the course explores the motives for and implications of the patterns of trade between countries. The latter part is concerned with the instruments of trade policy and the arguments for free trade and managed trade.

International Business 

This seminar course features a series of international business topics in a specific field of finance, accounting, marketing, or organizational behavior, etc. Every section is in itself a virtual seminar in specific topics in business into active discussions enriched by diverse perspectives and points of view.

International Organizations и др.

This course studies the ontological and normative arguments for and theories of international organizations, including the United Nations, World Trade Organization, etc. The course also examines international laws which regulate the conducts of those international organizations and the interactions among the international actors.

III.  Electives

Global Business

Principles of Marketing

This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding about the basic principles of marketing and its role in directing and blending all activities of a business organization.


Advertising is surveyed as a major part of a brand’s integrated marketing communications process which presents brand information and spurs consumer behavior.

Global Marketing

This course intends to understand the basic concepts and applications of marketing in the global market environment. The major topics of this course include the function of marketing in business management, marketing decision-making process, the analysis of market and consumer, and global marketing strategies.

Investment Analysis

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts of portfolio analysis in the general area of institutional investment management. The course discusses principles for managing financial assets. These principles apply, for example, to investing in stocks, fixed income securities, and derivatives and to managing mutual funds, hedge funds, bank-administered trust, and other institutional funds. Students will learn how to establish appropriate investment objectives, develop optimal portfolio strategies, estimate risk-return tradeoffs, and evaluate investment performance. Many of the latest quantitative approaches are discussed.

Global Data Analysis for Economics and Business I, II

The objective of Global Data Analysis is to provide basic understanding of the data and to enhance the competence and practical skill in various data analysis using statistical packages such as R, STATA, and SAS. The preliminary course is Statistics for Social Science.

Business Creativity

This course helps students to get to know and understand how the modern business environment works and to give them real skills in developing a business, product or idea. The course takes students on a journey to develop a creative business proposal based on his/her own passion from the beginning stages of thinking and brainstorming ideas through to presenting a final product or business concept to a panel of experts and potential investors.

Consumer Behavior

This course addresses issues related to consumer behavior from a number of different viewpoints. It examines the influences of psychological, sociological, and cultural variables on buying behavior and marketing strategy development.

Business Finance

This course provides an introduction to the theory, the methods, and the concerns of business finance for both non-majors and majors preparing for upper-level course work. The primary objective is to provide a framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions based on fundamental principles of modern financial theory. The approach is rigorous and analytical. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, the time value of money; discounted cash flow techniques; interest rates and bond valuation; stock valuation; uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return; capital asset pricing; and market efficiency. The course will also analyze corporate financial policy, including capital structure, cost of capital, dividend policy, and related issues.

International Relations

History of International Relations

Studying history is critical to understanding international relations. Discussing international relations without the proper understanding of history is like building a castle on the sand. This course offers students a chance to look at history from various angles, expanding their mental horizon.

Culture and International Relations

We are living in a postmodern world in which culture and politics interact in so many ways. How politics is related to the cultural phenomena such as movies, novels, and cartoon is the main question this course deals with. By examining the political meanings hidden in the popular culture, this course hopes to widen the intellectual horizon of the students.

International Negotiation

International negotiations are complicated interactions including conflictual and cooperative aspects among states. This course explores the basic theories of negotiations using game theories and psychological approaches. This course also covers various examples of real-world international negotiations in trade, finance, security, political and other issue areas.

Law & Global Governance

This course explores a range of legal disciplines, which purport to explain how we are governed globally. It will focus on the field of international law and organization, examining the history of ideas, legal doctrines, institutional structures developed over the last century to organize and legalize international economic and political life. It will situate the UN system in relationship to the broader institutional structures of public international law and regulation, private ordering and multinational enterprise, non-governmental organization and transnational cooperation. It will examine the functioning of these various international organizational mechanisms in a series of different substantive areas, paying particular attention to environment, economic regulation, development, and the use of force.

Science, Technology and Society

This class brings together a select group of students to consider the manner in which technological change transforms society and how the human experience is both improved and degraded by advances in technology. In particular, there is evidence that technological change is advancing at an unprecedented rate today. What are the implications of such change for our future and how should we prepare to create a better society given the complex challenges we face.

International Conflict and Resolution

This module provides students with an opportunity to work on case studies in conflict analysis. Students will develop the skills required to analyse the roots, dynamics, key actors and issues-areas in specific conflicts. You will be introduced to the theoretical frameworks contained within conflict analysis that can be used to develop an understanding of case studies. Problems associated with researching conflict and violence will also be tackled. This will provide the basis for each student to engage in a detailed case study of their own.

Contemporary Theories of International Relations

This course deals with theories and topics of international relations that are currently in vogue. Studying of constructivism, postmodernism, and possibly modern physics might be some of the topics this course will cover.

International Terrorism

This module introduces the student to a series of theoretical, conceptual, methodological and policy-relevant issues in the study of terrorism and extremism. It is divided in two parts, the first of which analyses the definitional challenges that the study of terrorism poses, it explains the different typologies and highlights the causes as they have been identified by scholars over the years. As such, it leads to an analysis of both the orthodox and the critical approaches in the study of terrorism, which will equip the student with an understanding of the development of the research on terrorism. The second part of the module employs case studies in order to examine the dichotomy between ‘old’ and ‘new’ terrorism, and highlights those issues that should be taken into account when attempting to foresee the progression of both the phenomenon, as well as the research on it.

Understanding International Law

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of public international law and the international legal system. It will cover the traditional major topics in this field such as the sources and subjects of international law, the jurisdiction of states, and the relationship between international law and domestic law. This course aims to give students a global understanding of the rules governing international relations, which is considered to encompass the binding norms and principles dealing with the conduct of states and of international organizations and with their relations inter se and, the ever-present tension between theory and practice that arises in the application of international law to real-world situations.

Russian Politics and Economy

Russia has been undergoing a fundamental systemic transformation since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This unprecedented change has huge significance in the development of post-communist system, having great influence on East Asian as well as world politics. This course tries to help the students understand various aspects of systemic changes in Russia and their meaning in appropriate way.

War and Peace

How do wars begin? Are they inevitable? These are some of the questions that this course will try to answer. And after having studied historical cases, we will explore the possibility of achieving peace at personal, societal, and international levels. Active student participation in the class and philosophical thinking are absolutely needed for this course.