Cultivating global elites with convergent knowledge
The most crucial driving forces of modern society are knowledge, power and economy. All these are connected through the medium of law. Laws prevent and resolve many types of conflicts, and ultimately, enact social reformation. Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence and general laws governing the universe; politics is the study of political phenomena in relation to acquisition, maintenance and use of power; and economics focuses on the study of phenomena and policies concerning distribution of scarce resources. The study of law investigates how all the elements of these major disciplines can be systematically implemented in the society. The college of Policy Sciences is a convergent form of studies in philosophy, politics, economics and law, which is modeled after the long-standing traditional PPE course at Oxford University. The pedagogical objective of policy sciences is to cultivate global elites with comprehensive intellectual capacity. It seeks to enhance students’ understanding of the social and human world by adopting eclectic approaches. In addition to the study of philosophy, politics, economics and law, students will explore the fields of the humanities, social sciences, language and communication. By gaining convergent knowledge across the disciplines, students will develop skills that they can apply in a wide range of careers as well as the global society.
By Gileun Lee, Graduate Student Editor
Photo by HyunJung Kim, Student Photographer
The future society is often expected to be a global village with complex systems which require professionals with trans-disciplinary training. The College of Policy Sciences was established in July 2008 for the first time in Korea. It was established in response to such needs of the times. It is a new form of college that integrates PPE courses at the University of Oxford with law. The PPE course is an interdisciplinary undergraduate/graduate degree that combines study from philosophy, politics and economics. The College of Policy Sciences introduced this convergent course, aiming to help students understand the knowledge, power, and economics that our society is based on. Also, by teaching cross over humanities, social sciences, and languages together, the college seeks to cultivate global-minded, creative and rhetorical, and multicultural views of individuals.
According to the new integrated system, all students in the college choose a minor or double major in humanities, social science, law and, by extension, natural science. They can study not only preliminary knowledge of law but also other diverse fields up to history, literature, economics, administrative science, politics, philosophy and humanities. The College of Policy Sciences’ purpose is to raise core professionals in policy throughout every field so it teaches advantageous knowledge in preparing law school and the Public Administration Examination. It offers advanced classes taught entirely in English. For this, professors in philosophy, economics, law and politics take part in the lectures of the department.
The college arranged a variety of benefits to raise global experts. The college doesn’t aim for domestic employment but purposely training professionals who will distinguish themselves in the global world. Under the goal. The college has created the Diamond Program in order to attain their goal. It grants freshmen a chance for entry into an English education program and those with superior grades garner the benefit of training overseas. The college covers all the tuition for education.
Furthermore, the college gives full economic support. Students are awarded a scholarship if they achieve a certain record. Freshmen can obtain full or half scholarships if they satisfy the record condition the college set on the College Scholastic Ability Test. Thanks to the system, the majority of students are on a scholarship every year. Also, the college assures students of a full scholarship when they enroll in a combined master’s and doctorate program at Hanyang University.
Internet Hanyang news team interviewed the dean and administration team manager of the College of Policy Sciences.
By Jaehyun Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Kae-ho Seo, Student Photographer
A. With the start of the law school system in Hanyang University, new departments have been created to take the place of the College of Law. This is due to the limitation of courses and departments referencing “law”. So, our department does try to maintain the figure of the Department of Law. We are receiving 100 students each year. We can basically divide students by three groups, those who prepare for the Legal Education Eligibility Test (LEET), others aiming to take Public Administration Examination, and the rest who studies on their own subject of interest.
A. In the beginning, the atmosphere was quite unstable. Both students and the administration team did not know which directions to head. However, everyone in the Administration team and all professors actively worked to solve it, and now things have settled down as a whole. Now there are many events and lots of time with mentors in order to help students adjust to college life.
Also, when the college first received its students in 2009, the freshmen orientation was prepared by the students in the College of Law, which led our students to participate in their student clubs and academic societies. However, we are trying to encourage our students to establish their own activities. Now there is a debate club in the college, but it is not very active. However, we hope to see more clubs within the college.
A. I think the friendly and family-like environment must have been the key. The professors in the College of Policy Sciences cherish the students, which helps to build a close relationship with the students. Students visit professors or faculty members very often to communicate whenever they need help. When they visit, we professors spare some time to have meals together, talk and guide them. Currently, we are trying to recruit more professors in the college with hopes of making this relationship more stable over time. Also, for the characteristic of the college and its curriculum, students coming to the College of Policy Sciences have relatively clear and acute future goals in mind. Along with the same perspective, the college itself also provides students with various infra structures to open ways toward the goals. This could be the reason students find the college satisfactorily.
A. Since our college is still very young, we have a long way to go. First, we are planning on creating a research lab and to start an international exchange program. Instead of focusing on developed countries, I want to turn the eyes on the developing countries like Vietnam. If students from those countries come to Korea, study, and return to their home countries to become the leaders of the countries, it would be highly meaningful. The College of Law provides a great example of academic exchanges with foreign universities. In order to progress our department we benchmark ourselves against other universities.
A. It seems like students nowadays lack ambition. The rate of students applying for law schools or the Public Administration Examination is dropping, perhaps due to lack of information. However, students in Hanyang University are of amazing potential. Your seniors all have done it, so be challenging and striven. The door opens only when you knock. The university is planning to branch out the Public Administration Examination class for the students in the College of Economics of Finance and the College of Business. The class will accept about 170 or 180 students, space for studying for the exam will provide seats for all students and even dormitory for half of those students. With this amount of support all you need is desire and courage. Dream big and we will support you with all means possible.
By Jaehyun Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Kae-ho Seo, Student Photographer
A. There probably won’t be too much difference in tasks compared to other Colleges. Our team consists of me, as the department manager, and two faculty members in charge of academic affairs and registering. In terms of the work, we do put someone in responsibility, but we tend to share the work and help each other all the time, just like a family.
A. In 2009 when the students came to the college for the first year, they came to the office to ask for, literally, everything. Because they were the first year students and we were not familiar with the work either, we all had to learn together, step by step. Now students come less often. This is probably because they now have their seniors to ask. However, our principle from 2009 until now has not changed; we never turn away students who come for help. How much concerned the student might have been, before coming to knock the door of the administration team? We might not always know the solution or help them immediately; however, we believe that we have to, at least, find them a way to solve it. For that, we rarely have problems.
A. Well, we support fees for several tests. For example, when students register for the TOEIC through us, we pay for the registration fee. The same thing goes for the PSAT (Public Service Aptitude Test), which is the primary step to take Public Administration Examination. In addition, we have hosted numerous special lectures for the Legal Education Eligibility Test (LEET), which are open for all students in Hanyang Unviersity. We promote the lectures through all possible means within school, so keep an eye on them if you are interested.
A. We have been holding an annual barbeque party and semester-closing party twice a year. Barbeque party is held during the spring festival. We hire a company to cook food, and all professors, students and faculty members gather around to eat, talk and have fun. As for the semester-closing party, we have a buffet meal or a hamburger party. During the events, we also discuss the future plans of the students. It might be because they are the first students who came to the college, but we really love students a lot.
A. We are the supporting group. If you need anything, visit us. The door is always open. All you need to do is show up.
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