There are a substantial number of courses taught at Columbia Business School (CBS), Columbia Law School (CLS), and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) that are directly relevant to the ASC through the combinations of their substantive and country specific or regional focus. In addition to courses in history and political science, the following graduate courses, offered during the 2019-20 academic year, were particularly relevant for students interested in APEC.
Economic Growth in Asia
This course is offered by SIPA in the spring and is taught by Jong-Wha Lee, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia SIPA. This course is designed to introduce the growing Asian market to students and engage in policy issues related to it. In that, Students are expected to learn of current structural problems and policy challenges faced by countries like Japan, China, India, etc. The course also covers economic theories and data analysis explaining the growth experienced in Asia in recent years.
Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula
The seminar is offered by CLS in the spring and is taught by Jeong-Ho Roh, Director and Lecturer, Center for Korean Legal Studies. It explores three inter-related themes. Part I centers around the theme of division and nuclearization. The aim is to examine the international legal difficulties raised when attempting to define the "special relationship" between the two Koreas and the implications this has for understanding past and present conflicts on the peninsula. The course explored the circumstances behind the North Korean pursuit of WMD and the ensuing conflict with Western powers. The focus is on placing the North Korean WMD program in the context of existing international treaty regimes with an aim to understanding the international legal constraints and variables related to negotiating with a nuclear North Korea, including the role of the IAEA, the impact of the 1994 Agreed Framework and the KEDO agreements. Part II deals with the broader international legal and institutional themes arising out of North Korea's relations with the major powers in the region: China, the United States, Russia, and Japan. This included topics relating to human rights (including both domestic human rights abuse, and its role in foreign affairs and US legislation, and the problems raised by increasing refugee flows into China), money laundering, trafficking of drugs and counterfeit currency. The goal is to locate these issues in the broader framework of international human rights and criminal law and the resulting status of North Korea in the international community. Part III focuses on inter-Korea relations, including exploration of the international and domestic legal issues related to establishing a permanent peace regime, territorial disputes involving the Northern Limit Line (NLL), dynastic succession in North Korea and unification.
Global Immersion: Philippines: Asia's Rising Tiger
This class is usually offered at CBS in the fall and is taught by Professor Medini Singh, Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business at Columbia Business School. The course provides an academic bridge to the business practices in the Philippines, one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The class is offered as part of the Global Immersion program in the Columbia Business School, which includes a trip to the country of focus and direct communication with business leaders and entrepreneurs in the country.
Japanese Law, Society and Economy
This course is offered at CLS in the spring and is taught by Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Executive Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia Law. The course provides a critical introduction to the institutions and actors that comprise the Japanese legal system. Topics covered include the legal profession, constitutional law, formal and informal dispute resolution mechanisms, family law, employment law, and corporate law and governance. Major theoretical debates about the role of law in Japan are examined in connection with each substantive topic. Throughout the course, law is placed in the context of Japanese social, political, and economic institutions. For several weeks during the semester, visiting professors from the University of Tokyo Law School lead the class on topics related to their individual fields of expertise.
Korea and Regional Relations
This course is offered at SIPA in the spring and is taught by Stephen Noerper, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia SIPA and a Research Scholar of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. This course explores Korea's relations with its neighbors in Northeast Asia and in the world, with a focus on current pressing regional and international concerns. In addition to contemporary geopolitics, the course covers the history and context of tensions in the Korean Peninsula and offers an opportunity to analyze potential solutions to resolve them.
Law and Legal Institutions in China
This seminar is offered by CLS in the spring and is taught by Benjamin Liebman, Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law. This course is a survey of contemporary Chinese legal attitudes and institutions in a historical and comparative perspective. It begins with a brief examination of certain key themes and practices in China's traditional legal order and an appraisal of China's early-twentieth-century effort to import a Western legal model. The major portion of the term is devoted to a study of formal and informal legal institutions and procedures in the criminal and civil processes of the People's Republic of China and China's contemporary legal reform efforts. Topics will include an examination of the roles of the legal profession and the judiciary, the sources of law in contemporary China, the criminal justice system, efforts to use law to address China's growing environmental problems, and the development of China's legal framework governing financial markets.
Navigating China – The Second Largest Economy in the World
This course is offered by CBS in the spring and fall semester and is taught by Shang-Jin Wei, NT Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy. This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding these issues. As several other emerging market economies hope to follow China’s footsteps, the conceptual framework in the course should help one to better appreciate risks and rewards in these economies as well. This course discusses what motivates the Chinese as savers, consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs. Students explore both the people factor and the government factor underlying China’s growth story. This course combines conceptual knowledge with practical insight by inviting distinguished speakers with rich business or government experience to share their perspectives on China’s business environment and other related topics.