This course is designed to cover topics in the area of urban policy and administration, with the primary focus on urban administration in Seoul, South Korea. The primary goal of the “SPIA in Seoul” program is to further our students’ understanding of city management, specifically the policies and programs that cities can adopt to meet the challenges facing any large metropolitan area. We will focus on the Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) and use their reform efforts as a case study in urban administration. An additional goal is to give students the opportunity to travel abroad and gain knowledge of a different culture. The readings and discussions are designed to cover several key areas of city administration including: built environment, economic development, human rights, and human services. This course involves several class meetings prior to going abroad and 40 hours of classroom work while in South Korea.
The specific objectives of the course are:
- To provide a broad understanding of city management in a world-class metropolis, and its broader (country-level) context.
- To recognize issues facing large urban environments, such as economic development, immigration, housing, transportation, technology, and design.
- To identify possible policy solutions for problems facing cities such as Seoul.
Each student will be assigned to a group and a topic to make a 15 minute presentation on the morning of the last day of the program in Korea. The presentations will build on the experiences and lessons learned during the program. Presentations should be done using POWERPOINT, encourage questions, and engage the attendees.
RESEARCH PROPOSAL MEMO
Based on the course readings assigned for classroom discussion in Athens, each student will develop a one page project proposal outlining the final research project. The proposal should cover the topic of study selected by the student, the data or information needed from the Seoul Municipal Government, and a plan of action for completing the project. Students may change the research topic as they learn further from classes. All research proposals should be emailed as a Word document to the instructors no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 11th.
In the proposal, the following questions must be addressed.
What is your research question?
Why do you think it is important? Who will care and why?
What kind of data and literature might you use?
What kind of policy suggestions do you hope to make?
FINAL RESEARCH PROJECT
After our return from Seoul, students will complete a final research project (15 to 20 pages in length, double spaced). This project can take one of two forms – management or policy evaluation. First, students will conduct a thorough review of relevant literature to serve as the basis for evaluation. Second, students will provide a review and evaluation (does not have to be quantitative) of a management issue or policy reform adopted by SMG. As part of the evaluation, students may provide a discussion comparing SMG to the U.S., or give a creative policy recommendation. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of the thoroughness and accuracy of the information reviewed, comparison to the U.S., and evaluative arguments presented. The adequacy of references to the appropriate literature, and the absence of grammatical and spelling errors are also required. Research projects should be emailed as a single Word document to Dr. Bradley Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, June 2.