The Korean Story: Secrets of an Economic Miracle
Length Length

11 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

4-6 hours per module

PRICE PRICE

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

TRANSFORMATIVE economic growth in 3 decades
Probe into what is known as

THE MIRACLE OF THE HAN RIVER

TRANSFORMATIVE economic growth in 3 decades
The Korean RURAL SAEMAUL Movement

HOW AND WHY THIS REFORM MOVEMENT WORKED

The Korean RURAL SAEMAUL Movement
Why early education, health and gender reforms matter
Understand the policies that shaped Korea's

HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT

Why early education, health and gender reforms matter
How to ACHIEVE the SDGs
Leveraging

KOREA'S EXPERIENCE

How to ACHIEVE the SDGs

Overview

What can the world learn from the Korean development story?

The Korean Story discusses the socio-political and historical context that has shaped the economic growth of South Korea. It probes into how South Korea, post-WWII, was able to transform its economy within three decades to emerge as a leading innovation and technology center in the 21st century.

It highlights South Korea’s current status in terms of human development indicators and the SDGs and offers insights on how other countries can achieve similar growth stories with structured reform and policy measures.

The course features modules from eight leading Korean experts in economics, politics, education, health, gender empowerment, rural development, and transportation. The eminent thought-leader in economics and sustainable development, Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs presents the introductory module about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while especially focusing on the Korean experience of setting goals and targets to achieve them.

The Korean Story: Secrets of an Economic Miracle is developed and produced by the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, in partnership with the SDG Academy.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

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    Byoung-Joo Kim

    KDI School of Public Policy and Management

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    Soogil Young

    SUNY

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    Do-Hyun Han

    Academy of Korean Studies

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    Eun Kyung Kim

    Korea Women's Development Institute

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    Soonman Kwon

    Seoul National University

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    Ju-Ho Lee

    KDI School of Public Policy and Management

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    Jaehak Oh

    Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)

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    Jeffrey Sachs

    Columbia University

This course is for

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts of nation-building, economic reform, governance and development.

Government officials and bureaucrats who want to understand more about South Korea’s development story.

Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors, such as those who work in the financial sector – who need to understand the economic models that support and depend on sustainable development

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

The course will run live from Oct 8, 2018, through Jan 7, 2019.

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to receive a digital Verified Certificate signed by the course instructors. In order to successfully complete the course, students must score an average of 70% or higher on the graded components of the course.

syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

An Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and South Korea’s experience of financing and mobilizing partnerships for achieving them.

Module 2: The Korean Economic Miracle: Its Secrets & Lessons

A comprehensive overview of Korea’s reforms from 1962-1992 that spearheaded its economic and financial growth.

Module 3: Accumulating Human Capital for Sustainable Development in Korea

A bird’s eye view into the three pillars of human capital development in Korea - expanding educational opportunities, linking education with skill-building and combating brain-drain.

Module 4: Health Policy and Universal Health Coverage

These chapters examine Korea’s health policy which includes universal health coverage, immunization programs, establishing public health centres and providing National Health Insurance.

Module 5A: Achievements of the Korean Rural Saemaul Movement (1)

This module describes the rise of the Saemaul Movement, its motivations and implementation at the local level.

Module 5B: Achievements of the Korean Rural Saemaul Movement (2)

This module continues to discuss the Saemaul Movement focusing on its main impacts particularly for women empowerment, reforestation and leadership.

Module 6: Environment and Global Considerations

What were the main environmental challenges that Korea faced during its years of economic growth - these chapters highlight the shift in paradigm towards achieving green growth?

Module 7: The Role of Women in Korean Development

An overview of the status of women through Korea’s history and how women’s rights and political participation came about.

Module 8: Politics of Making Development Sustainable in South Korea

A scrutiny into the political-economy of South Korea through the ‘miracle years’ and its larger implications for development practice.

Module 9: Economic Growth and Transport Investment in South Korea

How dedicated policies and reform in Korea’s transportation sector influenced the overall growth story.

Module 10: SDGs for Development & Leveraging Korean Experience

This concluding module discusses Korea’s current and future standing with the SDGs and how other countries can best leverage Korea’s experience.