Human Rights Policy and Law

Human Rights Policy and Law

Professor. Kang Il Shin

Language : Korean

 A+ : JeongWon

  1. Short Introduction : …
  2. Class Composition : ★☆☆
    • Almost 100 students per semester
    • However, the bigger the class, the higher the number of personnel receiving Grades As and above.
  3. Lecture Style : ★☆☆
    • A typical course in where the Professor gives a lecture and the students write down the content.
    • Minimum discussion and interaction between the Professor and students.
    • The Professor uploads reading materials a few days before the lecture and although it is not mandatory to read the materials beforehand, it is always wise to do so.
    • Sometimes to me, it felt like the Professor was speaking too fast and I had to record the lecture and listen to it again after.
    • After mid-term exam, the class watches “How to Kill a Mockingbird” for a week and watch video clips of Martin Luther King Jr. and Korean Dramas.
  4. Workload : ★★☆
    • An essay is assigned at the beginning of the semester that is due at the end. It is graded only on whether you turned it in or not.
    • Preparation for the exams will not be too difficult if you have taken other law-related courses, but it may be demanding if this is your first time.
    • The reading materials are all official constitutional court decisions. This was not my forte so, I had some trouble in this regard. On average, one sentence is about 5~10 lines long and the vocabulary is alienating. (quite challenging)
  1. Perks : ★☆☆
    • If you ask, the Professor will look over your law school self-introduction essay.
  2. Difficulty of Exams : ★☆☆
    • The exam is comprised of around 10 multiple choice questions and 1 essay type question. Multiple choice questions don’t require you to know every article and clause word-by-word, but you still have to read through the materials dealt in class and the notes you wrote down quite thoroughly several times and memorize parts of the constitution that the professor emphasizes.
      • The essay question requires you to read a passage and write your opinion on it using given key words. It typically requires you to write 15~20 lines. Since you are only given 50 minutes to finish the exam, time allocation is key in getting a high score.
    • Compared with other exams I’ve taken, the difficulty of this exam is on the low side. But due to high competition, there is an inflation of scores. Everyone does well. Not making mistakes is key in getting a good final grade.
  1. Tips :
    • Record the lectures with your phone and listen again. Even the most focused of students have a hard time writing down and understanding everything the professor says. He tends to wander away from the topic at times so it gets quite demanding to constantly focus in class.
      • Record the class and listen to it again afterwards going over your notes and class materials.
      • Multiple choice questions will require you to remember certain key words or concepts that the professor simply states but not written in your reading materials so you might miss a few if you don’t record and listen.
      • What I did was listen to the recording the day the class was held and go over the notes and reading materials that was covered during the week on the weekends.
    • Read the class materials beforehand. It will become much easier to understand the class.
    • It’s a good idea to read through everything at least 3 times before the exams. For the constitution articles and clauses mentioned in class, memorize until you can grasp every concept it has to offer.
    • This class was an emotional and timely burden. There are literally no materials you can find on the web or anyone that can give you information on how the exams will be like.
      • However, competition for good grades is high since almost every single student in the class is aiming for an admission to Law School. If you are good at writing and have taken law related courses before, this class may be suited for you. If you are not confident in your ability to write, have a hard time in memorizing or it’s your first time with law, I highly recommend you to think twice before choosing this course. I somehow managed an A+, but I believe luck played a large part in this.
    • Human Rights is an interesting field in law and this course lets you learn about it through reading multiple official constitutional court opinions. This approach was interesting and educative and it lets you think about what human rights really is.
      • Apart from the negative aspects regarded with grading and competition, if you really want to learn human rights and how they’re dealt with in the constitution this class is for you.
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