Human Rights Society
Are human rights real? Who defines human rights? Do human rights matter? These are just some of the questions HR Society attempt to answer at our meetings. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been in existence for 70 years, and yet around the world, HR Society continue to see gross human rights violations. Why? The Human Rights Society is a place to discuss these pressing human rights issues and what we can do about them, with individuals that have a wide variety of perspectives. It is a place to learn, and share important information, such as volunteering opportunities or human rights resources; but also to make friends. HR Society have weekly meetings over dinner, led by members who have a particular topic they would like to talk about, or occasionally there are guest seminars. HR Society also have the occasional social to interesting events in Seoul—from a women’s self-defense workshop to a cherry blossom festival! The best thing is that the topics we cover are directly relevant to our classes at GSIS, so you can further your studies all whilst having fun and being fed!
East Asia Society
East Asia Society gathers together to discuss about interesting topics within North and South East Asia (ASEAN). The society consists of 20-30 members and it opens to everyone in GSIS who is interested in gaining knowledge about the region. The society provides a platform where students are able to share knowledge through presentations, documentaries and discussions. All topics discussed are related to the region and involve cultural, developmental, political, economic and human rights aspects. For instance, 'the Drugs War in the Philippines', 'Tensions on the Korean peninsula' and 'the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar, etc. Every meeting includes a dinner and on top of that, the society organizes field trips where students have the opportunity to experience the culture of East Asia.
The European Society at Korea University is dedicated to educating, promoting and enlightening people about the entity that is Europe and its many countries and cultures. This is usually done through meetings throughout the semester that focuses on a specific topic related to Europe or a specific country or issue within or related to Europe. The European society also benefits greatly from the fact that Korea University is host to the KU-KIEP-SBS EU Centre, an organization that hosts many events related to Europe and the European Union, which the European Society helps promote. European Society is a forum where people can discuss, debate and share their opinions and at the same time learn a great deal about Europe.