Recommendations for reading materials for a student hoping to attend the international college withing a Korean University.
Sorry for the length. I'm just a little out of my element and I want to give everyone as much information as possible. I'm currently teaching at a foreign language high school in South Korea. After coaching a student with her TOEFL writing, she is now looking for help to preparing her application for Underwood International College
, a subset of Yonsei University. She's struggling a bit because she's finding she doesn't quite have the background knowledge that these essays are requiring. She's asked me for recommendations for books (specifically an essay collection) to address this issue. Unfortunately, with a background in English and Secondary Education, I don't know of an essay collection that would be appropriate. (If she wanted a recommendation for essays on feminist literary criticism, I'd totally have her back...).
Here are some of the sample questions I've seen from her. (The first one was prepared by her hagwon instructor, and the second two she prepared herself):
A couple of years ago, the late president Kim Dae Jung and the former Premier Lee, Kuan Yew debated fiercely whether liberal democracy and market capitalism should be universally applied to the region of Asia; the former South Korean President argues that liberal democracy and market capitalism is a universal values that should be generally recognized throughout the world while the former Singaporean leader counter-argued that it would risk making society chaotic because people do not have the consciousness as democratic citizens. Whose opinion do you take between these two? Write an essay of around 400 words.
There are two kinds of moral reasoning; consequential and categorical. Unlike consequential moral reasoning which has its core on logical reasoning, categorical finds morality in certain duties and rights. In your opinion, which moral reasoning should have priority?
The Korean Peninsula is now the only land where a country that used to be one, has divided. The unification of the two Koreas is now a “must” for world peace. Of the many methods that can be taken in order to combine DPRK and ROK, diplomacy is thought to be the most effective and powerful. State specific measures ROK must take in order to achieve the long held dream of unification.
Essentially, everything seems to require you to define or know some basic political or economic structure of ideology and apply it to real world examples.
So I'm asking the hive mind, what are some good books that will go through and explain basic political structures and ideologies with practical real world examples that she can call on to answer these questions. It would probably be a plus if they were in Korean, but feel free to recommend books in English and assume that her English level is quite high.