Global NGO Master Program(GNMP)

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Global NGO Master Program(GNMP)

The May 18 Institute offers a master’s degree in the program of Global NGO Master Program, GNMP. The GNMP welcomes individuals who are passionate and energized to be transformative thought NGO workers and leaders in Asia-Africa.

We aim to educate global NGO workers and the next generation of leaders who will help transform nonprofit, social enterprises, international NGOs, social services agencies, art and cultural institutions, foundations and advocacy and volunteer organizations in Asia and Africa. We encourage anyone with a passion the promotion of social change, human rights, democratization, local community development, solidarity across borders, and humanitarian aid.

The program starts in 2016 as a theoretical and practical educational platform for international sharing and expanding of the spirit and experiences of MAY 18 Gwangju Civilian Movement on site. The GNMP works closely with the May 18 Memorial Foundation in Gwangju, the official body commemorating the democratic struggle in Gwangju on May 18, 1980 and the students have an excellent chance to know and trace the spirit and history of democracy movement of Korea. We aim at strength of democratic civil society through NGO workers’ global networking and solidarity across borders.

We provide multidisciplinary curriculum, integrating academic and practitioners’ training. The curriculum covers a wide range of current issues from both regional and global perspectives, all of them taught in English. The GNMP is intended for the people who have been contributing or have the potential to contribute to leading social progress in Asia-Africa. GNMP offers intensive and flexible preparation for those who seek leadership and skills for more just and equitable social development in Asia-Africa. For this purpose the program provides the foreign students with the good scholarship opportunity and living stipend.

GNMP Course
Items contents
course Four Semester-Two Year course
credits 24 credits
qualification - At least two-years of NGO work in Asia-Africa
- Korean interested in International NGO studies and work
- (recommendation letter from belonged NGO required)
course requirement Full credits required and Thesis submission
entrance quota 5-10 person

Global NGO Master Program, GNMP is multidisciplinary social studies program taught in English with special reference to Korean, Asian-African civil society. GNMP offers an advanced and intensive program, including individual self-research, mutual learning by students and thematic approaches.

Course Grid

Students enrolled in the GNMP take a total of eight(8) graduate courses:

▶ Four (4) GNMP core classes (including Theses)
▶ Four (4) GNMP elective classes from a menu of choices
▶ Internship program

Full-Time Program Grid

ex) GNMP is a 18-month, 4-quarter (including 6 months for field work and thesis writing) program consisting of core courses, elective courses, and a thesis, making up a total of 24 credits. Quarters have a varied number of sessions.

Core Courses

- Civil Society and Social Movement
- NGO Studies
- NGO Methodology
- Thesis

Elective Courses(* Not all elective courses are available each year)
Section 1: Human Rights

- Democracy & Human Rights
- Human Rights & NGO
- Human Rights & The Basic Law

Section 2: Political Economics

Capitalism and Social Economics
Post Colonialism Seminar
Section 3: Peace: International Conflicts and Peace Movement
Section 4: Ecology: Environmentalism & Ecology
Section 5: Women’s movement
- International Migration and Women
- Women in the Third World 

Core requirement
core requirement course detail
subject class title
civil society & social movement Introduction ◦ Introduction to Social Science and Civil Society
◦ Theories of Social Movement
5·18 and Human Rights  ◦ Modernization and Social movement in Korea
◦ Theory of Social Movement in Korea
◦ The May 18 Democratic Uprising in Gwangju
◦ Case study on democratic movement in Asia
Democracy and Participatory Democracy ◦ Understanding of the formation of the Nation state and civil society in Korea
◦ Historical approach of the theory of Democracy
◦ Democracy and history of civil movement in the Western society
Seminar on New Social Movement ◦ Labor movement and Class struggles in Korea
◦ Theoretical/historical understanding of Class struggles and new-social movement in Korea
Theory of Reform Movement ◦ Pro-democracy movements and many agents in Korea
◦ Labor movement and peasant movement in Korea
◦ Media reform movement in Korea
NGO Studies Introduction ◦ Introduction to NGO Studies
◦ Theories of NGOs and Civil Society
Civil society and NGO in Korea ◦ From converged 'big movement' to ' many movement in differences' in Korea
◦ Formation of new social movement sector and NGO in Korea
◦ Field work experiences at NGO in Korea
NGO organization ◦ NGO /NPO organization and operations
◦ NGO/ NPO financial management
◦ NGO/ NPO leadership and volunteering
Information and Pubic Sector ◦ Understanding of Information society
◦ The state-market-individual in the information society
◦ Development of information technology and change of GO/NGO's activities
I-NGO Studies ◦ History of International NGO
◦ Typology and activities of INGO
◦ INGO and international networks
NGO methodology NGO reseach method ◦ Reseach method-Quantitative method
◦ Action Ethnography-Qualitative method
◦ How to write a Thesis
Thesis Thesis ◦ Independent study for thesis
◦ Writing thesis and examination
(case studies)
◦ Case studies of social movement in Asia
major elective course
subject course title course details
Human Rights Democracy & Human Rights ◦ Socio-historical understanding of democracy and human rights
◦ Practical understanding of the process of social movement for democracy in the third world with case studies.
Human Rights & NGO ◦ NGO history of Human rights movement
◦ NGO works and experiences for Democracy and Human rights movement in the each countries.
Human Rights & the Basic Laws ◦ The expansion of the concept of Human rights and the basic law
◦ Ideal and realistic views of human rights laws in Asia through concrete case studies of the each countries
Political Economics Capitalism and Social Economics ◦ Understanding of the structure and characters of the capitalism
◦ Analysis of the neo-liberalism and its geographical inequality
◦ Cases and theories of Alternatives; social economic, corporatism, economic community, etc.
Post-colonialism ◦ Political-economic understanding of Imperialism and Colonialism
◦ Discussion of Post colonialism, Franz Fanon, Homi Bahba, etc.
◦ Concreteness of Postcolonial ideas in the transnational context
Peace International Conflicts and Peace Movement ◦ Historical Case studies of International conflicts around races, nations, religions, territories, etc.
◦ Understanding of innate characteristics of International Relations with critical perspectives.
◦ History and activities of Peace movements for resolution of international conflicts and struggles.
Ecology Environmentalism & Ecology ◦ Understanding of the relation between Globalism and Global warming
◦ Theoretical discussion of Environment and Ecosystem such as 'Environmentalism', 'Deep Ecology', 'Social Ecology', etc.
◦ The flow of International Eco-Movement and INGO's activities
◦ How to balance Development & Ecosystem in Asia-Africa.
Women's movement International Migration and Women ◦ 'Womenization' of International labor migration in the context of neoliberalism
◦ Analysis of gendered geographical power relations between the homeland and transnational social space through disjuncture or conjuncture of race, class and national differences
◦ How to reconstruct/deconstruct of women's communities, women's cultures, women's right movement, and citizenship crossing the national borders.
Women in the Third world ◦ Examination of Women's lives structured by the production and reproduction arena through the formation of the nation-state and globalization
◦ Gender relationships historically formed by Patriarchy and familism ideology
◦ Under the macro discourses, nationalism, patriotism, modenization and development idea, how to interpret/work of gender and sexuality? additionally investigate how to do for the gender equal society.


All students are required to write a thesis or an equivalent research paper on a topic related to social changes and non-profit/governmental sectors with special reference to democracy or development or civil society in Asia-Africa. An emphasis on the applicant’s own country context is strongly recommended. The choice of topic outlined will be the priority point of consideration throughout the entire admission process.

Internship program

The Internship program is an integral part of the experiential learning for all full-time GNMP students, which builds upon core competencies and principles of NGO workers’ leadership in the classroom. It consists of;

1. a supervised mentoring and workmanship/leadership development experience with either an executive director or senior level leader at a Gwangju-area NGO organization or foundation
2. a partnership with the goal of learning about the organization and providing student support on various levels that can include strategic planning; target projects, or development and philanthropy, and
3. a commitment of 20 hours of practicum time with the organization during the academic year.

Application Form 2016 GNMP Admission Guide 2016 Chonnam National University - Guide


We welcome applicants;

▶ with an undergraduate degree, preferably in social science fields, and

▶ with at least 2 years of work experiences generally in the non-profit or non-governmental sectors in Asia, Africa and Korea.

▶ with passionate involvement in issues such as the promotion of social change, human rights, democratization, local community development, solidarity across borders, and humanitarian aid in Asia and Africa (a sole purpose of career advancement in the NGO sector is not encouraged).

Documents Required

1. Completed and Signed Application Form 2016 [DOWN] ONE 3.5cm x 4.5cm color photograph taken within the last six months with a white or light background.

2. Attested copy of graduation certificate(with authentication of the university conferring degree)

3. Official Full Transcript(showing the grade of whole semesters) from the university previously attended

4. Two letters of recommendation from two different persons, each who are well aware of your work, career and study

5. Official English language test score within 2 years of the application

The minimum requirement; TOEFL PBT 550, CBT 210, IBT 80, IELTS 5.5, TEPS 550 According to the Ministry of Education regulation, those who are either from countries where the native language is English or have obtained a university degree from the following countries in Asia may be exempted from the English language test: India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore. If the applicant is waiting for the result of the English test at the time of application for the GNMP, please specify in the application form about the expected date of the test result.

6. A photocopy of passport

7. Information Collection and Use Agreement

※ All documents need to be translated and notarized if the original is not in English.
※ Successful candidates should verify the authenticity of the certificates and transcripts authorized by the government authorities or Korean embassy.


* Application schedule for Korean students will be noticed by the middle of April, 2016 on the main website of Chonnam National University. (Korean version)

Schedule of GNMP ADMISSION NOTICE Procedure Date Note

Submission of All Required Application Materials 17 April ~27 May 2016 By Post

Notification of the Admission Result By 13 June 2016 By Email

Orientation August 2016 will be noticed

◆ All the application and required documents should be sent by post mail to following address. :
      May 18 Institute, Department of Global NGO Master Program
      Chonnam National University 
      77 Yungbong-Ro, Buk-Gu, 
      Gwangju, South KOREA 

◆ Inquiry : / / 82-62-530-3916

◆ Homepage :

Full(or partial) Scholarship

Full scholarships consists of the tuition fees and the living stipend.

Full may be given to the qualified students from developing countries in Asia and Africa.

Provision of scholarship may be made invalid when the students takes ‘time-off’ during the course of when the student’s academic achievement for the previous term falls behind the school regulation.

The tuition scholarship does not cover the expense for the field work and writing-up of thesis for the last (fourth) quarter. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified of the result at the time of the notification of the admission offer.

The living stipend for its recipient is provided for the first THREE quarters while the student is in residence within the university. It must be remembered that the provision of living stipend is meant to cover only the accommodation fee of the university dormitory, basic food and the very minimum level of expense for living. The student is expected to supplement the living stipend with his/her own resource for other expenses such as health insurance, transportation, books, daily commodities, pocket money, etc.


Maintenance of Legal status for International student


Health Insurance

Please note that it is an important requirement under the Korean law that the international student has to take up the private health insurance while he/she is in enrollment with the university. This means that the new student must have valid insurance from the start of their study in Korea until they graduate in the following year. Those who opt to take up private insurance from their own country should submit the copy of the insurance to the university when they arrive in Korea. The insurance document must be written in English. In case the student wishes to take up the insurance in Korea the university will provide the student with relevant information for the private insurance, but ultimately the insurance is the student’s own responsibility.

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Director of Global NGO Master Program

Prof.Haekwang Park

- Professor, Department of Sociology
- Academic Specialty: Social and Cultural Theory
- Tel: +82-62-530-2644, 3917
- E-mail:


Board of Teaching and Resource Persons

Prof.Julia Jiwon Shin

- Assistant Professor. Department of Sociology
- Academic Specialty: Social Work, International Migration and Gender
- Tel: +82-62-530-2648
- E-mail :

Prof.Minho Yeom

- Associate Professor, Department of Education
- Academic Specialty: Educational Administration and Policy
- Tel: +82-62-530-2597
- E-mail :

Prof.Yong Cheol Kim

- Professor, Department of Political Science
- Academic Specialty: Comparative Politics, Korean Politics
- Tel: +82-62-530-2627
- E-mail :

Prof.Kyun Soo Kim

- Professor, Department of Communication
- Academic Specialty: New Communication Technology and Journalism
- Tel: +82-62-530-2671
- E-mail :

Prof.Kyungju Ahn

- Lecturer, GNMP
- Academic Specialty: Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Theory
- Tel: +82-42-933-8427
- E-mail:

Prof.Yiombi Thona

- Lecturer, GNMP (Professor in Gwangju University)
- Academic Specialty: NGO Studies
- Political Science: International Relations
- Forced Migration
- Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
- Tel: +82-62-670-2017
- E-mail :

Prof.Sushil Pyakurel

- Lecturer, GNMP
- Academic Specialty: Human Rights and NGO(Former Commissioner of Nepal's Human Rights Commission)
- E-mail :


Admission / Administrative Office of GNMP

Mr. Jeongseob Lim (tel : +82-62-530-3916, E-mail :