Global Sustainability Course

Global Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects in East Asia

May 7 - 22, 2018

INBA 4898/MGMT 4698/ENTR 4398 (3 credits)

Sustainability thinking intends to make human economic systems last longer and have less impact on ecological systems, and particularly relates to concerns over major global problems such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, population growth, and water and energy supply shortage. Sustainability is rapidly becoming a strategic issue for companies in all sectors.

This course takes a close look at what is happening in business strategy today through the ‘lens’ of sustainability. We will explore corporate sustainability challenges and opportunities in a global context and with a particular emphasis on East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and China.

20 hours of instruction taught at LMU scheduled during spring semester. 

One week educational trip to Seoul, Korea (May 7-15)
One week educational trip to Tokyo, Japan (May 15-22)

Includes guest lectures in each country, corporate visits and cultural excursions

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  • Application Process

    Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.00 or higher may register for Global Sustainabiltity: Challenges and Prospects in East Asia for the spring semester. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

    The instruction at LMU will include 20 hours of lecture over four Saturdays during the spring 2018 semester. Students then go to Seoul, Korea from May 7-15 for cultural experiences, corporate visits and lectures. Students then travel to Tokyo, Japan from May 15-22 for a new cultural experience, additional corporate visits and lectures.

    *Consent of Assistant Director is required prior to registration. Students must complete Study Abroad application. Do not register on PROWL. After accepted into course, complete general petition form with Marki Hackett by January 12, 2018. The travel fee of $3,000 (excluding airfare) will be applied to the student account upon registering. Of this fee, $500 is a non-refundable deposit.

  • Required Documents
    • Passport (additional expense)
    • International Health Insurance (may be an additional expense if not included in student's insurance plan)
  • Program Costs

    Note: By registering for the course in the spring semester and maintaining full-time status, no additional tuition will be charged. In addition, if LMU GPA requirements are met, student may apply for unit overload. Graduating students will need to apply for August graduation but are eligible to walk in May commencement.

    Seoul, Korea: includes double occupancy, transportation, cultural site fees, lecture fees, breakfast, and a welcome and farewell dinner.

    Tokyo, Japan: includes double occupancy, transportation, cultural site fees, lecture fees, breakfast, and a welcome and farewell dinner.

    Total: $3000 *Airfare not included (discount group rate available)


"To anyone interested in learning about not only the business markets and economies of Asia but also their different cultures and societies, then this program will definitely help you learn and experience just that. As someone who has visited Korea and Japan before, I learned even more about these two countries through this program. To learn about the importance of CSR and sustainability in businesses in this program was valuable knowledge and experiences that I will take with me in my career." - Marissa Yonamine

"I was not expecting to get the experience I did out of it. There is a lot planned, but you are also allowed lot of free time- make the most out of that free time. You are going to get out what you put in. So are you going to go along with the program during the day and want to call it a night early, or for just two weeks push yourself to experience every last thing you could? That was the best two weeks of my life, and the camaraderie you are able to build with the other students on the trip is unparalleled. Go to Asia!"

"This experience was probably one of the most influential and exciting of my entire life. I created so many fun memories and made a ton of new friends that will last a lifetime." - Riley Brewer

"A life changing two weeks!" - Gunnar Hamina


Marki Hackett, Assistant Director
Center for Asian Business