Introduction to Political Science Research (POL 295)

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the different theoretical and methodological approaches in political science. Students in this course learned these various frameworks and practice applying them to analyzing real political events. We began by talking about what political science is and what subfields there are. Then, we spent the first half of the course talking about various theoretical approaches, including rational choice, institutional approach, and feminism. In the latter half of the course, students learned about different methods in conducting political science research, including comparative method, experiment, and quantitative method. Students had chances to make their research questions and theoretical frameworks using those different approaches throughout the course.

Politics of China and East Asia (POL 392)

This course provides students with a broad understanding of Asian Politics. It will focus primarily on Northeast Asia (China, Japan, South and North Korea), with an occasional emphasis on the differences between it and Southeast Asia. Students in this course investigated these different Asian societies and discussed their shared history as well as the common political themes and patterns that exist within each country. The course focused in on three overarching themes—development, democracy, and conflict—in order to help students explore the domestic as well as the interstate politics of these countries. These three concepts have a long history within the region, and specific modern manifestations include: The economic rise of East Asian states, the emergence and development of democracy in the region, and the persistence of authoritarianism. By the end of the course, students were able to describe, explain, and critically evaluate  the principal political features and processes of these Asian societies and develop their own research projects centered on topics discussed in the course.

Introduction to International Relations (POL/IAF 253)

This course is an introduction to the theories and concepts within the field of international relations. Students in this class spent a semester learning about different IR paradigms, including realism, liberalism, and constructivism. Also, more importantly, students learned and practiced how to connect these theories to real-world events, interpreting current events through the lens of different paradigms. Topics include major global issues such as conflict, development, current events, human rights, war and violence, and the distribution of power and resources.

Women in Politics (POSC 318)

Chapman University, Fall 2019

The course provides an introduction to the history of feminism and its impact on politics and public policies, and fundamental concepts of feminist theories. It is aimed to make students enhance analytical and critical reasoning skills through active debates and writing. Topics include the history of the women’s movement in the United States, sex and gender, women’s political representation, women and leadership, women and war, and public policy issues relevant to women.

“Prof Moon in general was the most understanding, compassionate professor I’ve had at Chapman. She is the best!”

“Professor Moon was wonderful in her availability and willingness to aid the students. As someone who struggled with my research paper proposal and execution, Professor Moon was encouraging, supportive, and very clear about her requirements. She always expanded when the students looked confused, and was always willing to have conversations with individual students about the problems they were having.”

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the course because it provided a safe, accepting environment to share our opinions, our thoughts, and our experiences. The course was effective in increasing my knowledge on a wide variety of issues relating to women and feminism and I enjoyed the various guest speakers and the lecture slides. The course was friendly and I looked forward to attending because I think that the professor was super down to earth, helpful, willing to work with us, and just a good professor. I liked her a ton.”

Pedagogical Training

Teaching Assistant Courses at UC Irvine

  • Probabilities and Statistics in Social Science (SOC SCI 10B)
  • Seminar on Conflict Resolution (INTL ST 183CW / SOC SCI 183CW / SOCECOL 183CW)
  • Intro to International Relations (INTL ST 14 / POL SCI 41A)
  • Personality Theory (PSYCH 120P / PSCI 170S)
  • International Organizations (INTL ST 189 / POL SCI 149)
  • International Security (INTL ST 189 / POL SCI 149)
  • Intro to Political Science: Analysis (POL SCI 6A)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY BEH 9 / PSYCH 7A)

Guest Lectures at UC Irvine

  • “Individual Level Analysis in IR”
  • “Evolving South and North Korea Relations”
  • “Impact of States: The Cold War and MAD Threats”
  • “Counter-Terrorism: From Prevention to Response”
  • “Impact of Institutions: Peacebuilding”
  • “International Conflict Management”
  • “Intervention: Legitimacy and Consequences”
  • “Climate Change and the Global Environmental Regime” 
  • “Regionalism in Asia, Americas and the Middle East”
  • “Reforming Aging Country Clubs”
  • “Terrorism”

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