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Chiang Mai, Thailand | 2014 Summer Sessions I & II - ICCE

Whether you are inside or outside the classroom, remember that studying abroad can be more invigorating, meaningful, and long-lasting simply by its nature. You are more alert, curious, and willing to explore because you are in a new place. That eagerness extended to your studies could make you a different kind of student; take full advantage of this opportunity.

Courses

Taught in English

There are two curricular blocks to choose from:

  • Students in Session I, Session II, or Sessions I & II can choose courses in Southeast Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies. This option provides flexibility in the mixture of courses you choose and gives you the option of attending one or both summer sessions.
  • Students in the 8-week Sessions I & II can choose to enroll in the Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Exploration (ICCE), a block of interdisciplinary, team-taught courses focused on issues in agricultural ecology, history and culture of southeastern Asia, and ethnicity and nationalism.

Option I: Southeast Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies

You may enroll in up to 4 credits in Session I and up to 6 credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the 1-credit Field Study. This list of courses is subject to minor changes; course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

Session I

  • ASEAN Trade and Economics (ECON, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Buddhist Philosophy (PHIL, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Hill Tribe Field Study (ANTH, 400-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for field trips.
  • Intercultural Communication (COM, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Thai Language I (FLL, 100-level, 1 credit)
  • Thai Cuisine (NUTR, 400-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for ingredients and supplies.
  • Thai Society and Culture (ANTH/SOC, 100-level, 3 credits)

Session II

  • Buddhist Philosophy (PHIL, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • Hill Tribe Peoples and Culture Field Study (ANTH, 400-level, 3 credits) This course has an additional fee for field trips.
  • International Business Management (BUS/MGT, 300-level, 3 credits)
  • International Relations (PSC, 400-level, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Thai Language I (FLL, 100-level, 1 credit)
  • Introduction to Thai Language II (FLL, 200-level, 1 credit)
  • Thai Civilization (ANTH/SOC, 100-level, 3 credits)
  • Thai Cuisine (NUTR, 400-level, 1 credit) This course has an additional fee for ingredients and supplies.

Option II: Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Exploration (ICCE)

If you choose this option, you will be enrolled in the 9-credit block of courses; these courses must be taken as one unit and to participate you must be enrolled in Sessions I & II (8 weeks). There is a surcharge for this set of courses.

This interdisciplinary program explores the ecological foundation of food production systems, focused on particular case studies in Northern Thailand as well as the intersection of Thai history and contemporary social-cultural issues, with particular attention to gender roles, immigration, hill tribes, class structure, and intra-family dynamics. The courses are team taught by Thai and US professors, and include sustained interaction with local Thai students and course-specific service learning projects, language and culture lessons, visits and interviews with locals, guest speakers, field trips, and undergraduate research.

  • Food Forever (PSSC/AG/ENV/GEOG, 300-level, 3 credits, Session I)
  • Ethnicity and Society in Modern Thailand (SOC, 300-level, 3 credits, Session II)
  • Southeast Asian History and Culture (ANTH/HIST/FLL, 300-level, 3 credits, Session II)

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the cultural, historical and natural features of the region with carefully planned excursions. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) deepen your understanding of what you are exploring. A field study course counts as part of your credit load. The Hill Tribe Field Study (1-credit, Session I) and the Hill Tribe Peoples and Culture Field Study (3-credits, Session II) course are examples of this type of course.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Prof. Courtney White | Boise State University

Course Offered (Session I): Intercultural Communication

Prof. Courtney White (MBA, Stanford) has a background managing organizations in five countries, which adds practical insights to the program. She has taught a wide range of courses, including change management, strategy, intercultural communication, service learning, and environmental entrepreneurship. She has previously taught for USAC in Costa Rica and India.

Dr. Lee Altier | California State University, Chico

Course Offered (Session I): Food Forever

Dr. Altier (PhD, Cornell University) has over 18 years teaching experience in the College of Agriculture at CSU Chico. He was a horticulture volunteer for the Peace Corps in Nepal for three years, worked for the USDA on agricultural water quality for three years in southern Georgia, and has been teaching and doing research in Thailand since 2001. His research interests are in cropping systems and agricultural ecology, and he directs the Organic Vegetable Project on the Chico State University Farm.

Dr. Tony Waters | California State University, Chico

Course Offered (Session II): Ethnicity and Society in Modern Thailand

Tony Waters is a professor of sociology at CSU Chico (PhD, University of California, Davis). He has worked and taught internationally for many years in Germany, Tanzania, and Thailand. His introduction to working internationally was in northern Thailand where he was a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has written five books and many academic articles.

Dr. Daniel Veidlinger | California State University, Chico

Course Offered (Session II): Southeast Asian History and Culture

Dr. Veidlinger studied South and Southeast Asian culture and history for his PhD at the University of Chicago and has taught at CSU Chico for ten years. He has written a book about the impact of writing on the oral transmission of Buddhist texts in Thailand, and teaches courses about Asian religions, the relationship of science and technology to religion, and the effects of religion on current events.

Course Descriptions

ASEAN Trade and Economics

Summer Session I (Economics, 3 credits, 400-level)

A study of the national and regional economies of Southeast Asia; Agriculture, Industry, Finance, and the Services sector. The role of government. Development and economic change in the post-war period. Regional and international economic relations. Present economic trends.

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Buddhist Philosophy

Summer Session I (Philosophy, 3 credits, 300-level)
Summer Session II (Philosophy, 3 credits, 300-level)

This course is an introduction to a wide range of the Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed within the diverse regions of South, Central, and East Asia. The course covers a wide range of Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Chan/Zen, Pure Land Buddhism, etc. The course will address several areas of Buddhist Philosophy such as social, political, religious vs. non-religious, "who am I?", Buddhist Thought and Psychology.

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Ethnicity and Society in Modern Thailand

Summer Sessions I & II - ICCE (Sociology, 3 credits, 300-level)

Ethnicity and Society in Modern Thailand is a comparative study of the nature of inter-cultural contacts. Focus will be on the cultural diversity of Northern Thailand including the role of hill tribes, immigration, and national Thai culture, and the ancient Lanna Thai culture.

This course provides the opportunity to adopt a “hands-on” approach to the study of Social Science using the city of Chiang Mai (and surrounding countryside) as a real-life workshop and classroom. These will appear on your transcripts as separate classes, however we teach it as a joint class, and both of us will be present during class time. We encourage students to integrate the social sciences in evaluating literature, and vice versa.

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Food Forever

Summer Sessions I & II - ICCE (Agriculture, Environmental Science, Geography, Political Science, 3 credits, 300-level)

Are you concerned about the quality of your food, where it comes from, and how it is produced? Are you concerned about your impact on this planet and how you can maintain a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle? Are you interested in understanding more about the science underlying lifestyle choices? Then, get geared up for a stimulating experience!
During three weeks in the vicinity of Chiang Mai, Thailand, you will see, hear, and discuss critical challenges facing food producers and consumers. You will learn about how people in Thailand and elsewhere have adapted food production systems to environments around the world, and you will understand how agriculture has evolved into the intensive, mechanized production systems that we take for granted in the United States. Most importantly, you will be better able to evaluate choices in your life and make informed decisions affecting your own resource use and food supply.

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Hill Tribe Field Study

Summer Session I (Anthropology, 1 credit, 400-level)

Students get the chance to participate on an educational tour of the Hill Tribes. This is an excellent opportunity to break the routine of classes and get acquainted with other parts of the country.

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Hill Tribe Peoples and Cultures Field Study

Summer Session II (Anthropology, 3 credits, 400-level)

Students get the chance to participate on an educational tour of the Hill Tribes. This is an excellent opportunity to break the routine of classes and get acquainted with other parts of the country.

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Intercultural Communication

Summer Session I (Speech Communications, 3 credits, 400-level)

A study of human communication across cultures focusing on variables which influence interaction when members of different cultures come together. The goal of the course is to increase Intercultural Communication Competence. Topics will include cultural adaptation and culture shock, nonverbals, identity, conflict, etc. with a special focus on Thailand.

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International Business Management

Summer Session II (International Business, Management, 3 credits, 300-level)

Entering the new millennium, the environment that corporations operate in has been developed beyond recognition. Along with information technology, international management is the major challenge facing organisations in the new century. Students must now be knowledgeable about the international dimensions of management.

This module enables students to expand their knowledge of management and international business in a range of organisations by engaging in practical business tasks, such as preparing business plans, undertaking negotiations and giving presentations.

This module has two primary objectives. The first objective is to provide students with an understanding of the international business environment. The second objective is to provide a context in which students can continue to develop their general business skills, such as analysis, strategic decision-making, presentation skills and writing skills

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International Relations

Summer Session II (Political Science, 3 credits, 400-level)

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of issues and theories in international relations: the nature of world politics, theories of international relations and diplomacy and elements of world system. This course also will discuss state foreign policy in international relations: intervention, alliances, economics integration and interdependence neutrality, isolation and non-alignment.

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Introduction to Thai Language I

Summer Session I (Thai, 1 credit, 100-level)
Summer Session II (Thai, 1 credit, 100-level)

This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

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Introduction to Thai Language II

Summer Session II (Thai, 1 credit, 100-level)

Description not available at this time

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Southeast Asian History and Culture

Summer Sessions I & II - ICCE (Anthropology, History, Thai, 3 credits, 300-level)

Southeast Asia is an extremely diverse area that includes people from a variety of religious and ethnic groups and has played a major role in history, from a supplier of spices that drove the age of exploration to a battleground between communism and capitalism in the late twentieth century. It also lies between the two great world civilizations of India and China and has taken many features form both of these to create a unique hybrid identity. This course will look at the history of the region from early times to the present with a focus on the way the indigenous cultures of Thailand have adapted to the changing times.

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Thai Civilization

Summer Session II (Anthropology, Sociology, 3 credits, 100-level)

The course aims at the studying social, cultural, economic and political history of Thai and Tai people in an evolutionary perspective. The continuity and discontinuity of the Thai and Tai high cultures from past till present time will be emphasized.

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Thai Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition, 1 credit, 400-level)
Summer Session II (Nutrition, 1 credit, 400-level)

Cuisine is a very important part of Thai culture. In this course we will explore the main themes in Thai cuisine: rice, noodles, herbs & spices, and typical fruits and vegetables. Cuisine varies from northern to central to southern regions of Thailand with differing uses of hot, sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Be prepared to dive into new and exciting flavors, learn how to serve like the Thai, what influences the cuisine and how to make all kinds of new dishes.

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Thai Society and Culture

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Sociology, 3 credits, 100-level)

This course deals primarily with a survey and analysis of sociological, anthropological and cultural issues related to Thai Society and Culture. Topics include Thai Buddhism, family organization, political and economic structures, educational systems and cultural identities. Guest lectures, field trips and participatory experiences will supplement lectures.

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Quick Details

App. Deadline

Apr. 1, 2014

Max Enrollment

N/A

Credit

U.S. credit

Program Type

Specialty

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Instruction

English | Thai

Program Length

Session I: 3 weeks, Session II: 5 weeks