Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Course Information

Chiang Mai, Thailand | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

Taught in English
You must enroll in at least 12 and up to 18 credits. While you may enroll in up to 18 credits, we recommend you enroll in 12-15 credits in order to have time to fully experience the local area's culture and people. Course availability may be subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as student interest.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region with carefully planned excursions and field trips. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, lectures, written assignments, etc) deepen your understanding of the subject matter. The Hill Tribe Peoples and Culture Field Study course is an example of this type of course.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They require a serious commitment and can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Thai language. Thai language ability is not necessary to complete an internship, but helpful. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Example placements: in local schools, teaching English in the community, with local non-profits, at the Provincial Office, or with a local magazine.

Eligibility—enrollment in the Chiang Mai program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Course Descriptions

ASEAN Tourism and Management

Fall (Business, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Business, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course, ASEAN Tourism Development and Management, focuses on the current issues in tourism development and management in the Southeast Asia. The course offer fundamental knowledge on tourism management and development. The key contents encompass various specific aspects of tourism development and management in the region under the contexts of ASEAN including infrastructure development, mutual recognition of agreement (MRA) on tourism labour flow in the region as well as he management of logistics and supply chain of the tourism supply chain.

Students who successfully complete this course are expected to be able to critically understand the revolution of tourism development, to comprehend the tourism management process and be able to suggest the managerial solution and sustainable policy of the tourism industry in the Southeast Asia.

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ASEAN Trade and Economics

Fall (Economics; 400-level; 3 credits)

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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Buddhism in Thailand

Fall (Philosophy, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Philosophy, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

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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Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

Fall (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Gender and Sexuality Studies

Fall (Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Global Health Issues

Fall (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course examines global public health issues through a biopsychosocial perspective focusing on health as a fundamental human right for all people. The relationships between social and behavioral factors in health and disease frame the course. Topics include; infectious illnesses, chronic illnesses, nutrition, mental health, health issues of women and children, and ethical issues in health. Global perspectives on environmental factors in health such as climate, culture, economics, and political systems will be explored. The course will focus on challenges of international cooperation in dealing with health disparities, natural disasters, conflicts, global health interventions, and setting world health policies.

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Governance and Politics in Asia

Fall (Geography, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Geography, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Highland Ethnic Peoples and Social Transformation of Northern Thailand

Fall (400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (400-level; 3 credits)

This course will explore historical background of highland ethnic groups in Northern Thailand and their social transformation. It also covers the state government policies, regionalization, and globalization impacts toward them. Ethnic responses in various aspects will also be explored and discussed. Furthermore, field studies will be organized for students to experience ethnic people’s livelihood and culture.

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Hill Tribe Field Study

Fall (Anthropology; 400-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Anthropology; 400-level; 1 credit)

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

Fall (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

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

Spring (International Business, Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

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 Logistics

Fall (Marketing; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course, International Logistics, focuses on the current development of the international logistics especially in Southeast Asia. The essential contents of the course cover the fundamental knowledge of international logistics and global supply chain development including infrastructure improvement, international trade facilitations and the role of globalization. Students who successfully complete this course are expected to be able to critically understand the role of international logistics on the global economy and international trade, to systematically analyze the international logistics situations and be able to suggest the managerial solution and sustainable policy.

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International Relations

Spring (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of issues and theories in international relations: the nature of world politics, theories of international relations and diplomacy and elements of world systems. This course also will discuss state foreign policy in international relations, intervention, alliances, economic integration and interdependence, neutrality, isolation and non-alignment. Successful completion of this course satisfies UNLV’s International and Foreign Culture requirement.

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Reading and Writing Thai Language I

Fall (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)

This is a course for students who are interested in learning Thai orthography, how Thai words are formed and rules for intonations. The purpose of the course is to provide the students (even though they have not taken any Thai language courses before) with basic Thai writing system resources to help them read as well as communicate in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Spring (General Business; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of the fast-growing field of social entrepreneurship. The first part of the course will provide students with a contextual framework covering some of the major global social problems, with a focus on poverty and inequality, as well as introducing students to the ideas of community development. We will then cover key concepts within the field of social entrepreneurship with a focus on a social enterprise’s ‘fit’ between venture opportunity, entrepreneurial skills and characteristics and resource mobilization. Students will also be introduced to various ways social entrepreneurs can measure the impact and effectiveness of their social enterprises. In the final part of the course students will develop and present a simple business plan for a feasible social enterprise business plan. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to look beyond traditional boundaries and critically assess alternative ways of doing business that develop innovative approaches to some of today’s major social problems including, but not limited to, education, the environment, inequality and healthcare.

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Sustainable Development

Fall (Environmental Science, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

This module takes students through the range of ecological and environmental issues associated with sustainable development. The module is taught collaboratively by staff from four Schools (Geography & Geosciences, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics & Statistics). The module explores 5 themes: ecosystem functions and services (biodiversity, ecosystems, the role of soils, climate and water), the anthropogenic effects on ecosystem functions and services (habitat change, agriculture, forestry, atmospheric change, harvesting wild animals), conservation of biodiversity (extinctions, species and habitat protection, protected area design), technology and the environment (energy supply and use, genetically modified organisms, mining), and environmental monitoring and assessment techniques. A large part of the module will use case studies to illustrate the above.

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Thai Civilization

Fall (Anthropology, Sociology; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Sociology; 100-level; 3 credits)

Studying the development of Thai society: history, artistic expression, way of life, and culture, all of which have resulted in the political and social integration as well as the artistic and ideological integration of Thai Civilization.

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Thai Homestyle Cooking

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

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, and what influences the cuisine and how to make all kinds of new dishes.

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Thai Language for Daily Communication I

Fall (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)

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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Thai Language for Daily Communication II

Spring (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)

This is a course for students who have taken Thai Language or Daily Communication I (or equivalent). 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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Thai Society and Culture

Fall (Anthropology, Sociology; 100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Sociology; 100-level; 3 credits)

The course primarily aims at studying sociological, anthropological and cultural issues related to Thai society and culture.

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Tropical Plant Ecology

Spring (Biology, Ecology; 400-level; 3 credits)

An introduction to the structure and ecological functioning of the various tropical forest plant communities of northern Thailand, including various types of both evergreen and deciduous forest types; ecological survival strategies of characteristic plant species of each forest type; deforestation, ecological succession and ecological restoration of degraded forests, including the most severely degraded landscapes of open cast mines. Two field trips are an essential part of the course.

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World Economic Issues

Fall (Economics; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Economics; 400-level; 3 credits)

The purpose of this class is to give students some tools to understand the working of the world economy. Since, so far countries around the world trade goods and services, and factors of production move across their borders every day. This class will (1) help students to understand the effects of these flows and the different policies used by countries to restrict or promote them. (2) This course offers an overview of various aspects of world economy within the field of economic geography and its linkages to related issues of resources, development, international business and trade. It investigates the phenomenon of globalization and seeks to provide understanding of today’s increasingly interdependent world. (3) This course recognizes that economy cannot be treated separately from other domains of social studies so such topics as political economic theories and models, historical context, consumption trends, role of telecommunications, world economic risks (global financial crisis, regional crisis, etc.) and others will be discussed.

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