Chiang Mai, Thailand

Course Information

Chiang Mai, Thailand | 2017 Summer Session I

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.


You may enroll in three to five credits in Session I and in three to six credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the 1-credit optional Hill Tribe field study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Southeast Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies

Taught in English

Session I

Session II

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Cultural Enrichment Workshops

Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Thai life and culture.

  • Thai Homestyle Cooking Workshop (non-credit opportunity) This workshop has an additional fee for ingredients and supplies.

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through the optional Hill Tribe Field Study which helps you explore the cultural, historical and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the Field Study, and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.

U.S. Professors

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

Session I

Dr. Thomas Holyoke | California State University, Fresno

Course Offered:

Dr. Holyoke is a professor of political science at California State University, Fresno. He has published two books and more than two dozen research articles on interest groups and political activism, and has previously taught for USAC in San Sebastián, Spain, and Chengdu, China. 



Course Descriptions

Buddhism in Thailand

Summer Session I (Philosophy, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (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

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

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of the Association of the South

East Asian Nations (ASEAN), its achievements and challenges, as well as its Member States

profiles, and the role of the Association in building a dialogue platform in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Global Health Issues

Summer Session II (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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Hill Tribe Field Study

Summer Session I (Anthropology; 400-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (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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International Business Management

Summer Session I (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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Introduction to Thai Language I

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

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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People Power and Global Change

Summer Session I (History, Political Science, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course highlights the immense power individuals have demonstrated in changing their world, with a focus on the fight for rights and democracy. Topics covered will include civil/women’s rights and environmental rights movements, grassroots revolutions for democracy, and campaigns of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to change government policies and improve people's lives. Attention will be paid to both successes and difficulties in achieving positive change, and students will also investigate local actors effecting change in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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Thai Society and Culture

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

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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World Economic Issues

Summer Session II (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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