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Chiang Mai Courses – 2020-21 Yearlong

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.

Academics

Semester students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Thai language plus electives in Southeast Asian culture, international relations and development studies. All students must complete a minimum of one language course.

Spring Accelerated Term: During the spring semester, the Chiang Mai program offers a collection of courses on an accelerated basis from January to mid-March. These courses are ideal for students from quarter-system universities because the dates often coincide with their winter quarter. Spring Accelerated students enroll in 8 to 12 semester credits comprised of courses in Thai language, Southeast Asian culture, international relations and development studies.

Course availability is contingent up on student enrollment and is subject to change.

Fall Semester

  • Fall
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    PsychologyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    PsychologyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Mindfulness has become a common word in the Western World, and its practice has become increasingly popular in Western psychology, medicine and psychotherapy, there is a growing interest among professionals and the public in traditional Buddhist systems of neurology, psychology and the healing of the physical and psychological.

    This course is designed to put the science and practice of Buddhist Psychology into a Western context for a better understanding of Buddhist psychology, with the intention of a genuine "being in the moment" experience and an understanding of how mind, body and consciousness can embody wisdom, awareness, and loving-kindness which can create a happier, healthier life free from physical, mental and psychological suffering.

  • Fall
    Political Science400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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. We will elaborate on the role of the Association in building a dialogue and security platform for the Asia-Pacific region.

    Over this course we will address the multitude and diversity of cultures and political systems in ASEAN, the achievements of the association since its inauguration in 1967, the challenges ahead and its importance for the region and the world.

  • Fall
    General BusinessManagement400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course exposes students to the interpersonal aspects of working internationally. As the world becomes more globalized, it becomes increasingly important for students to recognize and develop skills that will help them to succeed when working with diverse colleagues and internationally. Topics include cultural values, individual differences, communication, teamwork, and leadership in an international context. Students will learn concepts in an experiential learning environment which includes video, case studies, self-assessments, role playing, and in-class exercises. A portion of the class will be focused on self-development; students will begin to understand their current global mindsets and how they can develop them.

  • Fall
    Political Science300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course seeks to provide an introduction to international political economics while situating within the Asian Pacific context in particular. This course examines the theoretical perspectives in relation to political economy. This course adopts a holistic perspective through unraveling the multiple dimensions towards political economic development including geographical, socio-cultural and political factors. Besides, this course incorporates an institutional perspective through discussing international organizations and multi-national corporations and their diverse roles in political economic. Moreover, this course attempts to explore the inadvertent presence of global superpowers and their critical roles in political economic development. Further, this course takes cognizance of social movement in light of the transforming and transnationalizing political economic landscape. Finally, this course offers a critical platform for the discussion of contemporary issues related to this topic.

  • Fall
    Thai100-level1 creditTaught in Thai
    Spring
    Thai100-level1 creditTaught in Thai
    Spring Accelerated
    Thai100-level1 creditTaught in Thai

    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.

  • Fall
    Economics300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Students will explore fundamental microeconomic concepts and theories that are applied to model basic managerial decisions. Students will also learn about market force and decision-making, pricing strategies, basic finance, and game theory and behavioral economics. This course is an intermediate analysis of price determination, resource allocation, market structure, consumer behavior, producer behavior, market failure and government failure. Economic approaches to social issues and policy.

    Prerequisite: one semester of microeconomics or macroeconomics and introductory-level college math.

  • Fall
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Mindfulness meditation and other similar contemplative practices have garnered significant attention from both scholars and practitioners in the past 15 years, especially as it relates to using mindfulness to treat a myriad of psychosocial concerns. This course will introduce students to the concept of mindfulness meditation, specifically as it relates to health, psychology, and other applications through both didactic and experiential learning. Students will study the varied applications of mindfulness-based interventions with special attention given to psychopathology. Students will also be asked to cultivate their own practice of daily meditation/contemplative exercises while also being led by the instructor on various contemplative exercises.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Fall
    Political Science400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course introduces students to the major themes in the study of peace and conflict. It recognizes the closely interlinked nature of these complex political concepts, and explores the varied modes through which actors have sought to define and explain them. Just as war and other forms of violence and conflict are a constant of human history, so too are ideas and practices that seek the conditions of peaceful (co)existence. We will explore how peace is more than just the absence of war and manifests in different forms in different contexts: just as conflict in global politics is a multi-faceted phenomenon that can (and must) be analysed from a range of perspectives. The first part of the course introduces students to major theoretical paradigms. The second half engages with key thematics integral to the contemporary study of peace and conflict, with a particular focus on the Southeast Asian region.

    Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in political science or international relations

  • Fall
    AnthropologyPolitical ScienceWomen's Studies / Gender Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores the global context of migration, including the reasons why people are on the move, the risks faced by people on the move, the rights that people on the move are entitled to, the reaction of governments and individuals to people on the move, and the responses needed to adequately address the needs and challenges of people on the move..

  • Fall
    ThaiWorld Languages and Literatures100-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    ThaiWorld Languages and Literatures100-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    General Business400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Environmental ScienceGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Environmental ScienceGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Environmental ScienceGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Students will learn about concepts related to sustainable agriculture development in Thailand while integrating economic, social, and environmental topics. In addition, agriculture systems concerning plant and animal diversity with sustainable production, integrated farming, and climate change will be analyzed in this course. Sustainable agricultural development in the upland and rural area will also be covered. In this course, students will broaden their perspective on efficiency economics, pollution problems, and proposed solutions for better life and sustainability.

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course serves as an introduction to Thai cooking. Students will learn how to prepare typical Thai main dishes, snacks, and desserts. Students will be provided with demonstrations that go over the main characteristics of Thai food. These characteristics include flavors, textures, and aromas which originate from local ingredients (herbs, vegetables, spices) and condiments. Students will be provided with hands on experiences in preparing, cooking and serving each dish. Traditional practices in serving and eating will be emphasized.

  • Fall
    Thai100-level3 creditsTaught in Thai
    Spring
    Thai100-level3 creditsTaught in Thai

    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.

Spring Semester/Spring Accelerated Term

Courses available during the Spring Accelerated term are identified in the dropdown menu.

  • Fall
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    PsychologyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    PsychologyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Mindfulness has become a common word in the Western World, and its practice has become increasingly popular in Western psychology, medicine and psychotherapy, there is a growing interest among professionals and the public in traditional Buddhist systems of neurology, psychology and the healing of the physical and psychological.

    This course is designed to put the science and practice of Buddhist Psychology into a Western context for a better understanding of Buddhist psychology, with the intention of a genuine "being in the moment" experience and an understanding of how mind, body and consciousness can embody wisdom, awareness, and loving-kindness which can create a happier, healthier life free from physical, mental and psychological suffering.

  • Spring
    General Business400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    General Business400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Business Ethics and Sustainability will examine the ethical issues and decisions facing us as individuals, as employees and leaders within organizations, and as a society within the global context. The first part of the course will broadly introduce students to ethical frameworks, dilemmas, decision making, and economic justice. The second part will cover concepts such as sustainable development, fair trade, corporate social responsibility, and social enterprise. Students will delve deeper into specific issues related to business ethics, such as ethical marketing, workplace, and globalization during the final phase of the course.

  • Spring
    Women's Studies / Gender Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course is designed to look at Gender and Sexuality as a societal construct, and to how different societies use/experience these constructs. This course will cover the roles that culture and social structure play in experiencing sex/gender identities. There will be particular attention given to deconstruct Western conceptualizations of sex/gender/sexuality, as well as an in-depth look at the construction of their Thai counterparts.

  • Spring
    Psychology400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Psychology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course is a discussion based class, based on readings, videos and personal experience, the course will be of particular interest to students with mental health and non-mental health backgrounds, who seek to understand more about psychological issues and the implementation of mental health care across diverse cultural populations. It will also be of value to those who may be seeking to assume positions in global healthcare organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental and governmental organisations and private consultancies with a global developmental agenda.

  • Spring
    GeographyPolitical Science400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course aims to facilitate students with fundamental knowledge about backgrounds and developments of government and politics in Asia. As Asia counts for approximately 60% of world population and is home to the biggest economic growth between nations, it is crucial that students gain knowledge to interpret the signs of political movements and issues. Main actors in politics and economics in Asia-Pacific will be focused.

  • Spring
    Anthropology400-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology400-level1 creditTaught in English

    Students will get the chance to participate in 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.

  • Spring
    AnthropologySociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Spring
    International BusinessManagement300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    International BusinessManagement300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The environment that corporations operate in has seen dramatic changes in recent years. International management is now a major challenge facing organizations in this current new century. To succeed in this environment, students must now be knowledgeable about the international dimensions of management. This course enables students to expand their knowledge of management and international business in a range of organizations by engaging in practical business tasks, such as preparing business plans, undertaking negotiations and giving presentations. This course 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.

  • Fall
    Thai100-level1 creditTaught in Thai
    Spring
    Thai100-level1 creditTaught in Thai
    Spring Accelerated
    Thai100-level1 creditTaught in Thai

    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.

  • Fall
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Psychology300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Mindfulness meditation and other similar contemplative practices have garnered significant attention from both scholars and practitioners in the past 15 years, especially as it relates to using mindfulness to treat a myriad of psychosocial concerns. This course will introduce students to the concept of mindfulness meditation, specifically as it relates to health, psychology, and other applications through both didactic and experiential learning. Students will study the varied applications of mindfulness-based interventions with special attention given to psychopathology. Students will also be asked to cultivate their own practice of daily meditation/contemplative exercises while also being led by the instructor on various contemplative exercises.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Fall
    ThaiWorld Languages and Literatures100-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    ThaiWorld Languages and Literatures100-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Spring
    Anthropology200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Anthropology200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course provides students with a holistic sociological portrait of Thai culture and society that includes Thai history, political structure, geography, cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs, presence in the global economy, and patterns of daily life.

  • Fall
    Environmental ScienceGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Environmental ScienceGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Environmental ScienceGeography300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Students will learn about concepts related to sustainable agriculture development in Thailand while integrating economic, social, and environmental topics. In addition, agriculture systems concerning plant and animal diversity with sustainable production, integrated farming, and climate change will be analyzed in this course. Sustainable agricultural development in the upland and rural area will also be covered. In this course, students will broaden their perspective on efficiency economics, pollution problems, and proposed solutions for better life and sustainability.

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring Accelerated
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course serves as an introduction to Thai cooking. Students will learn how to prepare typical Thai main dishes, snacks, and desserts. Students will be provided with demonstrations that go over the main characteristics of Thai food. These characteristics include flavors, textures, and aromas which originate from local ingredients (herbs, vegetables, spices) and condiments. Students will be provided with hands on experiences in preparing, cooking and serving each dish. Traditional practices in serving and eating will be emphasized.

  • Fall
    Thai100-level3 creditsTaught in Thai
    Spring
    Thai100-level3 creditsTaught in Thai

    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.

  • Spring
    Thai100-level3 creditsTaught in Thai

    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.

  • Spring
    EconomicsGeneral Business400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    In this class, students will learn the application of macro-economic models to analyze the development of the Thai economy and its international trade relations. Students will develop the skills to interpret nominal and real terms and understand why Economists have always referred to them throughout history. Students will also learn how to explain various aspects of the Thai government’s fiscal policy, analyze how the central bank’s monetary policy affects the economy, and evaluate topics related to international trade such as, currency, exchange rate system, net capital flow and balance of payment.

    Prerequisites: Introductory-level college microeconomics and macroeconomics

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with high exposure to Thai language and culture. 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.

Previous Chiang Mai placements have included: local schools, teaching English in the community, local non-profits, the Provincial Office, and a local magazine. 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.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Chiang Mai program, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Cancelled

Spring: Open

Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 60 students

Instruction

English

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