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Chiang Mai Courses – 2020 Summer Session II

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

You may enroll in three to six credits per session, 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 Business, Politics, and Culture Studies

Taught in English, unless otherwise noted.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    ChineseWorld Languages and Literatures100-level4 creditsTaught in English

    This introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language is designed for beginners of Chinese study. It aims to develop the student’s functional language ability—the ability to use Mandarin Chinese in linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Emphasis is laid on training students in the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, where speaking takes the lead. Various classroom activities, teacher-guide or students-centered, such as questions and answers, roll playing, pattern skills, dialogues, and oral presentations, provide the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

  • Summer Session I
    ChineseWorld Languages and Literatures200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Chinese.

  • Summer Session I
    ChineseWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.

  • Summer Session I
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    PsychologyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology400-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Religious Studies200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Religion has an impact on lives everywhere it is practiced and there is no better place can it be examined than in Thailand with one of the largest Buddhist populations in the world. In this context the course will journey through six religions by examining the basic ideas, tenets, concepts, rituals, holidays, and sacred places of the following: Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and Confucianism. We will also make brief excursions to some sacred sites in the area.

  • Summer Session I
    Speech Communications400-level3 creditsTaught in English
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  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

    Note: Vegan/vegetarian options are also available upon request.

    This course has an additional fee for ingredients.

  • Summer Session I
    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

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    ChineseWorld Languages and Literatures100-level4 creditsTaught in English

    This introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) language is designed for beginners of Chinese study. It aims to develop the student’s functional language ability—the ability to use Mandarin Chinese in linguistically and socially appropriate ways. Emphasis is laid on training students in the four language skills, namely, listening, speaking, reading and writing, where speaking takes the lead. Various classroom activities, teacher-guide or students-centered, such as questions and answers, roll playing, pattern skills, dialogues, and oral presentations, provide the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Chinese.

  • Summer Session II
    ChineseWorld Languages and Literatures200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I and is designed to further develop the students’ listening comprehension, speaking skills, reading and writing proficiency in Chinese. New grammar points will be introduced, and selected grammar points are reviewed during class sessions. Various activities - discussions, oral presentations, conversions - will provide the opportunity to practice on speaking and listening, class participation is therefore essential.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Chinese.

  • Summer Session II
    ChineseWorld Languages and Literatures300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The objectives of the advanced Chinese language classes are to increase your knowledge of the language and to improve your ability to express yourself. This will be presented through practical material and permits you to have a better understanding of the use of the language. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Chinese.

  • Summer Session I
    PhilosophyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    PsychologyReligious Studies400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology400-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    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.

  • International Marketing
  • Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Chinese200-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Students will evaluate Chinese culture and society by means of a descriptive and analytic survey of chosen topics. While focusing on the cultural and social mainstream of contemporary China, the course also presents and analyzes various historic events, legends, traditions, ancient philosophies, religions and social norms in a sociological and economic perspective so as to enable students to have a better understanding of the evolution of and interactions between the Chinese culture and society.

    Field trips to museums and theatre of Sichuan opera are part of the course.

    Major topics include but are not limited to the following:

    • Social Norms as Reflected in the Chinese Characters

    • Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Their Influence on the Chinese Culture and Society

    • Chinese Ethnic Minorities

    • Education in China

    • Sex, Marriage and Family Life in China, Today and the Past

    • Family Plan and Birth Control

    • Cultural Revolution

    • China’s Economic Reform and Opening Up Policies

    • Holidays and Traditional Festivals: Their Folkloric Origin and Modern Impacts

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    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.

    Note: Vegan/vegetarian options are also available upon request.

    This course has an additional fee for ingredients.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

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.

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 both Chiang Mai summer sessions, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and sophomore 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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