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Chiang Mai Courses – 2022 Summer Sessions I & 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.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

Southeast Asian Business, Politics, and Culture Studies

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course covers the history and fundamental teachings of the Buddha. Students will develop the theoretical foundation necessary to effectively analyze topics in Buddhist teachings and how Buddhism continues to influence Thai culture and society.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level religious studies or sociology

  • Summer Session I
    Psychology Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Psychology Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught 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
    Geography Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught 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
    Anthropology 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course explores the diversity of culture and livelihood of Hill Tribe peoples through educational trips to rural villages. These first-hand experiences are designed to complement the lecture course, which provides students with the historical background and current social issues in Northern Thailand, particularly the various highland ethnic groups. Students will analyze the impact of state government policies on the development of ethnic communities, and the evolution of these communities throughout history.

  • Summer Session I
    General Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught 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 I
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Summer Session II
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught 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
    Economics 300-level 3 credits Taught 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 college-level microeconomics or macroeconomics and introductory college-level math

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught 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
    General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will develop the theoretical foundation necessary to analyze social issues, sustainable development, community development, and Thailand’s economic philosophy. Students will also create a business plan to demonstrate their ability to effectively evaluate financial returns and social impacts, including the issues facing marginalized and disadvantaged communities in Thailand. This course utilizes the social business model canvas, and students will develop advanced competency in identifying screen solutions, developing value propositions, creating financial and impact goals, and evaluating external risks.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level business management or entrepreneurship

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught 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
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the following: systems of traditional healthcare in Asia; healing modalities widely used in Eastern medicine, use of evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of traditional healthcare, cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, and the botanical/chemical basis of ethnomedicines. Students will develop the foundational skills to utilize Asian healing modalities and herbal medicine. Students will also apply their critical thinking skills to produce a research project related to traditional medicine.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college community health sciences

  • Summer Session I
    Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught 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 I
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Philosophy Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course covers the history and fundamental teachings of the Buddha. Students will develop the theoretical foundation necessary to effectively analyze topics in Buddhist teachings and how Buddhism continues to influence Thai culture and society.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in college-level religious studies or sociology

  • Summer Session I
    Psychology Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Psychology Religious Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught 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
    General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

  • Summer Session II
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught 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
    Anthropology 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course explores the diversity of culture and livelihood of Hill Tribe peoples through educational trips to rural villages. These first-hand experiences are designed to complement the lecture course, which provides students with the historical background and current social issues in Northern Thailand, particularly the various highland ethnic groups. Students will analyze the impact of state government policies on the development of ethnic communities, and the evolution of these communities throughout history.

  • Summer Session I
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Summer Session II
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught 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
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught 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
    International Business Management 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

  • Summer Session II
    Psychology 400-level 3 credits Taught 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.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology 200-level 3 credits Taught 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
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught 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
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the following: systems of traditional healthcare in Asia; healing modalities widely used in Eastern medicine, use of evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of traditional healthcare, cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, and the botanical/chemical basis of ethnomedicines. Students will develop the foundational skills to utilize Asian healing modalities and herbal medicine. Students will also apply their critical thinking skills to produce a research project related to traditional medicine.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college community health sciences

  • Summer Session I
    Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Economics General Business 400-level 3 credits Taught 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

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Thailand. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Chiang Mai tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open (Nov. 1 deadline)

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 60 students

Instruction

English

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