Buddhism in Thai Society and Culture
Summer Session I (Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
The aims of the course are to explain the origin of Buddhism in Thailand and the influence of Buddhism on Thai Society and Culture. A Survey and an Analysis of the Buddha-Dharma will be focused as the evidence of the relationship among Buddhism, Thai society, tradition and culture, as well as the application of Buddha-Dharma in daily life and problem-solving in Thai society.
Comparative Studies in Global Healthcare
Summer Session II (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative view. Students will explore health care systems and structures in light of their relative success in addressing health care delivery, disease prevention, and health promotion. There will be a focus on health and wellness in Asian and western countries. Students will explore topics on healing across cultures, Asian and western approaches to health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation.
Global Health Issues
Summer Session I (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. Thailand’s position in global health will be a special focus area of the class, as will the global health policies and priorities of Southeast Asia.
History of the Greater Mekong Subregion and Northeastern Thailand
Summer Session I (Geography, History, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course explores the origin and current phenomena of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and South China) and the North-Eastern part of Thailand (E-saan). Topics include: the background of the GMS countries and E-saan region of Thailand; the process of the GMS’ regional cooperation – regionalism and sub-regionalism; GMS politics – member states, institutions, strategic partnership and competences; GMS and Northeastern Thailand’s geography and geopolitics; GMS and Northeastern-Thai demographics – populations, languages, religions, education, political views, arts and cultures; GMS and Northeastern-Thai economics – FTA and GMS Economic Corridors; GMS structural policy; the challenges of the GMS’ regional integration; ongoing GMS cross-broader projects; and global perspectives towards the GMS countries and Northeastern Thailand.
Introduction to Thai Language I
Summer Session I (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)
This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses previously. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical, and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.
Introduction to Thai Language II
Summer Session II (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)
This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses previously. 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 (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
This course will provide students with an introduction to Muay Thai, (the sport of traditional Thai boxing), and its applications to self-defense. Students will learn the following movement fundamentals: punch; offensive stretch; falling; yang sam khum; form of homage; the art of the punch, foot, knee and elbow; and boxing parent timber.
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Summer Session II (Psychology; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the various research areas within the fields of adult development and aging. Students will assess the major theories of development in adulthood and factors in normal aging and recognize the interplay between biology and the environment. Biological, cognitive, cultural, environmental, and social factors that influence development will be examined. Students will recognize ageism in their own thinking and in society. Students will study the methodological approaches used in developmental psychology. Applications of research findings concerning healthy aging and longevity will be encouraged.
Traditional Thai Medicine and Complementary Medicine
Summer Session I (Anthropology, Community Health Sciences; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course examines the following: systems of traditional healthcare in Asia; healing modalities widely used in oriental healing; use of evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of traditional healthcare; cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, the botanical/chemical basis of ethnomedicines.