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Khon Kaen Courses - 2019 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.


You may enroll in three to six credits in Session I and in Session II. 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 Studies, Health and Wellness

Taught in English

Session I

Session II

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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. 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 Khon Kaen 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.

Culture 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 Cuisine Workshop (non-credit opportunity) This workshop has an additional fee for materials.

US Professors

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

Session I

Dr. Mary Ellen Edwards 

Course Offered:

Mary Ellen Edwards, (Ph.D. New School University) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toledo. Her teaching and research areas are in psychosocial issues in education and health with connections to social policy. Using a global perspective, her teaching is focused on actively engaging learners in their environment.

Session II

Dr. Nancy Rogers | University of Cincinnati

Course Offered:

Dr. Rogers is a professor of psychology at the University of Cincinnati where she received the prestigious university-level Teaching Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations. A believer in the benefits of study abroad experiences, she has led study abroad trips to Guatemala, and this will be her second time serving as a Visiting Professor for USAC.


Thai Cuisine

Summer Session I (Workshop)
Summer Session II (Workshop)

Description not available at this time.

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Course Descriptions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Muay Thai

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.

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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.

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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.

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