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Khon Kaen 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

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits each semester comprised of language courses and electives in health, human development, and Thai culture. All students must complete a minimum of 1 language course. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Fall Semester

  • Fall
    Community Health SciencesHuman Development and Family StudiesNursing300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores theories of aging, life course perspectives on aging, aging in the 21st century, and the phenomena of global Aging. Social and economic outlooks for elderly people will be discussed as well as the impact of aging on health care, communities, and society. Learners will have opportunity to explore Aging in Thai communities with emphasis on social supports and roles of Buddhism. Death, dying, widowhood, and end of life care will be covered. There will be a focus on learning about long term care policy and programs.

  • Fall
    PhilosophyReligious StudiesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    PhilosophyReligious StudiesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Community Health SciencesSociology300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Fall
    Community Health Sciences300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Environmental health is the study of the influence that the environment has on disease as well as the design of methods used to reduce harm to human health from environmental health risks. This field requires skills from several sub-disciplines including exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, toxicology, risk assessment, pollutant fate and transport, among others. This course will focus on the application of environmental health to several key fields: water quality, food safety, solid and liquid wastes, air quality, and environmental health emergencies. Within the context of Thailand, key health outcomes will be discussed, pollutant or pathogens of concern will be identified, and control methods will be presented.

  • Fall
    GeographyHistoryPolitical Science300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

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

    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.

  • Fall
    DanceRecreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    DanceRecreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course will cover the basics of traditional Thai dance. Traditional music and dance in Thailand will be approached with seminars in which the instructors will initiate students into a total of five beginner-level songs that each have their own distinct dance moves and acts, of which will be taught to the students. In the very first week of lessons, the instructors will run through the course syllabus, a pre-dance or warm-up session, and a brief introduction of Thai dance terminology. Lectures will be given by the two course instructors and will mostly consist of PowerPoint slides, audio materials, and videos aimed to provide thorough background knowledge and understanding about the facts, history, terms, and song lyrics in Thai music and dance.

  • Fall
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee.

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

    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
    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.

  • Fall
    AnthropologyCommunity Health Sciences400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    AnthropologyCommunity Health Sciences400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

Spring Semester

  • Spring
    Community Health SciencesHuman Development and Family StudiesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will explore the sociocultural challenges of an aging population in both a global and Thai context. Topics include: the 2nd National Plan on the Elderly (2002-2021), the roles of social capital and quality of life; health problems and needs of Thailand's elderly; and the harmonizing roles of family, community and health service systems in providing eldercare and addressing long-term care needs.

  • Fall
    PhilosophyReligious StudiesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    PhilosophyReligious StudiesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

  • Spring
    Community Health SciencesSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores 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 human health and disease frame the course. Topics will 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 the 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.

  • Spring
    Speech Communications400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course explores human communication across cultures focusing on variables which influence interaction when members of different cultures come together. Through experiential activities, students practice identifying cultural barriers to effective communication and apply strategies to overcoming such barriers in order to communicate in an increasingly global society.

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

    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.

  • Fall
    DanceRecreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    DanceRecreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course will cover the basics of traditional Thai dance. Traditional music and dance in Thailand will be approached with seminars in which the instructors will initiate students into a total of five beginner-level songs that each have their own distinct dance moves and acts, of which will be taught to the students. In the very first week of lessons, the instructors will run through the course syllabus, a pre-dance or warm-up session, and a brief introduction of Thai dance terminology. Lectures will be given by the two course instructors and will mostly consist of PowerPoint slides, audio materials, and videos aimed to provide thorough background knowledge and understanding about the facts, history, terms, and song lyrics in Thai music and dance.

  • Fall
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee.

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

    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
    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.

  • Fall
    AnthropologyCommunity Health Sciences400-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    AnthropologyCommunity Health Sciences400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    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.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

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.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Khon Kaen 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.

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.

This workshop has an additional fee for materials.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Cancelled

Spring: 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: 50 students

Instruction

English

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