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08/21/2014 - 12/19/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
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15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Don’t just study complex environmental, development, and globalization issues – confront them in Thailand with CIEE. On the Development and Globalization program, your coursework is a springboard, propelling you into the field to interact with, learn from, and contribute to communities and organizations. You’ll examine issues of development and social justice on a grassroots level, and immerse yourself in Thai culture through community stays, Thai student roommates, fun adventures, and more. A final group project brings your methodical, field based research into focus.

Study With CIEE in Khon Kaen and you’ll:

  • Engage in Thai culture with the help of community stays, translated exchanges, Thai student roommates, and peer tutors
  • Spend time living and exchanging with villagers and community organizers around the northeast that are affected by human rights issues such as natural resource management, agriculture, land rights, and more
  • Plan, execute , and present a final group project, which uses methodical, field-based research and contributes to the public sphere, in collaboration with NGOs and local communities
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies

    For high-achieving students who want to study in one of 19 locations in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, or pursue comparative studies in such areas as religion or business

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant
  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant

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    Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

    CIEE Alumni Ambassador Grant awardees are required to either:

    Maintain an official CIEE blog during their semester abroad OR

    Act as a CIEE Alumni Ambassador on their campus after returning from studying abroad

  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    For first-generation college students who want to combine research and study abroad. Preference is given to students with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

There’s so much to learn in and out of the classroom. During courses at Khon Kaen University, you’ll:

  • See how a broad range of development and environmental issues affect local communities, and the relation of these issues to greater development schemes
  • Study the work of grassroots social movement leaders and broad-based coalitions; representatives from non-governmental and governmental organizations; journalists; and political and human rights activists
  • Study participatory research methods, allowing you to gain the tools and skills needed to examine the contours of northeastern communities
  • Learn the basics of Thai language, or advance your current level of proficiency

Plus, you’ll take part in journalistic workshops that give you the framework to compose photo essays and articles appropriate for publication.

Field Work

study abroad in Thailand

There are so many ways to see and learn about the vastly beautiful country of Thailand during this program, which will bring you into authentic exchange with villagers, NGOs, and others who are working for social change at the grassroots level. You’ll participate in various site visits to explore methods and outcomes of sustainable agriculture and development in a local community. You could stay with families that practice organic farming, and take a trip to communities facing land rights issues. Even visit communities affected by mining or in the process of preventing mines from being built nearby.

Research

Collaborate with non-governmental organizations on research and projects that will benefit the communities you visit. Past projects have included creating human rights reports on the issues of agriculture, land, water, mining, and HIV/AIDS; developing a photo series on a community’s history accompanied by voice recordings of villagers explaining their livelihood; establishing a “Follow the Food” project to find out where food comes from; performing comparative research on mining laws between Thailand and Canada; studying how a water management system can affect the lives of the people along the river; and developing organic farming and anti-mining campaigns.

Professional Instruction

The field is your classroom, and local professionals are your teachers. Government officials and practitioners from local NGOs offer guidance during visits to various development projects, and freelance photographers and journalists work with and advise you on projects throughout the semester.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/21/2014
12/19/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,564
Housing
$1,720
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$153

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$750
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$90
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015 (17 wks)
10/15/2014
01/21/2015
05/20/2015
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,564
Housing
$1,720
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$153

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$750
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$90
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

The required Thai language course at the Beginning level has 65 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. Students in Intermediate and Advanced Thai have 55 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Language is taught intensively during the first three weeks of the program.

The contact hours for The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment are 115 and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

The Directed Research Field Study/Practicum has 96 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Social Research Methods has 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to take The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment, Directed Research Field Study/Practicum, Social Research Methods, and one Thai language course at their level.

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About the City

About The City

Located in the center of the Northeast region, known as Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand’s fourth-largest city with a population of over 300,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and government center of the Northeast, as well as the headquarters for many development organizations working in the region. While exploring this center for commerce, industry, education, government, and transportation, you’re as apt to see water buffalo and Buddhist monks traversing the streets as businesspeople and students. The city also is home to the region’s silk trade, and beautiful temples, museums, and recreation areas. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the relatively rural Northeast has retained many of its traditional Lao and Khmer customs.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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David Streckfuss

Center Director

David Streckfuss, Ph.D., has been the center director for the CIEE Programs in Thailand since 1994. He received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is particularly interested in economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights. He enjoys baking, reading, writing, yoga, and discussing. As an independent scholar, he wrote “Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté,” published by Routledge. His next book, a comparative treatment of lèse-majesté in world history, is forthcoming. He is a frequent contributor to publications such as “The Bangkok Post” and “The Asian Wall Street Journal.” He has also served as the acting resident director for the Cambodian Studies summer program since 2012.

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This program believes in the power of one. But much more so, we believe in the power of humans coming together and learning how to be friends so they can understand their situation and how they can organize for a better future.

This is a program about Thailand. Come learn about Thailand’s history and its particular journey. This program is about the common person of Thailand. How do things like development or globalization play themselves out in the lives of the poor?

And this program is about you. If you come, be ready and open to learning from those who have come before. Be ready to not only engage with the Thai people, but also with those on the program. And be ready to relate your experiences to those who come after you. By receiving, involving, and then passing on, the program’s work on issues of social justice strengthens and grows.

— David Streckfuss, Resident Director

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John Mark Belardo

Field Coordinator

John Mark Belardo has worked with CIEE since 2006. He was born in Bangkok but has lived in Khon Kaen most of his life. He received his B.A. in French from Khon Kaen University. He is now doing his M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Silpakorn University. He coordinates logistics and community stays, as well as assists with IT management and maintenance.

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Becky Goncharoff

Intern Coordinator

Becky Goncharoff worked with the program as a Program Facilitator during the 2011-2012 year and was a student on the Development and Globalization program in Spring 2010. She received her B.A. from Transylvania University in Political Science in 2011 and her M.A. in International Relations from The University of Chicago in 2013.

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Anusara Kartlun

Assistant Field Coordinator
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Supaporn Kidkla

Office Manager

Supaporn Kidkla was born in the “Land of the Elephant” (Surin province) in the Northeast of Thailand. She received her B.A. in English with a Minor in Tourism Management from Khon Kaen University. At KKU, she served as an editor and reporter for the KKU Post. Supaporn loves exercising, shopping, fashion, and hanging out with friends. She has been with the CIEE program since 2011 and oversees student services, manages the CIEE library, and helps teach beginning Thai. She is planning on pursuing a Master’s Degree in English at Khon Kaen University.

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Jintana Rattanakhemakorn

Language Director

Jintana Rattanakhemakorn has worked with CIEE since 2006. She was born in Suphanburi and raised in Bangkok. She received her B.A. in Thai from Chiang Mai University, and also completed her M.A. in English from Khon Kaen University. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Seattle University College of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys running, step aerobics, and finding good places to eat.

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Arunee Sriruksa

Assistant Resident Director

Arunee Sriruksa is from Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Khorat) in the Northeast and has worked with CIEE since 2000. She received her B.A. in Information Science, and also completed her M.A. in Administration Development. She will finish a Ph.D. in Art and Cultural Research from Khon Kaen University with research interest focused on women’s role and adaptation in city this year. She enjoys making art of all kinds. She oversees the administration and finances of the program and all issues connected to student housing and KKU life.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Khon Kaen University (KKU), the major educational institution in the Northeast, is located four kilometers north of the city on 2,500 acres of partially wooded land. Founded in 1964, it has 19 faculties that offer bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees. KKU has 44,000 students: 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 postgraduate. The Faculty of Public Health at KKU, the faculty in which CIEE students study, was established in 1978 as part of the Royal Thai Government’s policy to extend higher education to the rural areas of the country, and to leverage the resources of KKU to help address the development needs of people in the Northeast region. There are approximately 1,500 full-time faculty members and 4,000 part-time faculty and staff. The program offices and classrooms are located just off campus at the CIEE Study Center.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. While not on community visits and staying with host families, each student lives in an off-campus accommodation with a Thai roommate. The accommodations are located a short walk from where classes are held. Meals while not on community visits, are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can eat meals at the university cafeteria or local restaurants.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Khon Kaen even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Students initially meet in Bangkok and then travel to an orientation site for a few days. There you'll learn about the overall structure of the program and begin Thai language study, and engage in group-building activities. The orientation also introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Khon Kaen. You will then be placed in a short homestay. Throughout this time, you'll continue to study Thai and engage in various group activities. The Social Research Methods course begins with a series of background lectures on Thai history, society, and culture. The following week, the first unit of the core course begins. About eight weeks into the program, you'll have a mid-term evaluation and reorientation. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access is provided in the off campus accommodations and at the CIEE Study Center. You will also have access at inexpensive Internet cafés nearby.

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Culture

Culture

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The study abroad program seeks to bring you into authentic exchanges with villagers, NGOs, and others who are working for social change at the grassroots level. You can expect to spend much of your time traveling and staying in communities. You'll also have the opportunity to meet and interact with members of the U.S. student-based group ENGAGE (Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange).

Past activities have included interviewing members of a women’s weaving cooperative; compiling a series of community oral histories that present issues of development in the context of people’s lives; preparing a photo series accompanied by background voice recordings of villagers explaining their livelihood; and writing a series of nine economic, social, and cultural rights reports in cooperation with local community organizations. These NGOs examine violations of water development projects; the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers; and the access to healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition, you'll participate in various site visits to explore methods and outcomes of sustainable agriculture and development in a local community.

Immersion

Peer Tutors

About once per week, you'll be paired with Khon Kaen University students for Thai language tutorial sessions.

Community Stays

You should expect to spend substantial amounts of time staying with families in rural communities.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

Based at Khon Kaen University since 1991, the program’s focus on development and the environment was established in 1994. Since 2007, the program has placed a special emphasis on using international and national human rights frameworks to understand grassroots and social justice issues.

Academic Culture

The required core course combines classroom-based academics with extensive practical field experience. The study abroad program employs an alternative “people-to-people” educational approach. Students spend significant time living and exchanging with villagers and NGOs in the northeast of Thailand. Faculty from the university and program staff prepares students in the classroom, while government officials and practitioners from local non-governmental organizations provide guidance during the visits to various development projects. The friendships built during homestays ideally lead to well-informed projects that are tailored to contribute to the public sphere (i.e., newspaper articles, reports, website publications, campaigns, etc.).

All courses contain extensive experiential components. All program activities emphasize peer learning and group organization. Students become aware of their own learning styles and find ways to work productively with one another in service to local communities. Organizing under the rubric of “Global Civic Engagement,” students create common goals, lay out ground rules, and learn to provide constructive feedback all as part of a more holistic approach to education.

The program’s language instruction utilizes a proficiency-based approach designed to help students function effectively in everyday communicative situations. Courses at all levels combine intensive classroom learning with the use of peer tutors and interactive exercises. Language classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment


Grading System

In the CIEE courses, students are normally graded on the basis of a series of short papers, active participation, two-week long project, and final paper. In the language courses, assessment is based on daily homework, quizzes, and exams. Letter grades (A-F) are given with pluses or minuses.

The program also has an ongoing evaluation process throughout the semester. Every two to three weeks, everyone involved in the program – students, staff, and interns – takes a day to reflect on the overall process during a review. It's a time for students to give feedback on various aspects of the program as well as work out any issues within the group.

Language of Instruction

English
Thai

Faculty

Courses are taught by a variety of faculties at Khon Kaen University, but principally the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at KKU and the Thai Department for non-beginning Thai classes, outside university lecturers, the NGO Coordinating Committee on Development (NGO-CORD), government officials, representatives of nongovernmental or governmental organizations, and CIEE resident director.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Courses

ECOL 3001 TKKU

The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment
This course brings students in contact with people who are directly engaged in socio-political movements in Thailand. It shows how a broad range of development and environmental issues affect local communities, highlighting the relation of these issues to greater development schemes of neighboring countries. Participants study the work of people directly involved, such as grassroots social movement leaders on the community level and broad-based coalitions; representatives from nongovernmental and governmental organizations; farmers’ groups and cooperatives; scholars and social critics; journalists; political advocates and human rights activists; and people living with HIV/AIDS. Since 2007, there has been a strong focus on economic, social, and cultural rights. Given the political turmoil over the past number of years in Thailand, the program has paid more attention to civil and political rights and briefly examined the political situation.

The issues studied are organized into units, with community stays at the core. Units have included agriculture, urban land rights, power and regional development schemes, forest and land issues, mining, industry, water resource management, and community and human rights. The combined study of globalization on a macro-level and communities on a micro-level helps students better understand major global trends and the impact of these trends on local communities, culture, and life. Students are challenged to assess the effectiveness of environmental and development projects; understand the far-reaching implications such projects may have on communities and local ecosystems; and investigate the relationship between international development policies, the role of developed countries, and how our standard of living or lifestyles may be implicated. Participants realize that Thailand’s problems have a global impact and correspondingly, everyone may have responsibility for resolving them.

Issues examined have included integrated and natural farming practices, deforestation and community forestry, national resource management, environmental pollution, community health, economic, social, and cultural rights, civil and political rights, HIV/AIDS, village community empowerment, slums, social activism, NGOs, alternative education, consumerism and garbage, and mining.

There are eight components to each unit of the core course:
1. Readings—For each unit, students typically receive readings that provide a variety of perspectives on the larger global and academic context of each issue, with another section focusing on the regional and local context.
2. Classroom Instruction— provides students a broad outline of issues concerning the environment and development and the finer details of particular case studies.
3. Reading Discussions—These discussions help students bridge the information they receive from the lecture and global readings with the Thai and local context in preparation for the briefing.
4. Community Stays and Exchanges—Students typically stay with families in the communities visited. They interact with people involved on local issues, including government officials, community-based organization leaders, NGO community organizers, and the villagers themselves.
5.Written, Photographic, and Video Work—During community visits and exchanges, students take photos and collect information to produce, amongst other outputs, photo essays, profiles, feature news stories, blog entries, and position papers/editorials.
6. Workshops—As a final step, student facilitators plan a three- to four-hour workshop in which students can process and share their experiences. The students then work as a group to determine the key issues and further steps they might take to better understand the issues.
7. Global Citizen Exchange—After each unit students and staff take some time to reflect on how the student experience and the issues they are studying are related to global systems of power, natural resource extraction, development strategies and social justice. Students are encouraged to compare what they are seeing in Thailand with similar issues in their home country and communities. Contact hours: 115. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

ECOL 3003 TKKU

Directed Research/Field Study Practicum
This course supplements and runs in conjunction with The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment. Throughout semester, the student group engages in a collaborative consultation with communities and networks visited about possible final projects. Usually, students work in groups on a series of projects resulting from the community consultations. Each group writes up a research proposal that requires approval from a board made up of staff, university lecturers, and student representatives. Each proposal has to have clearly defined goals and methodology, timetable for completion, a plan for division of labor, expected outcomes, and a target group. The group meets once throughout project time to discuss methodological and other problems encountered. In the final week of the program, each group publicly presents the outcome of the project and turns in a 20- to 25-page paper or the equivalent. Contact hours: 96. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SOCI 3001 TKKU

Social Research Methods
This course begins with a full week dedicated to background lectures on research models, Thai history and social structure, and human rights. The lectures deal with social research, participatory action research, research proposal writing, conducting research, and report writing. Students learn how to set research objectives, lay out a detailed research plan, and develop an ongoing assessment framework. As a group, students go through a series of workshops that help them conceptualize how to put together photo essays, write stories, make videos, develop writing styles and layouts appropriate for several program and outside publications, and effectively build cases within a human rights context. A unique feature of the course is the opportunity to work closely with professional journalists throughout the semester. Over the last several semesters, students have worked with Marwaan Macan-Markar of the Inter Press Service, and freelance photographer and writer Nic Dunlop whose most notable book is The Lost Executioner. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Language Courses

THAI 1001 TKKU

Beginning Thai I
This course introduces students to the basics of the Thai language through conversation, reading, and writing. Within the context of everyday life experiences, students practice dialogues, learn the basic Thai writing system in order to facilitate pronunciation and language acquisition, and engage in interactive homework assignments. When possible, teachers use local communities as the medium for language practice. Contact hours: 65. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

THAI 1002 TKKU

Beginning Thai II
This course is for students who have had some significant, yet limited, experience with Thai. It follows along the description of Beginning Thai I, but at a higher level. Contact hours: 65. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

THAI 2001 TKKU

Intermediate Thai I
This course is offered for students who can carry on simple conversations in various circumstances with fairly accurate pronunciation, and who can demonstrate a clear understanding of the Thai writing system. The focus is on enhancing vocabulary and grammatical knowledge to increase students’ communicative competence in speaking, reading, and writing Thai. Course materials are taken from current literature sources and articles on focus issues, newspapers, audio, video clips, and movies. Contact hours: 55. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

THAI 2002 TKKU

Intermediate Thai II
This course is for students whose Thai language abilities are more advanced than Intermediate Thai I, but still not at the advanced level. It follows along the description of Intermediate Thai I, but at a higher level. Contact hours: 55. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

THAI 3001 TKKU

Advanced Topics in Thai Language
This course is offered for students who can demonstrate a diverse use of vocabulary, solid understanding of grammar patterns, and clear pronunciation. Students are expected to advance in verbal and written communication on both casual and academic levels, and be able to discuss with people who are affected by various social and environmental issues in Thailand. Course materials are taken from current literature sources and articles on focus issues, newspapers, audio, video clips, and movies. Contact hours: 55. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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