Explore issues of social justice, globalization, and the human ecological impact in the unique setting of northern Thailand’s natural environment.
This program is administered by College of Education & Human Development. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.
|Location||Chiang Mai & Chiang Khong, Thailand|
|Term||Winter Break, Winter Break (Spring Semester)|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||College of Education and Human Development|
|GPA||2.5 or program leader permission|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
This interdisciplinary course uses social justice and human ecological lenses to examine global change that is occurring at the intersections among Thailand’s natural environment, communities, families, and culture. Topics include globalization, human trafficking, education, religion, environmental issues, and cultural integration/identity formation, particularly among indigenous populations in northern Thailand. Students interact with key community leaders, village leaders, elders, and students who serve as teachers; this leads to critical understanding of Thai culture and the contemporary issues faced by Thailand’s families and communities. Through journaling, digital stories, blogging, and discussions, students will synthesize, integrate, apply, and communicate what they’ve learned.
Students will stay in local hotels throughout the stay in Thailand. Some meals are provided.
December 1, 2019
Pre-Departure Orientation: Friday, December 6th from 3-6PM.
Travel Dates: January 4 - 18, 2020
Spring Semester on-campus class dates: Friday, January 31st from 3-6PM and Friday, February 7th from 3-6PM.
This interdisciplinary course uses a human ecological lens and a sustainability studies framework to examine global change that is occurring at the intersection of the natural environment in Thailand; particularly rivers and water, community, families, and culture.
This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during Spring term. Part of the course will for pre departure orientation on Friday, December 6th from 3-6PM. Upon arrival the class will have two additional meetings in the spring semester, Friday, January 31st from 3-6PM and Friday, February 7th from 3-6PM.
This course is designed to meet the Liberal Education Global Perspectives theme at the University of Minnesota. This theme focuses on “assuring U of M graduates have at least one significant academic exposure to the world beyond the U.S. borders and the opportunity to consider the implications of this knowledge for the international community and their own lives”.
Moreover, this course will meet two Student Learning Outcomes. Students will: understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies; and 2) can communicate effectively.
Dr. Solheim has a doctorate in family science and conducts research and teaches on family economic well-being and the influence of culture on various aspects of family life. She has lived and worked in Thailand and has over 30 years of experience in Thailand.
Cooking school, Buddhist temple and monk chat, Human Trafficking organization, Orphanage)
Observations in Hill Tribes villages and interactions with village elders and families, community engagement with HADF in local Hill Tribe village and with the Love Chiang Khong group
The program fee for Winter Break 2020 is $4,950 and includes registration fees, orientation, international health insurance, airfare, housing, excursions, and most meals. Students will need to budget for their passport and visa fees, meals that are not included, and personal spending money.
If you are registered for less than 13-credits or if you are a non-UofM student or a UofM graduate student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee. Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.
For more information, contact Marina Aleixo
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Winter Break 2020 (Spring on campus course)|
|Program Name||Global Change, Community, and Families in Thailand|
|Track Name||Global Change, Community, and Families in Thailand|
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.