UMAIE Course Number: T4203
SAU Course Equivalency: INTL 399 - Topics in International Business (four credits)
Instructor: Reynold Nesina, Associate Professor of Economics, Augustana College
Dates: January 4-29, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Mae Salong, Chiang Saen, Phuket, Krabi
Price: $5,795 (subject to change)
The Political Economy of Thailand introduces students to this newly industrialized, Buddhist, export-led, constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy of 68 million people in Southeast Asia. Through an integrated set of assigned readings, lectures, site visits, experiential activities, and guided reflection, students learn how Thailand's politics, religion, geography, and history influence the development and current performance of its economy.
The course begins in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok. Highlights include meeting with officials from the Ministry of Tourism, visiting the US Embassy, as well as visits to the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho, and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Guest lecturers from faculty at Ramkhamaeng University and/or Thammasat University will guide our introduction to the Thai economy and its recent economic performance.
In Chiang Mai, faculty from Chiang Mai University's institute of Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAA) will provide insight into the economic, social, and political history of the region, particularly Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, as well as the contemporary political economic situation within Thailand.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.