Outline of Compulsory Courses
Modernization and Traditional Society in Thailand (2200601)

Course Objective
     This graduate course is intended to familiarize the students with important themes and aspects of the twentieth century Thai Society. It focuses on changes and continuities in Thailand since the early Bangkok period. In so doing, it examines major forces that have shaped Thai culture, society, politics and economics during that period.

Course Approach
     This course is not designed to provide the student with an exhaustive knowledge of Thai society. Instead, a number of scholars and experts in the field will present and discuss major concepts and cases each week. The student, therefore, is expected to acquire a basic knowledge of Thai society and develop a basic familiarity with the concepts of modernization.

     The recommended reading list provides a list of sources students may want to refer to as background reading for each lecture. Additional or required readings will be assigned by individual lecturers.

Course Assignments
     1.Reading: Each student is expected to read the weekly required and recommended
        readings in preparation for class.Participation in class discussion is highly encouraged.
     2.Written assignment: Each student will be expected to write a term paper on a topic
        chosen from the subjects discussed in class. The student is required to consult with
        the course coordinators before writing the paper. All references used in the paper
        must be cited. The term paper will be worth 75% of the final grade.

The term paper should address the following phenomenon in Thai society

            i.         Change and Persistence in Thai Society
            ii.        Conflict and Confrontation in Thai Society
            iii.        Dimension of Modernization and Development
            iv.       What the impacts above entail the future of Thailand

    3.Oral presentation: Each student will be asked to present their paper in class at the
       end of the semester. Each presentation should be approximately 20 minutes long.
       In each presentation, the student will introduce and discuss the central theoretical
       proposition/theme and conclusions of each study. Students will also be asked to
       assess the impact of modernization process in Thailand. The presentation will be
       worth approximately 25% of the final grade.

Course Outline and Readings

Week 1

Introduction
Discussion of course schedules, course requirements and interests/ background of the students.
Movie (30 minutes)
The History of Thai Civilization

Part I. Change and Persistence in Thai Society

Week 2

Buddhist Worldview

Week 3

Pre-modern Thai Concept of Cosmology

Week 4

The Rise and Decline of Thai Absolutism

Week 5

Patron and Client Relation in Thai Modern Politics

Week 6

Thai Culture in Transition

Week 7

Tradition and Culture on Health Care : Scope, Meaning and Original
of Health and Disease

Part II. Conflict and Confrontation in Thai Society

Week 8

Conflict and Confrontation in Thai Society
Lecturer

Week 9

Literature and Politics in Thailand

Week 10

corruption & Democracy in Thailand

 

Part III. Dimensions of Modernization and Development

Week 11

Modernization in Thailand: With or Without Development
Lecturer

Week 12

Military and Modernization in Thailand : With or Without Development

Week 13

Political Reform and Politics of Election in Thailand

Week 14

Paper Outline Presentation

Week 15

State, Its People and the Crisis of Resources Allocation and
Management in Thai Society

Week 16

Economic Reform : Problems and Perspect Development for Thailand

Week 17

Military and National Security Conditions in Thailand

Week 18

Paper Outline Presentation

Contemporary Thailand (2200602)

Credit: 3

Status:

Compulsory Course

Course Objective:

The course is intended to raise the students' awareness of the problems and malaise faced by modern day Thailand. Controversial issues and major social, economic and political trends will be considered, which should give the students conceptual frameworks and practical knowledge needed to understand recent developments of the Thai society in comparison with other countries. Experienced lectures and practitioners will be invited to talk, and lend discussions, on specific topics. Students are required to take a final written (take home) examination, write and present a topical research paper. Due to traffic and other inconveniences, the venues for some sessions may be changed, which will be notified beforehand.

Evaluation:

Class participation and student led discussions
Take home Examination
Panel Discussions
Paper Presentations

Tentative Schedule

Week 1

Social, Economic and Political Trends Since the 1997 Crisis

Week 2

Political Management a la Thaksin : the CEO-style of Leadership

Week 3

Problem of Thai Democracy and Capitalism

Week 4

Reforming the National Bureaucracy : Achievement So Far

Week 5

Social Order and Human Rights

Week 6

Economics Recovery and Hidden Crises : A Look at Thaksinomics

Week 7

Thailand's Quest for Regional Leadership

Week 8

Muslim South and Blobal Terrorism

Week 9

Transnationalism in Thailand

Week 10

New Urban Life Style : Entertainment, Fashions, Sex, and Drugs

Week 11

Civil Society : Providing Public Space for People's Participation

Week 12

Changes in Rural Thailand : Impacts of Populist Policies

Week 13

Eco-tourism in Thailand

Week 14

Consumerist Culture in Thai Capitalism

Week 15

Inter Country Relationship in the Mekong Basin

Week 16

Social Order and Human Rights

Week 17

Student Paper Presentation

Week 18

Student Paper Presentation

Thai Buddhism (2200603)

Credit: 3

Status:

Compulsory Course

Course Objective:

Relationship between Buddhism and development of the Thai State. Mutual integration of Animism, Brahmanism, and Buddhism in Thailand. Buddhism as the ideology of the Thai state and an explanation of Thai social life. Buddhist reformations and religious movements in Thai history. Thai Buddhism into the 21st century.

Evaluation: Class participation and student led discussions
Take home Examination
Panel Discussions
Paper Presentations

Tentative Schedule

Week 1 Topices and Introductions

Week 2

Introduction
Week 3

Buddhist Teachings: Basic Concepts

Week 4

Historical Perspectives on Thai Buddhism 1

Week 5

Historical Perspectives on Thai Buddhism 2

Week 6

Buddhism Text and Literature in Thai Society: The Three Worlds According to King Ruang

Week 7

Thailand Art: Mural Paintings

Week 8

Buddhist Meditation in Thailand 1 : Buddbadasa's and I uang Por Tien's Methods

Week 9

Buddhist Meditation in Thailand 2 : Luang Por Sot's and Mabasi Sayadaw's Methodsas taught at Wat Mabathat

Week 10

Buddhist Movements in Contemporary Thailand (1)

Week 11

Buddhist Movements in Contemporary Thailand (2)

Week 12

Buddhist Pluralism and Democratization in Thai Society

Week 13

Women and Thai Buddhism

Week 14

The History and Practice of Thai Forest Monk Tradition

Week 15

Contemporary Forms of Lay Practice

Week 16

Buddhism and Indigenous Beliefs

Week 17

Studunt Paper Presentation

Week 18

Student Paper Presentation