Course Description

Compulsory Courses

2200601

Modernization and Traditional Society in Thailand

MOD TRAD SOC THAI

Selected aspects of twentieth century Thai Society and culture with a focus on understanding historical continuities and transformations of traditions. Major forces that have shaped Thai culture. The intellectual impact of major political and economic events and the adaptation of social ideas and values to new conditions

3(3-0-9)
2200602

Contemporary Thailand

CONTEMP THAI

Contemporary political, economic, social & cultural events and phenomena in Thailand

3(3-0-9)
2200603

Thai Buddhism

THAI BUD

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 in the 21st century.

3(3-0-9)

Elective Courses

2200612

Peoples and Cultures of Thailand

PEO CUL THAI

A survey of peoples in Thai Society and Thailand from its beginning to the modern era. Social, cultural and political changes and factors that have impact on the existence of people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

3(3-0-9)

2200616

Museums and Thai History

MUSEUM TH HIS

Museums and historic sites in Thailand representing Thai history. The way artifacts and monuments speak to the public.

3(3-0-9)
2200618

Concepts of Disease and Medicine in Thai Society

CON DIS MED TH SOC

A survey of the history of Thai medical theory and practice from primitive to modern times, encompassing both supernatural and scientific methods of healing. Concepts of disease, image of the body, and therapeutic strategies within Thai cultural settings. Differences between Western and non-Western medical practices.

3(3-0-9)
2200620

Capitalism and the Economic Development in Thailand

CAP ECO DEV THAI

The evolution of the Thai economic system and important changes of national economic and social plans. The rise of capitalism in Thailand. Economic problems of Thailand due to the spread of capitalism. Rural development in relation to the impact of capitalism.

3(3-0-9)
2200623

Thailand in the World Community

THAI WORLD COM

The sense of the “world” in Thailand’s historical past. Traditional modes of contact and perception of the outside world. Colonialism and the scope of the Thai horizon. Foreign influences and national development. Thailand in globalized context.

3(3-0-9)
2200625

Thai World Views

TH WORLD VIEWS

Folk and court explanations of the world order. Cosmologies and social hierarchy. Values and taboos in Thai society. Ideal of man and social order in Thai life.

3(3-0-9)
2200627

Thai language in its Social and Cultural Context

THAI LANG SOC CUL

Thai language in relation to Thai society and culture. The use of Thai language that varies according to social factors, such as social characteristics of the speaker and social situations. Certain aspects of Thai language and culture that are likely to cause misunderstandings to foreigners who learn Thai and communicate with Thai people.

3(3-0-9)
2200628

Thailand and the Neighboring Countries

THAILAND NEIGHBOUR

A comparative studies of Thai society and culture with those of neighboring countries. Relationship between Thailand and neighboring countries in political, economic and social aspects.

3(3-0-9)
2200629

Thai Art

THAI ART

Forms, convention, and distinctive characteristics of Thai Art as a cultural expression of Southeast Asia. The relationship between Thai Art and Thai ways of life.

3(3-0-9)
2200630

Thai Literature

THAI LIT

Characteristics and values of Thai literary works in relation to Thai society. The evolution of Thai literature. Contemporary novels and social issues.

3(3-0-9)
2200631

Human Geography of Thailand

HUMAN GEO THAI

Pattern and process in relation to Human Geographical phenomenon, i.e. settlements, population, agriculture, industry and transportation.

3(3-0-9)
2200633

Special Topics in Thai Studies

SPEC TOP THAI

Lecture on special topics in Thai Studies.

3(3-0-9)
2200634

Information Resources in Thai Studies

INFOR RES THAI

Resources information on the disciplines concerning Thai Studies found in Thailand.

3(3-0-9)
2200636

Folklore in Thai Society

FOLK THAI SOC

Role of folklore in Thai society and culture, including folktales, folksong, folk game, performance, belief and rituals. Aspects and insights of Thai society and culture reflected in Thai folklore.

3(3-0-9)
2200637

Gender in Thai Society

GENDER THAI SOC

Gender in relation to Thai economics, political and social factors; Thai worldview influencing determination of gender status and role in society; transformation of economic structure from self-sufficient to capitalist, and its impact on gender, including violence against women, women trafficking, women's participation in politics, and legal rights of women in relation to roles and rights of men; women and health care, including reproductive health rights.

3(3-0-9)
2200639

Ecology and Nature in Thailand

ECOL NAT THAI

Continuity and changes of views towards nature; representations of nature in the worlds of Buddhism and animism in Thailand; influences of such views on ecology discourse patterns and environment conservation movements in the region.

3(3-0-9)
2200640

Urbanization in Thailand

URBAN THAI

Emergence and development of urban communities in Thailand; urban and rural connection; colonialism and urban forms; urbanization as part of modernization and industrialization; urban and regional development; expansion of metropolitan regions; urban administration system and urban governance; slums and substandard housing; urban infrastructure provision

3(3-0-9)
2200641

Theatre and Films in Thailand

THEATRE FILM THAI

Development of theatre and films in Thailand. Relationship between traditional culture and local theatre and film production. Western influence on local theatre and films. Interrelationship between theatre and films, and politics and society.

3(3-0-9)
2200642

Socio-Cultural Survey of East Asian Countries

SOC CUL SURV EA

The cultural development of people in East Asian countries. Impact of western commerce and colonialism upon this region.

3(3-0-9)
2200643

Thai Intellectual Thinkers

TH INTEL THINK

Biographies and thoughts certain important Thai thinkers whose thoughts have impacted social change or have contributed to Thai society in significant way.

3(3-0-9)
2200644

Foreign Communities in Thailand

FGN COM THAI

Various foreign communities in Thai society. Perception of foreigners in Thai society; integration of foreign elements into Thai culture; influence of foreign cultures in current Thai society.

3(3-0-9)
2200645

Human Rights in Thailand

HUMAN RIGHT THAI

Thai attitudes concerning human rights: development of these ideas and the adoption of western culture in Thailand; role of writers and journalists in campaign for human rights; the 1973 Student Movement and spread of the idea of human rights; awareness of social and legal problems concerning human rights. 

3(3-0-9)
2200646

State of Knowledge in Thai Studies

STATE KNOW TH STUD

Integrated view on the Thai Studies, body of knowledge; conceptual framework, theories and methods fundamental to the development of Thai Studies; major work indicating the identity and direction for development of Thai Studies; scope and state of Thai Studies at the present time.

3(3-0-9)
2200647

Transnationalism in Thai Society

TRANSNAT TH SOC

Various ethnic groups in Thailand, particularly at the border areas; state and problems concerning transnational laborers in Thailand today.

3(3-0-9)
2200648

Conflict and resolution in Thai Society

CONF RES TH SOC

Concepts, different approaches and mechanisms in dealing with conflicts; mediation and negotiation. Types and causes of conflicts in Thai Society, conflict management and problem solving in Thai Society.

3(3-0-9)
2200702

Directed Reading in Thai Studies

DIREC READ THAI

Supervised reading of assigned works in Thai Studies.

3(3-0-9)
2200703

Independent Studies

INDE STUD

Thorough research on a specific topic of interest to the student.

3(3-0-9)
2200811

Thesis

Thesis

12 credits