Students select 2 of the following three courses:

Understanding Yourself and Others

Buddhist Approaches to Healing & Meditation

Culture and Change in Thailand
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 Program Format:
Although all students will participate in many experiential learning activities (see provisional list below), each course will have its own unique set of readings, assignments, independent work, presentations, and instruction time.  Furthermore, all students will gather daily in the afternoon (and/or evening) for whole-group discussions and small-group presentations.  Textbooks are available through various sources such as

Provisional list of experiential learning activities:

Essential Course Descriptions:

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Understanding Yourself and Others (EDP-220)
3 credits

This existing course is designed to provide students with an understanding of milestones in their cognitive and social development, while also providing them with an opportunity to explore how developmental milestones have affected them as learners. While students examine their development, they will critically examine their values and reactions to situations within a social context, such as school.

To tie this course into the Thailand experience, students will also learn about Cross-Cultural views of SELF: A comparison of Western approaches to ‘identity’ which emphasize an individual’s development in contrast with Eastern (Asian) approaches which de-emphasize individualized expressions of self in favor of ‘self-in-relation’ to family and society.

Required Text: "I Never Knew I Had A Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth" (2006) by Gerald Corey & Marianne S. Corey.  Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

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Buddhist Approaches to Healing & Meditation (HUM-190)
3 credits

This is a new “Special Topics” course which introduces students to Thai Buddhism and how various Buddhist traditions (and values) are used to promote healing and meditation.  Students will visit various Buddhist centers and temples - each of which adheres to a different form of meditation and Buddhist practice.

Through lectures by monk scholars, discussions, observations, interviews with monks-in-training, and experiential learning through direct participation, students will learn classical teachings on Thai Buddhism and receive instruction in meditation practices.  Special emphasis will be placed on social applications of Buddhism/Meditation to Life problems - especially stress and stress reduction.

As indicated, students will be exposed to various meditation practices (with instruction in English), such as:

•    “Vispassana” (insight) meditation through Mahachula Lon Korn University (near Chiang Mai)
•    “Anapanasati” (breath) meditation at Wat Pahpong (Chiang Dao)

Students will also learn about using meditation in “Educational settings” through visits to various schools.  Students will also visit universities, attend lectures on Buddhism, and have discussion with Thai students and faculty about Thai Buddhism and meditation, and their applications in daily life.

Required Text: "What the Buddha Taught" (1974) by Walpola Rahula.  New York, NY: Grove Press.

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3 credits

This new "Special Topics" course considers “Thai Life” from both psychological and sociological perspectives. Through lectures, discussions, fieldtrips, films, observations, and experiential learning, we will critically examine areas of Thai culture and values - such as language, religion, meditation, exchange economy, social status, power and interpersonal etiquette.  We will also explore how the West has influenced Thailand’s culture and how Thailand manages to preserve many of its traditional cultural characteristics.

This course may be used to fulfill an ‘AUCC’ requirement.
Essential Abilities: Written and oral communication, and social interaction.

Required Text: "Thailand: A Short History" 2nd Ed. (2003) by David K. Wyatt.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.