Course Descriptions

 

  1. Courses required by the University

 

1.1 Humanities

 

TU100 Civic Engagement                                                                                 3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Instillation of social conscience and awareness of one’s role and duties as a good global citizen.  This is done through a variety of methods such as lectures, discussion of various case studies and field study outings.  Students are required to organise a campaign to raise awareness or bring about change in an area of their interest.

 

TU101 Thailand, ASEAN, and the World                                                            3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Study of significant phenomena around the world, in the ASEAN region and in Thailand in terms of their political, economic and sociocultural dimensions. This is done through approaches, theories and principles of social science research via discussion and raising examples of situations or people of interest.   The purpose of this is to create a perspective of diversity, to understand the complexity of global interrelationships, to build a global mindset and to be able to challenge old paradigms and open up a new, broader worldview.

 

TU102 Social Life Skills                                                                                   3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Holistic health care, addressing the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, which is considered. Important skills for success in leading a happy life in society. Students learn to develop their ability in physical health care to manage stress, build emotional security, understand themselves and adapt to psychological, emotional and social problems. Students also learn to understand the meaning of aesthetics, experiencing and appreciating the relationship between art and humanity in different fields, namely visual arts, music, performing arts and architecture.

 

TU103 Life and Sustainability                                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

This course provides an introduction to the importance of life-cycle systems perspectives in understanding major challenges and solutions to achieving more sustainable societies in this changing world. Students will learn about the relationship between mankind and the environment in the context of energy and resource use, consumption and development, and environmental constraints. Furthermore, an examination of social conflict and change from the life-cycle perspective will be used to develop an understanding of potential solution pathways for sustainable lifestyle modifications.

 

TU104 Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing                                                    3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Development of critical thinking through questioning, analytical, synthetic and evaluation skills.  Students learn how to read without necessarily accepting all the information presented in the text, but rather consider the content in depth, taking into account the objectives, perspectives, assumptions, bias and supporting evidence, as well as logic or strategies leading to the author’s conclusion. The purpose is to apply these methods to students’ own persuasive writing based on information researched from various sources, using effective presentation techniques.

 

TU105 Communication Skills in English                                                             3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Development of English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, focusing on the ability to hold a conversation in exchanging opinions, as well as reading comprehension of academic texts from various disciplines related to students’ field of study.

 

TU106 Creativity and Communication                                                                3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Creative thought processes, with critical thinking as an important part, as well as communication of these thoughts that lead to suitable results in social, cultural and environmental contexts, at personal, organisational and social levels.

 

  1. Courses required by the Faculty of Liberal Arts

 

 

TU124 Society and Economy                                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

To provide guidelines for the study and analysis of societies and economies.  To analyze social and economic developments in Thailand and worldwide.  To emphasize the influence of culture and institutions on the various social and economic systems.

 

TU116   Man and Arts: Visual Art, Music and Performing Arts                              3 (3 – 0 – 6)

 

AS125  Introduction to ASEAN                                                                          3 (3 – 0 – 6)

 

MU105  World Music                                                                                          3 (3 – 0 – 6)

 

 

 

  1. Specific Courses that are required by the IAC Program

 

  1. Compulsory Courses

 

SE201 International Community and International Law                                          3 (3 – 0 – 6)

This course examines international and regional coexistence, sources of International Law, the relationship between international and external Law and Conventions, and state responsibility.

 

EE213 Introductory Microeconomics                                                                 3 (3 – 0 – 6)

(For students who are not Economics majors)

 

Concepts and applications of economic theories regarding fundamental economic problems, price mechanisms, the supply and demand of goods and services, basic theories of consumer behavior, production and costs, and price determination in perfect and imperfect competitive markets. Comparing market performances in resource allocation, basic theories of factor market and market failures.

 

EE214 Introductory Macroeconomics                                                                3 (3 – 0 – 6)

(For students who are not Economics majors)

 

Concepts and application of economic theories involving Macroeconomic indicators; goals and problems in the context of Macroeconomics; determination of national income; money markets, supply of and demand for money; Macroeconomic problems including unemployment, inflation, and deflation, fiscal and monetary policies used for economic stabilization; the balance of payments; foreign exchange market and exchange rate determination; and application of economic indicators to analyze economic situations.

 

PO271 Introduction to International Relations                                                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Foundations of international politics; the nature and structure of international relations; political, military, economic, social and cultural factors as well as ideologies which impact on state behaviour; development of international cooperation in its different forms, such as practice regulations, laws and international institutions resulting from and affecting the above factors.

 

IAC210 Introduction to International Studies                                                       3 (3 – 0 – 6)

A comprehensive introduction to international studies, an interdisciplinary approach which includes various fields of study, e.g. cultural studies, international and political studies including economies, diplomacy, international law, and the earth’s environment, all from a global perspective.

 

IAC211 China and the Modern World                                                                 3 (3 – 0 – 6)

A comprehensive study of China from late imperial Qing Dynasty to present, with attention to the major historical developments, influential personalities in modern China, the impact of the west on China, and relationships between China and other countries in the modern world.

 

IAC221 The Historical Background of Modern Southeast Asia                            3 (3 – 0 – 6)

A concise historical background of Southeast Asia before the founding of ASEAN, the consequences of the colonial era and the Cold War, and the birth and development of ASEAN within the context of globalization.

 

IAC301 Knowledge Diversity in Humanities and the Social Sciences                   3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Concepts of “science” in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the importance of knowledge and utilization of knowledge, epistemology, and examining the similarities and differences between knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

IAC320 ASEAN in a Global Context                                                                  3 (3 – 0 – 6)

ASEAN in its policy and organizational management, the structure of organization, the three pillars of organization, ASEAN Charter, and its roles and missions in depth. A study of ASEAN as a part of the World Community, and conditions necessary for competing in a global world.

 

IAC340 The Political and Economic Development of ASEAN                             3 (3 – 0 – 6)

ASEAN economic and political development from past to present, and trends of political and economic development in the near future.

 

IAC341 The Political and Economic Development of China                                3 (3 – 0 – 6)

An introduction to the development of China’s economy, society and politics since 1949 to the present; China’s revolution and reform experiences, its economic, social and political changes, and a review of China’s policies.

 

IAC401 Research Methodology in Social Sciences and Humanities                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Basic research methods in the Humanities and Social sciences, understanding how to write research proposals, techniques for collecting data, information analysis, and presenting a research report.

 

IAC420 ASEAN and China                                                                                3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Multidisciplinary and topical approaches to understanding the interactions between China and ASEAN from past to present; patterns and characteristics of such interactions, and social and cultural exchanges.

 

 

  1. Compulsory English Language Courses

 

IAC230 Academic Reading and Writing in the Humanities and the Social Sciences 3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Strategies used in reading academic texts in the field of social science; analysis of the structure and language used in academic texts; and learning skills for expository writing, with emphases on using precise language and writing in a well-organized way.

 

IAC231 Research Writing in the Humanities and the Social Science                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC230 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Introduction to the writing of research papers with emphases on the use of secondary sources, documentation and organization of material, and on argumentative methods.

 

IAC330 Advanced Oral Communication                                                             3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have taken EL171 and EL172 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Techniques, processes and preparation for discussion and oral presentation.

 

IAC331 Intercultural Communication                                                                  3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Nature and problems of intercultural communication, and the role of language differences and cultures in communication.

 

IAC430 Artistic Expression and Inspiration                                                        3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Exploration of various forms of art and of their artistic expressions, and development of aesthetic expressions, inspiration and creativity.

 

 

  1. Compulsory Foreign Language Courses

 

IAC263 Communicative Vietnamese 1                                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Alphabets, letters, vocabulary and fundamental grammar; building listening and speaking skills for everyday life.

 

IAC264 Communicative Vietnamese 2                                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC263 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening and speaking in various everyday life situations; reading and writing basic sentences; learning basic vocabulary and grammar; emphasis on correct pronunciation.

 

IAC363 Communicative Vietnamese 3                                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC264 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening and speaking, reading and writing short paragraphs with emphases on everyday life situations and current affairs.

 

IAC364 Communicative Vietnamese 4                                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC363 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Communicative skills in Vietnamese; reading short passages and writing with emphases on complex grammatical structures and on social and cultural issues.

 

IAC273 Communicative Burmese 1                                                                    3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Alphabets, letters, vocabulary and fundamental grammar; building listening and speaking skills for everyday life.

 

IAC274 Communicative Burmese 2                                                                    3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC273 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening and speaking in various everyday life situations; reading and writing basic sentences; vocabulary and grammar; emphasis on correct pronunciation.

 

IAC373 Communicative Burmese 3                                                                    3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC274 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening and speaking, reading and writing short paragraphs with emphases on everyday life situations and current affairs.

 

IAC374 Communicative Burmese 3                                                                    3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC373 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Communicative skills in Burmese; reading short passages and writing with emphases on complex grammatical structures and on social and cultural issues.

 

IAC283 Communicative Melayu 1                                                                      3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Alphabets, letters, vocabulary and fundamental grammar; building listening and speaking skills for everyday life.

IAC284 Communicative Melayu 2                                                                      3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC283 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening and speaking in various everyday life situations; reading and writing basic sentences; learning basic vocabulary and grammar; and emphasis on correct pronunciation.

 

IAC383 Communicative Melayu 3                                                                      3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Listening and speaking, reading and writing short paragraphs with emphases on everyday life situations and current affairs.

IAC384 Communicative Melayu 4                                                                      3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC383 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Communicative skills in Burmese; reading short passages and writing with emphases on complex grammatical structures and on social and cultural issues.

 

IAC293 Communicative Chinese 1                                                                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Sound system of standard Chinese; 250 Chinese characters; vocabulary and fundamental grammar.

IAC294 Communicative Chinese 2                                                                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC293 / with Instructor’s approval

 

300 Chinese characters; listening and speaking in various everyday life situations; reading and writing basic sentences; vocabulary and grammar; emphasis on correct pronunciation.

 

IAC393 Communicative Chinese 3                                                                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC294 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening, speaking, reading and writing with emphasis on conversational patterns and idiomatic expressions used in everyday life.

 

IAC394 Communicative Chinese 4                                                                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC393 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Communicative skills in Chinese; reading short passages and writing with an emphasis on complex grammatical structures and on social and cultural issues.

 

IAC265 Communicative Thai 1                                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Listening, speaking, using vocabulary and Thai proverbs in everyday life situations; answering questions and conveying experience, knowledge thoughts properly.

 

IAC275 Communicative Thai 2                                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC265 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Listening and speaking in upper level; listening and understanding various situations as well as expressing basic ideas and opinions.

 

IAC365 Communicative Thai 3                                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC275 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Reading and writing basic sentences in Thai; summarizing texts; writing short paragraphs to convey knowledge and ideas.

 

IAC375 Communicative Thai 4                                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Prerequisite: Have earned credit for IAC365 / with Instructor’s approval

 

Communicative skills in Thai; reading short passages and writing with emphases on complex grammatical structures and on social and cultural issues.

 

 

  1. Elective Courses

 

IAC216 Ethnicity in ASEAN                                                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Ethnic groups in ASEAN in their historical background, ways of life and beliefs, social conditions, diasporas, as well as the intermixing of their cultures.

 

IAC226 Introduction to Chinese Civilization                                                        3 (3 – 0 – 6)

An introduction to traditional China from ancient times to the early Qing dynasty, focusing on China’s political, social and intellectual developments, including the main Chinese schools of philosophy, and the characteristics of each Chinese imperial dynasty.

IAC316 The Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

A survey of life and life experiences in various Chinese communities in ASEAN to examine the meaning of ‘Chineseness’ within the political, social, economic and cultural contexts of this region; also survey the transnational network of overseas Chinese examining their capital and enterprises.

 

IAC317 Tourism in ASEAN                                                                                3 (3 – 0 – 6)

ASEAN in the development of tourism management, forms of tourism, and the effects of the tourism industry on local communities.

 

IAC327 Thailand in a Global Context                                                                 3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Introduction to Thai culture and way of life including ongoing changes related to global changes.

 

IAC336 Society and Culture in Contemporary China                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Exploration of Chinese society and culture in contemporary China; elite culture, popular culture, new social/cultural movements, consumerism and feminism; the analysis of representative Chinese-language films.

 

IAC337 Exploring Modern China Through Films                                                 3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Exploration of modern China through the analysis of representative Chinese-language films from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with attention to how these films represent China’s social, culture and political thought.

 

IAC338 Contemporary ASEAN Literature                                                           3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Selected pieces of important classic and modern literature which have influenced changes in the region, and reflect the social and cultural conditions of ASEAN countries.

 

IAC339 Creative Industry and the Media in ASEAN                                             3 (3 – 0 – 6)

The Media, Creative Industry and Popular Culture and in the ASEAN countries.

 

IAC417 Seminar in Contemporary ASEAN Issues                                               3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Analysis of selected contemporary issues concerning ASEAN countries.

 

IAC446 Sino-ASEAN Business in Strategies                                                      3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Business strategies implemented or being implemented by China and its ASEAN counterparts.

 

IAC447 Chinese Government and its Policies                                                     3 (3 – 0 – 6)

Examination of China’s political history, its dynamic economic and social changes, its political culture, its enduring struggle for modernization, the system of the Chinese government and its policies since 1949 to present.