Study Abroad Information for Current Linfield Students
January Term Abroad
POLS-298 From Colonialism to Globalism: Political Change in SE Asia from 1950 to the Present
This course investigates political, economic, and social change in Vietnam and Thailand since WWII. In analyzing the sources and impacts of these changes, we will seek out a variety of perspectives, meeting with local citizens and government officials, US diplomats, and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. In Vietnam, we will explore topics including: legacies of colonialism; the origins, conduct, and aftermath of the Vietnam War; and the impact of globalization on the Vietnamese economy, society, and political system. In Thailand, which was not colonized, we will examine the colorful recent history of Thai politics, the Financial Crisis of 1997, tourism, sex trafficking, refugees, and disaster relief in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. Sites will include: Hanoi, Bangkok, a refugee camp, and a tourist resort town, among others. Upon completion of course, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the history and politics of Vietnam and Thailand, compare and contrast the mechanisms of change across both countries, and identify the importance of the region to the United States and the world.
Fall semester prior to JT'11 departure, students will be required to enroll and participate in the IDST 090 Global Issues Forum (1 credit).
Professor Patrick Cottrell
Program Fee: $4800 ; Estimated Air: $1500
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