Cha-Am, Thailand | Webster University

Cha-Am, Thailand

Summer 2018-Thematic Program Inequality and the Environment 

Webster Thailand courtyard

Program Description  
This program includes courses taught from two different disciplinary backgrounds, focusing on social inequality and environmental degradation. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with two award-winning professors to conduct original research that explores the power, privilege, and limitations of organizations to define environmental rights and responsibilities. Field trips to organizations in Cha Am, Bangkok, Chiang Mai help are an integral part of the experience. Offered during the regular summer session at the Webster Thailand campus, students take three courses for a total of 7 credits and can satisfy four Global Citizenship Requirements (Physical and Natural World; Social Systems and Human Behavior; Ethical Reasoning, Oral Communication). 

May 30 - July 28 

PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics – 3.0 credit hours
Professor: Dr. Katharine Parsons, Professor, Philosophy Department 
Course Description: In this course, the theme “Inequality and the Environment” will be examined from philosophical and interdisciplinary perspectives.  We will consider how inequality, amongst human and non-human animals, exacerbates unsustainable practices and health risks to all living beings. As we attempt to understand why oppressed and marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, water contamination, land degradation, and climate change, we will examine philosophical concepts of the self and non-self, rights and responsibilities, justice and care.  Secular and religious worldviews about the environment and our place in it will be examined, alongside case studies specific to Thai contexts.  This course is coded for the skill of Ethical Reasoning and the Physical and Natural World content area of the Global Citizenship Program
Syllabus: Coming soon 

SOCI 2175 Global Social Movement – 3.0 credit hours
Professor: Dr. Danielle MacCartney, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology 
Course Description: How do we change the world? If you’ve ever wondered about how people can challenge the status quo and bring about change in major social institutions, this is the course for you. This course examines the theme of "inequality and the environment" from an interdisciplinary organizational, cultural, political, social, and ecological perspective. We will analyze the dynamics of the environmental justice social movement as it seeks to change political and social structures and address environmental harms. Throughout the course, we will define the environmental social movements frames, who has the power to define these frames, and how they fit or contradict Thai worldviews. We will define and assess the effectiveness of the tactics, strategies, and objectives of local and global social movement organizations and the underlying ideologies that drive those objectives. Students will practice oral communication skills as they present their findings on the relationships between social change, social movements organizations, and local communities. This course is coded for the Oral Communication skill area and the Social Systems and Human Behavior content area of the Global Citizenship Program. 
Syllabus: Coming soon 

International Field Work/Research Experience – 1.0 credit hour
Professors: Dr. Danielle MacCartney and Dr. Katharine Parsons
Course Description: Provides students with the skills to conduct original undergraduate research related to the program topic.
Syllabus: Coming soon

Note Regarding International Distinction:This program may help students satisfy two of the three components of International Distinction (study abroad and international fieldwork).

Co-Curricular Activities/Excursions
Cultural Activities and excursions through Thailand are an integral part of the experience and will provide additional insights on the programs theme of inequality and the environment. All excursions and activities are included in the cost of the program.
-June 16-17- Bangkok Overnight Excursion
-June 27-July 3- Chang Mai Excursion, Visit to Elephant Sanctuary
-July 14-15- Bangkok Overnight Excursion
-Day Trip to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

The group will visit a number of organizations that focus on environmental protection, development, and policy, such as: United Nations Environment Programme; ASEAN Wildfire Enforcement Network; Freeland Foundation, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development; WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management)."

Housing and Meals
Students on this program will live in off campus apartment-style residence halls. All housing facilities are affiliated with Webster University. For more information about accommodations visit, the Thailand Housing and Student Life web page. Regarding meals, each room is equipped with a fridge, and there are open-air restaurants and coffee/tea bars on the premise. Student may also choose to eat off campus in a range of different nearby restaurants and food stalls.

Program Cost
Program Fee: $500 tentative (covers cultural and co-curricular activities)
Study Abroad Fee: $275 (covers international insurance, ISIC card, travel book)
Application Deposit*: $165 (due at the time application)
Webster Tuition: $4,970 (7 credits)
Housing to Campus Transportation Fee: $175
Click here for Cost Sheet
Total Cost:  $5,920*

*This amount does not include meals, round-trip airfare, or personal spending money

Students may be eligible for the Webster World Traveler Program and other study abroad scholarships.  Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.

Vision Fund Study Abroad Scholarship
Students participating on the Thailand: Inequality and the Environment program in summer 2018 may be eligible for the Vision Fund Study Abroad Scholarship. Students must take 7 credit hours (PHIL 2360, SOCI 2175 and ISTL 2500) and conduct original research related to the program topic. 

Application Process
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the study abroad fee, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport sized photos. 

*The $165 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program 2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Students on beach in Thailand