Buddhism and Thai Society
Immerse yourself in the richness of Thai culture by spending four weeks on a campus that was once the viceroy’s palace grounds. During this six-credit Thai Studies Program at Thammasat University, learn about Buddhism and Thai society while spending weekends on organized field trips exploring temples, monasteries, museums, archaeological remains, palaces, and ethnic minority communities throughout the country. There are also several opportunities to attend Thai theatre, dance, and music performances.
Language of Instruction: English
ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students
This program focuses on the complex relationships among Buddhism and Thai history, politics, economics, education, literature, law, arts, and theater. Students are taught by distinguished scholars and professors at Thammasat University and visit sites of particular historical importance.
Students attend classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—with time for study and cultural excursions on weekends and holidays.
PD223 Society and Culture of Thailand (3 credits): Study Thai society and culture through diverse analytical and critical anthropological methods using case studies from various sources of research by Thai and international academics.
PD353 Buddhism in Thailand (3 credits): Investigate the role that Buddhist institutions in Thailand practice as well as the functioning and roles of other Thai religious institutions.
HOW TO LIST THIS PROGRAM IN THE ISEP APPLICATION
When completing the Host Site Request List, please ensure that it is written in this exact format:
Thammasat University- Buddhism and Thai Society- ISEP Direct
See the Membership Directory for details.
SPECIAL ACADEMIC CONDITIONS
Minimum prerequisite: Sophomore-level status.
Buddhism and Thai Society: TBA (2012: July 2 – July 27)
Priority Deadline: March 15, 2013
Final ISEP Deadline: May 15, 2013
HOUSING AND MEALS
Students will be assigned a shared room (no more than 3 persons per room) in an off-campus accommodation within walking distance from Thammasat University. Meals are not included, but restaurants and supermarkets are nearby.
Founded in 1934, Thammasat University has educated many prominent members of the Thai civil administration. Over the years, Thammasat students have been known for their activism and have played a major role in Thai politics. Most classrooms are air-conditioned. A large performing arts hall hosts plays, concerts, lectures, and guest performers. A newly-built second campus (Rangsit) houses facilities such as a hospital, dormitories, swimming pools, a soccer field, and tennis and basketball courts. Total enrollment: 25,000.
Thammasat University is located on the Chao Phrya River, near the center of the original Bangkok and several important sites such as Thailand’s most sacred temples, government ministries, the Grand Palace, the National Theater, and the National Museum.