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James Reinnoldt
B CUSP 188
Bothell Campus

Topics in Asian Cultures

Introduces the traditional arts, cultures, and history of countries of Asia. Emphasizes the interaction between culture and geography, politics, economies, and social structures that shape, and are shaped by cultural processes and products. Specific countries varies with the instructor and quarter offered. Offered: WSp.

Class description

This first part of this course will provide instruction in basic spoken Thai to introduce the grammar, structure and vocabulary of the Thai language through about 20 hours of class time. Using online resources prior to departing from Seattle, and small group classes taught by professional Thai language school in Bangkok, the students will learn everyday phrases and courtesies that will enrich their time in Thailand. Furthermore, the language instruction will also provide an entry point to understanding other tonal Asian languages such as Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer. The school will provide students with a language certification credential upon successful completion of the course. The second part of this course will provide students with insights into the history and culture of Thai and Khmer society through lectures, field trips and assigned readings.

Student learning goals

Learn basic spoken Thai

Learn about the key institutions, influences, and dimensions of Thai and Khmer culture

Learn about the key institutions, influences, and events, and players in Thai and Khmer history

Gain insights into the Thai culture through an understanding of its language

General method of instruction

Thai language will involve attending each class period, actively participating by asking questions and experimenting with crucial phrases, as well as showing understanding of the linguistic courtesies, which are a vital part of the culture. There might be an occasional exercise to assess the thoroughness and learning of each studentís participation

Recommended preparation

No preparation is needed

Class assignments and grading

Classroom sessions and papers as noted below

Class Participation (Weight 50%) Final Exam (Weight 30%) There will be a final exam on the Thai language. Each student who passes will receive a certification credential, which is a valuable asset for your future resumes. Reflective Essay (Weight 20%) Each student will be responsible for writing an essay that addresses her or his observations of aspects of the Thai and Cambodian cultures, how their observations have changed over the course of the program, and how he or she has been affected by the experience. This essay will culminate out of on-going journaling that the students will be doing over the course of the progra


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James Reinnoldt
Date: 01/09/2014