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James Reinnoldt
B CUSP 296
Bothell Campus

Study Abroad: CUSP

CUSP related courses for which there are no direct University of Washington Bothell equivalents, taken through a University of Washington study abroad program.

Class description

Section A: Globalization & Southeast Asia: Economic, Commercial, and Trade Dimensions Instructor: James Reinnoldt What exactly is globalization, and what impact has this increasingly globalized world had on the socio-economic and commercial dimensions of the societies of SE Asia? This interactive section of BCUSP 296 will focus on the major challenges, opportunities, and trends faced by businesses, governments, societies, and individuals in Southeast Asia that must co-exist in an increasingly globalized and borderless economic, commercial, and trading environment. It will emphasize topics such as the history and future of globalization and the drivers, trends, and implications of globalization in the commercial and trading dimensions of modern societies. Sub topics for direct observation and analysis while traveling in SE Asia will include the challenges of economic migrants, piracy of intellectual property, human trafficking, patterns in trade, corporate social responsibility programs, public-NGO-private sector collaboration, the role and function of free trade zones, and national competitive strategies. Special emphasis will be placed on the awareness, empathy, and communication skills necessary for effective cross-cultural communication and interaction in the increasingly diverse commercial and socio-economic environments of both Southeast Asia and the United States.

Section B: Globalization & Southeast Asia: Historical, Demographic, and Cultural Dimensions Instructor: Tasha Buttler

What historical factors, contemporary challenges, and opportunities influence the day-to-day lives of the Thai and Cambodian peoples? Through case studies, ethnographic and literary inquiry, and on-site field trips, this course will examine the politics of the labor market and food security in the age of globalization. Students will explore the food systems of Thailand and Cambodia and the cultures that support these systems. We will examine how food security relates to the issues of human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, geopolitics, and labor migration. We will also consider gender issues related to women in a modernizing Khmer society, including the problems associated with human trafficking from Cambodia and through/to Thailand; health issues such as HIV/AIDS; the stateless peoples of Thailand, the debates surrounding the Xayaburi Dam; and the impact of micro donations on the rural poor of Cambodia.

Student learning goals

Become familiar with a set of resources necessary for identifying and analyzing the key opportunities and challenges for organizations in an increasingly globalized environment

Understand the key economic, political, legal, social and cultural institutions, forces and issues that are shaping the global environment

Understand globalizationís impact on the people, societies, cultures and environments of developing countries like Thailand and Cambodia

Understand the negative side effects of globalization such as HIV/AIDS, political conflict, exploitation of labor, inequality of wealth, environmental degradation, urban migration and poverty.

Enjoy a rich cultural experience and develop a high degree of historical and cross-cultural understanding and empathy. Stimulate curiosity about other cultures, economies and societies and the many challenges they face.

Develop the skills and confidence needed to travel independently among various countries in the world

General method of instruction

Globalization and the Societies of Southeast Asia is a unique study abroad program based in Bangkok, Thailand that is intended for pre-major students. Through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework and active engagement with businesses, government agencies, and non-profits in the community, students will develop a more in-depth understanding of the key issues and challenges of globalization and how their own contributions can have a positive effect on the world in which they live.

The program will provide enrichment activities around Southeast Asia, including planned experiential study trips to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Rayong, Ayutthaya, Samut Sakorn, and Chiang Rai, Thailand. Through these trips, students will get involved on a firsthand basis with development projects, cultural exchange activities with student peers, homestay programs, and visits to key historical and religious sites. By studying the history and culture of Thailand and its neighbors, as well as the Thai language, program participants will develop an appreciation for and personal connections to a world region that is little known in the United States.

Recommended preparation

Program is open to all pre-majors

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on class participation, short papers and field exercises

Class Participation and Tasks (Weight: 40 %) Pre-Departure Research Paper: (Weight: 30%) Short Papers and Exercises: Topics in Globalization (Weight: 25%) Final Reflection Paper (Weight: 5%) (For Section A)


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by James Reinnoldt
Date: 01/09/2014