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The Struggle for Human Rights in Southeast Asia

2016 Program Dates: June 25 - July 15, 2016 (Module 2)

Module Information

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer School can be taken as a three week (3 credits) or six week (6 credits) experience. While we strongly encourage all students to undertake the full program of 6 weeks, we also understand that due to individual situations some students may not be able to participate in the longer program. As a result the program has been designed as two ‘stand-alone’ independent 3-week modules. We have also built in a week for travel/rest between the two modules to give students the opportunity to experience more of this exciting region!

Each course involves a number of off campus excursions or experiences. Students live on-campus at Chiang Mai University and take classes on the campus. All instruction is provided by Chiang Mai University professors and grades appear on a College of Mount St. Vincent official transcript. These courses are open to university students from the US, Australia and local Thai students. All instruction is in English. 

Course Description

This three week intensive course will examine why human rights abuses are possible on such an enormous scale and with such terrible intensity in Southeast Asia and, in particular, Myanmar (Burma; notorious for its military government), either through direct mistreatment or criminal neglect of the population. Given the rise of Asian powers like China and India in what has been dubbed the "New Asian Hemisphere," Southeast Asia, located between two giants, is the perfect place to study the intersection of all that has gone amok in Asian politics. This course will bring us up to date through the systemic and systematic abuses of human rights in Burma, especially since the pro-democracy uprising of 1988 and culminating in the 2007 Saffron Revolution and the run-up to the 2010 election in Burma, otherwise known as Myanmar.

The focus is on Burma, but we will contextualize this case study within the broader region of Southeast Asia and analyze other countries' experiences toward transition and a free market economy. We will compare Burma's human rights situation with that in other countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, China, the USSR Hitler's Germany and North Korea. We will also look at human rights in other parts of Southeast Asia as well as examine the internationalization of the Burma crisis and the role of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

What happened in Burma? Did the top-down controlled command economy destroy the country? What is the administrative structure of this notorious military dictatorship, one of the world's most notorious rogue states? No prior knowledge of Burma or Southeast Asia is required for this course. A passionate commitment to human rights and an open mind, however, is a must.

View the course syllabus.

Program Locations

The program is based at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Watch our video on Chiang Mai.Study Abroad in Thailand Chiang Mai is a 700-year-old city caught between two worlds. Thai tradition and customs are still very much alive in this city and they happily co-exist with modern Thailand. The city is most famous for having more than 300 Buddhist temples, and one of the most holy, Wat Doi Suthep, sits atop the mountain that overlooks the city. Chiang Mai is rife with festivals and is definitely the handicraft capital of Thailand with beautiful woodwork, jewelry and ceramics. The city also has a vibrant nightlife with many excellent restaurants and a lively music scene. Students will attend lectures on campus most mornings and participate in field excursions and cultural activities most afternoons.  Courses follow their own programs and incorporate different field locations based on the academic content of the course.


The Education Abroad Network is pleased to offer students a unique living experience to aid in cultural immersion on a daily basis. As a student at Chiang Mai University, you will live off-campus at Uniloft, a modern student housing complex just five minutes from campus by foot. Chiang Mai University students are on-hand to assist program participants with assimilating into a new culture. Each participant has their own room and shares a small common living area with their roommate. Each apartment has built-in furniture, walk-in closet, refrigerator, air conditioner, TV, and bathroom.

Within the complex, you will find a lobby, meeting room, play room, fitness center and male/female pools. Washers and dryers are also located in the complex.  Each offers opportunities to chat with local students.

In the UniLoft Hub, students can take advantage of convenience stores, restaurants, bakeries, laundry and ATM machines. The housing is located in a vibrant university area, with cool student cafes, awesome street food and restaurants all a short walk from your front door.

Study Break

Students completing the full six-week program will have one week to travel within the region from Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016. 

Program Dates

2016 Dates

Students taking the 6 week program:
Arrival Day: Friday, May 27, 2016
TEAN Orientation: Saturday May 28, 2016
University Orientation: Sunday May 29, 2016
Module One: Monday May 30 - Friday June 17, 2016

Travel Break: Saturday, June 18 - Sunday, June 26, 2016

Module Two: Monday June 27 - Friday July 15, 2016
Program ends: Saturday July 16, 2016

Students taking the 3-week Module 2 program only:
Arrival Day: Saturday June 25, 2016
TEAN & University Orientation: Sunday June 26, 2016

Module Two: Monday June 27 - Friday July 15, 2016
Program ends: Saturday July 16, 2016

Program Fees

The program fee includes all accommodation, airport transfers, arrival orientation, all program required ground transportation, academic credit, various excursions and tours, entrance fees to National Parks, cultural centers, etc. and some meals (breakfast and dinners, Monday - Friday) in the on-campus dorm. Students will incur additional costs for personal spending, additional meals and extra travel. A full itinerary is provided upon acceptance to the program. Students should also budget for an estimated $1,500 to $1,800 for international and domestic airfare.

Module 2

Course Title: Struggle for Human Rights
2016 Course Price: $2,600


The Education Abroad Network will offer suggested flights from the United States to/from Southeast Asia. We will also arrange all internal flights/transfers within the region. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be provided complete airfare details.


Participants in the program are able to obtain credits through universities and colleges in the United States. Grades will be posted on a Concordia University transcript. Credit transfer (generally 3 - 4 U.S. credits per course/module, 6 – 8 credits total) is subject to home institution regulations so please consult your academic advisor for guidance.


In order to participate on the program students must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting institution, have completed one year of coursework on a college or university campus by the program start date, and achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0.  However applications will be reviewed by examining the student’s overall application materials including: Course of Study, Letters of Recommendation, and Personal Statement. If you fall below the GPA requirement, please contact The Education Abroad Network to discuss your eligibility to participate in the program. There are no pre-requisites required.

Submitting an Application

Interested students should apply on-line.

After acceptance a $500 deposit is required. The deposit is fully refundable, less a $75 administrative fee, should students withdraw by March 15, 2016. After March 15, 2016, the deposit is not refundable.

Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. We suggest interested students apply by April 15, 2016, to avoid disappointment.

A pre-departure package for the program will be sent to the applicant once accepted into the program.