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Curriculum Structure

1. General Education 32 Credits

1.1 Language and Communication

  • Listening and Speaking in English
  • Reading and Writing in English
  • Critical Reading and Effective Writing
  • English in Professional Contexts
12 Credits

1.2 Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Information Literacy and Information Presentation
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Man and Art
9 Credits

1.3 Science and Mathematics

  • Information Technology and Modern Life
  • Statistics for Everyday Life and Work
  • The World of Science
9 Credits

1.4 Learning Through Activities

  • Learning through Activities I
    (virtue and morality in work cooperation as a team)  
  • Learning through Activities II
    (personality and social skill preparation)
2 Credits
*** Foreign students who use English as a major language with evidence of certification are required to take Thai language or Thai culture courses with approval of the Academic Program Committee.***
2. Field of Specialization 93 credits

2.1 Core courses

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Contemporary Theories in Social Sciences
  • Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • Human Geography  
  • Fundamental in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Principles of Economics I
  • Principles of Economics II
24 credits
2.2 Major at a minimum of 69 credits

2.2.1  Required courses

  • Introduction to Southeast Asia
  • Development Theories and Practices
  • Transnationalism and Social Issues      
  • Urbanism and Development 
  • Economic Development and Spatial Integration
  • Gender and Development 
  • Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • Energy, Environment and Society
  • Space, Society and Development
  • Family and Change
  • Agrarian Society in a Modern World
  • Politics in Cultures and Societies
  • Globalization

2.2.2 Elective courses

  • Alternative 1: A student must take major elective courses not less than 27 credits, or
    Alternative 2:
    A students must take Cooperative Education in Social Sciences and select major elective courses not less than 21 credits
  • Religions and Social Changes
  • Popular Culture in Southeast Asia
  • Poverty andHealth       
  • Resource Management and Development
  • Migration in Southeast Asia      
  • Environment and Social Movements in Southeast  Asia 
  • Geography of Development      
  • Society and Culture of Southeast Asia    
  • Thai Society and Culture 
  • Ethnicity and Pluralism
  • Society, Culture and Media   
  • Health and Medicine in Modern Society
  • Human Security and Human Rights
Or other courses with approval of the Academic Program Committee
3.  Free Electives 6 credits


Course description
Course offered at the Faculty of Humanities
Course offered at the Faculty of Sciences
Course offered at the Faculty of Fine Arts
Courses offered at the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration
Courses offered at the Faculty of Economics
Course offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University Chiang Mai 50200 THAILAND
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