Culture, Climate Change, and Sustainability in Thailand


Geography 459: Field Studies in Regional Geography, 3 credits (CRN 20072)
Geography 559: Advanced Field Studies in Regional Geography, 3 credits (CRN 20073)


Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $1,250 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

This course in Thailand, focusing on Thailand culture, climate change impacts, and sustainability initiatives, is designed for students interested in learning and studying about sound conservation efforts and sustainable development.  Students will learn about biodiversity of the Thailand rain forests and why it is important to human welfare. Students will study the intersection of humans and their impact on natural systems and how environmental issues influence economics and society. This will be done through coursework, tours of significant natural, physical and cultural sites, as well as visits to national parks throughout Thailand.

Students will have opportunities to experience nature, learn about conservation initiatives, and meet the activists behind them. There are excursions to national parks and private reserves spanning diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Students visit grassroots conservation organizations to learn about how conservation on a low budget is accomplished and how environmentalism can foster economic development and cultural stability. Students will experience rare and endangered ecosystems such as the cloud forest, rain forest, coast and coral reef ecosystems.

This course introduces the interdisciplinary concept of sustainability and explores sustainability practices using examples throughout Thailand. Issues covered include urbanization, food security, agriculture, forestry, water resources, energy production, trade, tourism, poverty, climate change, carbon sequestration, and literacy. Ecological design principles are examined in agriculture and forestry practices. Hands-on experiences during field trips will enhance students’ understanding of concepts.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, most meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline has been extended to October 15.

$3,895 per person

Travel Dates

December 26 - January  10, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof. Charles Button
Geography Department
(860) 832-2788


Tentative Travel Itinerary

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