International Program MA in Social Science

(Development Studies)

RCSD and Development Studies


he Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, was established in 1998 in response to the need to integrate social science and natural science knowledge, and in order to gain a be er understanding of sustainable development issues in Southeast Asia. The Center draws upon the two-decade long experience of Chiang Mai University in the research and teaching of resource management, highland agricultural systems, social science, health, environmental impact assessment, and ethnic and gender rela ons; linking graduate training and research to development policy and prac ce. Since 1999, RCSD has offered an MA in Sustainable Development - the core of the Center’s knowledge produc on process. In response to the enormous social, economic and cultural changes taking place in Southeast Asia at all levels, research is needed in order to help understand their impacts, as well as promote peaceful co-existence among all groups of people in the region. This process should be based on local knowledge and culture, the sustainable use of natural resources and a respect for different groups of people, and its output will help achieve academic excellence in line with interna onally recognized academic standards. In accordance with the new curriculum introduced for the academic year 2012, the tle of the master’s degree has been changed to the MA in Social Science - in order to incorporate broader fields of study into one single program, these being development studies, ethnicity and development, health social sciences and women’s studies. The MA in Social Science retains a focus on development and the social sciences, while also broadening its scope to explore the regional connec vity and regional economic integra on brought-about by Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) ini a ves and the introduc on of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 (AEC). The revised 2012 curriculum aims to increase the analy cal capacity of scholars as to keep pace with social changes, as well as develop policy recommenda ons on alterna ve development that respond to the needs of different groups of people based on local knowledge, sustainable resource use, sound research ethics and high levels of social responsibility.


produc on systems. DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [3] .Philosophy and Objectives of the Graduate Program wik ed wiki e wikiped wikipedia ik iki T he philosophy underlying this revised program is to integrate social science theories and knowledge from different disciplines. such as geography. cultures and health problems in mainland Southeast Asia. local people and ethnic groups. natural resource use. trade and investment prac ces. sociology and anthropology. those based upon knowledge construc on and research experiences. those resul ng from changes to state policies and laws. and to develop their poten al in terms of adap ng to future changes. in order to analyze the complexi es and problems to be found within the development process. those that allow them to par cipate in the decision-making and policy formula on process. for example. The knowledge gained from this program will help people both adapt to the changes taking place in the region and also seek development alterna ves. Such changes have had varying impacts upon different groups of people.

the poli cs of the environment. are at the core of research problema za on. as follows: Environment and Development The quest for development and modernity impacts on natural resources and the environment.those deemed relevant to the emerging economies of the region.using a social sciences approach. commonly occur as a part of the development process. Complex social rela ons in terms of environment-development interac ons are the core research agenda items here . plus the transna onal rela ons facilitated by the globaliza on process. the emphasis is placed on the diversity of social rela ons experienced at different levels. access to and control over natural resources. and has three main research agendas. the enclosure of resources and the social construc on of nature. On this course. The course’s emphasis allows students to deepen their analysis of the increasingly complex situa ons that exist within a globalized world. class and social iden ty. such as through ecological networks. The program is designed to ensure that students are equipped with cri cal conceptual tools. gender. in terms of age. Social differences. [4] . ethnicity. The Politics of Difference A recogni on of the differences that exist in society has led the program to proclaim such differences as being important in relaon to social science research. as well as conflicts across these social differences. as well as the complex livelihoods of different groups of people across a number of dimensions and scales. energy and trade communica ons. upon which diverse groups of people depend during their daily lives. to understand and cri cally analyze issues such as sustainable development.The curriculum focuses on the development processes and livelihood security issues experienced by different groups of people . Regionalization and Transnationalization Changes arising from the development process are related to regionaliza on in a variety of ways. Collabora ons.

Research topics focus on. local knowledge. among other things. as well as enhance local par cipa on in the management and development of natural resources. The sustainability of natural life support systems and equitability of resource use are also explored. cross-border migra on and gender rela ons. DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [5] .Program Aims T he MA in Social Sciences (Development Studies) strives to develop a methodology that is not strictly bound by sta c or essen alist modes of thinking. resource management. with the ac ve par cipa on of local people. therefore. health. It uses mul ple methods to encourage learning from local experience. The body of knowledge taught. We encourage our students to search for alterna ve policies and to strive for the promo on of sustainable development based on ecological sustainability and the security of local livelihoods. is derived from dynamic models which are suited to social and environmental contexts. sustainable development.

present and future. • The ability to offer alterna ve direc ons for sustainable development. based on high quality fieldresearch. [6] . enabling them to study the development process from many perspec ves and draw upon an understanding of the wider context of social and ecological change. and then apply the result to prac cal issues in their respec ve areas of interest. plus the ability to analyze the problems arising from and the impacts of development in the past. • A deep understanding of the complexity of development issues. • The ability to synthesize academic knowledge with local knowledge.Characteristics of our Graduates G raduates from the MA in Social Science (Development Studies) should have the following quali es: • A holis c understanding of concepts and methods in both natural science and social science disciplines.

D. Canada Jamaree Chiengthong Ph. (Development Sociology) University of London.D.D.D. Thailand Chayan Vaddhanaphu Ph. (Anthropology) University of Sydney.D.D. UK Kwancheewan Buadaeng Ph.D. USA Prasit Leepreecha Ph.D. Thailand Mukdawan Sakboon Ph. (Anthropology) Australian Na onal University. (Agriculture) University of California. USA San ta Ganjanapan Ph. Australia Malee Si kreangkrai Ph.D. (Interna onal Educa on Development) Standford University. (Anthropology) Macquarie University. Thailand Phrek Gypmantasiri M. Australia DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [7] . USA Ph. (Sociology of Health) Mahidol University. Sweden Chusak Wi ayapak Ph.D.Sc. USA Thapin Phatcharanurak Ph.D.D. (Anthropology) Cornell University. Honorary (Social Anthropology) Goteborg University. USA Pinkaew Laungaramsri Ph.Academic Staff Amporn Jira korn Ph.D. Germany Aranya Siriphon Ph. (Anthropology) University of Washington. (Sociology of Health) University of No ngham. (Geography) Oregon State University. (Anthropology) University of Washington.D.D. USA Apinya Fuangfousakul Ph. (Geography) University of Victoria.D. (Linguis cs) Mahidol University. Australia Panadda Boonyasaranai Ph. (Social Sciences) Chiang Mai University.D. (Anthropology) University of Texas at Aus n. Davis. USA Anan Ganjanapan Ph. UK Wasan Panyagaew Ph. (Sociology) University of Bielefield.

(Sociology) University of Wisconsin-Madison. Department of Geography University of Wisconsin-Madison. USA Past Visiting Professors and Scholars Baird. University of Leeds. Australia [8] .D.D. Japan Vandergeest. Shigeharu Professor Emeritus Na onal Museum of Ethnology. York University. Robert Department of Geography. Berkeley. Canada Tanabe. Canada Walker.Wa ana Sugunnasil Ph. York University. USA McCargo. (Anthropology) University of California. University of Sydney. USA Yos Santasombat Ph. Australian Na onal University. UK Roth. Peter Department of Sociology. Philip Department of Geography. USA Hirsch. Department of Anthropology. Duncan School of Poli cs and Interna onal Studies. Charles F. Australia Keyes. Ian G. Andrew Department of Anthropology. University of Washington.

covering the period 2012/2013. addi onal scholarships have been awarded to candidates from Cambodia. the details of which can be obtained from the RCSD office. However.Scholarships A limited number of RCSD scholarships are available for students who demonstrate excellent academic performance. applicants can choose to study on one of the following three leading development programs: 1) The Master of Arts in Social Science (MASS) at Chiang Mai University. and the Rockefeller Founda on. the Heinrich Boll Founda on (HBF). and 3) The Master of Science in Gender and Development Studies (MGDS) at the Asian Ins tute of Technology. which will be held either in the applicant’s home country or using the internet/Skype. Vietnam and Thailand through the Consor um of Development Studies in Southeast Asia (CDSSEA) program . whether from private or government sources in their own countries. Applicants are advised to secure their own financial support. DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [9] . Myanmar. Laos. Recently. 2) The Master of Arts in Interna onal Development Studies (MAIDS) at Chulalongkorn University. most RCSD students secure a scholarship from sources such as the Thailand Interna onal Development Coopera on Agency (TICA). Under this program. Applicants shortlisted for a scholarship will be invited for an interview. the Ford Founda on.

the first running from August to November and the second from January to May. coursework and a thesis. 2) Ethnicity and Development. In addi on. the BA in Social Science program has recently been expanded to cater for a wide range of students from both ASEAN countries and beyond. the coursework takes a minimum of one and-a-half years and the thesis takes at least another half-a-year. The Development Studies track has been offered as an interna onal program on a regular basis since 1999 (originally as the MA in Sustainable Development). with all core courses. called study tracks. Under normal circumstances. Coursework for the program is divided into core and elec ve components.Academic Program T he MA in Social Science is comprised of four subject areas. as well as the thesis component. and her we give examples of some of the courses available for selec on. 3) Women’s Studies.D. [10] . un l the final version is submi ed. the Faculty of Social Sciences also offers a comprehensive Ph. For every semester spent wri ng the thesis a er the fourth. these being: 1) Development Studies. The MA program is taught in English. program in social science. with two semesters taught each year . Other courses can be selected with the approval of the Graduate Program Commi ee. students are required to enroll in a noncredit point in order to retain student status. The MA program is comprised of two principal parts. and addresses a wide range of development issues and topics based upon students’ interests. having to be completed. A minimum of three elec ve courses must also be completed. and 4) Health Social Sciences. for those students who wish to con nue on and study a doctoral degree. In response to a commitment on the part of the Faculty of Social Sciences to become more interna onal in outlook.

Study Plan (Development Studies Track) Plan A Type A 1 (thesis only) 1st Academic Year 1st Semester Registra on Meet foreign language requirements Thesis proposal defense A end a seminar and present a paper relavant to the thesis topic 2nd Semester 169797 Thesis 15 Credits A end a seminar and present a paper relavant to the thesis topic 2nd Academic Year 1st Semester 169797 Thesis 15 Credits A end a seminar and present a paper relavant to the thesis topic 2nd Semester 169797 Thesis 6 Credits A end a seminar and present a paper relavant to the thesis topic TOTAL : 36 Credits DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [11] .

Plan A Type A 2 (coursework and thesis) 1st Academic Year 1st Semester 169701 166701 Social Sciences Theories Development Theories 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits Elec ve course 2nd Semester 169702 Conceptualiza on in Social Research 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits Elec ve course Elec ve course 2nd Academic Year 1st Semester 166791 Seminar: Special Issues on Development Studies 3 Credits 3 Credits Elec ve course 2nd Semester 169799 Thesis 12 Credits TOTAL : 36 Credits [12] .

Coursework 1. Coursework B.1) Joint courses 169701 Social Sciences Theories 169702 Conceptualiza on in Social Research 1.Curriculum Structure Plan A Type A 1 (thesis only) Total Credits A. Thesis (169797 Thesis) 36 credits None 36 credits Plan A Type A 2 (coursework and thesis) Total Credits A. Required courses 1.2) Required Courses in each Study Track Development Studies Track 166701 Development Theories 166791 Seminar: Special Issues on Development Studies Ethnicity and Development Track 156702 Concepts and Theories of Ethnicity and Development 156791 Seminar 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits a minimum of 36 credits a minimum of 24 credits 12 credits 6 credits 3 credits 3 credits 6 credits DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [13] .

Development and Ecology 156716 Local Wisdom of Ethnic Groups and Development Ecology 156718 Indigenous People Rights.1) Elec ve Courses in Relevant Topic Areas [14] .Women’s Studies Track 168700 Cri cal Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies 168791 Seminar: Special Issues on Women Health Social Sciences Track 173701 Health Illness and Society 173791 Selected Local Health Issue and Globaliza on 2. Mechanisms and Processes for Human Rights Protec on 156719 Ethnic Economy. Elec ve courses Development Studies Track 166711 Regionaliza on in Development Process 166721 Local Rights and Knowledge in Development 166751 Transborder Studies 166762 Opera onaliza on in Development Research 166789 Selected Topics on Development Studies Ethnicity and Development Track 156701 Mul -culturalism in Modern Socie es 156704 Ethnic Studies in Southeast Asia 156713 Visual Ethnography 156714 Ethnic Health. Tourism and Consumer Culture 156789 Selected Topics in Ethnicity and Development 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits a minimum of 12 credits 2.

Medicine and Tourism 173789 Selected Topic in Health Social Sciences 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [15] .Women’s Studies Track 168710 Human Rights and Women’s Rights 168712 Feminist Legal Studies 168713 Women and Poli cs 168720 Women in Socio-cultural Perspec ves 168722 Women and Economy 168730 Women and Literature 168735 Women and Religion 168741 Sex Crimes and Violence against Women 168743 Women and Health Health Social Sciences Track 173702 Culture and Health 173703 Popula on Change and Health 173721 Ageing Medicine and Society 173723 Socio-cultural Perspec ves of Food and Health 173727 Health Ecology 173728 Health and Medicine in Changing Society 173730 Health Business.

ac. B. as shown under 2.soc.2.2.2) Or select from the list of elec ve courses outside the student’s chosen ma_course_description_detail.2. Elec ve courses 154711 Environmentalism and Environmental Policies 154713 Policy Analysis and Resources Management 154714 Poli cal Ecology 154739 Geography of Health 154777 Geoinforma cs and Health 159701 Social and Cultural Theories I 159723 Economic Sociology and Anthropology 159704 Social and Cultural Theories II 159712 Resource Governance and Civil Society Or select from other courses with the consent of the Graduate Program Commi ee. Thesis 169799 SS 799 Thesis 12 credits 12 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits None * Course descriptions can be obtained from our website: http://rcsd.pdf [16] . Courses outside relevant field 2.2.cmu.2.1 Required courses 2.2.

an interview and admission. The second stage of the selec on process . Application Process There are three stages to the applica on process: a wri en applica on.the interview. • Applicants must also have passed TOEFL with a score of at least 500 (paper-based). Studies will begin in August of the year applied for. the students must submit their applica on by March. Applica ons are accepted all year round. DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [17] . To apply for a par cular academic year. which begins in August. as accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs. or have passed IELTS with a score of 5. or TEGS with a score of at least 65. are eligible to apply for the MA in Social Science (Development Studies). 173 (computer-based) or 61 (internet-based). with no fica on of both admission and of the financial assistance award sent to the applicants in May or June.5.Admissions Procedure Qualifications • All applicants who have a bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline. will be conducted during April-May.

cmu. or a TEGS cer ficate showing a score of at least 65. or an IELTS cer ficate showing a score of at least 5. a descrip on of his/her career expecta ons.5.soc. 173 (computer-based) or 61 (internet-based). Cer fica on must be applicable over the applica on period • The applicant’s proposed research outline • The applica on fee (Bt. [18] . 900). • A concise statement of about 800 to 1000 words.Written Applications Applicants are required to submit: • A completed copy of the applica on form for the MA in Social Science (Development Studies) • A recent passport style photograph • An official subject transcript wri en in English • Three le ers of recommenda on • A TOEFL cer ficate showing a score of at least 500 (paper-based).ac. plus how the development studies program will help the applicant achieve his/her goals (in the case of a scholarship applica on). describing the reasons for the applicant wishing to pursue a Master’s degree. Application forms can be downloaded from the RCSD website:

8. 160. Fees may be periodically revised. including tui on and university service fees of approximately Bt.120. including tui on fees. Candidates will be informed of the me and place of the interview via e-mail.000 per year for non-Thai residents. meals and transporta on is approximately US$19. DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [19] .000-12. Normally. he or she will be invited to a end an entrance interview held by RCSD staff and teachers.Interview If an applicant’s wri en applica on is successful.000 per month for their daily expenses (prices calculated at $1US=31 Bt. field research ac vi es. Costs and Fees Fees. Candidates who successfully pass the interview stage will be eligible for admission to the program. Approved changes will be effec ve for all payments made on or a er the dates s pulated in the change announcement. Thai). must be paid by the admission day.000 per year for Thai residents and Bt. the cost of the two-year program. thesis edi ng. Students are recommended to budget at least Bt. accommoda on.000.

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