Thailand Global Intensive

Meet with senior personnel from Thai industry and government to experience the impact of increased interaction, or integration, of national business systems through the growth of international trade and investment.

Bangkok, Thailand

This global intensive is suitable for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students from any discipline and will be taking place 28 January – 10 February 2018.

Many issues relating to technology, culture, politics, economics, ethics and the environment are analysed from a global and Thai perspective.

Itinerary

The 14-day global intensive includes business and cultural visits to:

  • Regional financial institutions – Bangkok Bank
  • Thai Board of Investment
  • Bangkok Stock Exchange
  • World Bank or Asian Development Bank
  • Grand Palace
  • Bridge on the River Kwai and Ayuthaya - ancient capital of Thailand
  • Bangkok cultural and city tour
  • Industrial zone – Australian businesses operating in Thailand such as Visy plastics and Bluescope steel

Note: site visits may be substituted

There will also be an opportunity to undertake additional sightseeing in Bangkok while on the intensive and after the intensive.

Thailand

Thailand is situated in Southeast Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It borders Myanmar (Burma) to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the southeast and Malaysia to the south. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, with the world’s longest serving monarch, King Bhumipol as its head of state. While the official language is Thai, English is widely spoken, particularly in the tourist and business areas of its capital, Bangkok. Buddhism, the dominant religion in Thailand forms the core of modern Thai culture, dominating many aspects of daily life.

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular tourist sites, with great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture, mountains and great beaches. Thailand is also a major industrial manufacturer and a centre of foreign direct investment. Its economy is heavily export-dependent. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of hard drives and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of motor vehicles, electronics and cameras.

Thailand is a member of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2015 Thailand will join all the other members of ASEAN to form the Asian Economic Community with the aim of establishing free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and capital.

Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the world’s most visited cities. It is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife. It is Thailand’s centre for business, finance and manufacturing and has an excellent business and transport infrastructure. Bangkok provides a great basis for interesting learning opportunities for students from all disciplines.

Thammasat University

Thammasat University, the second oldest university in Thailand is one of the best known and respected institutions of higher learning in the country. Thammasat University has always been at the centre of Thai national life, counting most of all Prime Ministers, leading politicians and government figures, Bank of Thailand governors, Supreme Court presidents, judicial officers, and most of the city’s governors among its graduates. Thammasat University today offers more than 240 academic programs in 23 different faculties and colleges (which include law, commerce and accounting, logistics, economics, engineering, architecture, political science, sociology and anthropology, journalism) located on four campuses.

The university's Bangkok Campus which hosts the Thai Study Tour is in close proximity to many tourist destinations such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the National Museum and the Chao Phraya River.

Program

  • Date of overseas tour: Sunday 28 January – Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Pre Tour Workshop: Four workshops will be arranged after the November exam period in the late November/early December 2017
  • Post Tour Workshop: 14 March 2018.
  • Students must attend ALL classes unless ill, in which case they must obtain a medical certificate as evidence of their illness

Overseas Course Content/Topics

Based on the 2016 program, topics covered overseas include*:

  • Thailand’s Political Outlook: a Long and Winding Road
  • The use of social networking technology in Thailand
  • Thailand as an Entry Point for the Greater Mekong Area - Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar
  • Doing Business in Thailand: the Good, the Worst, and the Uglier
  • Thailand in the global economy
  • Developing a creative economy in Thailand
  • The role of the Asian Development Bank in Thailand’s future development
  • Corporate social responsibility in Thailand

* Please note that the program changes from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Course content and assessment

You will enrol in the course:

ACCT2164 - Globalisation in Practice (Study Abroad - Thailand) (Undergraduate)

ACCT2165 - Globalisation in Practice (Study Abroad - Thailand) (Postgraduate)

Assessment tasks are different for Postgraduate and Undergraduate Students and may include:

Undergraduate

  • Reflective Learning Journal
  • Group Presentation On Cross Cultural Issues Experienced in Thailand
  • Participation
  • Group Research Paper

Postgraduate

  • Reflective Learning Journal
  • Group Presentation On Cross Cultural Issues Experienced in Thailand
  • Participation
  • Group Globalisation Analytical Paper
  • Individual Research Paper

How to apply and information sessions

Please complete the Globalisation in Practice- A study abroad, Thailand Mobi application form by Thursday 31 August 2017.

As there are limited places available, students are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Information Sessions

Book into an information session via CareerHub

Information Sessions

6 April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.07.29

6 April, 5.30pm - 6.30pm in room 80.02.17

10 April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.10.18

10 April, 5.30pm - 6.30pm in room 80.08.10

11 April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.07.09

20 April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.7.29

20 April, 5.30pm - 6.30pm in room 80.09.09

26 April, 12.30pm -1.30pm in room 80.07.29

26 April 5.30pm - 6.30pm in room 80.09.09

1 May 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.04.18

2 May 5.30pm - 6.30pm in room 80.10.13

4 May 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.07.09

Accommodation

To be confirmed

Further Information

Contact Len Faigen for any enquires

len.faigen@rmit.edu.au