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This program will require students enroll in a 7-week 1-credit Jumpstart course with Cornell's Khmer language lecturer Hannah Phan ahead of their travel. Limited to 15 students.

  • Khmer Language Jumpstart Course (1 credit) 7-week 1-credit Jumpstart course, Fall 2022, with Cornell's Khmer language lecturer Hannah Phan. 
    (Fall 2022, Second Seven Weeks, Oct - Dec, 2023)
  • ILRIC3345/ASIAN3349 Contemporary Cambodia: Labor, Development, and Society (3 credits)
    (January 3-17, 2024, dates to be confirmed)

Course Description: Cambodia is the land of stark contrasts. This course introduces students to Cambodian economic, social, and labor development. We start by examining Cambodia’s history (and ancient architecture) to provide the background to its economy and society. We then explore Cambodia’s more recent development, focusing on the role of political institutions, economic development strategies, human rights, and labor policies. The highly interactive course involves a mix of lectures by scholars and policy makers, with field visits. Given that the labor-intensive garment industry has contributed to making Cambodia one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, we will specifically focus on the role of labor and human capital in Cambodia's development.

The course counts toward the 120 credits that Cornell undergraduate students must earn for graduation. Depending on a student's college, the courses may also fulfill other requirements for electives, distribution requirements, or majors.

Course expectations

You'll be expected to:

  • Attend class daily.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
  • Read assigned materials in advance of each class period.
  • Participate in class discussions, case studies, seminars, and field trips.