Cambodia - SOC485H5F: Contemporary Cambodian Politics and Society

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The Trip

Travel to Cambodia and explore historical legacies and contemporary challenges related to genocide alongside your classmates, Professor Erik Schneiderhan, a UTM staff member and our partners from Operation Groundswell

Students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on the Cambodian genocide and the process towards peace and reconciliation. We'll also collaborate with local tourism initiatives like CBT who exemplify the resilience of a population struggling to push out of the legacy of war and instability. 

The combination of hands-on projects and cultural immersion will provide an incomparable space for students to challenge themselves and each other while reflecting on the links between trauma and memory, peace and prosperity.

Activities Include:

  • Conduct field research to examine how Cambodians construct, present, and maintain memories of the genocide under the Khmer Rouge;
  • Embrace the complexity of modern Phnom Penh, from the beautiful temples and pagodas to the harsh realities of the Killing Fields;
  • Hike past rice paddy fields and fish on the river while learning about life in a small Khmer village surrounding an 800-year old temple complex;
  • Travel back in time to explore and cycle through the majestic ruins of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Click here for a detailed itinerary.

Why Participate?

  • Develop on-the-ground experience conducting sociological research;
  • Add international travel and learning experience to your resume;
  • Travel and experience the unique culture Cambodia has to offer;
  • Connect with your classmates and the professor outside of the classroom!

Important Details

Dates: Thursday, October 5th, 2017 (depart) - Sunday, October 15th, 2017 (return)

Estimated cost*: CAD$3700-3950

*Funding available to UTM students for up to half the cost of the international component based on financial need. Click here to learn more.

Selection criteria: This course is available to undergraduate students. Applicants will be selected based on their application and a follow up interview. Admitted students will be subsequently enrolled in the course (SOC485H).

Applications are now closed, however there may still be opportunities available. Please email us at if you are interested. 

Important Dates

Date Description
Monday, February 13, 2017 Applications Open
Monday, March 20, 2017 Applications Close
Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31, 2017 Interviews
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Offers sent
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Second Instalment Due
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Third Instalment Due
Monday, August 21, 2017 Fourth Instalment Due
Monday, September 11, 2017 Fifth Instalment Due
September *exact date to be determined Pre-Departure Session
September *exact date to be determined Second Pre-Departure Session
September *exact dates to be determined Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change;
  • Students will be required to submit their completed application following the steps and requirements outlined under Apply Now! by the UTM Abroad Cambodia application deadline to be considered for this course;
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines;
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September.