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The Course:

SOC485H5 – Investigation Through Study Abroad

An in-depth examination of selected topics in sociology as part of a UTM Study Abroad experience. During the international experience, students will collect data and observations to use as the basis for a final analytical project. As part of this course, students will have the option of participating in an international learning experience that will have an additional cost and application process. An interview may be required, with priority given to Sociology and Criminology, Law and Society Specialists and Majors.  

Learn more about the course here.  

Make sure to check the corresponding academic calendar and ACORN for prerequisites and enrollment requirements. Click here


Trip - Cambodia Winter Reading Week

Approximate Travel Dates: ***Thursday, February 15, 2024 - Sunday, February 25, 2024

*** The exact departure date will be determined by the flight availability at the time of bookings


Indulge in the history and culture of Cambodia as you travel the country to monumental sites like Phnom Penh, Banteay Chhmar and Siem Reap. Grow your understanding of memory, trauma, and peace as you explore and participate in various walking tours and homestays as well as visit famous historical sites like Angkor Wat. Together with Professor Phil Goodman and Erik Schneiderhan, and your classmates, you will have in-depth interviews with community leaders at local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that work on projects related to the Cambodian genocide.  

Why Participate?

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



Accommodation: Hotel

Transportation: Public Transportation and Private Shuttles

Meals: Hotel, and Local Restaurants

Begin your trip in the second-largest city in Cambodia, Siem Reap, where you will visit the largest religious monument in the entire world, Angkor Wat. Ending the night with the Cambodian circus, Phare Circus, you will immerse yourself in the circus-style entertainment featuring high-flying acrobatics. 

From Siem Reap, you will head to the countryside and stay in the village of Banteay Chhmar, where you will learn about community-based tourism and various perspectives will be unveiled from an area where the Khmer Rouge had maintained a strong presence in the past. Additionally, you will visit and explore ancient temples, visit the Pol Pot Baray and meet Hala Trust, an NGO dedicated to clearing landmines. 

Spend the last few days in the bustling capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, where you will get the chance to visit S-21 Tuol Sleng, a museum chronicling the Cambodian genocide. You will also visit the Killing Fields and the Kdei Karuna, a politically neutral peacebuilding NGO aiming to contribute to a sustainable peace effort in Cambodia. 

*The itinerary is subject to change based on the availability and requirements of the program.



Estimated cost of International Component: $3,600.00 - $4,100.00**

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals, in-country activities associated with the course, and trip-cancellation insurance. Funding Available! 

What is NOT Included: Course fees, fees associated with supplemental travel insurance, additional optional tours/activities while abroad, visa applications, medical exams, vaccinations, and any other additional costs. 



Bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application. Read more about funding here

If you have applied for a bursary- You will hear back about your bursary application at the same time as your trip application.


Payment Schedule

PaymentAmountDue Date
1st Installment$250.00With Application
2nd Installment$950.00October 22nd, 2023*
3rd Installment$950.00October 29th, 2023*
4th Installment$950.00November 12th, 2023*
5th Installment$950.00November 26th, 2023*
6th Installment $100.00-$___**December 10th, 2023*

**Final Installments will be determined based on the final trip cost.

*Installment deadlines subject to change. Final deadlines will be posted here after October 23rd, 2023. 


Need to Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change. 

  • Applicants must submit an application for admission into the course to their respective departments and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience. 

  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines. 

  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in the mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad sessions. 


Please Note

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, situations may arise that the university is unable to foresee. We will continue to update this page and communicate with those enrolled in the course regarding the international component. If you have questions, please email


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