SOC485 - Cambodia Group

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Th Course

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.

Expected travel dates are Friday February 14th- Sunday February 23rd.

The Trip

Experience the vibrant culture and tropical climate of Cambodia on your February reading week! Travel with a UTM staff member and Professor Erik Schneiderhan, who will help you to discover the history of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime of the 1970’s and the ways that tragedy continues to effect the nation. You will learn about the genocide from survivors, but also about Cambodia’s efforts towards peace and reconciliation. Travelers will also be able to visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat complex, the largest religious monument in the world.

This opportunity includes the chance for students to interact with locals like those at CBT, a local tourism initiative, who demonstrate how the Cambodian population are striving to leave their warring legacy in the past and build a brighter future. It is cultural immersion activities like this as well as investigative opportunities that will allow students to deepen their understanding of course material and challenge themselves in new and rewarding ways.

Activities include:

  • Discover with your class how the locals discuss and memorialize the genocide under the Khmer Rouge;
  • Experience the contrasts of Phnom Penh. It is a huge, modern city with stunning religious sites such as temples and pagodas, but also hosts sobering reminders of the genocide like the Killing Fields;
  • Try your hand at rural living in the rice paddy fields in a small village just outside of an 800-year old temple complex;
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, the beautiful ruins that were once the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire.

Why Participate

  • Expand your sociological research skills in an exciting new environment;
  • Boost your resume with international travel and learning experience;
  • Discover the amazing sites, food, and culture of Cambodia;
  • Develop new bonds with your professor and classmates while sharing amazing experiences!


Estimated cost of International Component 2019-2020: CAD $3650-$3950

What is Included: Flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!*The amount posted is currently under review by the University Business Board. Approved amounts will be confirmed in March 2019. 

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

Funding 2019-2020

  • This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means; 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!

Important Dates

The most up-to-date information will always be sent via email. See below for session dates, payment dates and form submission dates.

To submit forms and/or payments use the links below:

The Payment System (payments)

The UTM Abroad Portal (forms)



Due with Application

First Instalment - $250               

Sunday October 20, 2019

Second Instalment Due - $950

Post-Acceptance Form Due


Visa Letter Requests Due

Sunday November 3, 2019

Third Instalment Due - $950

Friday November 8, 2019

Orientation Session


Optional Social

Sunday November 24, 2019

Fourth Instalment Due - $950

Pre-Departure Form Due

Sunday January 26, 2020

Fifth Installment Due- TBD

Friday February 7, 2020

Pre-Departure Session

Friday February 14-

Sunday February 23, 2020

Travel Dates

Friday March 6, 2020

Post-Trip Session

Friday March 13, 2020

Post-Trip Survey


Sample Itinerary

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

Location: Phnom Penh 

Accommodation: Hostel 

Transportation: Tuk Tuks, taxis, and private shuttles 

Meals: Local Restaurants 

Day(s): 1-4 

General Summary

The trip will begin in the bustling city of Phnom Penh where orientation will help students acclimatize to the country and culture of Cambodia. Students will tour around the city as a group where a local guide will take them through the history and sites of Cambodia’s most populous city. The next day the group will be visiting the S-21 Prison Museum and the Killing Fields where they will learn about the history of genocide and persecution under the Khmer Rouge. On the third day, the group will visit the National Museum of Cambodia where their research will continue. The next day will see the group visiting Kdei Karuna and TPO Cambodia, two non-governmental organizations that are helping Cambodians deal with the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge. 

Location: Banteay Chhmar and Siem Reap 

Accommodation: Homestays 

Transportation: Tuk Tuks, taxis, and private shuttles 

Meals: Local Restaurants  

Day(s): 5-10 

General Summary

The second half of the trip will allow the group to explore the historic temples found in the rural countryside of Banteay Chhmar. A full day will be spend touring around the Banteay Chhmar Temple. Students learn about community-based tourism and they will have the opportunity to listen to local voices in rural Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge maintained a strong presence. The group will then travel to the city of Siem Reap where a full day will be spent exploring the beauty of the Angkor Wat and touring the ancient ruins of the Khmer Empire. The next day will be spent with Halo Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to removing debris left over from the war, specifically deactivating and removing landmines. The final day of the trip will be spent at the Khmer Rouge’s Last Home Anlong Veng where the students will learn about the last days of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Things to Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Students must be enrolled in SOC485H5 and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Payments can be made over five installments. 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 sessions.