Cambodia - SOC485H5F: Investigation through Study Abroad


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The Course: SOC485H5S

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.

The Trip: Cambodia Winter Reading Week

Travel to Cambodia and explore historical legacies and contemporary challenges related to genocide alongside your classmates, Professor Erik Schneiderhan, and a UTM staff member.

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.

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!


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!

Please Note: You will recieve payment due dates at the time of accpetance. 



First Instalment                       


Second Instalment Due


Third Instalment Due


Fourth Instalment Due


Fifth Instalment Due will be announced in January 2020

Need 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.