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.

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.