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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Khon Kaen University
website : http://www.huso.kku.ac.th
Since the foundation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSO) in 1978, HUSO has grown rapidly. To achieve the goals of education, the Faculty was restructured in 2006. The previous eight diverse academic departments were reformed into four core programs: humanities, social sciences, languages, and information management. These four core programs offer 27 degree programs, ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D. levels. The Faculty offers international programs which include Ph.D. in Development Science, B.A in Thai as a Foreign Language and B.A. in English.
HUSO also offers a number of non-degree intensive language and culture study programs for overseas students. In addition to our various academic programs, HUSO provides training and consulting services to governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and to local communities. Our teaching staff excels at research in community empowerment, sustainable development, Mekong studies, poverty reduction, labor migration, and foreign language studies. HUSO houses an excellent Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region (CERP), which has been recognized region-wide as a source of publications about Mekong studies. HUSO’s peer-reviewed Journal of Mekong Societies and Humanities and Social Sciences Journal have been nationally recognized for years.
Doctoral Degree in Information Studies
The Information Studies Program was first offered in 2003 under the Corporate Network Project-CRN of the Office of Higher Education Commission. The 14 network universities in Thailand agreed to assign Khon Kaen University as the main institution to open the first doctoral degree program in Information Studies in Thailand and in Southeast Asia.
The present Doctoral Degree in Information Studies program was revised in 2009. It is an interdisciplinary program that aims to equip information professionals with a high degree of competency in information research. Additionally, the program seeks to give them the capability to relate or integrate information research with various academic contexts in order to obtain bodies of knowledge, policy setting, problem solving, decision making, theory, and to form innovations for quality research work which can be accepted both nationally and internationally.
During the past 7 years, the research studies of lecturers and graduate students could be categorized into the following 6 groups:
1. Information management: Information retrieval systems; Information Services; Information behavior studies; Information use studies, Information culture; Policy research on Information
2. Library Management: Customer relationship management; library services; library learning support strategies; library resources development, library roles in different aspects
3. Knowledge Organization & Management: KM development; Knowledge acquisitions; Knowledge-based system; KM in different aspects/areas; Ontology; Metadata
4. Information System and Studies: MIS; Expert system; Decision support system; Digital Libraries & archives; Institutional repository; information system for different aspect/areas
5. Learning & Information Literacy Development: Community learning; Courseware development; e-learning; Virtual classroom; Web-based instruction; Information Literacy
6. Information Professionals: Core competency studies, Curriculum analysis, Professional qualification framework, Human resources development
Doctoral Degree in Development Science
The PhD Program in Development Sciences is a research-based curriculum designed to advance and promote research in development related topics. Academicians and researchers in institutions of higher education, development administrators, and development workers within Thailand and outside of the country are the main students targeted for the program. The strength of this program is that it adopts “trans-disciplinary” methodology. This is quite reverse of most research traditions and disciplines in which “specialization” is encouraged. Yet, it has been evident that specialization cannot properly deal with the complexity of change and development in this era of globalization. Moreover, the focused study areas of the triangle (China, Southeast Asia and South Asia) are strategically important, not only for national strategic development, but also for global development.
Bachelor Degree in Business Chinese
The program accents integration of knowledge of Chinese language and business in order to equip graduated students with a knowledge and understanding of the two fields. Other necessary subjects are also included which are necessary for business transactions with Chinese people that involve social aspects, economics, politics, art, and culture. Students under this program obtain two degrees, one from the Southwest University and one from Khon Kaen University.
Research work on across-the-border relationships in the Mekong region Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region
Research work on the Mekong region’s across-the-border relationships is done under the mainstream research work of the Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University. This research has been ongoing since 2005. The research studies demonstrate the rapid global dynamism of technology, information news, and investment in the modern globalized relationships of societies. Dynamism also applies to people in general, who, often as legal and illegal migrant laborers, cross the border to seek better economic opportunities, who are engaged in cross-cultural marriages, and to people who participate in cross-social networking. Such phenomena are the basis from which modern social organizations emerge, along with new patterns of cross-social relationships, cross-national communities, and hybrid cultures, all of which compose social phenomena that are seen by the world’s social scientists as essential.
Research work on well-being, development of well-being, and sustainable development research themes
The well-being and sustainable development research themes have developed from the research program, “Well-being in Developing Countries” www.welldev.org.uk. This program originated from an awareness of global developmental problems. No matter how successful we have become or what material advancements we have achieved, humans still confront with many of the same problems, e.g. health, labor, the environment, culture, etc. The research work under the well-being research theme implemented by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is basic research that aims toward a good understanding of well-being (including material success or advancement and non-materialistic targets) in different economic, social, and cultural contexts. After the termination of the program, the well-being research project proposed the set-up of the Research Group on Well-being and Sustainable Development www.wesd.net. The work is being extended towards three research themes with a vision to propel, direct, and facilitate society towards well-being through cross-disciplinary research within the following 3 research frames of thought:
1. The environment, well-being, and sustainable development
2. The community, well-being, and human security
3. The educational and well-being environment