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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
  • Program Terms: March Break
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: March Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Eligible Populations: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel, Residence Hall
Pre-requisites: See Below Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:

HIS 4610 Social Responsibility in Malaysia & Thailand


Thailand Laos Group 2018

James Hoopes, Professor of History
Murata Professor of Ethics in Business

March Break 2020

Malaysia & Thailand

Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Date

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5:00 PM
Location: Olin 102


Application Deadlines

Application Opens

Thursday, September 5, 2019; 12:00 PM ET

Initial Application Deadline

Sunday, September 29, 2019; 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Monday, October 7, 2019; 9:00 AM ET

Rolling Application 'Pull' Dates (to fill open slots)

October 28 and November 18, 2019

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.



Class #1

Saturday, February 15, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Class #2

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:00 AM-1:00 PM


Group Flight Arrival: Sunday, March 15, 2020 (depart BOS Friday, March 13)
Group Flight Departure: Saturday, March 21, 2020 (arrive Sunday, March 22)
Course Dates: Sunday, March 15-Saturday, March 21, 2020


post travel deliverable should be expected; no formal meeting post travel

Academic Overview

Course Description

The purpose of our course is to explore the question:  “How do Malaysians and Thais think about ‘Social Responsibility’ and how do they act in order to achieve it?”  By extension, we will be asking about how approaches to business ethics in our own countries differ from Malaysians’ and Thais’?  Often in Western discussions of business ethics, it is assumed that the West is far ahead of Asia in business ethics.  We will make no such assumption, but rather, we will ask if Malaysia and Thailand have anything to teach our countries.
We will make four important site visits:
Siam Hands, a Thai garment maker run by the principles of Buddhist Economics
A squatter village near Nakhon Sawan where we will work on a social responsibility project with Thai students from Mahidol University
Karangkraf, a multi-media publishing company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Frangipani Organic Farm School, 15 miles outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  This is one of the most advanced organic farms in the world and has a focus on “agripreneurship.”  Students interested in organic farming should state their interest in their applications as a few places in the course will be reserved for students interested in the possibility of returning to the school next summer to do a short course in agripreneurship (there may be some financial support for summer study at Frangipani Organic Farm School).

More particularly, we will focus on three Asian faiths and cultural traditions – Islam, Buddhism, and Confucianism.  We will visit 3 socially responsible companies, each representing, respectively, an approach to social responsibility consistent with one of those 3 traditions.  We will aim not only to learn about the implications of Islam, Buddhism, and Confucianism for business ethics.  We will also aim to understand what qualities those 3 Asian traditions share which may distinguish them generally from Western traditions in business ethics. 

Faculty Video

[Course Video / Brainshark]

Course Information

Course Type

Advanced Liberal Arts


4 credits


Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.


RHT1000 Rhetoric I
RHT1001 Rhetoric II
AHS1000 AHS Foundation
One Intermediate (HSS, LVA, CVA)

Course Documents

Course Syllabus & Sample Schedule  |  Information Session Slides

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Bangkok, Thailand
Nakhan Sawan, Thailand (Mahidol Campus)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  


  • Students will stay in 3-4 star hotels in Bangkok and  Kuala Lumpur at the start and end portions of the course,  in double occupancy rooms. 
  • Students will also stay in double occupancy dorm rooms at Mahidol University, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand for the middle portion of the course.
  • Students are housed in double rooms based on the same gender/gender identity.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations for an Elective Abroad, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight (Included in Program Fee)

The program fee includes group round trip travel between Boston and Thailand (BKK) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) AND between these two cities.

  • Arrival Airport Code: BKK
  • Departure Airport Code: KUL

Local Transportation

The program fee includes the following transportation: 
  • Bangkok, Thailand: Coach bus transfers and site visits/cultural excursions
  • Nakhon Sawan, Thailand: Coach bus transfers and site visits/cultural excursions
  • Kuala Lumpur: Coach bus transfers and site visits/cultural excursions


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation for personal excursions. Some site visits include walking on uneven terrain/foot bridges and through forest areas.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotels and at Mahidol University.
  • The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner and 2-3 lunches at host site visits.
  • Students are responsible for paying for the balance of lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.
Electives Abroad Cost Elements

Estimated Total Cost:  $2,900 + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee: $2,400

  • Included: Accommodations, breakfast, group flights (2), airport transports, ground transportation, site visits, program planned meals, and cultural excursions.
  • Not included: Tuition, visa costs, additional meals, and personal expenses. 
  • Payment: The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.
  • Cancellation Policy: All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.

Babson Tuition: 4-Credits 

  • Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is included in the fall/spring semester flat rate tuition charge (up to 20 credits)
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Travel & Meals: $500

  • Estimated Additional Meals: $300
  • Estimated Incidentals: $200
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on average expenses from 2018 Thailand/Malaysia course.
    • Expenses may be higher or lower depending on student's meal preferences and personal spending habits.
  • Visa (if applicable): cost dependent on nationality
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Thailand AND Malaysia (including countries transited through) before committing to the course.
    • Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Grants & Scholarships

Contact Information

Lead Faculty


Professor Jim Hoopes

James Hoopes is "Murata Professor of Ethics in Business" at Babson College. His latest book is Corporate Dreams:  Big Business in American Democracy from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. The author of half a dozen other books on American history, Hoopes has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other funding agencies. His paper, "Managing a Riot," won the Paul Hersey Award for the best paper on leadership at the 2000 meeting of the Academy of Management. He has taught in both Europe and Asia.


Program Manager

Renee Graham  

Renée Graham

Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2019/20 undergraduate Electives Abroad courses to the UAE, Thailand/Malaysia and England, as well as the graduate Electives Abroad courses in Hong Kong, Brazil and Sweden. Renée's MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience program responsibilities this year are in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Renee court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.



Course Administrator

Katie Platt  

Katherine Platt

Dr. Platt has taught at Boston University, Harvard University, and Wellesley College. Her regional specialty is North Africa and the Middle East with a particular focus on labor migration, ritual, and local identity in Tunisia. Her current research concerns transnational migrant and refugee populations.




Student Videos


Student Quotes

This program is currently not accepting applications.