Humanities 159: Nature and World Cultures

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Information Sessions:

Monday, September 23rd: 12:45 - 1:45

Tuesday, September 24th: 1:00 - 2:00

LOCATION:  Clark 443


Program Dates

December 30, 2013–January 17, 2014

Program Overview

      In Hum 159, students will take a “biocultural” approach to understanding the cultures and environments of Vietnam. This means focusing on the relationship between culture and the environment, examining the ways a particular culture—as reflected in cultural artifacts such as cultural beliefs and values, languages, practices and institutions—is adapted (or is not adapted) to a particular environment, and how cultural constructs impact the way we perceive and treat the natural world. This interdisciplinary inquiry will focus on a variety of environments and cultures within Vietnam, as well as examining the impact of globalization and industrialization.

     Students will experience a variety of distinct environments (mountains, coast, deltas, rainforests, plains, and urban areas ) and cultures (Cham, K’Ho, Kinh, Khmer, Raglay, American, Chinese, French Colonial).  We will begin in Ho Chi Minh City (in time to bring in the Western New Year) and will visit Da Lat, Nha Trang,  Ninh Chu and Tien Giang, along with a number of national parks, sanctuaries and development projects. We finish where we began, Ho Chi Minh City, in time to bring in the Vietnamese New Year. There will also be a number of excursions, as well as ample time to enjoy the culture, nightlife, food, and beaches of Vietnam.  

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook page on Vietnam for general information about geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

Academic Program

   Humanities 159 (3 units)

Cross listed as ENVS 159 and AMS 159. Satisfies GE Area V.


All students are welcome to apply; Vietnamese language skills are not necessary. However, as this course is is an Area V course, students interested in applying must have successfully completed the WST requirement. 

Accommodation, Safety, and Visas

Accommodations throughout the stay will be double occupancy in hotels.

In order to enter Vietnam, you will need a valid passport with at least six months validity remaining and a Vietnamese visa, a visa exemption document, or a written approval letter for a visa upon arrival. You may obtain a visa or a visa exemption document from a Vietnamese embassy or consulate prior to traveling to Vietnam. (This can take a few weeks, so it should be done sooner, rather than later).


Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, California
1700 California Street, Suite 430
San Francisco, CA 94109
tel. 415-922-1577, fax 415-922-1848


(Visa Information:


Vietnam Embassy
1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 861-0737
Fax: (202) 861-0917


There is currently no US travel warning for Vietnam. For more information about safety abroad, visit the US Department of State Travel Information for Vietnam page

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are no obligatory vaccines you need before traveling to Vietnam, but  there are a series of recommend vaccines, including routine vaccinations for measles and tetanus. You should check with your health care professional to make sure you are up to date.  

(You will not be traveling to Northern Vietnam, although you will be traveling to rural areas in the south central mountains and coasts, and the Mekong Delta) 

Program Leader

Lisa Stenmark

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