Each student enrolls in one of two academic core courses taught by NYU faculty and instructors. Each course includes a 7-10 day international travel component that enriches and builds upon the topic of the course, leading students to develop global and international perspectives on critical issues of our time. Course topics change from year to year and will be announced by the time that applications are due.
The question of God(s) pertains to the existence, manifestations, meaning, and attributes of the sacred. Although conceptions about the sacred are inevitably shaped by history and culture, the fundamental question of God(s) has had an enduring presence throughout human experience. This course takes up this perennial human question from the context of some of the world’s major religious traditions including Primal Religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. What similarities do these great traditions share, and how does their understanding of the sacred differ? Do they afford an ancient wisdom that remains relevant for our contemporary world? How can religious texts best be interpreted to contribute to human solidarity, harmony, and peace? In what ways does the empirical verification characteristic of an increasingly pervasive scientific and technological worldview impact on the sacred and belief in God(s)? Readings for the course are drawn from a variety of disciplines with a focus on the primary sources of each of the religious traditions.
The Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016 with an aim to limit global warming to well below 2 °C, preferably to 1.5 °C, compared to pre-industrial levels. But implementation of the Paris Agreement requires economic and social transformation. The decarbonization of the global economy is, thus, no longer in question. Already around 120 countries have declared a goal to reach net zero emissions by approximately mid-century, while China aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.
In this course, we will examine:
As part of SMSP’s leadership development program, this class will study the concept of leadership and explore “what it takes to be a leader.” To this day, leadership remains a central force steering individuals, organizations, and societies toward growth and prosperity. Peter Northouse, the author of our main text defines leadership as “a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.” From the leaders of the first human families to the CEOs of multinational corporations in the 21st century, the concept is perennial and global. Yet, it is also contextual.
Throughout the academic year, we will learn about the different theories and approaches to leadership from core texts, in-class discussions, and guest speakers. We will also perform several self-assessments to learn more about ourselves as people and as leaders. Finally, drawing on our understandings of leadership and self, we will develop and plan for our leadership paths that lay ahead. This course promises not just a learning experience, but an opportunity to evolve as an individual ready to take on the dynamic challenges that leadership roles often present.
This course is designed to help students improve their public speaking skills and learn how to confidently present on a variety of topics in diverse settings. The course offers intensive feedback and correction on students' spoken English and includes videotaping of formal and informal presentations to provide students a record of their progress. Final presentations will be assessed by a panel of judges.
Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing complements the program's academic courses with a skill-based approach. The course will provide ample opportunity to practice critical thinking skills in essays and online forum discussions. We will give scholars extensive individualized feedback throughout the course.
The goals for the class are for scholars to learn to think critically, to support their positions in writing with evidence, to organize their thinking around themes and ideas, and to become self-aware editors of their own work. By the end of the year, scholars will be confident of their ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
Through the course, the scholars will learn: