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:
Assistant Instructor: Reem Shraim
This SMSP leadership development program explores the ways in which leadership is enacted and effective in various national and cultural contexts. Have the standards remained static, or have they changed over time? How have leaders overcome the obstacles in their paths? What traits, if any, do they have in common? Do leaders make the times in which they serve, or do the times dictate the leaders who emerge? Are leadership skills innate, or can they be learned and developed?
Using readings and discussion about leadership theories, research, and trends, we focus not only on studying leaders, but also developing the leadership skills and potential of our SMSP Scholars. Readings include selections from biography, analysis and commentary, history, and autobiography. The seminar also features private sessions with prominent leadership figures from the UAE and the United States who will discuss their views, experiences, and firsthand observations about leadership. In recent years, the Scholars have met with notable leaders in the UAE such as:
Assistant Instructors: Dharini Parthasarathy and Reem Shraim
This course is designed to help students improve their public speaking skills and learn how to confidently present on 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 is a complement to the academic courses in the program. The course takes place primarily online. For the class, the scholars: