A Hands-On January Term

Getting up close and personal with the American electoral process, learning how the design of our cities and neighborhoods affects our well-being, and delving deep into Khaleeji music: These are some of the highlights from our students' January term around the globe. 


Electing the President: An Up-Close Look at How American  Elections Really Work

NYU Abu Dhabi students posed for a photo opportunity with United States presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (center in blue) during their trip to the United States.

What does it take to run for and become the President of the United States? This up-close learning experience about the US electoral process involved attending key events in the electoral calendar such as the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. 

In the course Electing the President: An Up-Close Look at How American Elections Really Work, our students got to hear, see, and question key people in the political fields to develop their own perspectives on the health and viability of the American democratic process. 


Well-Being and the Design of the Built Environment

NYU Abu Dhabi students during a field visit in Abu Dhabi city to understand how our surroundings can impact our well-being.

In the course Well-Being and the Design of the Built Environment, the class discussed approaches to public health, urban planning, architectural design, sociology, psychology and neuroscience, and consider how our built environment impacts our well-being.   

Insights from the course are useful for future designers, policy makers, and health practioners, in hope of making our living spaces where we live, work, and relax better for everyone. 


Knowledge Translation: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice in Inclusive Education

NYU Abu Dhabi students in Zambia for their J-Term course, The Knowledge Translation: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice in Inclusive Education.

The Knowledge Translation: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice in Inclusive Education course is a bridge between research, policy and practice.

Applying research on inclusive education in Zambia, our students examined the theory, science, and practice of knowledge translation to assess and prioritize various strategies and create meaningful products for the public service sectors.


Engaging Khaleeji Musical Heritage: An Introduction to Applied Ethnomusicology

NYU Abu Dhabi students during a regional seminar in Kuwait to better understand Khaleeji music.

Engaging Khaleeji Musical Heritage: An Introduction to Applied Ethnomusicology paves the way for getting to know Khaleeji Arab music and its culture. The course provided a rich understanding of the music and culture in this region through hands-on workshops and firsthand interviews with artists. 

Some of the activities conducted include enthnographic interviews with the Mayouf Mejally Folkloric Ensemble in Kuwait, performing in a recording studio as part of a ethnomusicological document, and heritage studies.