The Big Ideas course series offers an academic experience completely unique to NYU. Students will engage with faculty experts from across the University to explore themes and topics relevant to today's issues, including social justice, the arts, sports, and technology.

These courses will offer NYU students the chance to learn in a whole new way, and approach the world from the vantage point of celebrated and renowned artists, neuroscientists, philosophers, data journalists, historians, or ethicists.

Each course in this series will:

  • Be offered fully online in spring 2022;
  • Be open to all undergraduate students, regardless of School/Department or location;
  • Provide access to multiple faculty and subject experts within a single class; and
  • Utilize a mix of asynchronous and synchronous engagement with faculty and course material.

All classes are offered in spring 2022. They are 2 credits, unless otherwise noted. Graduate students interested in auditing a course must check in with the instructor about limits on class participation (e.g. participating in breakout sessions, participating in graded assignments, etc.).

To enroll, log in to Albert, select the “Academic Threads” filter on the right-hand side, and select “Big Ideas course” in the drop-down menu.

Available Courses for Spring 2022


China's Role in World Business

Course Number: BUSF-SHU 9289

In this course, students will gain insights on China from “inside out” and “outside in” perspectives, acquire understanding of interconnections of the world of business, and uncover future business opportunities in and outside China.

In March, course time will shift one hour to account for Daylight Savings.

Schedule & Format

  • 14 weeks (Jan. 24 - May 13); Wednesday, 8 - 9 am EST/Wednesday, 9 - 10 pm China Standard Time
  • Pass/Fail
  • Online Lecture

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Performance as Protest

Course Number: OART-UT 815

Performance as Protest examines the art and act of performance as an influential model for social activism, civil disobedience, and community mobilization. Students will delve into the works of historical and contemporary artists who radicalized their choreographic practices to promote social advocacy and revolution.

Schedule & Format

  • 7 weeks (Jan. 25 - March 21); Tuesday, 5 - 8 pm EST
  • Graded
  • Online Lecture

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The Emerging Cannabis Industry

Course Number: MULT-UB 107

This course will take a critical look at current laws surrounding marijuana use from state to state, the emerging business opportunities as well as cannabis stocks investments, and the equity challenges articulated by advocates of cannabis justice.

Schedule & Format

  • 7 weeks (Jan. 24 - March 16); Wednesday, 9 - 11 am EST
  • Graded
  • Online lecture

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The Ethics of Big Tech & Social Media: Technoethics

Course Number: DANC-UT 703

This course offers a look at the lack of ethics and affects and effects upon humanity in the development of Big Tech, social media, and the internet. Kicking off with the viewing of the number one documentary on this topic, The Social Dilemma, we will begin a conversation around the impact of social media and technology on our lives and how to address it.

Schedule & Format

  • 14 weeks (Jan. 24 - May 9); Wednesday, 10 - 11:30 am EST
  • Graded
  • Online Lecture

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