Courses listed as online or blended instruction mode in Albert are available to be taken 100% remote synchronously and are available to all students including non-Go Local students. Students will participate in real-time virtual class sessions during the meeting times which Albert lists in the location’s time zone.
Please note that courses are subject to change.
Please view this full Spring 2021 Global Courses list google sheet.
- For Abu Dhabi students, please see the Abu Dhabi course equivalencies on this page. Please note this is only applicable to NYU Abu Dhabi degree students.
- For Shanghai students, please see the Shanghai course equivalencies on this page. Please note this is only applicable to NYU Shanghai degree students.
Cocoa and Gold: Ghana's Development in Global Perspective - IDSEM-UG 9050 or HIST-UA 9573 or SCA-UA 9852 - 4 points
This course explores Ghana’s development in historic perspective from the colonial era to the recent postcolonial period. It provides an interdisciplinary history that is attentive to political economy, social relations, geography, and politics as they congeal in particular ways throughout Ghana’s development trajectory. It traces the key forces at play in Ghanaian development through time, paying particular attention to the transformations prompted by the region’s encounter with and incorporation into a global economy.The goal of the course is to explore theories and debates in development through deep engagement with the specific trajectory of Ghana, as a sort of intensive case study. Field visits (for instance to gold mines and cocoa fields) will be used to complement class discussions and to take advantage of the location of the course in Accra.
Experiential Learning Seminar - NODEP-UA 9982 or INDIV-UG 9050 - 4 points
Enrollment by permission only. Application required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application information. Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship fieldsite.
This course is designed to prepare and support students undertaking an internship at an NGO in Ghana. This weekly seminar will introduce students to key concepts and debates in the field of development studies, as well as provide a space to raise questions and reactions to the internship experience. We will survey foundational and current texts that elaborate theories and functions of development, with a focus on the recent history of social and economic development approaches in Africa. Charting the transition from public to private development institutions, the readings will provide critical insights into rights-based approaches, gender equity and empowerment, sustainability, accountability, and the role of government.
In addition to exploring theoretical frameworks, we will devote significant class time to discussing student experiences at their internships. Students will identify and critically appraise different aspects of their organization: their mission, methodology, programs, relationship with various stakeholders, and philosophy of change. By bringing both academic and practical perspectives to bear on the role civil society plays in capacity-building and improvement of livelihoods, this course offers an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to the questions ‘What is development?’, ‘Who is the subject of development?’ and ‘Does it work?’ These questions cannot be answered by looking at theory or practices in isolation. By reflecting on how theory and practice shape each other, we will explore the rich history of debate and innovation in the field to deepen our understanding of the development context in Ghana.
This course will be the academic component of your internship experience. You will use the seminar to reflect critically and analytically on your internship as a way to further your academic goals. You will be asked to evaluate various aspects of your internship site, including but not limited to its mission, approach, policies, and the local, regional and international contexts in which it operates. You will also be asked to reflect critically on the state of the contemporary workplace and on ourselves as workers. You will be graded on the academic work produced in this course.
Research Seminar - NODEP-UA 9950 - 2 points (IN ENGLISH)
The opportunity for students to engage in independent inquiry is central to the mission of NYU. NYU endeavours to convey knowledge, to produce it and to teach others how to be lifelong learners.This seminar affords undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct research while studying away under the direction of faculty from the study away location. Students might spend time working with teams of scientists in laboratories, picking through boxes in archival libraries, or interviewing eyewitnesses to cultural and historical events in foreign countries. The opportunity to perform various kinds of research is open to Math majors and minors and permission to enroll is required.