Courses on this list are subject to change. Additional courses may be added as study away program is confirmed. Courses listed under "Available for All Students" are open to study away or remote students to register for. Note that remote courses must be taken 100% synchronously (log in during the listed meeting pattern). Courses listed under "Study Away Courses" are only available for study away students at the location.
A full list of Fall 2021 global site courses will be available on a google sheet soon to make it easier to filter and look for specific courses.
- 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.
Available for All Students
20th Century German Prose - GERM-UA 9366 - 4 points
Conducted in German. Advanced. Pre-requisite: GERM-UA 152 or equivalent.
This advanced topics course in German Literature varies by semester. A description and sample syllabus will be made available closer to the start of each term.
Augmenting the Gallery - IMNY-UT 9001 - 4 points
Note: Registration priority will be given to students in the Interactive Media, Interactive Media Arts, Studio Art, and Interactive Digital Media programs or other students with Emerging Media concentrations.
Wall labels, audio guides and informative maps are just some of the ways galleries and museums convey additional information about an art collection. How can we utilize new interactive mixed reality tools to design and deliver immersive experiences that breathe new life into an exhibit. Augmented and virtual reality are powerful tools for new media production and storytelling, but how can these tools serve to enhance our galleryexperience without distracting from the power and importance of a pre-existing collection? This production course seeks to experiment with new ways to experience a museum collection through mixed reality. Topics covered include exhibition installation and curation, mixed reality production in Unity, mobile development for Augmented Reality.
Environmental Social Movements - ENVST-UA 9481 or SOC-UA 9209 or ANTH-UA 9062 - 4 points
How do social movements form in response to environmental concerns? What makes them effective or ineffective? This course analyses the various social movements that organized in response to environmental concerns. Both historical and sociological dimensions of environmental movements are covered, with particular attention given to how issues of environmental protection and social justice intersect. At NYU Berlin, the course includes American (I), European, and in particular German (II), as well as global movements (III).
Popular Music in Germany: History, Culture, Politics - REMU-UT 9811 - 2 points
There is no pre-requisite for this course. This course will count towards required Writing, History, & Emergent Media electives for ReMu majors.
From Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kraftwerk to D.A.F. and the Euro disco of Snap! – the first seven weeks of class considers the history of German electronic music prior to the Fall of the Wall. We will particularly look at how electronic music developed in Germany before the advent of house and techno in the late 1980s. One focus will be on regional scenes such as the Düsseldorf school of electronic in the 1970s with music groups such as Cluster, Neu! And Can, the Berlin school of synthesizer pioneers like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Manuel Göttsching or Giorgio Moroder's Sound of Munich. Visits will be made to experience Oskar Sala's Trautonium - an early proto-synthesizer with which he created the sounds for Hitchcock's „The Birds“ - at the Musikinstrumenten Museum and the location of the Zodiak Free Arts Lab, an experimental club founded by Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Students will be expected to competently identify key musicians and recordings of this creative period.
The second half of the course looks more specifically at the arrival of Techno, a new musical movement, and new technology in Berlin and Germany in the turbulent years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, up to the contemporary moment. Indeed, Post-Wall East Berlin, full of abandoned spaces and buildings and deserted office blocks, was the perfect breeding ground for the youth culture that would dominate the 90s and led Techno pioneers and artists from the East and the West to take over and set up shop. Within a short space of time Berlin became the focal point of a new culture, attracting enthusiastic followers from all over the world to clubs such as ‘Tresor’ and ‘E-Werk’. Among those early techno aficionados were writers, artists, photographers, musicians and fashion designers. Techno quickly developed into a lifestyle and mass movement, finding its most exhilarating expression in the Love Parade and, recently, the club/movement Berghain.
As students consider Berlin’s slow transformation from divided city in those anarchic and pioneering days of the early 90s into the bustling, world-class nightlife capital it is today, they will also consider the changing and controversial cultural and socio-economic landscape of the city, and how Berlin continues to retain its uncompromising, avant-garde ethos. Students will be expected to write final research paper drawing on issues discussed in class and in the readings.
Perception - PSYCH-UA 9022 - 4 points
Prerequisite: PSYCH-UA 1 Introduction to Psychology or Equivalent.
How do we construct a conception of physical reality based on sensory experience? Survey of basic facts, theories, and methods of studying sensation and perception. The major emphasis is on vision and audition, although other modalities may be covered. Representative topics include receptor function and physiology; color; motion; depth; psychophysics of detection, discrimination, and appearance; perceptual constancies; adaptation, pattern recognition, and the interaction of knowledge and perception.
Social Psychology - PSYCH-UA 9032 - 4 points
Prerequisite: PSYCH-UA 1 Introduction to Psychology or Equivalent.
The science of social psychology is concerned with understanding how others – be they actual or imagined – influence our affects, cognitions, and behavior. In this class we will learn about social psychology as a science, its methods, core concepts, current problems, and challenges. We will do so by covering theories and research in the broad range of topics social psychology has to offer. These include how people perceive themselves and others, as well as how people explain their own and others’ behavior. We will learn about the role of emotions in our social life and relationships, how we develop our attitudes and how they relate to our behavior. We will learn about how people influence and persuade each other – for example by using media – and when and why they become attracted to each other. We will also discuss groups, their dynamics, decisions, and leadership in groups, as well as when and why we become aggressive, act altruistically, help, and cooperate.
Another important topic will be the nature and consequences of stereotypes and prejudice in situations in which more than one social group is present and salient. Finally, we will explore how stereotypes and prejudice can be overcome in applied contexts, i.e., schools, universities, and other professional environments.
Topics: War and Peace: Sources of Conflicts and International Conflict Resolution in the 20th and 21st Centuries - POL-UA 9994 - 4 points
How do conflicts emerge and how can they be resolved? What tools and institutions exist to mediate a conflict? How have conflicts changed throughout time? What challenges are we facing today?
In this course, we will look at factors of conflict such as ethno-nationalism, geo-political rivalries and social grievances. Students will also discuss the current trend of conflicts and possible solutions. We will look at case studies and attempts of international mediation efforts either by states, international organizations or NGOs, and discuss successes and failures thereof.
The course will unite academic and practical experiences in politics and diplomacy. Apart from accomplishing the necessary reading to acquire knowledge in this field, students will have the opportunity to work with creative means of expression, take part in and run simulation games, debate in class, and embark on field trips to relevant actors of “political Berlin”.
Transnational Migration, Identity, and Citizenship - AGT-UF 9301 or SOC-UA 9943 or EURO-UA 9943 or ANTH-UA 9076 - 4 points
This course proposes to look at migration from a contemporary perspective and to examine how it reconfigures identity and citizenship. It looks at the present situation through a historical perspective, taking the current ‘refugee crisis’ as a point of departure, and placing it in a European and global context. The course is intentionally multidisciplinary and incorporates debates from history, sociology, anthropology, political science, geography as well as cultural and urban studies. This will permit students from different backgrounds to approach the subject from their own vantage point and with their chosen methodological instruments. The course starts from observation and media analysis to lead students to theoretical approaches, instead of using a more common deductive approach.
Study Away Courses
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Global Connections: Berlin Spaces - SCA-UA 9634 or ANTH-UA 9089- 4 points
This course examines diverse current urban trends in Berlin and their connections to worldwide phenomena. It focuses on the way that different social groups (according to class, milieu, origin, gender or sexuality) appropriate urban space and constitute place-specific identities. It uses the city of Berlin with its multiple layers of history as a laboratory for contemporary urban research with historical, empirical and theoretical material. We will study key debates on urban developments, partly as field visits, in regard to housing, migration, gentrification, and we will search for the creative and the sustainable city. You will be introduced to the contemporary discourses on those trends and to new ways of reading and seeing a city.
Shaping an Educational Landscape: Museum Island - ARTH-UA 9850 or SOC-UA 9940 - 4 points
NYU Art History Students: This course counts for Urban Design credit or Art History Elective credit.
NYU Sociology Students: This course counts as an advanced seminar.
The course is a mixture of classroom discussions and field trips (in conjunction with discussions in rooms provided by the National Museums of Berlin) to different museums in Berlin, with a focus on the five major museums on the Museum Island, which have been build over a period of 100 years (1830-1930). We will also talk about the newest addition to the Museumsinsel, the Humboldt Forum scheduled to open its doors in the reconstructed city palace on the Schlossplatz in 2019. Discussions will focus on the nature and social function of museums as well as their role as places where the image of the state and its civil society are constantly reshaped, until the era of global migration. Other topics include museums architecture, museum and identity, museum and education, museum and the 21st century. Previous knowledge of art history, architecture, or German history is not required, but useful.
Elementary German I - GERM-UA 9001 - 4 points
This is an introductory course to the language and culture of German-speaking countries for students with no knowledge of German. It focuses on the development of communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The textbook "studio express A1", in conjunction with current culture-rich supplemental materials, offers a balanced approach to developing your individual language competence.
Throughout your engagement with the German language you will also learn about Berlin and the Federal Republic of Germany today. In addition to language instruction, the course offers a rich cultural program that includes visits to famous museums and places in Berlin. These visits and field trips are closely related to the subjects taught in class and will help you utilize your knowledge outside the classroom.
This course covers the first part of a four part German course. Together these courses (Elementary I and II; Intermediate I and II) should help you develop a level of proficiency in German that would enable you to study abroad in German-speaking countries, to pursue advanced study of German in the US, or to use German for travel, leisure, and work. At the end of Intermediate German II (or Intensive Intermediate German) you will be prepared to successfully take a proficiency exam.
Elementary German II - GERM-UA 9002 - 4 points
This course continues your introduction to the language and everyday culture of German-speaking countries. You will expand your understanding of important vocabulary and customs as well as more advanced language structures and idioms. The focus of the course will continue to spoken communication and everyday language use, but there will also be increased attention to reading and writing assignments. Since the goals of communicative and grammatical competence are ultimately inseparable,students are guided towards using German as accurately as possible.
This course covers the second part of a four part German course. Together, these courses (Elementary I and II and Intermediate I and II) should help you develop a level of proficiency in German that would enable you to study abroad in German-speaking countries, to pursue advanced study of German in the US, or to use German for travel, leisure, and work. At the end of Intermediate German II (or Intensive Intermediate German) you will be prepared to successfully take a proficiency exam.
Intermediate German I - GERM-UA 9003 - 4 points
Open to students who have completed the equivalent of one year of elementary language instruction and to others on assignment by placement examination.
Intermediate German I is the first part of a two-semester-long intermediate sequence. You will continue to study grammar, vocabulary and other aspects of language. The class is almost entirely taught in German and emphasizes the language skills necessary to communicate effectively in a foreign language – speaking, reading, viewing, writing, and listening. During this course, you will engage with a large variety of topical subjects from German culture, lifestyle and history.
This course intends to create a balance between working with intellectually stimulating subjects and practicing the skills needed to communicate in a foreign language. Learning another language requires a great deal of commitment, diligence, discipline, and effort on the part of the student.
Intermediate German II - GERM-UA 9004 - 4 points
Prerequisite: GERM-UA 9003, Intermediate German I or equivalent.
Intermediate German II is the second part of a two semester intermediate sequence. You will continue to study grammar, vocabulary and other aspects of language. You will also learn about the cultural and historical context of the German language. The class is taught entirely in German and emphasizes the language skills necessary to communicate effectively in a foreign language – speaking, reading, viewing, writing, and listening. This course intends to create a balance between working with intellectually stimulating subjects and practicing the skills needed to communicate in a foreign language.
This course covers the fourth part of a four part German course. Together, these courses (Elementary I and II and Intermediate I and II) should help you develop a level of proficiency in German that will enable you to study abroad in German-speaking countries, to pursue advanced study of German in the US, or to use German for travel, leisure, and work.
German Conversation and Composition - GERM-UA 9111 - 4 points
Conducted in German. Postintermediate - 100 level.
Conversation & Composition is designed for post-Intermediate students of German with a solid grasp of German grammar and vocabulary, who wish to extend their knowledge of the German language, history, and culture through reading, watching films, discussion, and writing. Conversation & Composition is a reading and writing intensive course. Emphasis will be placed on refining written expression and developing the ability to express, discuss, and argue opinions.
This course will give you an overview of recent German political, social and cultural history after 1945 and of the present. Focuses will be on the variant developments in East and West Germany until the fall of the wall and on life in Berlin today. What are the important incidents and changes in German culture and society after 1945? How has the city of Berlin developed since the fall of the wall? These, and similar questions, will accompany us throughout the semester. During the course of the semester, we will explore narratives, which are related to our topics from a variety of genres: narrative prose, newspaper/magazine article, TV/radio documentary, music, film, photo, and other visual material. The class is entirely taught in German and emphasizes the language skills necessary to communicate effectively in a foreign language – speaking, reading, viewing, writing, and listening.