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
Ancient Israel: History and Archaeology - HBRJD-UA 9118 or HIST-UA 9524 or SASEM-UG 9550 or ANTH-UA 9065 - 4 points
The story of the archaeological discipline in the Land of Israel is strongly tied with the major developments that the region has undergone in the last two centuries. This course offers an overview of the history of archaeology in Palestine since the appearance of the first European travelers and missionaries in the mid-19th century, along the vibrant interest of collectors, forgers and robbers in the Promised Land, through the appearance of the first scientific excavations, the rise of the American biblical archaeology and its influence on local Israeli research.
Special attention will be given to the way the newly born Israeli archaeology helped to establish the Zionist identity that wished to pass over two thousand years of Diaspora history; the methods by which the nascent Israeli archaeology connected new-comers to the land of the patriarchs and the manner by which Israeli scholars served state interests in the creation of the national Zionist ethos.
The aftermath of the Six Days War and the increasing tension between the Bible and archaeology will be discussed in light of the intense debate over the historicity of the Exodus story, Joshua's conquests and the United Kingdom of David and Solomon. Finally, at the turn of the millennium, post-modern archaeology presented a new pluralistic view of the past. This multi-vocal framework will be used as a background for discussing the archaeology of otherness and minorities in 21st century Israel.
City As Text - CAT-UF 9301 - 4 credits
GLS students will receive registration instructions for this course via their application portal.
Comparative Radical Politics - POL-UA 9994 - 4 points
When one thinks of radical politics today, the most intuitive association is usually of the belligerent "new radical right" parties of Western Europe. In fact, radicalism, according to the Oxford Dictionary, means any "beliefs or actions of people who advocate thorough or complete political or social reform." In this sense, radicalism as a political phenomenon is not unique to the twenty-first century, nor is it limited to the right end of the political spectrum. On the contrary, the first historical wave of political radicalism can be traced at least as far back as the radical liberal movements of the late eighteenth century, who opposed -- at times violently -- the monarchies of old and advocated for liberal democratic reforms.
Radicalism understood thusly leads to a discourse in the social sciences that is both richer in theory and more robust in empirical explanation. The first purpose of this course, then, is to provide students with a variety of analytical tools – such as political development, institutionalism, the study of social movements, party politics, electoral systems, and voting behavior – that properly position radicalism within the social science literature.
The second purpose of the course is to apply these analytical tools to study the variation, in both time and space, of the manifestations and causes of two types of radicalism: first, what we might call the institutional radicalism of the pre-War period, characterized by revolutionary forces such as the anti-monarchists, fascism, and socialism. The second type is the postwar radicalism of niche parties, protest movements, and religious fundamentalism. Focus will also be placed on the Middle East, where increasing radicalism in politics, religion, and culture is occupying current events perhaps more than any other political issue.
Diplomacy & Negotiation: Conflict Resolution in the Middle East - POL-UA 9720 - 4 points
International negotiation has become the most widely used means of conflict management in international affairs. Negotiations of international significance are today conducted not only between individual states, but also within and beyond them. At the same time negotiation practice itself is undergoing much change with changing patterns of conflict and intervention, new urgent issues on the global agenda, new actors and new emerging norms.
This course provides an overview of negotiation and conflict resolution theories and practices of international importance – bilateral, regional and multilateral. The emphasis is on different approaches/aspects to understanding what drives the negotiation process and explains the outcome. Why do some negotiations succeed, while others keep failing? Why do some peace settlements succeed while others fail? We will examine not only the official negotiation process but also the important functions of pre-negotiation, second-track diplomacy and post-agreement negotiations concerned with implementation and compliance.
While we will give many examples from various civil and international conflicts, our main focus will be on two regional conflicts – Cyprus and the Arab-Israeli conflict. There will also be guest lectures on some of the issues covered in class.
Diplomacy & Negotiation: Conflict Resolution in the Middle East - Sample Syllabus
Experiential Learning Seminar - NODEP-UA 9982 or INDIV-UG 9550 - 4 points
Course includes weekly seminar and minimum of 10 hours fieldwork/ week at approved internship field-site.
The seminar is designed to complement your internship fieldwork, exploring many different aspects of your organization and of Israel's Civil Society. Israel is a country where the government and the establishment at large have historically been very central in determining the country's political direction as well as its social fabric and political culture. It is therefore of special interest to study the emergence of new players in Israel, especially the role of the Third Sector, or Civil Society and within it the even newer phenomenon of Social Change Organizations and their effect on Israeli political and social life over the past three decades. Your goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of your agency, its approach, its policies, its programs, and the context in which it operates. You will also spend time reflecting on the internship experience itself as a way to better understand your academic, personal, and career goals.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel - MGMT-UB 9087 - 3 points
Prerequisite: Must be a sophomore or above standing to enroll.
The course explores the origins for the emerging of a vibrant technological entrepreneurial ecosystem in Israel. The course adopts five type of lenses to explain the remarkable burst in Hi-Tech startups in Israel during the last 25 years. These five lenses are: 1) The availability of suitable factors of production through the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli Academia and immigration; 2) The emergence of related and supporting industries often located in designated geographical clusters; 3) Adverse local demand conditions; 4) Specific strategies, structures and corporate cultures; and 5) the role of the Israeli government in seeding the conditions for the emergence of complementary financial sources, as well as creating supportive tax and intellectual property rights systems. The course will go on to explore recent trends in the development of the Israeli Hi-tech industry, highlight possible constraints for its continued growth. Finally, the course draws wider conclusions as to the required conditions for seeding and nurturing similar technological entrepreneurial ecosystems in other countries around the world.
Study Away Courses
Available for study away students only.
Elementary Hebrew I - HBRJD-UA 9001 - 4 points
Active introduction to modern Hebrew as it is spoken and written in Israel today. Presents the essentials of Hebrew grammar, combining the oral-aural approach with formal grammatical concepts. Reinforces learning by reading of graded texts. Emphasizes the acquisition of idiomatic conversational vocabulary and language patterns.
Intermediate Hebrew I - HBRJD-UA 9003 - 4 points
The course is a continuation of Intermediate 1 level. The course will enhance students' vocabulary.Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and hearing the Hebrew language. There will be a focus on the comprehension of literary texts, newspaper articles together with morphology and syntactic structures.
Intermediate Arabic I - MEIS-UA 9103 - 4 points
Based on students' previous knowledge of Arabic (the alphabet, phrase structure, basic nominal and verbal sentences, basic verbal tenses and some knowledge of cases and moods) the course will enhance students' vocabulary, proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and hearing the language, and make them familiar with various special morphological and syntactic structures (relative clauses, the comparative and superlative, patterns of broken plurals, diptotes and more).
Advanced Arabic I - MEIS-GA 9105 - 4 points
The class is conducted in Modern Standard Arabic. The focus is on all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There is a written home-work assignment every lesson. Attendance at all Arabic language classes is mandatory. You are expected to come to class prepared and to use Arabic in class to the full extent of your abilities. All quizzes and exams must be taken at their designated times.
Advanced Arabic I - Sample Syllabus
The Languages of Israel - HBRJD-UA 9140 or MEIS-UA 9150 or ANTH-UA 9067 - 4 points
Is Israel a multilingual or a monolingual country? This is a question with which many educators, linguists, politicians and laypeople have been struggling. In this course we will explore several issues of language use and practice in Israel, language ideology and language policy. We will start by learning the orthographies (spelling systems) of Hebrew and Arabic and practice them through the methodology of Linguistic Landscape. We will tour Tel Aviv-Jaffa and other places and study public signs and their use in Hebrew and Arabic as well as in other languages. We will look at signs, advertisements, instructions, buildings, streets, billboards, etc. This exercise will teach us much about the public space, who controls it and what cultural and political messages it sends us.
We will then study parts of the basic lexicon of Hebrew and Arabic and also review their grammatical structure as well as their historical background—all of this in the larger context of the Semitic language family.
Furthermore, in this course we will review the language policies of Israel. Language policies refer to decisions regarding language use in education and in society in general. Some language policies are explicit, others are not; some are top down, others are bottom-up; yet, policies are always derivatives of the groups that make up political entities (e.g., majority elites, minorities, immigrants, indigenous) interacting with a variety of political, ideological, social and economic factors. We will pay a special attention to the mechanisms used to determine language policies on the ground.
We will also investigate language use in Israel; the practice and ideology behind the use of Hebrew as well as of the participating language Arabic (standard and colloquial varieties); the use of English, everybody’s second language in Israel; the use of recent immigration languages, Russian and Amharic as well as previous immigrants (French, Polish, Rumanian, and more); the use and loss of heritage Jewish languages in Israel, and much more.
Seminar in Archaeology of Israel - HBRJD-UA 9960 or ANTH-UA 9069 - 4 points
Using the excavations at Caesarea as a case study, this course discusses various aspects of the archaeological practice by way of an individual and group experiment. From the process of a singular sherd to the reconstruction of an entire Mediterranean city, the course will include co-working with archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and other archeological institutions on various themes: analysis of public and private architecture, processing typology and objects, creating a stratigraphic sequence, spatial analysis, faunal analysis, social discussion and historical reconstruction.