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 with meeting patterns 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.
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.
Sexualities of the Middle East: A Cultural History - HBRJD-UA 9120 or IDSEM-UG 9550 or ANTH-UA 9066 - 4 points
Satisfies the Cultures & Contexts requirement for Steinhardt and SPS students.
The course will tackle questions of sexuality in the Middle East from a historical perspective. Applying methodologies of queer theory, it will discuss the complex history of sexuality in the Middle East, and sketch the genealogy of Western attitudes towards both Arab and Jewish sexuality. Relying on theorists and historians like Michel Foucault, Robert Aldrich, Khaled El-Rouayheb, Samar Habib, and Joseph Massad, we will explore the essential role that the queer issue plays in the contemporary politics of the region.
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.
Research Seminar - NODEP-UA 9950 - 2 points (incl Advanced Archealogy)
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.
Religion, Politics and the State in Comparative Perspective - POL-UA 9994 or RELST-UA 9613 or SOC-UA 9970 - 4 points
Ever since the French Revolution, if not before, some of the best minds in the social sciences have been sure that the primacy of religion in modern society was entering its twilight. This view has only accentuated with the end of the Cold War, the "Third Wave of Democratization," and increasing globalization. In fact, we are still waiting for this twilight to appear; religion continues to shape individual values, social organization, state institutions, and international relations – perhaps more than ever before. As a result, the academic literature has been experiencing a revival of religious studies, but not only as its own field of study within the humanities, rather within the lens of the social sciences as well, whether in comparative politics, international relations, sociology, or even economics.
The central aim of this course is to examine different theoretical approaches, analytical concepts, and empirical manifestations in the interaction between religion, state, and politics. The course is comparative in three ways, and thusly divided: In the first part of the course, we seek to understand how different social science disciplines study religion. The second part of the course presents different interactions between religion and politics, such as the secularization debate, the compatibility between religion and different types of government, and the role of religion in shaping identity and different types of political organization. The third part of the course will apply these different approaches and concepts to the study of "real world" empirical developments, both historical and contemporary, particularly within the Middle East.