Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions

Global and Urban Education

This 16-credit interdisciplinary minor in Global and Urban Education Studies introduces students from across New York University to critical social, cultural, economic, political, legal and policy issues in education.  Courses examine the role of education not only in American society but also in international contexts, both urban and non-urban. 

Through elective courses, students choose to focus on one of two options:

Urban Education

This option includes courses that engage with questions of funding, equity, urban youth identities, organization and governance of urban schools, development and implementation of policies and practices, and multicultural and multilingual education. 

Global Education

This option examines social, cultural, and economic aspects of globalization and their implications for the field of education.  Courses examine various topics as they relate to education, including notions of international human rights standards and principles, the emergence of global markets, new information technologies, migration, and comparative studies of socialization, race, class, gender and sexuality in educational contexts.

This minor is appropriate for students considering careers and/or further study in education, including:
A: Required Core Course (4 credits): 

HSED-UE.1005/HIST-UA.0060 Introduction to Education
Offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

In this course, students engage with central themes, issues, and controversies in education, such as:

B: Choose one of the following four restricted electives (4 credits):

Urban Education
SOCED-UE.238: Urban Schools in Crisis: Policy Issues and Perspectives
TCHL-UE.41: American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promises of Public Education
Offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning

OR           

Global Education
INTE-UE.10 Introduction to Global Education
INTE-UE.11 Globalization and Education
Offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

C: Choose at least 8 credits from the following options—as well as others by advisement:

Urban Education

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
SOED-UE.20 American Social Movements, 1950 – Present: Power, Resistance, Identity (4 credits)
SOED-UE.1025 The Sociology of Urban Life and Education (3 credits)
SOED-UE.1050 LGBT Topics in Education: Identities, Coming Out, and Current Issues in Schools (4 credits)
HSED-UE.610 Education and the American Dream: Historical Perspectives (4 credits)
APSTA-UE.10 Statistical Mysteries and How to Solve Them(4 points)

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
MCC-UE.1017 Youth Media and Social Change (4 credits)

Department of Applied Psychology
APSY-UE.5 Community Psychology (4 credits)
APSY-UE.1040 Students in the Community: Service, Leadership and Training  (2 credits)
APSY-UE.1270 Social Intervention in Schools and Communities (4 credits)
APSY-UE.1278 Families, Schools and Child Development (4 credits)

Department of Teaching and Learning
ENGED-UE.1205 Hip Hop and the Teaching of English (3 credits) 

Wagner School of Public Service
UPADM-GP.219 Race, Class, & Gender in American Cities (4 credits)

Silver School of Social Work
UNDSW-US.68 Service Learning through Community Engagement (2 credits)
UNDSW-US.72 Service Learning with Refugee Youth (2 credits)

College of Arts and Science
SCA-UA.115 Introduction to Black Urban Studies (4 credits)
SCA-UA.541 Latino Youth:  Migration & Policing in the Americas (4 credits)
SCA-UA.613 Community Empowerment (4 credits)
SCA-UA.751 Urban Economics (4 credits)
SCA-UA.610 Law and Urban Problems (4 credits)
HIST-UA.639 New York City: A Social History (4 credits)
SOC-UA.137 Wealth, Power, Status: Inequality in Society (4 credits)
SOC-UA.415 Education and Society (4 credits)
SOC-UA.460 Cities, Communities, and Urban Life (4 credits)
SOC-UA.465 Childhood (4 credits)
PSYCH-UA 9036 Community Psychology (4 credits) *

Global Education

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSED-UE.1028 Schooling in Diverse Societies* (4 credits)
HSED-UE.1061 History of Higher Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1010 International Human Rights Activism and Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE 1011  Billionaires, Best Intentions, and Public Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE 1012 God ,Schools and the Globe  (4 Credits)
INTE-UE 1141 Justice, Reason, and Culture (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1532 Terrorism, Extremism and Education (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1545 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration (4 credits)
INTE-UE.1xxx Contemporary International Relations: Peace, Security, and Education (4 credits)**
INTE-UE.1xxx International Perspectives On Gender and Education (4 credits)**
PHED-UE.10 Learning and the Meaning of Life
PHED-UE 1016 Religion/Public Education in the International Context
SOED-UE.1015 Education as a Social Institution (4 credits)
SOED-UE.1214 Education and Development in Latin America (4 credits)
SOC-UA.9415 Sociology of Education: Global Education in the 21st Century (4 credits)***

Silver School of Social Work
UNDSW-US.68 Service Learning through Community Engagement (2 credits)
UNDSW-US.72 Service Learning with Refugee Youth (2 credits)

College of Arts and Science
ECON-UA.323 Economic Development (4 credits)

* course is offered at NYU Accra
** course is in development
***course is offered at NYU Berlin

Spring 2014 Courses*:

HSED-UE 1005/HIST-UA 0060 Introduction to Education: Historical Contemporary: This course introduces students to the central themes, issues, & controversies in American education. What is the purpose of “school”? How did schools begin, in the United States, & how have they evolved across time? How do children learn? How are they different from each other, & why & when should that matter? How should we teach them? & how should we structure schools & classrooms to promote learning? Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences


INTE-UE 11 Globalization and Education: The course examines the conceptual & empirical work on the social, cultural, & economic aspects of globalization & their implications for education. We shall explore education in light of: 1) the increasing de-territorialization of cultural formations; 2) the emergence of global markets along with the post-nationalization of the production & distribution of goods & services -- with a concomitant premiss on knowledge -- intensive work; 3) new information & communication technologies which are reshaping the structure & meaning of work, belonging & community; 4) unprecedented population movements & worldwide immigration. We shall examine recent conceptual work, in globalization & its relationships to human experience with a focus on youth. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences

INTE-UE 1011 Billionaires, Best Intentions, and Public Education: Since the turn of the millennium, education philanthropy has been undergoing a major transition, as a new generation of donors has emerged. The most prominent giver is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But the philanthropists who have preceded or followed often arrived armed with controversial ideas about education. What role does philanthropy play in education? What are the challenges facing foundations that want to contribute to education? This course examines the world of educational philanthropy, locally & globally, & addresses the issues of education philanthropy that will be of interest to anyone concerned with the present & future state of education.

PHED-UE 10 Learning and the Meaning of Life: What is the most important thing to which I should be devoting my life? This course explores the existential concerns animating questions like this, ones that inspire our lifelong, liberal learning. It focuses on classic works in Western philosophy, literature, and film and examines them as texts of education. Class meetings will be devoted to a mix of lecture and discussion. Liberal Arts Core/CORE Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Texts & Ideas

PHED-UE 1016 Religion/Public Ed In International Context: The purpose of this course on religion & public education in an international context is for us to engage together in a critical analysis of what continues to be an important contemporary issue. The seminar is designed especially for students preparing for careers in teaching - in both public & private/religious schools, educational administration, educational research, or other professions which will involve them in the ongoing public debates about the uneasy relationship of religion & public education in the United States & other countries. The course will examine these issues historically & in terms of current policy debates & students will be asked to make connections to their own educational practice. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Context & Cultures

SOED-UE 1015 Education as Soc Institution: Part of the common pedagogical core, this course provides an introduction to the social foundations of education. The structure of education in terms of the rights and responsibilities of teachings, administrators, community members and policy makers in relation to the rest of the society are explored from both legal and sociological credits of view. Comparisons with education and schooling in other countries are made. The study of particular school and professional issues includes diversity, student variability, bilingualism, and special education in terms of their effects on policy, practice, and student and teacher rights.

SOED-UE 1050 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Topics in Education: This course focuses on LGBT experiences, with an emphasis on schools & young people. The course helps students develop vocabulary & general understanding of LGBT identities, particularly as they are depicted through sexual identity development models & popular coming out narratives. Students will apply social theory to coming out narratives to gain a critical perspective on how LGBT identities are produced. Students will also examine how schools have responded to sexual & gender diversity, paying particular attention to obstacles & potential solutions to create inclusive educational environments for LGBT people.

SOED-UE 20 American Social Movements: Through the lenses of power, resistance, and identity, this course provides an introduction to American social movements from the 1950s to the present. Drawing from history, sociology, and politics, it examines a range of social movements, including: civil rights and Black Power, second and third wave feminism, gay and lesbian liberation and LGBT movements, and Right-wing mobilization. The course also examines the question of how social activism on both the political Left and Right has changed over the past fifty years. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences

MCC-UE 5 Introduction to Human Communication & Culture: This course surveys major research perspectives & theories on culture & human communication. The course will introduce major approaches to the study of social interaction, language, semiotics and cultural processes. This course introduces students to the central themes, issues, & controversies in American education. What is the purpose of “school”? How did schools begin, in the United States, & how have they evolved across time? How do children learn? How are they different from each other, & why & when should that matter? How should we teach them? & how should we structure schools & classrooms to promote learning? Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences

MCC-UE 1017 Youth Media and Social Chang: This course explores the theory, practice, and impact of the non-profit youth media organizations and school-based programs working in this field locally and around the world. Students will also use media production to conduct fieldwork in the New York City area that further builds the subfields of youth media/youth development, teaching and learning, and community building. Research projects will document and investigate how youth media is supporting the development of young people's capacities for 21st century skills of digital communication, critical literacy, and civic engagement.

APSY-UE 5 Community Psychology: Focuses on understanding people in their social contexts; integrates social action & psychological research in culturally diverse contexts; introduces community psychology & perspectives on intervention & social change; & considers how contexts are powerful in shaping a human behavior.

APSY-UE 1272 Adolescent Development: Physical, intellectual, social, & psychosexual of adolescent development. Attention to youth from diverse racial/ethnic & sociocultural backgrounds. Applications & implications for schooling & for prevention & intervention programs directed at psychosocial problems in adolescence are discussed. 

UPADM-GP 219 Race, Class, & Gender in American Cities: This course examines how different racial, ethnic, and class interests interact in urban planning and development processes. It focuses on political systems and private market arrangements that affect the allocation and distribution of resources. A comparative approach identifies the ways in which different political regimes have analyzed and planned for the needs of a variety of racial, ethnic, and class interests.

UNDSW-US 69 Service Learning Through Youth and Community

UNDSW-US 72 Service Learning With Refugee Youth: This weekly one-hour course is offered as a co-requisite for student participation in a weekly community service opportunity with refugees. Emphasis will be placed on students. understanding of the individuals with whom they are working and the contexts in which they live and learn. Students will learn about immigration and resettling refugees. The course will touch on the fundamentals of engaging individuals in a helping situation; theories related to individual development; implications of race, ethnicity, culture and immigration; impacts of multiple social contexts: the family, peers, school, social agencies and community; understanding the effects of social oppression on people's lives: poverty, racism, sexism, classism, etc. Students will be expected to do journal writing and will have opportunities in class to share their experience. As part of their community service they will provide academic coaching and mentoring for refugees from such nations as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, Moldova, Uganda, and Sudan for a minimum of two hours weekly at Brooklyn International High School (Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm).

SCA-UA 541 Tpcs in Latino Studies: Language and Empire in the Americas Latino Expressive Culture & Literature Latinos, Im/Migration, and Race The Politics of "Illegality": Possible issues, which vary from semester to semester, include race and racism, politics, migration and immigration, language, assimilation, education, labor, citizenship, social movements, and expressive culture. 

SCA-UA 613 Community Empowerment: Empowerment is defined as those processes, mechanisms, strategies, and tactics through which people, as well as organizations and communities, gain mastery over their lives. It is personal as well as institutional and organizational. Addresses these issues in a wide variety of community settings. Designed to be challenging and rewarding to those students interested in helping people work together to improve their lives.

 

*Note that these are only a few of the offerings during Spring 2014.