Global Affairs

Disability in a Global Context

This course explores the implications of having disability in global contexts. It examines how local civic and private sector arenas, including schools, hospitals, markets, or transportation systems affect the lives of people with disabilities. The students will explore and identify factors, which can influence a community's view on disability. To enrich students' understandings of the impact of the context, including enablers and barriers to participation in daily life expecially for people with disabilities. 

This semester we will use the lens of special education to explore the education of children with disabilities. NYU students will learn about Special Education in NYC and compare to how special education is provided in Florence, Italy. We will look at historical, philosophical events that have shaped special education in New York and in Italy. Characteristics of individuals with disabilities and the effect of those disabilities on learning and behavior will be discussed. Field trips, projects, and readings will look at the delivery of educational programs for children with disabilities and the supports provided to the child and their family will be explored.  


NYU Washington Square and Florence, Italy

Program Dates:

Fall 2017 on Washington Square; travel to Florence Jan 7-15, 2018

Application Deadlines:

Applications for 2017-2018 will be sent to eligible students by May 31

Who Can Apply:

Eligibility is listed on website

Course May Count Towards:

  • Societies and Social Sciences CORE
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Unrestricted elective
  • Discuss with your adviser if this course counts towards your major or minor


Meeting Times: TR 9:30-10:45 am

Class Location: Please check Albert for classroom locations.

Course Number: OT-UE. 8170


Mark Alter, Professor of Educational Psychology


Undergraduate Tuition: Tuition for the 4-credit course are the same as a regular NYU course.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Fall 2017.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Other Costs:

Participants are responsible for:

  • $400 program fee
  • Daily personal spending money, including most lunches and dinners, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any pre-departure immunization or medical expenses as required by NYU or recommended by students' personal doctors or the NYU Health Center
  • Visa fees if required
  • Cost of obtaining a passport, if student does not already have one
  • Regular tuition and registration fees


Students will stay in a hotel during the travel component of the seminar.  Rooms are double occupancy.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: NYU Steinhardt will book and pay for roundtrip air travel to Florence, based on the program travel dates.  Students will be required to travel as a group, and alternative flight plans are not allowed.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

VisaUS citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to Italy of less than three months in duration.  All other passport holders should check  with their respective visa requirements

Helpful links: US State Department,  Center for Disease Control.