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Graduate Global Courses Continue to Introduce Students to International Perspectives Despite Mobility Restrictions

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Graduate global courses continue in a remote setting during COVID mobility restrictions.

In a typical academic year, the Steinhardt Office of Global Affairs would rely on travel-based opportunities to send 400+ graduate students from all academic departments to more than a dozen locations. The rolling effects of COVID created an opportunity for the team to think creatively about how to promote intercultural learning opportunities when travel is not possible. After successfully transitioning five global courses to remote instruction in summer 2020, faculty and Global Affairs staff are drawing on international partnerships from NYU’s academic centers and elsewhere to offer two remote global courses in January 2021. 

For nearly a decade, Professor Sam Howard-Spink has traveled with a group of 30 graduate students to Brazil every other year to explore the topic Emerging Models and Markets for Music. “The idea is to look at what the most important aspects of the music business are looking towards the next 10 years. Whether that is the particular kinds of economic or business models, around recorded music live and publishing, but also international markets and diasporic markets, which are usually not covered in a lot of detail in a lot of music business courses,” explains Howard-Spink. 

Professor Radha Hegde has explored the intersection of transnational communities and media cultures in London and Berlin for more than ten years. Her course, Migration, Media, and the Global City, attracts students from highly interdisciplinary graduate programs, as well as some highly-motivated undergraduates. When asked about the course Hegde explained, “Media and digital technologies have redefined the terms and conditions of both the debate around migration and the very experience of mobility. At the same time, cities around the world are becoming spaces where migrants are moving to with their aspirations and hopes for a better life. So the course will discuss a range of issues around the intersection of media, migration, and urbanization.”

The continuation of these courses is part of the School’s commitment to international learning as part of its academic continuity efforts. Through remote instruction and engagement with professionals across the globe, the courses will continue to utilize Rio de Janeiro, London, and Berlin as their main case studies. 

Learn more about each course through these short promotional videos featured on NYU Steinhardt’s YouTube Channel:

Interested students may self-register on for these January courses on NYU Albert after consulting with their academic advisor.