Director: Patricia O'Neill, Professor of English
The focus this semester will be on how global culture is produced and represented in literature, art, and digital media. Field trips, courses and independent study will establish the historical and present day contexts in which New York City symbolizes and participates in the globalization of technology and culturally complex identities.
Critical examination of economic, political, and cultural theories that have defined what we mean by globalization. We will discuss issues such as the politics of transnational film and literature, the role of museums and community-based organizations, the problems of international capital and immigrant labor in a global city.
Beginning with E.B. White’s famous essays on New York City in the late 40s and 50s, we will consider how authors and filmmakers have generated images of NYC as both exciting and dangerous, a crossroads and meeting point for people from all over the world. The second half of the semester we will focus on literary and filmic responses to the attacks on New York City in September 2001 and exam changes in the city’s culture and identity for long time residents and contemporary immigrants and visitors.
Students will receive credit for working 4 days a week in a cultural or media-oriented organization and post weekly synopses of their experiences on Blackboard.
Working from abstracts and short bibliographies developed in consultation with the director and the student’s concentration advisor in the Fall semester, students will analyze the effects of globalization on one form of culture or media in a substantial paper (20-30 pages). All students will receive college credit for this work. Students may also seek concentration credit.
Director: Christophre Georges, Professor of Economics
New York City is one of the great global cities at the heart of the global economy. This semester, we will focus on macroeconomic and financial developments in the global economy including regional growth and crisis, the shifting geography of production, income, innovation, and finance, and macroeconomic and financial policies, and explore the intersections between New York City and these global developments.
(Prerequisite Econ 102)
This course is a survey of contemporary macroeconomic issues with a focus on the role of finance in facilitating both growth and economic crisis. Topics will likely include the ongoing fallout from the financial crisis and “great recession” of 2007-2009 in the U.S., the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, and current developments in emerging markets. Special attention will be given to the role of New York City as a global financial center. (Economics concentrators and minors may receive one credit toward the major or minor.)
A tutorial resulting in a substantial paper that integrates experience and learning from the internship with an academic perspective and knowledge gained in the seminars or other tutorial readings.
Internship four days per week with a firm, organization, or agency appropriate to the theme of the semester. Students will keep a journal or written account of the experience.
Critical examination of some of the global issues and challenges considered through the lenses of macroeconomics and finance. Issues to include economic globalization, the geography of production, income, wealth, innovation, and finance, international aspects of macroeconomic and regulatory policy, economic inequality and ecological sustainability. The course is organized around readings, class discussion, films, guest discussion leaders, and field trips in New York City.
Director: Daniel Chambliss, Professor of Sociology
For thousands of years, cities have been melting pots of peoples, economies, and cultures. The explosion of truly international capitalist economies in the 21st century has produced global cities – New York, London, Tokyo – in which the attentive student can find at close range the intricate connections between how the world at large works and how macrolevel forces play out in the lives of individual people on the street, at work, and in their homes. This program will offer students both a wide-ranging vision of how cities have developed throughout history and across the world, as well as allowing closeup studies of urban life. Courses will be supplemented by a variety of group activities and field trips designed to explore the rich offerings of New York City.
This course will explore the phenomenon of cities, using both historical and comparative examples, including writings of Georg Simmel and Louis Wirth, Jane Jacobs, Herbert Gans, Harvey Molotch, and Douglas Massey, up to the recent pathbreaking work of Saskia Sassen. Topics will include immigration, poverty, residential segregation, urban economics, and the sociology of urban life.
A tutorial resulting in a substantial paper (30 pp) that integrates experience and learning from the internship with an academic perspective and knowledge gained in the seminars or other tutorial readings.
Work experience during four days a week that includes a journal or written account of that experience.
This is a fieldwork course in ethnographic research, wherein students will spend time in various settings throughout New York City, learning how to systematically observe people in order to understand their lives. Students will choose many of the settings themselves, giving them a chance to get to know urban places and events they may be interested in. New York offers a vast range of interesting locales, giving students the chance both to learn about new places as well as practice these classic methods of social science research.