Social Science

Social scientists study human interactions among individuals, families, communities, and nations. Using a range of analytical, interpretive, and experimental tools from anthropology, economics, sociology, political science, and psychology, social scientists seek to understand conflict and cooperation, epidemics of disease and poverty, social organization and social change, kinship and belonging, human development, systems of exchange, and other enduring questions at the center of our shared humanity.

Students who complete the Social Science major at NYU Shanghai will be prepared to pursue careers and advanced study in fields as diverse as anthropology, business, development, economics, education, environmental studies, law, psychology, political science, public health, public service, sociology, and social policy. The major offers students a unique opportunity to explore broad areas of social science research and thought, while also allowing a concentration in one disciplinary area or a synthetic combination of fields within the major.  The Social Science major encourages interdisciplinary inquiry into the complex problems of our contemporary world and the cross-disciplinary exchange that is at the heart of many of the most interesting advances in social science research today.

Social Science majors at NYU Shanghai develop competence in a variety of research tools in two methods courses and complete two interdisciplinary core courses on classic forms of social science analysis and new frontiers in social science research. Social Science majors select two foundational courses in the social science disciplines, and three focus courses chosen in consultation with their faculty mentor to deepen their engagement with a social science discipline (for example, anthropology, psychology, sociology or political science)* or an interdisciplinary topic of interest (for example, environmental studies, political economy, or global health). China––its peoples and politics––is an important focus for teaching and learning in the major, but the major is purposefully heterogeneous in the geographical, methodological, and analytical scope of its course offerings. Social Science majors complete an independent research project as part of a one-semester senior year capstone project.

*NYU Shanghai students interested in a disciplinary focus in Economics are advised to pursue the Economics major instead of the Social Science major.

Degree Requirements - 2017-2018 Bulletin

* = offered in Fall '18

**While Calculus is not a requirement in the Social Science major, some Foundational/Methods/Focus courses (but not all) do require Calculus as a prerequisite. Thus, students are encouraged to consider what courses they would like to take for the Social Science major and whether Calculus is a prerequisite. 
 
Not every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill these requirements. Requirements may be met through equivalent courses in the Global Network with prior approval.
 
2 FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (100-200 level)
These courses provide an introduction to the foundational knowledge and building blocks of analytic methods in a range of social sciences. Typical coursework: A mix of lectures, discussion, assignments, shorter essays, quizzes, and/or exams.
ECON-SHU 1 Principles of Macroeconomics*
ECON-SHU 2 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON-SHU 3 Microeconomics*
ECON-SHU 4 Microeconomics for Non-Economists (equivalent to ECON-SHU 2, but cannot satisfy a requirement for Economics nor Business major)
ECON-SHU 251 Economics of Global Business
PSYC-SHU 101 Introduction to Psychology*
SOCS-SHU 135 Environment and Society*
SOCS-SHU 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
SOCS-SHU 160 Introduction to International Politics*
SOCS-SHU 170 Introduction to Global Health*
NEUR-SHU 160 Introduction to Brain and Behavior
 
2 METHODS COURSES (100-300 level)
These courses equip students with tools to both critically consume and create advanced social scientific research. Methods courses include introductory courses and more advanced courses which may have one or more prerequisites. Additional methods courses are available at the study away sites, NYU New York, and NYU Abu Dhabi. If a methods course carries only 2 credits, a second 2-credit course in a similar field is needed to complete a method course requirement.
BUSF-SHU 101 Statistics for Business and Economics*
ECON-SHU 213 Causal Inference in the Social Sciences
ECON-SHU 216 Introduction to Game Theory*
ECON-SHU 301 Econometrics*
MATH-SHU 20 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
MATH-SHU 235 Probability and Statistics*
SOCS-SHU 141 Methods of Social Research (planned for Spring 2019)
SOCS-SHU 210 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences*
SOCS-SHU 248 Fraud (online)​
SOCS-SHU 318 Ethnographic Methods (planned for Spring 2019)
SOCS-SHU 350 Empirical Research Practice*
2 CORE COURSES (200-400 level) (prereq: GPS I)
The Social Science Core Courses are interdisciplinary courses that create unexpected connections between the social science disciplines. Classic Problems courses introduce the history and philosophy of the social scientific approach. New Challenges courses introduce new approaches to current challenges in social science research. Students must take one course from each of the two core categories. Social Science core courses are not widely available at the study away sites, NYU New York, or NYU Abu Dhabi; students should plan to take them in Shanghai. Students who complete two Social Science core courses may use additional core courses to complete the focus requirement if appropriate for their approved choice of focus.
Classic Problems in Social Science
SOCS-SHU 229 Capitalism, Socialism, Communism: Theory and Practice (online)*
SOCS-SHU 245 Ethnographic Thinking
SOCS-SHU 253 Nature in Social Thought (planned for Spring 2019)
New Challenges in Social Science
GCHN-SHU 270 Researching Chinese Politics and Society
SOCS-SHU 234 Image as Evidence
SOCS-SHU 270 Social Change in Contemporary China (to be offered in Fall 2018, pending confirmation)
SOCS-SHU 301 Complexity
SOCS-SHU 334 Legal Psychology (planned for Spring 2019)
 
3 FOCUS COURSES (200-400 levels) - two must be 300-level or 400-level
These courses give students an in-depth look at one specific topic or one field. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students may choose to focus in a particular social science discipline or on one topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. Additional focus courses are widely available at the study away sites, NYU New York, and NYU Abu Dhabi.
BPEP-SHU 9042 Political Economy of East Asia
CCSF-SHU 123 Contemporary Chinese Political Thought*
ECON-SHU 10 Intermediate Microeconomics*
ECON-SHU 200 Topics: Economics of Market Platform
ECON-SHU 202 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON-SHU 215 Economic History
ECON-SHU 216 Introduction to Game Theory*
ECON-SHU 225 Advanced Economic Theory*
ECON-SHU 238 Modern Economic Growth: Explore China*
ECON-SHU 260 International Trade
ECON-SHU 316 Industrial Organization
GCHN-SHU 200-003 Chinese Social Stratification in Comparative Perspective
GCHN-SHU 230 Culture and Media in Urban China*
GCHN-SHU 240 Modern Chinese Governance
GCHN-SHU 241 Chinese Revolutions
GCHN-SHU 243 Chinese Environmental Studies
LWSO-SHU 491 International Investment Transactions in Developing Countries
LWSO-SHU 9251 Law Culture and Politics in China
MCC-SHU 9451 Global Media Seminar: China*
PSYC-SHU 234 Developmental Psychology
PSYC-SHU 329 Parenting and Culture* 
PSYC-SHU 337 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC-SHU 349 Cultures of Psychology
PSYC-SHU 352 Psychology of Human Sexuality*
SOCS-SHU 232 International Law and Institutions
SOCS-SHU 241 Cultures of Business and Work*
SOCS-SHU 272 The U.S. Constitution: Is It Relevant to China?*
SOCS-SHU 275 U.S.-China Relations
SOCS-SHU 306 Pestilence: Critical Perspectives in Global Health
SOCS-SHU 300 Topics in Law & Politics: Law and Land in the US and China*
SOCS-SHU 300B Topics in Urban Studies: Urban Transportation Revolutions
SOCS-SHU 331 Politics in China
SOCS-SHU 333 Global Environmental Politics
SOCS-SHU 339 Comparative Revolutions*
SOCS-SHU 340 Comparative Constitutions
SOCS-SHU 341 Cross-Strait Relations*
SOCS-SHU 426 Poverty and Inequality Around the Globe
SOCS-SHU 440 Topics in Anthropology: Visual Anthropology
SOCS-SHU 445 Topics in Society, Health, & Medicine
SOCS-SHU 997 Social Science Independent Study*
SOIM-SHU 9006 Law, Business, and Society

Focus Options: Disciplinary, Interdisciplinary, and Self-Designed

Students majoring in Social Science are required to choose a disciplinary or interdisciplinary track, which determines the courses they choose for their 3 Focus requirements and the subject of their senior capstone project. Tracks are noted on student transcripts. Disciplinary tracks available include Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. (Students who wish to pursue a track in Economics are advised to major in Economics instead.) Interdisciplinary tracks are available in Environmental Studies, Global Health, International Relations, and Political Economy. Students may choose "Self-Designed" as their track, and select their Focus courses and senior capstone project in consultation with a faculty mentor. For these students, "Self-Designed" will appear as the track of record on their transcripts.

1 Capstone Course (400 level)

Students complete a capstone seminar course during one semester of their senior year. As part of the capstone seminar students conduct an independent research project in their area of focus using the methods, theories, and data with which they have become familiar over the course of completing the major. The capstone seminar must be completed in Shanghai.

 

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Recommended Fall 2018 Courses

Recommended Courses in Fall 2018 for Freshmen

  1. Global Perspectives on Society
  2. Core Curriculum Class
  3. Core Curriculum Class
  4. English or Chinese

Recommended Courses in Fall 2018 for Sophomores

  1. Perspectives on the Humanities
  2. Foundational Course
  3. Social Science Core
  4. Core Curriculum Class or Chinese
Faculty Mentors
Professor Almaz Zelleke Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science and Social Science co-Area Leader
Email: az22@nyu.edu | Room: based in Washington Square | Profile
 
Professor Todd Meyers Associate Professor of Anthropology and Social Science co-Area Leader
Email: tem3@nyu.edu | Room: 1201 | Profile
 
Professor Lixian Cui Assistant Professor of Psychology
Email: lc145@nyu.edu | Room: 1238 | Profile
 
Professor Yifei Li Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Email: yifei.li@nyu.edu | Room: 1203 | Profile
 
Professor Xuan Li Assistant Professor of Psychology
Email: xuanli@nyu.edu | Room: 1248 | Profile
 
Professor Eric Hundman Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Political Science
Email: eric.hundman@nyu.edu | Room: 1223 | Profile
 
Professor Ivan Willis Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Practice in Political Science
Email: iwr203@nyu.edu | Room: 1317 | Profile
 
Professor Pekka Santtila Professor of Psychology
Email: pekka.santtila@nyu.edu | Room: 1237 | Profile
 
Professor Xiaogang Wu Visiting Professor of Sociology
Email: xw29@nyu.edu | Room: 1204 | Profile
 
Requirements for Candidates for Honors in the Social Science Major
Honors degree designation in the Social Science major is awarded to the top students in the major determined by cumulative GPA in Social Science courses and the grades assigned in the Honors Capstone Seminar and Honors Capstone Independent Study. To be a candidate for honors in the Social Science major, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above in Social Science courses completed by the second semester of the junior year. Honors candidates complete a 2-credit Honors Capstone Seminar in the first semester of the senior year and a 4-credit Honors Capstone Independent Study under the supervision of a faculty mentor in the second semester of the senior year. Honors candidates must maintain a GPA in Social Science courses of 3.75 or above to remain eligible for honors in the Social Science major.
Minor in Social Science: 4 Courses
Students who wish to complete a minor in Social Science must complete one of the Methods courses from the list of approved Social Science Methods courses and three additional courses from the list of approved Social Science courses.