Course Descriptions

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NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai High School Academy Courses

NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai High School Academy is designed to expose students to exciting career paths. Immersion courses provide students with experiential learning about careers in particular industries. Students enrolling in these courses should have an interest in deepening their understanding of the chosen topic, but no prior knowledge or experience is required.

Several courses run in parallel each week, so you can only take one course per week. You can choose to take one course and attend for one week or to take several courses and attend for two, three or four weeks in total. Each week, classes run from Monday morning to Saturday lunchtime, for a total of approximately 38 hours of classroom time per week. Classes run from 9am to 5pm, and a variety of activities are scheduled in the evening until 8pm.

Summer 2020 Courses

July 13 - July 18​
7月13日至18日

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July 20 - July 25
7月20日至25日

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July 27 - August 1 ​
7月27日至8月1日

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August 3 - August 8 ​
8月3日至8日

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China-U.S. Dialogue:
Joining the Conversation on Global Affairs
中美对话:
一起来讨论国际事务
Entrepreneurial
Problem Solving
公司决策者的解决问题之术
Global Finance:
An Insider's View
环球财经:
内行看门道
Global Finance:
An Insider's View
环球财经:
内行看门道
Making Data Talk: Finding Solutions to Health Problems
用数据说话:
找到解决健康问题的方法
Tourism: Social Media and Digital Marketing
旅游业:
社交媒体与数字化营销
Global Health: Epidemics and their Control
全球健康:
流行病及其控制
Applied Psychology: Understanding the Brain, Thinking, and Behavior
应用心理学: 大脑与思考&行为
U.S. History and Culture
美国历史与文化
Integrated Marketing:
Consumer, Experience and Strategy
整合营销:
消费者、体验与策略
Seeing the "Big Picture" in Short Stories
以短篇小说见“大局”
Nonprofit initiatives for public goods
非营利组织和公共物品
Introduction to Computer Art and Drawing (Creative Coding)
计算机艺术和绘画(创意编程)入门
Creative Coding and Games
游戏和创意编程
Programming Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology
网页设计:当创造力遇上科技
Digital Filmmaking:
Telling a Story Through Technology
数码摄影:
用科技说故事
Introduction to the Fashion and Luxury Business
时尚和奢侈品行业入门
Event Planning and Management
活动策划与管理
Sports Business in
a Globalized World
全球化体育产业
Economics through choice: an introduction to economic principles through the lens of decision-making.
选择中的经济学:决策中的经济学原理入门
What is Theater?
何为戏剧?
Eco-Fashion and the Future
环保设计与未来
Restaurant Entrepreneurship: Examining the Business of Restaurants
饭店经营者:品评餐饮业
Curating Space
策展空间
 

Week 1 

China/U.S. Dialogue: Joining the Conversation on Global Affairs

It is often said that the relationship between China and the U.S. is an important key to 21st century global developments. In China, students learn English from an early age and engage with U.S. culture through movies and television. They are well suited to participate, and be bridges, in the 21st century dialog between the countries. At the same time, differences between the countries in history, culture, and political and economic systems mean that many of the common English terms that are key to the dialog may have different meanings in the two countries. This course will empower students to participate in the dialog by focusing on, and learning how to discuss, some key terms and concepts that are core to the dialog—for example, the idea of the American and Chinese dreams, ideas of history and progress, the role of religious and Confucian tradition in modern life, and the idea of citizenship in each country.

Making Data Talk: Finding Solutions to Health Problems

The amount of data human beings generate every day is unbelievably large. Many of these data are about our health – blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, body mass index, and stress, and brain activity. Equipped with such amount of health data and advances in computer science, scientists now are able to manage and process a high volume of data efficiently and further make data talk to solve real-world health issues. Data science is revolutionizing the healthcare industry and has been applied almost everywhere in health and biomedical research, including but not limited to drug discovery, health monitoring, disease diagnostics and management, and precision medicine. Students will learn how to apply rudimentary and intermediate methods in machine learning, data mining, and statistics for solving health problems. The highly innovative course will equip students with the tools and abilities needed to embark on an exciting academic and professional pathway to health and biomedical sciences. No statistics, programming, or computer science background is necessary. 

U.S. History and Culture

Studying the past teaches students to be critical thinkers and, by applying these same approaches to the present, can help them develop a better understanding of their current world. In addition, the methods of history teach students how to gather data, muster arguments, and organize their thoughts so that they can present them in a coherent argument either written or oral. A history course, therefore, is excellent preparation for entrance exams, college coursework, and any profession which requires the ability to read, write, and present oral arguments. This course looks at American history with a focus on freedom and how the definition of the concept and the application of its principles has modulated throughout the last 400 years. Case studies will cover significant events in the American experience with freedom and introduce how an historian approaches her craft, gathers her evidence, and presents her arguments. Students will gain practical experience with reading and writing through developing their own presentations of case studies.

Introduction to Computer Art and Drawing (Creative Coding) 

The definition of Computer Art keeps expanding since coined in 1962, but computers and technology always play a key role in the production or display of the artwork. It evolved as an image, sound, animation, video, performance, installation or other formats. But the evolutions are always associated with computational technologies such as programming. Computer and programming enhance creators in this digital, even artificial intelligence era as powerful new tools. With better utilization of technology as expressive mediums, creators nowadays could explore and work towards a more vivid and brighter future world. As a type of programming focuses more on expressive ability, creative coding is used to create visual and audio arts, projections, art installations, creative prototypes, and much more. In this intensive class, students will learn to code, not only introducing programming concepts such as logical and functions, but also focusing on designing and building executable computer programs and apply them for dedicated tasks, more specifically, artistic projects such as drawing, but generated computers! Students don't need previous knowledge on either art or programming to join the class, we will learn creative coding from scratch and to apply programming knowledge to create visual arts, projections, and art installations. Students leave the course with a set of computer art projects originated from their ideas and learning experiences such as generated prints, animation, or interactive projection installations. Along with that, this class will develop their artistic passion while learning practical skills and experiences in programming, development and production.

Introduction to the Fashion and Luxury Business

The fashion and luxury goods industry, including clothes and accessories, is a global business generating 2 trillion US dollars per year, and is an important economic driver for countries around the world. Fashion is also a means of individual and cultural expression, and is a platform for creativity and design. This course will examine this industry from different points of view to help students understand how it works, and to consider the future of fashion. We will look at the value chain of a fashion product, from design to production to sale to the final customer. We will examine different distribution channels, including retail and e-commerce, and will look at the ways that fashion brands communicate to their customers. We will also explore how fashion and luxury brands create and reinforce their individual identity, engaging clients with storytelling.

What is Theater?

Often when we think of Theater, we think of acting, directing, costumes, audio, and stage sets as all discrete elements. In fact, Theater is one of the most interdisciplinary art forms we have to express ourselves. In order to fully understand Theater, one needs to incorporate knowledge of all these elements, their relationships to one another and allow collaboration between individuals and their crafts to create one work of art. Students will develop an expansive understanding of Theater and other interdisciplinary forms (such as Opera and Performance Art).In this course, students will explore what it means to make Theater, through the lens of one play and its various incarnations. Using this play, students will explore the interdisciplinary form and how the particular play is transformed, contemporized, re-situated and why. Based on a series of workshops in acting, directing, audio recording, and designing costumes and sets on paper, students will create their own small-scale performance production

 

Week 2 

Entrepreneurial Problem Solving

Many problems in business and life are too big for one person to solve. Capacity to identify problems and create solutions that others value is a skill possessed by leading entrepreneurs. Often, solving these problems benefit society, while also being profitable, engaging, emotionally rewarding, and socially valued. Entrepreneurial Problem Solving will develop students' ability to identify problems, solve them, and market the solutions to the world. Students will learn to adopt useful techniques and toolkits that can help de-risk business opportunities and guarantee greater success for any entrepreneurial venture. Students will be constantly encouraged to “get out of the building” to test products and gain feedback from real-world customers and users of their solutions. Students will learn skills and perspectives that apply broadly—beyond just starting ventures—so that they can apply what they learn to various other areas of their lives.

Tourism: Social Media and Digital Marketing

The tourism industry has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of our newfound ability to share thoughts and experiences through photos, messages, and blog posts. These “user generated” activities provide the opportunity to engage audiences through integrated marketing, mobile messaging, and other social media platforms. This course explores the exciting world of tourism marketing, and examines how companies leverage the internet and social media to educate potential customers about their products as well as how they provide authentic ways to interact in both the online and offline worlds. Through case studies, guest speakers, and site visits, students learn about what makes a successful campaign and the tools and techniques that companies employ to generate interest and a loyal following. Particular attention will be spent looking at applications such as WeChat, Sina Weibo, and QQ in China, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others around the world as catalysts that help drive engagement and purchasing decisions.

Integrated Marketing: Consumer, Experience and Strategy

In this course, high school students will gain a general understanding of the practice of brand marketing and the role of integrated marketing communication in supporting growth within a business. Through classroom lectures, case sharing and group discussions, as well as live project practices, students will be able to get a holistic view of brand marketing, which includes basic concepts, core disciplines & some practical tools. The course will also cover recent marketing trends, successful brand marketing strategies, and career paths for students who want to pursue jobs in the respective functional area.

Creative Coding and Games

In 2014, consumers spent more than $21 billion on video games worldwide. Video games, an integral part of our culture, are created by some of the most innovative minds in the technology sector. Creative coding is a type of programming in which the goal is to create something both expressive and functional. It is used to create visual art and design,  sound art, projections, installations, entertainment products such as games! This intensive game design and programming course gives students both a conceptual understanding of game design and practical experience of using creative coding methods in the development of games. While much of the commercial gaming industry is exclusively focused on entertainment, game creation and play can also serve as a powerful vehicle for learning, exploration, and collaboration. During this course, students work in collaboration to study, design, and create interactive digital games. No programming or computer science background is necessary. Students leave the course with a functioning game containing their ideas, artwork, playable experiences, on a computer or a mobile device. And more importantly, develop their passion for games while learning valuable skills in self-organization, creative development, and programming.

Event Planning and Management 

From multi-million dollar award shows, sporting events, product launches, and festivals, to fundraisers, holiday parties, and weddings, all events share one thing in common – they bring people together and create memorable experiences. There is no better career than event management and no better place to study events than Shanghai, an epicenter of business, leisure and entertainment, and one of the most popular destinations in the world. This course will present an overview of the event planning process, and the role of event manager in helping clients and organizations achieve their goals with measurable results. We will also give you a peek into the career path of a special event manager and help you understand what it takes to have a successful career. At the end of this course, students will create a proposal for a potential client, and will include the following elements: budget, location, agenda, vendors, decor, theme, etc. 

Eco-Fashion and the Future

In the current landscape of fashion and clothing manufacture, ecologically-sustainable approaches to making garments has become a viable business as well as an effective strategy to lowering the impact of waste on our planet. Designers and manufacturers are developing kinder practices through recycling and upcycling. Small-scale designers are transforming materials such as discarded jeans, yarn, and even electronics to create useful and beautiful bags, clothing, accessories, and household items. Both large fashion houses and independent designers are using cloth made from recycled plastic bottles. Objects made from recycled materials are cost-effective – the actual costs for such manufacturer are comparable to making items from new materials and the hidden costs (use of water, electricity, and petroleum) are far lower. This course will impart design and hand-making skills (such as drawing, sewing and on-site recycling of plastic) as well as introduce students to the much-needed manufacturing alternatives. Students will complete one clothing and/or one accessory item by the end of the course.

 

Week 3 

Global Finance: An Insider's View

Over the past 20 years, local and global economies have become increasingly interconnected through complex financial systems. Any student who aspires to be successful in business must understand how these financial systems work and impact one another. This course will provide students with an introduction to finance required when leading a company in Shanghai in local commerce or global commerce. The course will start with the local Shanghai economy and then expand to the global economy to cover some of the most salient topics in finance: international finance; international monetary systems; global markets; international trade; business strategy; global business ethics; and entrepreneurship. The course will equip students with the tools needed to embark on an exciting academic and professional pathway in business.

Global Health: Epidemics and their Control

Epidemics are not new, but the way individual countries and international organizations go about preventing epidemics and controlling outbreaks when they occur is constantly evolving. The course is designed to be hands-on and uses a case study of a disease outbreak to explore how technological, social, economic, and political circumstances shape infection control around the globe.

Seeing the “Big Picture” in Short Stories

Shakespeare wrote that “brevity is the soul of wit,” and few literary genres exemplify this sentiment as well as the short story. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the elements of the short story in 20th and 21st-century literature. Join others who share your interest in fiction as you investigate literary snapshots that provide you with “the big picture” of modern life. Understand how authors use plot, character, setting, point of view to create a fictional world in which to assert themselves emotionally, artistically, and socially. Students will use these elements and more to identify literary developments, major writers, themes and issues in the short story genre; analyze and “close read” texts; and be able apply their knowledge to forms of literary expression beyond the short story.

Programming Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology

The Internet has drastically changed the way people live, work, and communicate with one another. Consequently, web development has become a fundamental skill complementary to multiple disciplines. This intensive course will introduce students to both graphic design and basic front-end coding, providing a solid web development foundation to design, build, and maintain a simple web site. Students will gain fluency in essential web languages and development approaches by building responsive pages and acquiring basic knowledge to create a web-based phone application. Throughout the course, design principles will be explored utilizing HTML and CSS structures and will be based on consideration of typography, images, audio, and video. No programming or computer science background is necessary. Students will produce an interactive website of the topic of their choice as a final project; they will leave prepared for more advanced web design and development studies.

Sports Business in a Globalized World

Sports is an exciting element in our life. We feel ecstasy when Cristiano Ronaldo (or Messi or Mbappe, you name it) take a good shot at a goal. We are amazed watching Federer and Djokovic playing in Rolex Shanghai Masters. We are so longing to see how many gold medals our home country will win in 2020 Tokyo Olympics…But have you ever thought, how could an international football player become a superstar here in China? Why did the professional tennis players travel around the globe to play tournaments in Shanghai? Why would different counties all over the world bid for hosting international sports games and make significant investment in it? What’s the business logic behind all of these? Did you realize that globalization is already a trend in sports and are you curious who is operating and managing in the transformation process? Most importantly, would you be interested to play a role in it…to explore the career opportunities in the sports world?In this course, students will gain an awareness and understanding of domestic and foreign sports industry eco-systems, as well as the interactive relationships among key industry players—international federations (FIFA, etc.), sports leagues (EPL, CBA, etc.), sports associations (USTA, CFA, etc.), sports bureaus, sports clubs (Bayern Munich FC, etc.), sports media (ESPN, CCTV-5, Tencent, Facebook, etc.), sports agencies (CAA, WME | IMG, etc.), and bloggers and fans. Students will also visit 1-2 international sports companies/organizations during the class, to immerse in the authentic sports business practice and have direct dialogue with the sports professionals. In past summers, the students visited NFL China, WWE China, Mailman and Acorn Entertainment.

Restaurant Entrepreneurship: Examining the Business of Restaurants

Shanghai has more than 100,000 restaurants, from small family businesses to major chains, offering traditional and modern cuisine, Chinese and international menus, from simple family-style to high-end dining. Having such a large variety of food and beverage businesses in NYU Shanghai’s backyard provides a great opportunity for students to experience the diversity of restaurant types. If you are interested in restaurant ownership or a career in restaurant management, this program allows you to go behind the scenes of some of the city’s many restaurants. You’ll learn how chefs, owners, and investors have achieved success in one of the most competitive restaurant markets in the world. Class lectures will cover concept development, marketing, restaurant operations, and financial management. Through site visits and guest lectures, you will learn about the many career paths available in this growing industry, from management and operations to investment, consulting, and development. At the end of this week-long program, you and your classmates will write and present an executive summary for a business plan of a new restaurant concept. You will gain an understanding of the risks, challenges, and opportunities of working in and owning a restaurant; the business fundamentals and best practices of successful restaurant businesses; and the impact of the economy and of changing demographic trends, tastes, and preferences on long-term success. 

 

Week 4 

Global Finance: An Insider's View

Over the past 20 years, local and global economies have become increasingly interconnected through complex financial systems. Any student who aspires to be successful in business must understand how these financial systems work and impact one another. This course will provide students with an introduction to finance required when leading a company in Shanghai in local commerce or global commerce. The course will start with the local Shanghai economy and then expand to the global economy to cover some of the most salient topics in finance: international finance; international monetary systems; global markets; international trade; business strategy; global business ethics; and entrepreneurship. The course will equip students with the tools needed to embark on an exciting academic and professional pathway in business.

Applied Psychology: Understanding the Brain, Thinking and Behavior

This course provides an introduction to several areas of applied psychology by developing an understanding of the brain, as well as how we think, learn, and behave in interaction with our environment. Students will gain an introductory understanding of psychological concepts, applications, and potential future areas of study and practice, including counseling, sports, health, education, developmental, and workforce psychology. Students will also gain a broad understanding of cognition and behavior, development, self-growth and relationships, motivation and learning, behavioral health, and counseling. Students will apply information learned to current events and discoveries for further understanding of core concepts studied and to selected areas of application. Course activities and project work will also support the student's development of written and presentation skills, online research skills, critical thinking and analysis.

Nonprofit Initiatives for the Public Good

This course will discuss the ways in which non-profit initiatives can contribute to public goods. Students will learn the definition of public goods and how public goods can be provided in different contexts. The course will introduce nonprofit initiatives including volunteer programs, professional social work services, social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and grassroots charity and foundation work. Through case studies, students will get orientations and experiences about addressing public needs and social issues, and further students can reflect upon their learning experiences to explore their interest in related social science and aspirations for positive social changes.

Digital Filmmaking: Telling the Story through Technology

China has the second-largest film market in the world, with some experts estimating that this growing industry will soon surpass the American market. Today, no matter where a film is produced, most movies are shot digitally. If you are considering a career in filmmaking, this course will introduce you to the essential skills needed for advanced study in college. This course will allow students to gain a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of this digital art form including lens usage, light metering techniques, blocking, and professional conventions. Students will work in small production crews and share different responsibilities, learning about writing, producing, storyboarding, cinematography, audio recording, and editing. In addition, students will explore how to develop creative concepts and how to capture them digitally—from the first shoot to the final edit. Sessions will provide hands-on instruction, which will conclude in a showcase screening of the final films. Students will shoot outdoors at local venues in Shanghai, gaining valuable experience and a finished digital portfolio piece.

Economics through choice: an introduction to economic principles through the lens of decision-making

From individual decisions to shopping to markets and the wealth of nations, this class will investigate economic ideas using games, experiments, data analysis, and math, all while trying to answer for ourselves "How do people choose?"

Curating Space

Over the last fifteen years, China’s arts & design sector has grown remarkably and its art market is now the world’s second largest. New cultural institutions have emerged in tandem with said growth and raised interesting questions about the role and forms that museums and exhibitions can take in the twenty-first century. Curation is everywhere from malls to urban environments and invades the technology, hospitality and wellness world. In this class, students will immerse themselves in a topic and create an in-depth exhibition proposal around it. In the process, they will understand some of the research, writing, visual and practical considerations that go into planning and staging shows, biennales and installations. Students will also think about the importance of audience engagement and consider how to anticipate, activate and assess this important element in their exhibition planning. Visits to Shanghai museums, galleries, and innovative spaces, and discussions with seasoned players will help students gain real-world insights into the challenges and opportunities in this sector. Created as a cross cultural journey, this class will help students analyze and synthesize visual and written information and imagine immersive spaces carefully designed to stimulate and excite audiences.