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.

Summer 2018 Courses

Week 1 第一周

July 2 - July 7

7月2日至7日

CHOOSE ONE 任选其一:

Week 2 第二周

July 9 - July 14

7月9日至14日

CHOOSE ONE 任选其一:

Week 3 第三周

July 16 - July 21

7月16日至21日

CHOOSE ONE 任选其一:

Week 4 第四周

July 23 - July 28

7月23日至28日

CHOOSE ONE 任选其一:

Leadership: Building Skills for College Success

领导力:大学必备技能

Leadership: Building Skills for Career Success

领导力:职业必备技能

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

Tourism: Digital Marketing and Social Media

旅游业,数字化营销与社交媒体

 Integrated Marketing:

Innovation and Strategy

整合营销:创新与战略

Entrepreneurial

Problem Solving

公司决策者的解决问题之术

Sports Business in

a Globalized World

全球化体育产业

U.S. History and Culture

美国历史与文化

China-U.S. Dialogue:

Joining the Discussion

中美对话:一起来讨论

Applied Psychology: Understanding the Brain, Thinking, and Behavior

应用心理学:大脑与思考&行为

Creative Writing:

Finding Truth in Fiction

创造性写作:寻找小说中的真实

Video Game Design:

From Concept to Completion

电子游戏设计:从概念到完成

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

Fashion Beyond Borders:

Exploring the Global Fashion Industry

时尚无国界:国际时尚产业探究

 

Week 1 第一周

Leadership: Building Skills for College Success

In this course, students will explore various aspects of leadership that are essential to successfully navigating the college experience in an increasingly globalized world. Students will develop their ability to think critically and solve problems; improve public speaking and presentation skills; learn character-building exercises to develop emotional and intellectual fortitude in the face of new challenges; and enhance the interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills that are key to forming productive and meaningful relationships throughout their college experience and beyond.

 

Tourism: Digital Marketing and Social Media

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.

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.

Video Game Design: From Concept to Completion

In 2014, consumers spent more than $21 billion dollars 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. This intensive game-design course gives students both a conceptual understanding of game design and practical experience in the design and 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 game-creation intensive course, students work in collaboration to study, design, and create interactive digital games. Upon conclusion of the course, students will have a range of skills sought after by the games industry for roles including game design, game production, and game analysis, as well as transferable skills relevant to broader fields. No programming or computer science background is necessary. Students leave the course with a functioning game containing their own artwork, playable on the web, a computer, or a mobile device. Develop your passion for games while learning valuable skills in self-organization, creative development, and programming.

 

Week 2 第二周

Leadership: Building Skills for Career Success

In this course, students will explore the meaning of leadership while exploring various leadership and work styles through creativity, critical thinking, and communication. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate their values, motivations, and dreams for the future, and will be equipped with the leadership skills and internal compass needed to live with purpose and to achieve their life and career goals. Students will improve their ability to work with a range of people in various circumstances, and understand what it takes to find a fulfilling career in today's globalized and dynamic world. This course includes activities, workshops, presentations, lectures, challenges, journaling, and feedback from the instructor and peers.

Integrated Marketing: Innovation and Strategy

In this course, high school students will gain a deep understanding of the practice of marketing, both as its own business and its role in an integrated communication environment. Through classroom lectures and discussions, site visits and experienced industry guest speakers, as well as the execution and presentation of multi-faceted team and individual projects, the course will define the parameters and possibilities within the field of integrated marketing. Students will have the opportunity to analyze how integrated marketing relates to relevant industry practices and how it continues to evolve and support overall communication functions within a business. The course will also cover current trends in marketing, successful marketing strategies, and career paths for students who want to pursue jobs in the marketing industry.

China/U.S. Dialogue: Joining the Discussion

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.

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.

 

Week 3 第三周

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.

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.

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 pychology. 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.

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.

 

Week 4 第四周

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.

Sports Business in a Globalized 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, FIBA, etc.), sports leagues (EPL, NBA, NFL, CSL, etc.), sports associations (USTA, CFA, etc.), sports bureaus, sports clubs (Bayern Munich FC, Evergrande Taobao FC, etc.), sports media (ESPN, CCTV-5, Tencent, Facebook, etc.), sports agencies (CAA, Live Nation, WME | IMG, etc.), and bloggers and fans. From macro to micro, students will delve into some of the emerging and evolving areas of sports business, including analytics, social media strategy, digital technology, and revenue-based facility design, among others. After completing the course, students will be able to 1) recognize the idiosyncratic nature of sports; 2) differentiate between domestic and international sport practices, leadership styles, and business operations; 3) identify fundamental sports business concepts, issues, terminology, and transformative trends like globalization, analytics, and digital disruption; and 4) better understand various career pathways within the world of sports.

Creative Writing: Finding Truth in Fiction

Whether you’ve not yet committed pen to paper, or have already scrunched up a forest’s worth of it, this introductory course to writing fiction will give you a foretaste of a craft as old as communication and the fires that kept the wolves away. Join others who share your interest in writing as you create fiction that holds the reader with words more efficient and more beautiful than everyday English. Constructing character, plot and setting, driving the narrative forward and at what pace—whether in anecdotes, short stories, novellas or novels, whether in the past, present or future—are all part of this course. So, too, are writing action, describing people and their world, and putting thoughts and feelings into compelling prose. With all these elements and more, students will write their own short stories under close supervision of the instructor and in a supportive community of young writers.

Fashion Beyond Borders: Exploring the Global Fashion Industry

Fashion design is more than an interest; it’s a passion. This course presents a wide array of inspiring hands-on activities and workshops designed to be your opening into a variety of dynamic fashion careers. Whether you want to make your mark as a designer or fashion stylist, or be the creative force behind buying and selling the latest designs for retail stores, Fashion Beyond Borders is for you. This course will ultimately be the training ground for creative warriors where an experienced instructor will help you elevate your talents and develop the savvy business skills you need to thrive in a variety of fields within the fashion industry. You will learn through an exciting combination of visual power point lectures, creative group assignments, and an off-site field trip to the International Fashion Academy Paris (IFA) Shanghai campus.