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. The American College Prep Bootcamp runs for two weeks, so if you choose this course you must attend both weeks. 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 2019 Courses

One-week Course 一周课程
July 15 - July 20​
7月15日至20日

Choose One​
选择一门
July 22 - July 27
7月22日至27日

Choose One​
选择一门
July 29 - August 3 ​
7月29日至8月3日

Choose One​
选择一门
August 5 - August 10 ​
8月5日至10日

Choose One​
选择一门
Integrated Marketing:
Consumer, Experience and Strategy
整合营销:
消费者、体验与策略
Sports Business in
a Globalized World
全球化体育产业
Tourism: Social Media and Digital Marketing
旅游业:
社交媒体与数字化营销
Fashion Beyond Borders:
Exploring the Global Fashion Industry
时尚无国界:
国际时尚产业探究
U.S. History and Culture
美国历史与文化
Applied Psychology: Understanding the Brain, Thinking, and Behavior (Full)
应用心理学:
大脑与思考&行为 (已报满)
Seeing the "Big Picture" in Short Stories
以短篇小说见“大局”
Creative Writing:
Finding Truth in Fiction
创造性写作:
寻找小说中的真实
Introduction to Creative Coding
创意编程入门
Web Design:
Creativity Meets Technology
网页设计:
当创造力遇上科技
Video Game Design:
From Concept to Completion
电子游戏设计:
从概念到完成
Digital Filmmaking:
Telling a Story Through Technology
数码摄影:
用科技说故事
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
Non-Profit Initiatives for the Public Good
非盈利项目
与公益组织
Curating Space:
Exhibition Practice in the 21st Century
策展空间:
二十一世纪展览实例
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
 
Two-week Course 两周课程
July 15 - July 27
7月15日至27日
July 29 - August 10 ​
7月29日至8月10日
American College Prep Bootcamp
美国大学准备营
American College Prep Bootcamp
美国大学准备营

 

Week 1 

 

American College Prep Bootcamp

For students who are planning to apply to college in the U.S., or considering this option, this two-week course will provide them with a foundational understanding of American higher education. Students will explore various types of post-secondary institutions to help identify colleges and majors that fit their interests and objectives. They will explore the different components of the college application process, learn about student-driven processes such as course selection and declaring the major, and practice techniques for effective interviewing and essay writing. Looking ahead to American college life, students will exercise critical thinking skills, acquire some core principles of academic writing and research, and improve presentation skills, all of which will help them achieve success during their university studies. Finally, there will be discussion about professional goal setting, requiring students to create an individual action plan to lead them from high school through university and into the workplace.

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.

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 Creative Coding

Computer Programming, commonly referred to as coding, is the process of designing and building an executable computer program for a specific task. A program usually consists of a group of logical, mathematical, systematic and managed functions. And the purpose of programming/coding is to find and implement a sequence of instructions in an automatic way so to solve the given problem and perform the solution automatically with computers. Programming is important as to automate, manage, calculate, analyze, understand and process data and information in the digital age. It helps computer and mobile users communicate with and utilize machines in everyday life. Creative coding is a type of programming in which the goal is to create something expressive instead of something functional. It is used to create (live) visual art and design, entertainment, art installations, projections, sound art, advertising, product prototypes, and much more. Creative computing enhances creators in this digital, even artificial intelligence era with powerful new tools to better utilize computer technology to explore and create a brighter future world. In this class, students will learn to code, more specifically creative coding from scratch and to apply programming knowledge to create arts and design. No previous programming knowledge is required.

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.

Nonprofit Initiatives for the Public Good

This introductory course will discuss the ways in which non-profit initiatives can contribute to public goods. Students will learn the definition and variation of public goods in different country contexts, with special emphasis on issues about education equality, environmental protection, and poverty relief. 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 about different countries’ experiences addressing their public needs and social issues, and students can also reflect upon their own engagements with volunteer activities and aspirations for positive social changes.

 

Week 2 

 

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.

Applied Psychology: Understanding the Brain, Thinking and Behavior (Full)

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.

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.

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.

Curating Space: Exhibition Practice in the 21st Century

Over the last fifteen years, China’s arts 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. 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 museum and gallery shows. 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 and galleries and discussions with gallery owners will help students gain real-world insights into the challenges and opportunities in this sector. Applicable to fields beyond the visual arts, this class will help students synthesize visual and written information and imagine immersive spaces designed to stimulate and excite audiences.

 

Week 3 

 

American College Prep Bootcamp

For students who are planning to apply to college in the U.S., or considering this option, this two-week course will provide them with a foundational understanding of American higher education. Students will explore various types of post-secondary institutions to help identify colleges and majors that fit their interests and objectives. They will explore the different components of the college application process, learn about student-driven processes such as course selection and declaring the major, and practice techniques for effective interviewing and essay writing. Looking ahead to American college life, students will exercise critical thinking skills, acquire some core principles of academic writing and research, and improve presentation skills, all of which will help them achieve success during their university studies. Finally, there will be discussion about professional goal setting, requiring students to create an individual action plan to lead them from high school through university and into the workplace.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Week 4 

 

Fashion Beyond Borders: Sustainability and the Future of the Global Fashion Industry

Fashion design is more than an interest; for many it is a passion and an important aspect of personal identity building as a young adult, and future lifestyle choices.  As the third largest industry sector in China, fashion, textile and associated retail industries will also be a career destination. As the second largest contributor of industrial pollution, Generation Z must also take responsibility of sustainability fashion. And facing the challenge of digital impact, the younger generation would have more option to change the pattern of traditional ways of the fashion business.  Whether you want to make your mark as a designer, textile specialist, be the creative force behind buying and selling the latest designs for global brands, or enter the area of sustainable fashion development and circular economy in fashion, this course is for you. You will learn how the industry developed for different consumer groups, the production, marketing and promotion systems of international mid-market and luxury brands and how global media and sub-cultural trends impact fashions ‘beyond borders’. You will also have a look at sustainable fashion and circular economy. You will do practical range building and analysis assignments and discuss trends and contemporary issues that will signify in the future. The course demonstrates methods that students will find useful in researching and presenting work during a future career in fashion and aids confidence in talking about interests and work scenarios at interviews.

 

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.

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.

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.