Summer Session Courses

Sample Chinese Language Courses (list will be updated in October 2022)
Elementary Chinese Courses

Elementary Chinese II, CHIN-SHU 102 (4 credits)

Equivalent to CHINL-AD 102 Elementary Chinese 2; EAST-UA 202 Elementary Chinese II.
Fulfills General Elective. 
Prerequisite: CHIN-SHU 101 Elementary Chinese I or CHIN-SHU 101S2 Elementary Chinese I - FoS 2.  

This course is the second part of a one-year elementary-level Chinese course designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Elementary Chinese I or equivalent. It is designed to reinforce and further develop language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations. The objectives of the course are: (1) to continue mastering Chinese phonetic system (pinyin and tones); (2) to become further familiarized with the construction of commonly used Chinese Characters (both simplified and traditional); (3) to understand and use correctly basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures; (4) to continue building up essential vocabulary; (5) to read and write level appropriate passages (150-200 characters long); and (6) to become acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri.

Intermediate Chinese Courses

Intermediate Chinese I, CHIN-SHU 201 (4 credits)

Equivalent to CHINL-AD 201 Intermediate Chinese 1; EAST-UA 203 Intermediate Chinese I. 
Fulfills General Elective. 
Prerequisite: CHIN-SHU 102 Elementary Chinese II. 

This course is the first part of a one-year intermediate-level Chinese course designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Elementary Chinese II or equivalent. It is designed to consolidate and develop overall aural-oral proficiency. Objectives are: (1) to be able to obtain information from the more extended conversation; (2) to express and expound on, in relative length, feelings and opinions on common topics; (3) to develop the vocabulary needed to discuss common topics and begin learning to decipher the meaning of compound words; (4) to develop reading comprehension of more extended narrative and expository passages; (5) to write, in relative length (200-250 characters long), personal narratives, informational narratives, comparison and discussion of viewpoints with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion; (6) to continue being acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri.

Intermediate Chinese II, CHIN-SHU 202 (4 credits)

Equivalent to CHINL-AD 202 Intermediate Chinese 2; EAST-UA 204 Intermediate Chinese II. 
Fulfills Core Curriculum Language. 
Prerequisite: CHIN-SHU 102 Elementary Chinese II. 

This course is the second part of a one-year intermediate-level Chinese course designed for students who have completed NYU-SH’s Intermediate Chinese I or equivalent. It is designed to continue consolidating and developing overall aural-oral proficiency, gradually focusing more on semi-formal or formal linguistic expressions. Objectives are: (1) to further develop competence in obtaining information from more extended conversation; (2) to express and expound on, in more extended length, feelings and opinions on socio-cultural topics; (3) to develop more specialized vocabulary needed to discuss sociocultural topics; (4) to improve students’ ability to decipher meaning of compound words; (5) to further develop reading comprehension of extended narrative, expository and simple argumentative passages; (6) to learn to solve simple syntactical problems independently; (7) to write, in relative length (250-300) characters long) informational narratives, expository and simple argumentative passages with level-appropriate vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, as well as basic syntactical cohesion; and (8) to continue being acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to the course materials. 

Format: Online

Advanced Chinese Courses

Advanced Chinese I for Non-Heritage Students​, CHIN-SHU 301 (4 credits)

Equivalent to CHINL-AD 301 Advanced Chinese 1; EAST-UA 205 Advanced Chinese 1.

This course is the first part of a one-year Advanced Chinese course designed for students who have successfully completed Intermediate Chinese II at NYU-SH, or who have at least the equivalent knowledge of Chinese upon registration. It is designed to reinforce and further improve students’ overall communicative competence by incorporating semi-formal or formal usages. The objectives of the course are: (1) to learn to apply formal linguistic expressions in speaking and writing; (2) to acquire specialized vocabulary and patterns necessary for conducting formal discussions of socio-cultural topics; (3) to develop reading comprehension of texts with more advanced syntax; (4) to learn to make context-based guesses about the meaning of a new word and further enhance students’ ability to analyze as well as produce sentences with more complex syntactical features; (5) to learn to write expository and argumentative passages in more extended length; and (6) to learn to employ basic rhetoric devices in writing.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM Mon, Wed, Fri.

Advanced Chinese II for Non-Heritage Students​, CHIN-SHU 302 (4 credits)

Equivalent to CHINL-AD 302 Advanced Chinese 2; EAST-UA 206 Advanced Chinese 2.

This course is the second part of a one-year Advanced Chinese course designed for students who have successfully completed Advanced Chinese I at NYU-SH, or who have the equivalent knowledge of Chinese upon registration. It is designed to reinforce and further improve students’ overall communicative competence by incorporating semi-formal or formal usages. The objectives of the course are: (1) to enhance further students’ oral and written communicative competence using formal linguistic expressions; (2) to expand further specialized vocabulary and patterns necessary for conducting formal discussions of socio-cultural topics relevant to today’s China; (3) to improve further students’ reading comprehension of texts with more advanced syntax; (4) to develop further their competence in making context-based guess about the meaning of a new word, and further enhance ability to analyze as well as produce sentences with more complex syntactical features; (5) to improve further their ability to write expository and argumentative passages in more extended length; (6) to improve their ability to effectively employ basic rhetoric devices in writing.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM Mon, Wed, Fri.

Sample Summer Session I Courses (list will be updated in October 2022)
Business Courses

Foundations of Finance, BUSF-SHU 202 (4 credits)

Instructor: Offer Moshe Shapir

Equivalent to ECON-UH 2510 Foundations of Financial Markets; FINC-UB 2 Foundations of Finance. 
Fulfills Business Core Course.
Prerequisites: BUSF-SHU 101 Statistics for Business and Economics and ECON-SHU 150 Microeconomics.

This course is a rigorous, quantitative introduction to financial market structures and financial asset valuation. The main topics of the course are financial markets, arbitrage, portfolio selection, equilibrium asset pricing, fixed income securities and option pricing. You are expected to understand valuation formulas and be able to apply them to new problems. The appropriate tools necessary for solving these problems will be developed at each stage and practiced in the homework assignments. The models we will cover have immediate applications and implications for real-world financial decisions. To take this course, students must be comfortable with statistics, linear algebra, calculus, and microeconomics.​

Format: Online
Course Schedule:  01:00 -- 04:00 PM (Lecture), 04:05 -- 05:05 PM (Recitation) Mon, Wed. 

Chinese Financial Markets, BUSF-SHU 286 (4 credits)

Instructors: Han Shen Lin

Fulfills BUSF China Business Studies or Finance elective; BUSM China Business Studies or Non-Marketing elective; IMB Business elective.
Prerequisites: BUSF-SHU 202 Foundations of Finance or BUSF-SHU 5 Principles of Finance. 

This course introduces the institutions, instruments, and empirical regularities of Chinese financial markets and the role these markets play in the broader Chinese economy. The goal of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Chinese financial markets. It focuses on current issues and debates about Chinese financial markets, including the Chinese banking system, RMB exchange rates, Chinese stock markets and bond markets, mutual fund and hedge fund industry, Chinese derivative markets and other important topics. The similarities and differences between Chinese financial markets and more developed markets will be highlighted. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 01:00 -- 04:00 PM (Lecture), 04:05 -- 05:05 PM (Recitation) Tue, Thu. 

Management and Organizations, MGMT-SHU 301 (4 credits)

Instructor: Raymond Ro

Equivalent to BUSOR-AD 115 Management & Organizations; MGMT-UB 1 (9001) Management & Organizations.
Fulfills Business Elective. 

This course addresses contemporary management challenges stemming from changing organizational structures, complex environmental conditions, new technological developments, and increasingly diverse workforces. It highlights critical management issues involved in planning, organizing, controlling, and leading an organization. Ultimately, it aims to strengthen students’ managerial potential by providing general frameworks for analyzing, diagnosing, and responding to both fundamental and complex organizational situations. It also provides opportunities for students to enhance their communication and interpersonal skills, which are essential to effective management. The structure of the course encourages learning at multiple levels: through in-class lectures, exercises, and discussions; in small teams carrying out projects; and in individual reading, study, and analysis. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 09:30 AM -- 12:30 PM Tue, Thu. 

Computer Science Courses

Introduction to Computer Programming, CSCI-SHU 11 (4 credits)

Instructor: Lihua Xu

Equivalent to CSCI-UA 1 Introduction to Computer Programming. Note: Students who have already taken Introduction to Computer Science may not take this course.
Fulfills Computer Science Major Required Course and Algorithmic Thinking (AT) Core Curriculum.
Prerequisite: C in Pre-Calculus or placement out of Pre-Calculus. 

An introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming. Students design, write, and debug computer programs. No prior knowledge of programming is assumed. Students will learn programming using Python, a general purpose, cross-platform programming language with a clear, readable syntax. Most class periods will be part lecture, part lab as you explore ideas and put them into practice. This course is suitable for students not intending in majoring in computer science as well as for students intending to major in computer science but having no programming experience. Students with previous programming experience should instead take Introduction to Computer Science. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM (Lecture), 11:35 AM -- 12:35 PM (Laboratory) Mon, Wed. 

Data Structures, CSCI-SHU 210 (4 credits)

Instructor: Olivier Marin

Equivalent to CS-UH 1050 Data Structures; CSCI-UA 102 Data Structures.
Fulfills Required CS/CE/DS Course.
Prerequisite: ICS OR A- in ICP. This course is taught in Python and assumes full knowledge of Python.

Data structures are fundamental programming constructs which organize information in computer memory to solve challenging real-world problems. Data structures such as stacks, queues, linked lists, and binary trees, therefore constitute building blocks that can be reused, extended, and combined in order to make powerful programs. This course teaches how to implement them in a high-level language, how to analyze their effect on algorithm efficiency, and how to modify them to write computer programs that solve complex problems in a most efficient way. Programming assignments. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM (Lecture), 11:35 AM -- 12:35 PM (Laboratory) Tue, Thu. 

Databases, CSCI-SHU 213 (4 credits)

Instructor: Lihua Xu

Fulfills Computer Science Elective; Data Science Major Required Courses.
Prerequisite: CSCI-SHU 210 Data Structures

The course covers modeling an application and logical database design, the relational model and relational data definition and data manipulation languages, design of relational databases and normalization theory, physical database design, query processing and optimization, transaction processing focusing on concurrency and recovery. The labs emphasize experiential learning of database systems and applications and an insight into various database management systems and query languages.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM Tue, Thu. 

Discrete Mathematics, CSCI-SHU 2314 (4 credits)

Instructor: Pingping Ding

Equivalent to CS-UH 1002 Discrete Mathematics; MATH-UA 120 Discrete Mathematics.
Fulfills Computer Science Major Required Course.
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH-SHU 121, MATH-SHU 201. 

This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics, emphasizing proof and abstraction, as well as applications to the computational sciences. Topics include sets, relations, and functions, graphs and trees, algorithms, proof techniques, and order of magnitude analysis, Boolean algebra and combinatorial circuits, formal logic and languages, automata, and combinatorics, probability, and statistics.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM (Lecture), 11:35 AM -- 12:35 PM (Recitation) Tue, Thu. 

Economics Courses

Microeconomics, ECON-SHU 3 (4 credits)

Instructor: Offer Moshe Shapir

Equivalent to ECON-UA 2 Intro to Microeconomics.
Prerequisites: Calculus (MATH-SHU 121 or 201).

Economics studies how agents make decisions under conditions of scarcity and uncertainty. This course provides a rigorous introduction to economics, with special emphasis on microeconomics. It will introduce you to economics as a discipline and as a way of thinking. It will also provide you with a set of tools, which will be very useful in other economics courses. We will first study the behavior of individual consumers and firms. Then we will give you some insight into how markets work and whether market outcomes are desirable. We will also look at situations in which the firm is a monopolist, or competes with a limited number of rivals. Some key concepts we will introduce include economic incentives, marginal analysis, opportunity cost (which costs matter), market efficiency (what does it mean for a market to work) and strategic behavior (how to predict and respond to your rivals’ decisions). The tools that you will be acquainted with in this class are fundamental for most upper division courses of the Economics major as well as classes in Finance, Accounting and Marketing. 

Format: Online
Course Schedule: 01:00 -- 04:00 PM (Lecture), 04:05 -- 05:05 PM (Recitation) Tue, Thu. 

International Trade and the Chinese Economy, ECON-SHU 218 (4 credits)

Instructor: Nan Xu

Fulfills Core Curriculum Social Science Perspective on China; Social Science Major Focus Courses Political Economy - 200 level; Economics electives.
Prerequisites: ECON-SHU 3 Microeconomics and ECON-SHU 1 Principles of Macroeconomics.

This course is designed to combine basic trade theory with its practical relevance in China to help students better understand the international economic activities in developing countries. We will investigate the causes and consequences of trade, discuss the role of multinational corporations and foreign direct investment in driving economic growth and wage inequality, and study countries' motives for regulating international trade and the effects of trade policy on economic welfare. We will also focus on China's gains and losses from opening up to trade and investment, on the dual impacts of the rise in exports from China on the U.S. employment and consumers, on the distributional effects of tariff cuts in developing countries, and so on. 

Format: Online
Course Schedule: 01:00 -- 04:00 PM Tue, Thu. 

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Money, ECON-SHU 232 (4 credits)

Instructor: Ilaf Elard

Fulfills STS Core Curriculum. 
Prerequisites: Introduction to Computer Programming or Introduction to Computer Science or Creative Coding Lab

In this course, we will learn all about Blockchain and money. (1) We will first investigate questions about how to make money and how money used to be made; who can and who can’t make money in the modern economy; what money was and what money is today; how money moves; how to measure and how to control money. (2) Second, you will learn why, until the invention of Bitcoin, it has been so difficult to make new digital money; what Blockchains really are; how Blockchains work and when Blockchains don't work; how to raise money and how to make new digital money with Blockchains. You learn to build your own blockchain hands-on. You will thereby gain a solid and detailed technical understanding of Blockchain and the Blockchain-enabled financial technology. (3) Third, you will also learn about the most important current and future non-blockchain financial technologies.

Topics to be covered include: definition, functions, and theories of money; the historical evolution of money and digital money; money creation; payment systems; financial technology (FinTech); electronic wallets; online peer-to-peer lending (P2P); central bank digital currencies (CBDC); Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT); basic cryptography; digital signatures; hashing; cryptocurrencies; cryptocurrency market; Bitcoin; Bitcoin security; consensus; Proof-of-Work (PoW); Proof-of-Stake (PoS); the economic limits of consensus protocols; stable coins; initial coin offerings (ICO); and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Format: Online
Course Schedule: 01:00 -- 04:00 PM (Lecture), 04:05 -- 05:05 PM (Recitation) Mon, Wed. 

Humanities Courses

Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, HUMN-SHU 240 (4 credits)

Instructor: Patrick Bonczyk

Fulfills Humanities Interdisciplinary/Advanced Courses (18-19 Critical Concepts/Topic Courses).

This course invites students to think about some of the most carefully controlled but also fervently sought-after questions since the time of Plato: what is the difference between gender and sex? What is the relationship between our gendered bodies, behaviors, and identities? How does sex, something we do, translate to the discourse of sexuality, something we talk about? What is the measurement of normality? If art indeed imitates and even changes life, in what ways do images of gender performance in literary and visual culture also reproduce and perhaps reshape our own experiences as gendered and sexed beings in a society? What can gender and sexuality tell us about the construction of culture, its boundaries, and its “outlaws”? Through the reading of philosophical, literary, historical, medical, and visual texts, and through discussions of case studies in mass media, we learn to see gender and sexuality as an evolving historical phenomenon rather than essentialist notions. We ask how the development of human interest in sexuality coincides with the burgeoning of governing techniques in modern times to police and promote sex simultaneously—as desirable and useful on the one hand, but also forbidden and harmful on the other. Lastly, as humanists, we ask how the boundary of our body (that is, our inside and outside in the most literal sense) is marked less by our blood cells, skin pores, or molecules than by our use of lan­­guage. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 09:00 AM -- 12:00 PM Mon, Wed​. 

Social Science Courses

Introduction to Psychology, PSYC-SHU 101 (4 credits)

Instructor: Lixian Cui

Equivalent to PSYCH-UA 1 Intro to Psychology. 
Fulfills Experimental Discovery in the Natural World (ED) Core Curriculum, and Social Science Major Foundational course; Data Science concentration in Social Science/Psychology. 

This course highlights the fundamental principles and interesting experiments within the field of psychology, aiming to help students understand mind and behavior of themselves and others. It provides a comprehensive overview of scientific study of thought and behavior, covering a wide range of topics such as the biological and evolutionary bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence and thinking, lifespan development, emotion and motivation, human personality, social behavior, behavioral disorders, and psychological treatment of disorders. Opportunities to apply knowledge gained in class are available through various in-class and out-of-class activities. By the end of this course you will have gained a much better understanding and appreciation of who you are and how you work.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 9:00 AM -- 12:00 PM (Lecture), 12:05 -- 12:25 PM (Laboratory) Tue, Thu. 

US-China Relations, SOCS-SHU 275 (4 credits)

Instructor: Ivan Willis Rasmussen

Fulfills Core SSPC or IPC; GCS China and the World/The Politics, Economy, and Environment of China; SS Focus International Relations/Political Science 200 level; HUMN 18-19 Topic.

This course examines the complexities of the bilateral relationship between the People’s Republic of China (China) and the United States (US), focusing on their historical rapport, major debates, and current relations. Topics include Sino-US economic relations, media reporting, variation in political systems, global politics, climate/energy issues, military affairs, and contested territories.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 01:00 -- 04:00 PM Mon, Wed. 

World Languages Courses

Elementary Japanese I, JAPN-SHU 5 (4 credits)

Instructor: Kaoruko Minamoto

Fulfills General Elective
Prerequisite: None. 

Introductory course in modern spoken and written Japanese, designed to develop fundamental skills in areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Gives contextualized instructions to develop both communicative and cultural competency. Systematically introduces the Japanese writing system (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji). Open to students with no previous training in Japanese and to others on assignment by placement test. Fulfillment: General Elective.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 01:00 -- 04:20 PM Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu. 

Sample Summer Session II Courses (list will be updated in October 2022)
Arts Courses

Photography I, ART-SHU 301 (4 credits)

Instructor: Alice Wang

Fulfills General Elective.

Photography I is a praxis course that provides students with an introduction to photography as an artistic medium in the field of Contemporary Art. The course will examine documentary, pictorial, and conceptual photographic works that are exhibited in museums and galleries starting from the post-war era and continuing to the present day. Students will learn to shoot, edit, and print digital photographs using professional photographic equipment and software. In the studio, students are required to critique the work of their peers, their own work, and work sourced from current contemporary art exhibitions. Outside the studio, students will examine major historical movements in photography. Works by artists are examined to provide the framework and vocabulary to articulate the students’ own photographic investigations. 

Format: Online
Course Schedule:  09:00 AM -- 12:00 PM Tue, Thu. 

Computer Science Courses

Introduction to Computer Science, CSCI-SHU 101 (4 credits)

Instructor: Xiaobin Gu

Equivalent to CSCI-UA 101 Introduction to Computer Science; CS-UH 1001 Introduction to Computer Science. Note: This course is taught in Python. Students who intend to go on to take CSCI-UA102 Data Structures at NYU New York CAS (which is taught in Java) will be required to take a Java placement exam prior to enrolling in CSCI-UA102 Data Structures at CAS.
Fulfills Computer Science Major Required Course and Algorithmic Thinking (AT) Core Curriculum.
Prerequisite: CSCI-SHU 11 Introduction to Computer Programming or Placement Exam.

This course has three goals. First, the mastering of a modern object-oriented programming language, enough to allow students to tackle real-world problems of important significance. Second, gaining an appreciation of computational thinking, a process that provides the foundations for solving real-world problems. Finally, providing an overview of the very diverse and exciting field of computer science - a field which, arguably more than any other, impacts how we work, live, and play today. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 08:30 -- 11:30 AM (Lecture), 11:35 AM -- 12:35 PM (Laboratory) Mon, Wed. 

Humanities Courses

Ethics and Society, PHIL-SHU 115 (4 credits)

Instructor: Greta Favara

Fulfills Humanities Major Introductory requirement. 

This class introduces students to the methods of contemporary analytic philosophy through the study of selected moral, social, and political topics. Our focus will be on political authority, social justice, legitimacy, punishment, and justifiable resistance in the face of illegitimate power. We will consider questions as follows: What justifies the existence of civil government? What are the key elements of social justice? When, and why, should we tolerate mistaken, and perhaps harmful, views held by others? Should harmful speech be permitted where harmful actions would not be? What powers does a legitimate government have? What could justify punishment? What light do different philosophical views of punishment shed on the phenomenon of mass incarceration in the US context? Do we have a duty to obey the law, and if so, what is the source of that duty? Does the duty extend to unjust laws? When we protest against unjust laws, must we always act civilly or peacefully, or can uncivil protest, and even rioting, be morally justified? We will be especially interested in discussing how the often quite abstract arguments and principles defended by political and legal philosophers apply to the concrete context of a society.

Format: Online
Course schedule: 03:00 -- 06:00 PM Tue, Thu​. 

Interactive Media Arts Courses

Creative Game Design and Development, INTM-SHU 247 (4 credits)

Instructor: Xingchen Zhang

Fulfills IMA Elective; IMB Elective. 
Prerequisite: INTM-SHU 101 Interaction Lab, INTM-SHU 103 Creative Coding Lab or equivalent programming experience. 

We have all played and enjoyed games, but how do people actually design and develop them? How to describe a game from a professional standpoint? What are the basic elements and structure in video game development? How do game designers create an interactive experience for the player? What about prototyping and iterating in development? This course explores these questions and others through playing, analyzing and making games over 14 weeks. Students will understand game not only as an entertaining production and business model but a form of interactive media impacting current life and future. Students will be introduced to game design concepts, emphasizing the development: paper and digital prototyping, develop iteration, interactive narratives design and embedment, object-oriented programming, 2D/3D game art design, sound effects composition and user testing. For the course project, students will work in teams and create games in multiple projects, from board game focusing on gameplay prototype to digital playable experience with creative game art designs. This course leverages Unity, a game engine that uses C# based programming language. Basic knowledge of any programming language will come in handy. 

Format: Online 
Course schedule: 9:00 AM-- 12:00 PM Tue, Thu. 


Mathematics Courses

Calculus, MATH-SHU 131 (4 credits)

Instructor: Vlad Margarint

Fulfills Economics Core Math requirement; Math Core Math requirement. 
Prerequisites: Pre-placement by Faculty based on high-school grades, OR NYU SH “Calculus and Linear Algebra” placement exam, OR grade C or better in MATH-SHU 9 (Precalculus) Antirequisite: MATH-SHU 201 (Honors Calculus) 

This course presents the foundations of calculus for functions of a single variable. Topics addressed include limits, continuity, rules of differentiation, approximation, antiderivatives, indefinite and definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, integration techniques, and improper integrals. 

Syllabus   Questions can be directed to Professor Vlad Margarint at
Format: Online
Course schedule: 01:00 -- 04:00 PM (Lecture), 04:05 -- 05:25 PM (Recitation) Tue, Thu. 

Social Science Courses

Psychology of Human-Machine Communication and Relationships, PSYC-SHU 344 (4 credits)

Instructor: Thomas Nyman

Fulfills Core STS; IMA/IMB Elective; Neural Science Elective; Social Science Focus Psychology 300 level. 
Prerequisite: PSYC-SHU 101 Introduction to psychology or NEUR-SHU 201 Introduction to Neural Science or CSCI-SHU 101 Introduction to Computer Science. 

From the perspective of psychological science, developments in machine-learning and AI raise many interesting questions. AI technologies are already proving useful in their ability to monitor and assess human behaviors, emotions, and decision patterns. This is becoming possible through the sheer volume of information available online in connection with individuals, groups, and through the sophistication of predictive algorithms that can see patterns that the human mind cannot. As AI systems, machines, and robots are increasingly built to mimic human beings, will we begin to communicate with, react to, or feel the same towards them as we do to other human beings? If an AI system can assist in an online purchase or a psychological intervention (e.g., a chatbot), can they also become our friends? Could we fall in love with an artificial agent or a robot? In this course, we use the lens of psychological science to investigate these and other aspects of human-machine communication and their effects on human-human relationships. 

Format: Online
Course schedule: 01:00 -- 4:00 PM Mon, Wed.