Get an insider’s view of one of the world’s most influential organizations and examine how it operates on and impacts the international stage.
An in-depth look that focuses on the United Nations and its stakeholders, this course asks how today’s society tackles issues that require collective action and global, systemic thinking. Founded in 1956, the U.N. is perhaps one of New York City’s and the world’s most extraordinary institutions, tending to the political, cultural and humanitarian needs of the global community. Global leaders convene annually to discuss global issues at large, pass international resolutions and meet with ordinary citizens such as Malala Yousafzai, who gave her now-famous speech at the Youth Assembly in 2013.
Students will examine how and why the United Nations was created to then understand its role in today’s world. Students will explore distinct aspects of the organization, from its place in New York’s political and cultural landscape to its global outreach. Discussions will investigate where the two concerns intersect and inform each other, helping students develop writing, critical and analytical skills.
This is a new course, but site visits may include such places as:
United Nations Headquarters
The New York Times newsroom
CUNY Graduate Center, Global Center for Responsibility
A New York-based international think tank
Previous guest speakers on this subject include:
Somini Sengupta, Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times
Kathleen McGee, Chief of the Bureau of Internet and Technology (BIT) for the Office of the New York State Attorney General
Cost and Session Information
Day Program: $5,150
Residential Program: $5,750
Term 2: June 23 - July 05
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.