Overview

Think critically about solutions to the world’s greatest problems by examining current conflicts, political relationships, challenges faced by key players and how they operate on the international stage to improve lives.

How do we eliminate widespread issues that cause human suffering? How do we work together to improve humans’ quality of life in a large-scale way? Attempting to find solutions to far-reaching challenges, international relations focus on global political, military, economic and cultural interactions whereas international development focuses on solving global social and economic issues such as inequality and poverty. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of both topics by covering key concepts being addressed, investigating questions and debates as well as teaching students to think critically about the world stage.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• In order to understand the complex array of organizations, governments and other actors who try to solve global problems (or preserve their advantage), this course will explore procedures, policies, issues, events and stakeholders. Students will also examine how current events and the changing political landscape affect cooperation and conflict.

• Students will explore the key multilateral, bilateral and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attempting to tackle social and economic issues, thinking deeply about how they approach seemingly overwhelming challenges. In this course, students will develop research, writing and analytical skills by critically analyzing public policy and development issues and then developing their own proposals for change.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: United States Capitol, National Geographic and Mercy Corps. Students may also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times Washington Bureau.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Brad Plumer (Climate Reporter, The New York Times), Elan Strait (Director, World Wildlife Foundation) and David Reidmiller (Director, Office of Science & Technology Policy).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates:

Term 2: June 21 - July 3

Term 3: July 5 - July 17

Location: Washington, DC

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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