Current Affairs

  • Taught by Leading Journalists, Historians, and Authors
  • Focuses on Issues Behind Today’s News
  • Provides a Stimulating Environment for Discussion

If you are interested in current events, these courses will allow you to gain an in-depth and more contextualized understanding of today’s critical issues. This includes historic background, when appropriate, as well as an analysis of the actors and stakeholders affecting outcomes. Join your contemporaries for lively discussion and intellectual stimulation. 

This Summer, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Background and History of Organized Crime

This course will look at the organization and structure of mafia groups using several case studies. Students will use conceptual frameworks and...

2022 Summer
1 section

The US-Latin America Relationship: Past, Present, and Future

The United States’ relationship with Latin America has been and continues to be one of the most important and controversial relationships...

2022 Summer
1 section

Publishing Op-Eds and Blogposts

Develop a foundation in argumentative, critical, and analytic writing, and sharpen essential editing skills, for use in international affairs.

2022 Summer
1 section

Critical Issues and Careers in Global Affairs

Thinking about grad school? Considering an impactful career in the global arena? Spend two weeks this summer in the heart of New York City...

2022 Summer
1 section

Public Policy Fundamentals

Examines the basic principles of government and political science and gain fundamental skills for a public policy career.

The Deeper Dive: Global Issues and US Politics in Uncertain Times

As media and rapidly changing events increasingly focus us on the immediate and short-term, we’ll step back to look at consequential...

From Frontline to Headline: How Global and Social Media Make Conflict Newsworthy

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of the Taliban has created a security vacuum in South and Central Asia, but the...

International Development

Explore the main elements of country development—from economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental perspectives.

International Relations

Gain an in-depth understanding of the post-Cold War world order and the Cold War’s impact on current geopolitical and economic landscapes.

The History of Human Rights in US Foreign Policy

This course examines US foreign policy through the prism of human rights.

A Holistic Look at Iran: Economics, Religion, Politics, and More

Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.

Education and International Development

According to the World Bank, education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and...

Midway to the Midterms: Politics, Priorities, and Policy

Almost a year into the Biden administration and with the congressional midterm elections next year, the United States continues to face serious...

America in the World: Considering the Future of Democracy

Explore how studying other democracies can shed light on the troubled present—and possible future—of American politics and government.

China and America: A Global Power Struggle

Explore the competition between the US and China, from trade tensions to Beijing's censorship of Hollywood films to the battle for tech dominance.

Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Assistance

In order to achieve the key UN Sustainable Development goals of "No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Clean...

Espionage: Fact vs. Fiction

Taught by a veteran intelligence professional, this course separates myth from reality in the field of espionage.

Human Rights and Development

A rights-based approach to development has become increasingly central in explaining and addressing the underlying issues related to economic,...

Global Uncertainty: Money, Diplomacy, and Technological Change in the 21st Century World

What should we expect from the 21st century? A period of Great Power war, similar to the 20th century, or a long and commercial peace, similar...

Health in Developing Countries

The world has made immense strides in improving health outcomes and increasing life-expectancy over the past century in large part due to...

Politics and Development

"Good governance" is an essential condition for growth in low-income countries, and for human development as well. A number of the...

Politics and Leadership in a Changing Middle East

Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. This course will look at the historical and...

Scenarios Planning

The course addresses scenarios as a forecasting and planning tool. In a turbulent world, organizations-in public and private sectors-must make...

Applied Project: Managing Risk and Scenarios Planning

Working with a dedicated faculty advisor, students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the previous courses to...

Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

This course will examine the economic challenges poor countries face and the strategies proposed to deal with them, beginning with an analysis...

Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Operating in conditions of uncertainty can be disorienting and bewildering. A risk-informed approach can allow global leaders to make informed...