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International Relations

  • Provides Historical and Geopolitical Contexts
  • Focuses on Today&rsquos Power Dynamics
  • Explores Framework and Goals of Diplomacy 

The world order that emerged following World War II continues to influence today’s geopolitical and economic landscape, reflecting the shift into post-colonial and post-Cold War political alignments. These courses analyze foreign policy strategies by exploring the historical and geopolitical contexts that inform them, as well as the potential impacts of these policies as they are enacted globally. They are taught by faculty members from private sector, government, and multilateral organizations. 

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

America in the World: Dilemmas for Democracy at Home and Abroad

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

2024 Spring
1 section

Global Health and Development

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

2024 Spring
1 section

Politics and Leadership in a Changing Middle East

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

2024 Spring
1 section

Espionage: Fact vs. Fiction

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

2024 Spring
1 section

Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

Explore contemporary methods for peacemaking and peacebuilding as responses to real and potential deadly international conflicts.

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.

BRICS: The Rise of Geopolitical and Economic Influencers

Register for this Fall 2023 course on the NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. In 2001, an investment banker coined the...

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...

Human Rights and Development

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

Spies at War: Fact vs. Fiction

Register for this Fall 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website. World War II was a critical challenge...

Critical Issues and Careers in Global Affairs

Apply for this Summer 2023 course here. Thinking about grad school? Considering an impactful career in the global arena? Spend two...

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...