UN Summer Study Program
72 Fifth Avenue, Room 517 (
New York, NY 10011
The program runs from June 5 to July 21, 2017.
View the preliminary 2017 UNSS Calendar.
Core curriculum (3 graduate or 4 undergraduate credits): $4,600
Core curriculum and practice-based curriculum (6 graduate or 8 undergraduate credits): $9,200
Noncredit option (only core curriculum): $2,500
Tuition covers classes, colloquium, tours, and visits. Housing fees are separate.
You want to work for social justice at the global level, but most United Nations study programs take you sightseeing. Do you want just a cursory tour or do you want to immerse yourself in international affairs?
The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s
Graduate Program in International Affairs, puts graduate and undergraduate students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and environmental and reform issues. UNSS coursework prepares you to understand and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. UNSS practicums, not found in any other UN summer program, enable you to gain hands-on experience in the UN system.
United Nations Summer Study offers three options:
(3 graduate / 4 undergraduate credits)
(6 graduate / 8 undergraduate credits)
This course analyzes the role of the United Nations (UN) in constituting and reconstituting world order. Initially founded to address the challenges of international armed aggression associated with World War I and World War II, the United Nations has grown and evolved in significant ways
since its establishment in 1945, and is now charged with confronting a wide range of threats, including mass atrocities, poverty, hunger, disease, and climate change. This international organization—simultaneously a forum for countries to pursue their respective national interests and a mechanism for
fulfilling collective goals—has become the centerpiece of world order, playing a pre-eminent role in issues of international peace and security, economic development, and human rights and humanitarian affairs.
After outlining social scientific parameters of study and the major theoretical approaches, the class surveys the historical and political contexts that shaped the birth, behavior, and performance of international organizations—the early inter-state system, the
19th century, the wars and inter-war epoch of the early 20th century, the Cold War, the post-Cold War era, and the post-September 11, 2001 period. Over the course of the class students will probe the nuts-and-bolts of the UN system (including a review of major organs and specialized agencies), develop their
abilities to analyze UN policies and practices, and connect UN evolution to patterns of change and continuity in international affairs.
Class lectures/seminars meet twice a week, each session will last 3 hours. The class coheres the other components of the core curriculum and class sessions have both lecture and seminar elements. The lectures will build on materials students have read prior to each session. Students are strongly encouraged to
participate in the seminar portions, ask questions as needed, and offer relevant comments. There will also be discussion groups to promote deeper probing and foster debate.
The UNSS class develops a skill set to pursue a career in international affairs, specifically by providing scholarly and practitioner training. Accordingly, students become fluent in academic discourse and versed in analyses as well as learn practice-oriented speaking and writing.
The colloquium series offers rare access to high profile UN officials, and non-governmental organizations personnel who offer candid off-the-record assessments and illuminate the behind-the-scenes workings of the UN system. Each talk spotlights a particular theme and is geared toward showing
how theory informs and interprets practice. The colloquia meet once a week for 2 hours.
2016 UNSS colloquia have not yet been determined.
Below is a list of previous colloquia:
Experience the UN and NYC first hand with visits and tours that connect international affairs and urban issues. Site visits expand on and apply the curriculum; faculty guide students in encountering and unpacking the content and the environment
of sites. Site visits are once a week and, with travel time and sometimes exploring the surrounding neighborhood, often last longer than 2 hours. 2016 UNSS site visits have not yet been determined.
Previous site visits have included:
United Nations Summer Study practicums are group-based consulting projects with an inter-governmental or non-governmental organization. Student teams, with faculty oversight, work with their host organization to define a need and develop a product—the product may be data collection and analysis, website or
social media, policy recommendations, etc. Students gain invaluable professional experience in how international organizations operate, their professional culture, and working collaboratively in a group with strict deadlines. Each team will give a formal presentation of their final project to the client as well as UNSS. Practicum faculty supervisors will set meeting times and time commitment—given the short time frame of UNSS, it is expected that students participating in the practicum will devote at minimum 6-8 hours of work per week to this component. 2016 UNSS practicums have not yet been determined.
Previous UNSS practicums have been with:
Fabiola Berdiel, Director of International Field Programs
Peter J. Hoffman, UNSS Faculty Supervisor and Course Instructor
Jonathan Bach, Associate Professor Global Studies
Michael Cohen, Professor of International Affairs
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs
Peter J. Hoffman, Studley Faculty Fellow
Mark Johnson, Assistant Professor of Practice
Nina L. Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs
Sheba Mukhtar Tejani, Assistant Professor of International Affairs
Home to UN
Headquarters along with country missions from every member state and a vast
array of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, civil society
groups, and research institutes on international affairs, New York City is a hub
of diplomacy, and as a global city it reflects and responds to global issues at
the local level.