Liberal Studies at New York University is seeking part-time instructors to teach Social Foundations II in Spring 2020, in the Liberal Studies Core.
Liberal Studies provides a unique interdisciplinary educational experience to undergraduate students. The Liberal Studies Core consists of a two-year interdisciplinary global curriculum drawing on great works across civilizations. The Global Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts, one of NYU's premier liberal arts degrees, builds on the global core with an upper division interdisciplinary set of concentrations that direct students toward different areas of global study.
Social Foundations II
Social Foundations II spans a thousand years, from the rise of Islam and the reunification of China under the Tang dynasty (in the 7th century C.E.) through the Scientific Revolution and the decline of the Mogul empire in India. This course invites students to consider great ideas that have often helped earlier peoples organize their lives--but which have also set them in conflict, sometimes with other communities, sometimes among themselves. Such ideas have sparked movements for ethical and social reform, for conquest, for the recovery of lost classics, and for religious renewal.
Vast new empires appear during this period, but so do challenges to their rule. Religious conflicts lead to civil war, and modern science emerges as a challenge to traditional beliefs. Throughout, different conceptions of human nature emerge and collide. Oppression gives rise to new movements for greater equality and individual rights, and bitter struggles for power lead to the creation of large new colonial empires, whose effects linger to the present day. In addition, the world's different civilizations come into increasing contact through exploration and trade. Students are expected to consider these ideas and developments critically, with an eye to their philosophical, political, and historical significance; and they are encouraged to explore the ways in which texts that have often been read in exclusively Western contexts yield new meaning when placed in non-Western settings.
Students are expected to produce at least 3000 words of finished writing, to complete a midterm and final exam, and to participate actively in class discussion. The course meets twice weekly, for 75 minutes per class session.
Liberal Studies offers a global liberal arts curriculum at sites around the globe in the context of a leading research university. We seek scholar/educators of the highest caliber whose work reflects an interest in global diversity. Liberal Studies strongly encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the Arts & Science commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion, please read here: http://as.nyu.edu/departments/facultydiversity.html
Minimum qualifications: a Ph.D. in History, Political Science, Philosophy, or a related Humanities field to be awarded by the date of appointment; a minimum of one year of college-level teaching experience; and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Candidates must embrace interdisciplinary, intersectional, and global perspectives.
Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. Interviews to commence as soon as possible.
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