Looking to have a global experience that challenges your thinking and takes you to new places? Look no further than GEO’s 2020 Virtual Dialogue of Civilizations! Choose from any of the following intensive 4-5 week courses in order to fulfill your degree requirements and have an immersive digital experience. These aren’t your average summer courses. Explore global ideas and systems, engage with cross-cultural perspectives, and investigate how diverse communities are tackling timely issues. Cultivate your global mindset this summer with Dialogue of Civilizations faculty and the Global Experience Office. 

To register for these classes:

  • Search MyNortheastern or the Course Scheduler by CRN, title, or “Faculty-Led Study Abroad”
  • Register for the course(s)
  • Some 2-Course Dialogues are intended to be taken together and/or require instructor permission

Space is limited! Register now to secure your spot.


If you would like to withdraw from a Virtual Dialogue of Civilizations course, you must fill out the Withdrawal Form linked here, in addition to withdrawing in banner.

Click here for .Summer I Withdrawal Dates.

College of Arts, Media & Design

Barcelona: Art, Architecture and Photography (5/18-6/17)

This course offers a study of architecture, art and urban history of Spain and its European context. Online sessions include lectures, discussions, individualized tutorials and guest talks about the most significant sites in the history of architecture, art, and urban development. This course encourages students to discover problems and aspects in Spanish society, culture and art, working on a research project under the guidance and supervision of the faculty.

This course offers a study of basic photography and digital media in a contemporary context. Online sessions include introduction to digital photography, lectures, discussions, and critiques focusing on the effects and roles of photography in the digital age and how photography is digested on a digital platform. This course consists of daily assignments and critiques to understand the medium of photography, guest talks, and discussions around the medium itself under the guidance and supervision of the faculty.

College of Engineering

Climate Science, Engineering, and Policy (5/26-6/26)

2020 Online Climate Change Dialogue (Ganguly)

The Climate Scence, Engineering, and Policy “Dialogue of Civilizations” program, offered online this year owing to the Covid-19 situation, will feature revitalized versions of both courses. The program will follow our schedule and will be offered from May 26 to June 26. Students from all years and all majors are encouraged. The first course, CIVE 4777, will focus this year on interdisciplinary perspectives in climate change and a solution-centric approach, specifically, AI-based entrepreneurships for developing climate resilience. The students will work in groups to develop startup ideas which can be pitched to ventures and seed funds. Our experience with SDS Lab startup risQ (see here and here and here) will be leveraged. The second course, CIVE 4778, will focus this year on developing best practices in climate and disaster resilience, based on lessons learned from across the world. Ranging from technological and nature inspired solutions from world leaders in resilience to lessons in frugal innovation from emerging countries, the course will cover a range of geographies, economies and functions. Our prior work in these areas (see here and here and here) will be leveraged. The courses will be developed in a way such that students with a diversity of majors from across colleges can contribute and learn from the experience, reflecting the nature of climate challenges in the real world. Lessons learned beyond climate resilience to robustness and recovery of systems subject to a wide range of crises and disasters will be considered. While the desire is that the courses will be offered as a bundle via a single program, if students have a need and a strong desire to take just one of the courses, they are encouraged to contact the instructor Prof. Auroop Ganguly.

Technical Innovation and Product Prototyping (5/3-6/5)

Classes will be taught synchronously M, T, W, Th 9-11 am and 1-3 pm (subject to change).

Customer-Driven Technical Innovation- Silicon Valley

Studies the role of engineering innovation in addressing customer needs in early start-ups and the need to conceive successful innovative engineering design as part of a commercialization strategy. Emphasizes understanding how engineering innovation can meet real technical market needs and how to gather the necessary, relevant technical information early in the innovation process to produce a successful engineering design. Uses a series of practical engineering design projects to demonstrate how students can assess the technical capabilities of the start-up in producing an innovative design, how to communicate with customers in an iterative engineering design process and how to correspondingly design and innovate to meet customer technical requirements. Taught online.

Introduction to Product Prototyping – Silicon Valley

Seeks to develop in-depth knowledge and experience in prototyping by focusing on engineering processes and instrumentation that are used in different industries. Studies the prototyping cycle, from initial process flow and sketching to prototype development to testing and analysis, with an emphasis on iteration. Analyzes how different kinds of engineering prototypes can address design and user-interface needs versus functional needs, such as looks-like and works-like prototypes. Offers students an opportunity to obtain operating knowledge of methods including 3D printing, SolidWorks, off-the-shelf hardware-software interfaces, simulation, embedded systems, product testing, prototype analysis, and prototype iteration. Taught online.

Sustainable Energy in 21st Century Brazil (5/4 – 6/10)

CHME 2308 Syllabus Summer 1 2020

GE3300 Syllabus 2020 Pfluger

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Ireland, Literature, and Film (5/11-6/5) 

The course explores Irish writers from the nineteenth century through the present, emphasizing their relevance to issues facing young people in Ireland today. Examining the formal structure of Irish writing as well as Ireland’s historical and political discourses, students will discover how Irish writing has both shaped and been shaped by the country’s vibrant traditions. While the course cannot travel to Ireland this term, it still offers an opportunity to engage with living Irish writers and publishers. Asking “what does it mean to be an Irish writer today?” award-winning authors will offer guidance on successful writing. The syllabus explores the most prominent Irish authors from Wilde, Joyce, and Yeats to Kate O’Brien, Colm Tóibín, Anne Enright, Paul Murray, Kevin Barry, Sarah Baume, and Sally Rooney. The course coordinates its readings with Film and Text Abroad and the two courses will cover complementary themes and histories. Both courses are designed to help students experience Ireland in ways beyond a typical online courses: in addition to speakers and video conferences, students will be guided on virtual tours of Irish artifacts, museums, and historical and scenic sites. Emphasizing shared experience, we will arrange for our students to interact online with Irish people of their own age to exchange the anxieties and hopes that arise from our shared global moment.

This course offers students a rich exposure to Irish film and television, both classic works by filmmakers such as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan and contemporary works by directors such as Lenny Abrahamson and John Butler. Irish TV is having a moment of global fame with the series Derry Girls and The Young Offenders; students will study these in relation to Irish history and culture. Students will have the chance to interact with directors, actors, writers, and musicians to learn how Irish media culture is produced. The course coordinates its screenings with Irish Literary Culture Abroad and the two courses will cover similar themes and histories. Both courses work to help students experience Ireland in ways beyond a typical online course. They offer speakers and video conferences, virtual tours of key sites, and help students to interact with Irish people experiencing our shared global moment. Emphasizing shared experience, we will arrange for our students to interact online with Irish people of their own age to exchange the anxieties and hopes that arise from our shared global moment.

The Twenty-First Century City: Tokyo and Kyoto (5/3-6/1) 

Jordan, Egypt and the Middle East: Pre- and Post-Arab Uprisings and the Syrian Refugee Crisis  (5/2-6/7) 

M, Tu, and Thurs: 10:30-11:45 am & 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Fri: 10:30 – 11:45 am
(no Wednesday classes; reserved for online viewings of films + podcasts)
Additional synchronous times will be scheduled.

This course is an interdisciplinary Middle East studies course, covering the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Western Colonialism in the region, Arab Nationalisms, as well as current political, social, and economic issues. The assignments draw upon Arabic novels (English translations), personal narratives, films, documentaries, podcasts, and other online resources – including video conferencing dialogues with Jordanians, Palestinians, Egyptians, and others in Amman and Cairo.

This course focuses on Middle East politics, with special attention on the Arab Uprisings, the Syrian civil war and resulting Refugee crisis, the Arab-Israeli Conflict (and Jordan’s and Egypt’s roles in that conflict), inter-Arab politics (and Arab-Turkish-Iranian-Israeli regional politics), and US foreign policy in the Middle East.

D’Amore McKim School of Business

Entrepreneurship and Global Consulting in Israel (First half 5/4-5/18. Second half 5/18-5/31)

International Entrepreneurship and Innovation : Covers, from an international perspective, entrepreneurial opportunity identification and evaluation; market analysis and intelligence; joint venture and partnerships; agents, value-added resellers, and representatives; regulations, laws, and customs; regional and cultural issues; financing foreign ventures; and choice of domestic and international legal entities. Offers students an opportunity to understand the complexities faced by entrepreneurs doing business in a global environment and to obtain the knowledge that helps them to successfully cope with that environment. Focuses on and emphasizes the perspective of the entrepreneur but also canvases the role of the entrepreneur as an innovator and the innovation process in the international context.

Management Consulting Abroad : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) NUpath Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience (EX) NUPath) Offers an intensive field consulting program with local ventures in different countries. Designed to have students experience first-hand the challenges that entrepreneurs confront internationalizing products and services as well as core product management issues. Students have an opportunity to work in cross-culture consulting teams with local students from partner universities. Projects vary widely, but typically involve assessment of current product line and services strategy, marketing approaches, and how these must be adapted for foreign markets, including the U.S. This is a field consulting course with heavy client engagement, requiring detail written and oral communications for the client.

Exploring Design Thinking & Business Models (5/4-6/3) 


Honors Storytelling, Landscape & Contested Identities (5/27-6/28) 

HONR 3309 Course Descriptions 1 & 2 4

Ireland’s Storytelling Culture (with a Boston community-based storytelling Intro); Attributes: Honors, NUPath Difference/Diversity (DD), Interpreting Culture (IC); Description: In Course One we will look at the role of storytelling in the development of voice, agency and community. We will do this by first observing storytelling efforts in Boston, aimed at helping people transform difficult lived experiences into their voice and agency as community leaders. From there we will virtually travel to Ireland to look at the role of storytelling there, from the ancient indigenous to contemporary Irish culture and society. By closely observing the ancient myths—as well as the story told in landscape, in stone structures, and in tribal social and spiritual practices—we will develop a lens for reading later historical events and cultural dynamics from colonization through the Easter Rising of 1916 (often called “the poets’ revolution”), partition, the Troubles, and the current “post-conflict” period. In this module we will encounter poets, artists, activists and revolutionaries who play a central role in the historic life of this island. And we will virtually meet today’s makers of culture and history, all of whom are steeped in the storytelling tradition of this place.

This course will use Zoom to virtually bring students from Boston communities to Dublin, and onward to the ancient Northwest of Ireland, meeting many powerful voices along the way. We will end up in Derry as we finish Course One, finding ourselves at the outset of the 30-year conflict known as “The Troubles.”

As we study the fraught political divisions forged by British colonization of this island, we will pay special attention to the narratives of all. We will do so with an eye for stories that exist at the intersection of justice and healing. We will get an in-depth look at what telling one’s story does for the individual telling it, as well for the community impacted by the telling. And we will look at the outward rippling effects that story can have on community change.

In what way does personal testimony contribute to a “de-colonization” for a historically marginalized people, whose stories are often told or interpreted by those of more privilege and power? We will examine this question for the Irish and discuss some global (and Boston) parallels. We will look at both top-down “Master Narratives” as well as the notion of bottom-up “people’s history,” and the role of each in wither maintaining or challenging power.

ourse Two will bring us from Derry to Belfast, North of Ireland, where we will study the larger history of “the Troubles,” and the competing narratives of both the war and the ongoing peace process (recently complicated by Brexit). We will place emphasis not only on the war and its competing narratives between Loyalist paramilitaries and Republican paramilitaries but also on the role of the most significant player: the colonial British state. We will look at the period’s “Master Narrative” constructed by the British state, as well as counter narratives being told today by victims of British state collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries. We will virtually meet, and hear the stories of, major players in the republican movement, including 1981 hunger strikers, political representatives, and peace builders in the lead up to the 1994 Ceasefire and 1998 Good Friday Agreement. We will also virtually meet, and hear the stories of, Unionist (pro British Union) political representatives and community activists with Loyalist affiliation. We will examine the false narrative of the Troubles and the larger centuries-old struggle on this island as “a religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics.” We will look at that multiplicity of identities and narratives (rather than the false binaries of Catholic-Protestant, Republican-Loyalist) and examine what purpose these simplified binary narratives might have served vis a vis power/hegemony and the role of the British state.

Most crucial to the ongoing peace-building in the North of Ireland, we will hear the stories of victims and survivors of The Troubles and meet with activists and lawyers pursuing truth inquiries and advocating for a larger Truth and Reconciliation process that is both Independent and Internationally monitored.

To balance the intensity of the narratives of the Troubles, we will explore Irish notions of craic (fun) and the role of the story (and humor!) in resilience from trauma. We will take well deserved virtual excursions from the ancient bog landscapes of the Gaeltacht West (Irish Gaelic speaking west of Ireland) to the spectacular Glens of Antrim, and to lush green hills and valleys of South Armagh. We will look at landscape as narrative (whether some of the actual landscape settings in the mythologies we will have learned in Course One, or in terms of our general “reading” of landscape and place for the semiotics of power, violence and healing). And we will explore the role of arts, culture and the native Irish language in the resilience and rebirth of a post-conflict North of Ireland.

These two combined courses will be a dynamic and interactive online journey through Ireland, with an emphasis on the ancient northern province of Ulster, with some relevant stops along the way. We will utilize video/film, virtual tours, and live sessions with poets, playwrights, artists, activists, storytellers, and musicians. And we will have lively seminar discussions and break-out groups on Zoom.

College of Arts, Media and Design

English Culture and Documentary Filmmaking (5/11-6/12) 

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the history of Britain as it is represented in museums, archives, and historical landmarks. We will introduce students to questions about British culture by investigating how the monarchy, politics, and class differences have shaped people’s experience in both the past and present, as well as, how historical documents, artifacts, and landmarks are displayed to define the country and its people as a whole.

Through a series of lectures, readings, and documentaries students will be able to describe how cultural heritage, national identity, and British history is preserved through artifacts and the stories told by leading historians.  By taking a cultural theoretical approach we will look at the various ways in which artifacts are displayed and stories are told about British history to give us a sense of connection to the past.  We will look at the various mediums such as museums, archives, and historical landmarks to further examine how cultural heritage has become a commodity to sell and purchase, ideas of objectivity, and how these concepts shape public memory and ones’ understanding of historical events.

Cuba y La Fotografia (5/4-6/3)

Graphic Design, Photography, and Typography in Switzerland (5/8-6/13) 

D’Amore McKim School of Business

International Business, Art & Culture in Lithuania & Germany (5/4-6/5) 

College of Social Sciences and Humanities 

Spain: Spanish Language and Culture – Pamplona, Bilbao, Burgos (5/11-6/8) 

College of Engineering

Chinese Multifunctional Materials and Technologies and the Origins of Magnetism (5/11-612)