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Northeastern University Global Engagement Program

Welcome

New College of the Humanities is excited to be the location for the first year of Northeastern’s innovative Global Engagement Program.

Founded in 2012, with the aim of providing the highest quality of education in the humanities and social sciences, New College of the Humanities has established itself as a prestigious, university-level college based in the heart of London. Small by design, we offer a unique and broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum, with a strong interdisciplinary ethos and a passion for understanding the complexities of the world.

London is a wonderful location for studying Business, and NCH is a stimulating place to do so. We are located in one of the most exciting commercial cities in the world, and our approach to Business is as multifaceted as London itself. We give consideration to every stage of a Business student’s career, to not only enable the start of a career, but also help create the skills for its satisfactory continuation.

Early-career success typically relies on technical skills, such as financial reporting or computer programming, together with the mental flexibility to work with different types of tasks. Advancing in a business career benefits from being able to link technical work into the wider world and communicate effectively: these skills are enhanced through the detailed study of economics and writing. Understanding the human implications of doing business is increasingly important later in a career: senior executives frequently make decisions involving ethical dilemmas and are required to understand different historical and cultural contexts.

The Global Engagement Program teaches you the business skills you need for a rewarding career. Spending a year in a Humanities college also helps develop an appreciation of the human experience. Employees, suppliers, and shareholders are not just business associates, but people with personal, philosophical, and psychological needs. A multidisciplinary environment, such as NCH, helps foster the important habit of looking at business decisions in creative ways.

 

Year One Courses - Understanding Global Social Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Ethics

In your first year of the Global Engagement Program at NCH you will study the following courses:

Principles of Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) (ECON1115 AND ECON1116)

The media is increasingly dominated by news on trade agreements and economic integration, income and wealth inequality, and economic prosperity. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the basic economic forces and their socio-political impact in order to make sense of today’s world. This course will offer you a broad overview of economic theory and will introduce you to fundamental concepts that will help you not only to recognise the principles of current affairs, but to form a qualified opinion about economic institutions and their impact on our lives.

In Microeconomics, you will study the individual motivation and choices of economic actors. We will examine how firms set prices in relation to consumer preferences. Why is a diamond, a non-essential trinket, traded at a multitude of the price of water, the essence of life? How many firms are required to create a competitive market? In Macroeconomics, we will investigate the role of the state and its impact on economic growth and stability. Why has a tax relief a lower positive impact on economic performance than a proportional increase in government spending? Who controls the amount of money and why does increased inflation only temporarily boost employment? We will study all these questions and many more in Principles of Economics.

Financial accounting and reporting (ACCT1201)

This course covers the basic concepts underlying financial statements and the accounting principles followed in the preparation of the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows. It offers students an opportunity to become familiar with accounting terminology and methods designed to enable them to interpret, analyze, and evaluate published corporate financial reports. Wherever appropriate, the course relates current economic, business, and global events to accounting issues. The course analyzes how financial reporting concepts affect the behavior of investors, creditors, and other external users, and emphasizes the importance of ethics in financial reporting.

Introduction to Business (BUSN1101)

This course blends theoretical principles with real-life application. It introduces the fundamentals of launching, growing, and managing a business venture in today’s dynamic and increasingly global environment. The course examines concepts within multiple academic disciplines and from multiple perspectives—including marketing, technology, finance, accounting, information systems, people, and culture—and then applies them to new ventures within varied types of organizations. It offers students an opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial skill set and mind-set through the development of the critical thinking, innovative decision making, problem solving, and team building needed for any business, large or small.

Cultures of London Abroad (INSH1600)

Offers students in London an opportunity to learn about and interact with visual art and architecture and literary representations of the city. Examines how different peoples and different art forms have helped to shape the culture of this multicultural city over a span of some 400 years (from the Renaissance to contemporary London). Students read poetry, prose, and drama; attend theatrical events; and explore the city through walking tours and visits to historic sites. Seeks to develop familiarity with the critical, historical, and theoretical tools necessary to understand how imperial and colonial histories have shaped the cultures of London and the experiences of its citizens of diverse races, ethnicities, and regional or national identities.

First-Year Writing (ENGW1111)

This course offers students the opportunity to study and practice writing in a workshop setting. Students read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; learn to conduct research using primary and secondary sources; explore how writing functions in a range of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Throughout the course, students give and receive feedback, revise their work, and reflect on their growth as writers.

Programming with Data (DS2000/2001)

This course introduces programming for data and information science through case studies in business, sports, education, social science, economics, and the natural world. It presents key concepts in programming, data structures, and data analysis through Python and Excel, and integrates the use of data analytics libraries and tools. The course surveys techniques for acquiring and programmatically integrating data from different sources. It explains the data analytics pipeline and how to apply programming at each stage. It discusses the programmatic retrieval of data from application programming interfaces (APIs) and from databases. It introduces predictive analytics for forecasting and classification and demonstrates the limitations of statistical techniques. No prior programming experience is assumed; therefore, this course is suitable for students with little or no computer science background.

Technology and Human Values (PHIL1145)

This course studies philosophy of technology, as well as ethics and modern technology. It considers the relationship between technology and humanity, the social dimensions of technology, and ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. The course discusses emerging technologies such as biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology, and virtual reality.