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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

Pin: In 2020, Yale Summer Session will convert many New Haven and YSS Programs Abroad courses to remote courses. YSS will continue to offer Yale Summer Online courses. Please use the search tool below to view course offerings. All course times are EDT.

YSS admits students on a rolling basis. As soon as courses are filled, they are closed to further enrollments. For a complete list of closed or canceled courses, please check here.

Studying at Yale gives students a new found appreciation for their academics and forges friendships that will last a lifetime.  Students come to Yale Summer Session to:

  • earn credit toward their major and fulfill requirements for their degree
  • explore a new field or topic
  • focus intensely on one particular subject
  • study with Yale faculty
  • prepare for the challenges of highly selective colleges

Tip: Choosing a Yale Summer Session Course

  • Some courses have pre-requisites.  To enroll, your transcript must show that you have the met the pre-requisite(s).
  • Course numbers do not necessarily indicate the level of the course. If a course has no pre-requisites, it is open to any student.
  • Some courses are not open to high school students. Check course descriptions.
  • There is a two course limit per session

Pin: Course Syllabi

Please note that 2020 syllabi are being uploaded as they become available. 

Use the link below to reference available syllabi, please do not use the links in the course descriptions. 

2020 Course Syllabi

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Auditing is permitted in select online courses only. Please refer to the course descriptions to see in which courses auditing is permitted.

Summer 2020 Courses

Use the search function below to view courses offered online this summer. 

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2020 Dates

Date: Session A:
May 25 - June 26, 2020

Session B:
June 29 - July 31, 2020

 

 

Moralities of Everyday Life

PHIL S152E (CRN: 30161)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The modern science of moral thought and moral action explored through disciplines such as cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and analytic philosophy. Empathy and compassion in babies and young children; emotional reactions to family, friends, and strangers; the origins of prejudice and bigotry; sexuality, disgust, and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; the relationship between morality and religion. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 – June 26 and Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

The Philosophy and Cognitive Science of Consciousness

PHIL S165 (CRN: 30103)

Online Course. Conscious experience is at once both completely familiar and utterly mysterious: how is it that electrical activity in a lump of grey matter – the brain – gives rise to the Technicolor phenomenology of our conscious experience? If human beings are just biological machines, then how is it possible that we have a subjective point of view on the world? Why are we not just mindless robots, that produce behavior in light of stimulations from the environment, but lack any inner awareness or consciousness? In this class we will read, and bring together in conversation, cutting edge work from philosophy, psychology, and the neurosciences on the nature of consciousness. No background in philosophy or cognitive science is expected. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 28 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Ethics

PHIL S175 (CRN: 30105)

Online Course. Introduction to the field of ethics. Topics include what morality requires of us, where moral requirements come from, and why be moral at all. Attention to theories associated with John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, and Aristotle. Some consideration of how ethical theory can be applied to perplexing questions in society and in our personal lives. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Philosophy of Technology

PHIL S183 (CRN: 30106)

Online Course. In-depth introduction to the ethics of technology. What should a self-driving car do in a crash when every likely outcome leads to the death of some number of innocent people? Should we use virtual reality or chemicals to make us feel happy? Is it ethical to use social media to call out bad behavior? Who’s responsible when a drone kills a civilian? Does playing violent video games make us bad people? Can an algorithm be racist? We will apply classic debates in applied ethics to case studies in technology, learning how to apply philosophical argument to questions about our ethical obligations, the nature of being human, and what it means to lead a good life. Topics include moral dilemmas and self-driving cars, bio-medical and genetic enhancement, punishment and online shaming, social media and friendship, responsibility and autonomous weapons, social equality and AI. No previous experience of philosophy or technology studies expected.1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Science of Modern Technology and Public Policy

PHYS S100 (CRN: 30012)

Course closed to further enrollments. Online Course. Examination of the science behind selected advances in modern technology and implications for public policy, with focus on the scientific and contextual basis of each advance. Topics are developed by the participants with the instructor and with guest lecturers, and may include nanotechnology, quantum computation and cryptography, renewable energy technologies, optical systems for communication and medical diagnostics, transistors, satellite imaging and global positioning systems, large-scale immunization, and DNA made to order. Intended for non-science majors. Enrollment limited to 18 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Movie Physics

PHYS S101E (CRN: 30149)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A critical evaluation of Hollywood action movies, using the laws of physics and Fermi-type estimation techniques to distinguish between fictional and real movie physics. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Energy, Technology and Society

PHYS S120 (CRN: 30015)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Seminar that covers the technology, use, and impact of energy on the environment, climate, security, and the economy. Emphasis on what drives people's choices and the effects of those choices. Tours of energy facilities on the Yale campus. Prerequisite: a strong background in high school physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Enrollment limited to 24 students. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

General Physics Laboratory

PHYS S165 (CRN: 30270)

Online Course. A large variety of laboratory experiments, coordinated with the lecture course PHYS S180, and designed to illustrate the physical principles developed in the lectures. For college students and beyond only. 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $2,175. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

General Physics Laboratory

PHYS S166 (CRN: 30271)

Online Course. A large variety of laboratory experiments, coordinated with the lecture course PHYS S181, and designed to illustrate the physical principles developed in the lectures. For college students and beyond only. 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $2,175. Session B: June 29-July 31. (View syllabus)

University Physics

PHYS S180 (CRN: 30272)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A broad introduction to classical and modern physics for students who have some previous preparation in physics and mathematics. Covers Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, waves, and thermodynamics. Calculus at the level of MATH 112 is a prerequisite. May be taken concurrently with MATH 115 and 120 or equivalents.  May not be taken for credit after PHYS 150, 151, 170, 171. For college students and beyond only. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.  (View syllabus)

University Physics

PHYS S181 (CRN: 30273)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A broad introduction to classical and modern physics for students who have some previous preparation in physics and mathematics. Covers Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, waves, and thermodynamics. Calculus at the level of MATH 112 is a prerequisite. May be taken concurrently with MATH 115 and 120 or equivalents.  May not be taken for credit after PHYS 150, 151, 170, 171. For college students and beyond only. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Session B: June 29 - July 31.  (View syllabus)

Introduction to International Relations

PLSC S111E (CRN: 30246)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Survey of key debates and concepts in international relations. Exploration of historical and contemporary issues using Western and non-Western cases and evidence. Topics include the rise of states; causes, conduct, and outcomes of wars; the emergence of new actors and forms of conflict; and evolution of global economy. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

The Balance of Power: Theory and Practice

PLSC S126 (CRN: 30111)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Explores the evolution of the international balance of power since the outset of the twentieth century. The causes and conduct of World Wars I and II and the Cold War, as well as the evolution of international politics since the demise of the Soviet Union. Emphasis is both analytical and historical. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

International Human Rights and Politics

PLSC S167 (CRN: 30118)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. International human rights organizations and their implications for international politics. The role of human rights institutions in affording remedies to victims of state abuse. The emergence and exercise of international human rights law, including its nature, mechanisms, and logic. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31.  (View syllabus)

The Politics of Crime and Punishment in American Cities

PLSC S200 (CRN: 30113)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. This course explores the relationship between politics and crime and punishment. We review literature focused on political behavior and political institutions to better understand the phenomena we hear about in the news from sentencing algorithms, to felon (dis)enfranchisement, to stop-and-frisk, and police use of force. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

First Amendment and the Ethics of Law

PLSC S228 (CRN: 30114)

Online Course. This course addresses the First Amendment and freedom of speech, focusing on the ethical implications of restrictions on free speech, as well as the exercise of free speech. Course topics and discussions include the “fighting words” doctrine, hate speech, true threats, content regulated speech, freedom of speech and the internet, and the so-called “right to be forgotten.” By the end of the course, students recognize the role free speech plays in society, including its negative and positive impacts on various segments of society. Students also have an understanding of the competing interests arising from the First Amendment’s right to free speech, and can analyze how these competing interests are weighed and measured in the United States as compared with other countries. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Reading the Constitution

PLSC S258E (CRN: 30150)

Online Course. Intensive introduction to the written Constitution, revolving tightly around two books authored by the instructor--America's Constitution: A Biography (2005) and America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (2012). Provides detailed knowledge of America's written Constitution and considers various techniques of constitutional interpretation. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. 

Disinformation and Democracy

PLSC S270E (CRN: 30142)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. This course explores the evolution of information warfare as a national security threat to the United States. Beginning with the KGB’s use of “active measures” during the Cold War, the course looks at how propaganda and disinformation campaigns became central to the Putin regime and how social media has facilitated their expansion and impact. Using Russia’s efforts in the 2016 election as an example, students will examine how the First Amendment places limitations on the U.S.’s ability to counter such operations in the United States and explore how strengthening critical thinking and American social capital might be effective prophylactics against these efforts. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26.  (View syllabus)

Introduction to Psychology

PSYC S110E (CRN: 30151)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A survey of major psychological approaches to the biological, cognitive, social, and emotional bases of behavior. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Attraction and Relationships

PSYC S126 (CRN: 30121)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Theory and empirical research on the antecedents and consequences of attraction, and on intra- and interpersonal processes that either facilitate or interfere with the formation and maintenance of close relationships. Methodological bases for rigorous study of these topics. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

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