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The purpose of the description is to give students an idea of what they will learn, how they will learn it, and how they will be graded. Short descriptions of all HKS courses are published on line on the internet. See below for information that should be included. The best way to see what makes a good course description is to read through several on the Catalog Pages. It’s also appropriate to ask colleagues to critique your description if you wish.
In choosing the semester for a new course, the instructor should consider sequencing (if the course has prerequisites), the audience, competing electives, space, or time of day availability. The Director of Academic Affairs Planning, or others knowledgeable about enrollment data, can advise faculty but ultimately the semester or module period the course is offered must be approved by the Area Chair and the Academic Dean.
Using “Permission of the Instructor” must be approved by both the Area Chair and the Academic Dean. This is generally acceptable if the course in question is an integral part of a particular degree program and the instructor wishes to exercise discretion in admitting students who are not part of that program. Permission of Instructor is also permissible when deciding whether to admit non-HKS students. Note, however, that the university in general is opposed to raising “barriers to trade” between different schools. It is not acceptable to use Permission of Instructor as a device to limit enrollment, or to “cherry pick” among different students. If the course is jointly listed and taught at the Kennedy School it must conform to Kennedy School standards regarding Permission of Instructor (approval from both the HKS Area Chair and the HKS Academic Dean).
The Kennedy School curriculum consists of about 220 courses of assorted types; the critical credit and format information appears in the table below. Click on the course type for additional information.
|Course Type||Credit||Course Length||When It Meets||Typical # of Meetings||Class Length||Grading Scale|
|Standard||1.0||1 Semester||F or S||2 Per Week; 24-26 Meetings||1.5 Hrs||A - E|
|0.5||0.5 Semester||Fall Pd 1,2 or Spring Pd 3, 4||2 Per Week; 12-13 Meetings||1.5 Hrs||A - E|
|1.0||2 Semesters||Yearlong||1 Per Week**||2 to 2.5 Hrs||A - E|
|1.0||1 Semester||F or S||1 Per Week; 12-13 Per Semester||2 Hrs||A - E|
|January Courses|| |
|January||January||18-19.6 Hours for 0.5 Credit; 36-39 Hours for 1.0 Credit||4-8 Hrs||A - E|
|Reading and Research||1.0||1 Semester||By Appointment with Instructor||NA||Sat/Unsa|
|Jointly Listed*||1.0||1 Semester||F or S||2 Per Week; 24-26 Meetings||1 to 1.5 Hrs||A - E***|
*Jointly listed modules are very rare but not unheard of.
**Some seminars meet alternate weeks only; others meet weekly but conclude early in the spring semester. Total meeting hours are usually roughly equivalent to a 1 credit course.
***The grading system for a jointly listed course is that of the school where the course physically takes place. Most Harvard schools us A-E; HBS is an exception.
The grading system honors the system of the school in which the course physically takes place. HKS students must always receive a letter grade if this is an option. If this is not an option they receive the non letter grade used by the host school. For credit equivalencies see the Student Handbook(links to PDF).
Standard semester length for a HKS course. The semester is normally 13 to 14 weeks long; a module generally 6-7 weeks long. Faculty are expected to be present through the last possible class meeting date in the fall or spring semester.
The standard HKS course meets twice a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday), 1.5 hours each time, for a total of three hours per week for the full semester. Satisfactory completion earns one credit toward a degree. Course format is considered part of the course design, and is included in the course approval process. Major changes in course format must be approved by the Course Area Chair.
A module is a course that meets for one half of a semester in one of the four designated module periods; satisfactory completion earns 0.5 credits toward a degree. Module Periods 1 and 2 are in the fall semester, 3 and 4 in the spring semester. Depending on the calendar, each module is six or seven weeks long. Modules customarily meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each time. A module may not be stretched out over a semester, nor may it be reduced to a shorter but more intense period within a standard module period.
Two hour seminars meet once a week for a full semester; they earn one course credit. The class is normally small (25 students or less). They are called seminars because the instructor has chosen to run them on that basis, usually to facilitate student discussion of assigned reading or student work in process. Approval of the Course Area Chair and the Academic Dean for this format is required. (Note: three hour seminars are generally not an option. Also, note that the traditional yearlong Harvard seminar meeting for two hours on alternate weeks throughout the year, yielding a major research paper, is not a standard Kennedy School format and exceedingly rare. If offered the student earns 1.0 credit.)
Courses meeting once a week for three hours are rarely permitted, and then only when the instructor’s primary affiliation is outside of Cambridge. These courses must be approved by the Course Area Chair and the Academic Dean. Three-hour classes disrupt the course schedule by creating course conflicts for students and room assignments; hence they are scheduled only on Fridays after 1:00 p.m.
Most of the HKS “Y” courses are seminars that support the writing of the required PAEs (Policy Analysis Exercises) and SYPAs (Second Year Policy Analyses) for MPPs and MPAIDs respectively. (Course numbers for these seminars are shown below). Year long courses that do not fall into these two categories are extremely rare. The written products for PAEs and SYPAs are the HKS equivalent of a master’s thesis, wherein students analyze an actual problem in a particular policy area and provide recommendations for addressing it. During the fall semester the seminars typically meet every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. After the Winter break most of them meet less frequently, as students dig in for serious research, analysis, and writing. The whole process – seminar plus paper – earns one course credit toward the degree.
BGP-150Y: Business and Government Policy
DPI-150Y: Democracy, Politics and Institutions
IGA-150Y: International and Global Affairs
ITF-150Y: Internatioal Trade and Finance
PED-150Y: Political and Economic Development
SUP-150Y: Social and Urban Policy
MPA/ID students in their second year right the Second Year Policy Analysis paper. This paper is developed in the course numbered PED-250Y, which is taught in several sections.
RAR courses are independent research courses offered at the discretion of a faculty member, who may accept or reject a student’s request to supervise an RAR. The usual product of an RAR is a major research paper 25-30 pages in length.
Students fill out and file with the Office of the Registrar an RAR petition, a contract between the student and the faculty member outlining the work the student must accomplish to receive a grade. RAR courses are graded pass/fail only (the actual grades are SAT and UNSAT) and customarily earn 1 credit. RAR contracts are identified by the faculty member’s 3-digit RAR number, which may be obtained from the Registar’s Office. The course number that appears on the student’s transcript will be of the form RAR-039. All RARs supervised by the same faculty member, even though they are with different students, receive the same RAR number. Normally the Kennedy School does not offer group RARs; each RAR is an individual contract with the individual student.
Restrictions: A student may not be paid for the research associated with an RAR, nor may it be carried out for the benefit of a particular organization.
Who may supervise an RAR. RARs may be supervised only by a faculty member who holds an appointment as Lecturer or as Assistant , Associate, or full Professor. All others must obtain permission to supervise an RAR from the appropriate LINK Course Area Char and the Associate Academic Dean.
For additional information visit the Office of the Registrar for our Reading and Research Policy.
The Kennedy School has offers a handful of intensive, for-credit courses and other non-credit activities in January (for 1.0 or 0.5 credit). January courses meet for several hours a day, five or even six days a week. Faculty interested in offering a January course should consult with the relevant Course Area Chair and the Academic Dean.
A jointly listed course is one that has both a Kennedy School course number and a course number in one or more of the other Harvard schools. The course may be co-taught by instructors from the participating schools or by an instructor from one school only. It is taught to all of the students who have registered for it, whichever number they have used, in the same classroom at the same time. It may meet at the Kennedy School or elsewhere. Almost all of the jointly listed courses are 1-credit courses.
Microeconomic Theory II is offered by HKS as API-112, by the Economics Department as Econ 2020b, and by the Business School as HBS 4011.
Jointly listed courses should not be confused with "cross registration". A course appearing in the course offerings of more than one school is jointly listed. A student from another school, “crossing” the Harvard campus to register for a Kennedy School course using the HKS course number is a cross registered student.
A request for a joint listing may originate with the Kennedy School or with another Harvard school. (Joint listing with a non Harvard course is not an option.) In either case, it must be approved by the Kennedy School Academic Dean and the relevant HKS Area Chair. The request to jointly list a course goes first to the Course Area Chair for a recommendation and then to the Academic Dean. The request must include a memo or email from the non-Kennedy School department head agreeing to jointly list the course. (This is true whether the faculty member is asking to jointly list a Kennedy School course with another department, or if it's the other department requesting to list one of their courses with the Kennedy School.) Requests are evaluated on the basis of content (especially policy relevance), course level, feasibility (expense, space, student access, etc.), and benefit to the school more broadly (e.g., bringing other student voices to the classroom, strengthening ties to faculty in other schools).
In order to sign the grade sheet for any HKS course, an instructor must have a HKS teaching appointment. This is not a problem when one of the instructors in the joint course is a member of the Kennedy School faculty. When the jointly listed course has only a non-HKS instructor, however, that instructor must be given a HKS faculty appointment. In the Kennedy School, the appointment is a “Category E” appointment, a class of annual appointments that is reserved for this particular use.
In one sense this is little more than a formality; the appointment by the Kennedy School senior faculty is handled by mail. But more broadly it should be understood as a direct measure by which the school maintains control over its own curriculum, and therefore over what it is certifying in awarding a degree.
If the course is held at the Kennedy School, the faculty, the course, and the students enrolled in the course must conform to the HKS guidelines regarding course grading, scheduling, enrollment policies, CA/TF allocations, copyright permissions, course materials, course evaluations, exam schedule, etc. (See below for details.) If the course is held at another school it follows the calendar and administrative rules and regulations of that school.
The faculty member is responsible for conveying and confirming all information that must be exchanged among the participating schools. He or she must be sure that the administrations of all schools that list the joint course have all the relevant details for the course. The faculty member must make sure that the catalog copy has been submitted in both places, that it says the same thing in both places, and that all participating schools understand when and where the course is being taught. In short, the HKS faculty member must not rely on the other schools to convey essential information to or from HKS about these details.
The joint listing process implicitly assumes that neither participating school compensates the other school for the use of faculty time. Exceptions are extremely rare and must be approved in advance by the Academic Dean.
A jointly listed course conforms to the scheduling guidelines of the school in which it meets. Faculty who are negotiating a joint listing should keep this in mind, for the variation in academic schedules (especially in class start/end days, and final exams) across Harvard schools is a problem for Kennedy School students.
A prescribed share of spaces must be held for students registering under the HKS number: half the spaces if the course is jointly listed in the Kennedy School and one other school, a third if listed in the Kennedy School and two other schools, etc. Consult with the Kennedy School Registrar on establishing the number of total spaces.
Course materials for jointly listed courses that meet at the HKS are usually distributed through the Course Materials Office and require compliance with federal copyright regulations. Materials for jointly listed courses held at the other school are distributed through that school’s CMO equivalent. (The CMO does not process materials for non HKS courses taught by HKS faculty at other schools.)
For the purpose of evaluating its courses the HKS does not use evaluation data derived from other schools’ course evaluation forms. All HKS courses must be evaluated using the HKS evaluation questions. This can mean that students in a jointly listed course will have more than one evaluation to complete for the course (one for each course number). Course evaluations for courses held at the Kennedy School are on line. To participate, students registered under the other school’s number must register for a Kennedy School intranet username and password.
The grading system for a jointly listed course follows the system of the school in which the course physically takes place. In most cases all students in the course must be graded on the same scale. Regular courses offered at the Kennedy School award letter grades only; there is no pass/fail option. Only the RAR courses are graded using the pass/fail equivalent, Sat/Unsat. If the joint course meets at another school that offers a choice between pass/fail and a letter grade, Kennedy School students are required to choose the letter grade. If there is no such option they may take the course pass/fail.
There is no master enrollment list for a jointly listed course. Rather, the instructor receives a separate class list from the registrar in each school in which the course is jointly listed. Thus for API-112, the Kennedy School Registrar sends the instructor the names of students who enrolled under the HKS number. The FAS Registrar does the same for those enrolled under the Economics number, and the Business School Registrar for those enrolled under the HBS course number. Faculty who are co-teaching a jointly listed course should settle early on who will have custody of the grade sheets; in most cases it will be the instructor from the school where the class physically meets.
Each school decides how much credit the students registering under its course number will receive. Students registering under the Kennedy School number receive one credit for a semester long course, one-half credit for a module.
The general rules for CAs and TFs in jointly listed courses differ slightly from those for strictly HKS courses. See Assigning CAs and TFs for information on the allocation of CAs and TFs to jointly listed courses.
Course Area Chair approval is required for significant changes in an existing course, including changes in substance, instructors, prerequisites, semester, and meeting format. Faculty wishing to make such changes should submit a written request to the Area Chair detailing the changes.
In early to mid-March faculty are sent copies of the current course descriptions (and biographies) for their courses, along with a Course Information Form (CIF).
Instructors edit the descriptions and return them, along with the CIF, to the Associate Academic Dean's Office. No Area Chair approval is needed unless the changes are substantial. If an existing course is to have a different instructor, the new instructor is sent the course description for editing. Only if a faculty member is teaching a new course does he or she have to start from scratch. For that process, see the Proposing a New Course section above.
Permission of the Course Area Chair and Academic Dean is required to drop a course that has already been scheduled.
Usually a course must have a minimum of five registered students to be offered under the course number. If so few students enroll in a course that the instructor questions even holding the course, he or she needs permission from the Area Chair and Academic Dean to drop the course. Alternatively, the faculty member may choose to sign a Reading and Research (RAR)contract with each of the interested students. Ordinarily the Kennedy School does not offer group RAR courses; each student submits and is graded on a separate contract.
Brackets [ ] around a course title indicate that the course is not currently offered. Bracketing requires the permission of the Area Chair and the Academic Dean. The course description remains in the Catalog Pages only when it is expected that the course will again be offered in the near future. Courses bracketed for two consecutive years are dropped from the Catalog Pages. Many students are here for only one year, and most of the two-year students may take electives only in their second year. Hence the Faculty of Arts and Sciences approach of bracketing in alternate years is inappropriate for the Kennedy School.
Course schedules and classrooms are set by the Coordinator for Teaching Support. For the current year’s schedule, see Course Schedules. During the first ten days of classes the Coordinator works to swap courses to different rooms if necessary to accommodate student enrollments. After the first ten days of classes, when the schedule has settled down, all classroom reservations are handled by the Scheduling Services in the Office of Facilities and Services.
Drafts for the fall and spring schedules are e-mailed to faculty in July for their comment; the final schedules, both fall and spring, go on the Internet on August 1. Because of the complexity of the degree program requirements, course sequencing, the number of faculty teaching, their individual schedules, and space constraints, each year the schedule is crafted from scratch. In creating the course schedule the primary concern is to schedule classes so that students may take them in the appropriate sequence. There are no “regular” time slots for any Kennedy School courses. Faculty should not assume that a course will be scheduled in the same time slot on the same days from year to year.
Fitting 120 or more courses per semester into such a limited number of time slots and an equally limited number of classrooms is a difficult business. Frequently it is suggested that the scheduling be done by computer. However those who have studied it soon abandoned that idea as they became aware of the multiple constraints that would have to be programmed into the software. Moreover, changes from year to year would require annual reprogramming if computerized.
Classes must meet in the following standard time blocks:
|Standard 1.5 Hour Period||Standard 2 Hour Period|
|Starts promptly at||Ends promptly at||Starts promplty at||Ends promptly at|
The standard class meets for 1.5 hours twice a week. Classes do not begin before 8:40 am and generally do not run past 6:00 pm Occasionally classes are scheduled in the evening on a case by case basis. The Kennedy School does not hold weekend classes.
Tuesday classes must end by 4:00 to accommodate various faculty meetings that begin at 4:00 pm Exceptions may be made on Tuesday for part-time, out of town faculty who do not participate in faculty meetings. On Thursdays most classes are over by 4:00 in order to accommodate the PAC seminars (“XXX-150Y” courses) and the MPAID SYPA seminars, which meet Thursdays at 4:10-5:00. These seminars require nearly all of the rooms, so that effectively no other classes may be scheduled Thursday at 4:10 or 4:40 pm.
These may be held only after 4:00 pm. To better utilize the Kennedy School classrooms, two-hour courses are matched (e.g., a course that meets Monday 4:10-6:00 is matched with a course that meets Wednesday at 4:10-6:00 in the same room). Scheduling flexibility is very limited, for any two-hour class conflicts with two 1.5 hour time zones, thereby doubling the substantive course conflicts for students. Faculty should consider these conflicts as well as their own personal preferences for meeting times when requesting a time slot for a course.
Courses meeting once a week for three hours are rarely permitted, and then only when the instructor’s primary affiliation is outside of Cambridge. These courses must be approved by the Course Area Chair and the Academic Dean. Three-hour classes disrupt the course schedule by creating course conflicts for students and room assignments; hence they are scheduled only on Fridays after 1:00 pm.
With few exceptions, classes are not held on Fridays, which are reserved for review sessions.
Click on the Academic Calendar Key Dates for Faculty and Staff to see how many meetings each course has if it meets M/W, T, T/Th, etc. in each semester or module period.
Classes are scheduled to give students time to move between classrooms (especially between 124 Mt. Auburn Street and the main quadrangle). The times listed in the schedule are the exact times classes are to start and end. Students are expected to be seated in the classroom at the start time. Faculty are expected to begin teaching at the start time. Faculty are expected to cease teaching and students are expected to vacate the room precisely at the end time. Failure to vacate the classroom at the end time leads to all subsequent classes backing up.
Faculty should not let their class run over. Even if the start of your class is delayed because the previous class is in overtime, you may not extend your own class to regain the lost time; you must allow the next class to come into the room on schedule. It is your responsibility as a faculty member to end your class on time and to insist that students leave the room promptly. If your after-class discussions occur frequently, establish a regular meeting place for them.
If the class ahead of yours regularly runs over… Dealing with this can be awkward. Try negotiating with the laggard; if this is unsuccessful, consult the Academic Dean.
Once the draft schedule has been approved by faculty the schedule is considered firm. Faculty are expected to be present for all of their class meetings through to the end of the semester. They may not regularly reschedule individual classes to accommodate changes in their own schedules. If, due to extenuating circumstances, faculty need to be absent for more than one class they must inform the Dean. In rescheduling a class missed by a faculty member, he or she must make sure that the rescheduled class does not present a conflict for any of the students in the course, so that all students can attend the makeup class without penalizing their attendance at any of their other courses.
The Course Area Chair and the Academic Dean must approve the switch of a course from the fall semester to the spring, or vice versa.
The Littauer, Belfer, Rubenstein, and Taubman buildings are on the main Kennedy School quadrangle; 124 Mt. Auburn Street is just minutes away. Classroom capacities and descriptions are listed on the Facilities website (HKS log in required). Note that L150 and Wiener are used exclusivley by Executive Education
The HKS Media Services web site features information on each room including photos of the space and a list of the media available.
124 Mt. Auburn: Located across from the Post Office at the corner of Mt. Auburn and University Rd. Entering from the Mt. Auburn entrance, Suite 100 is the first suite on the left; use the double doors to get to the classroom, Room 106. Suite 160 is located past the atrium. At the end of the long hallway turn right; Suite 160 is the first door on the left; the classroom is Room 105. Access to classrooms at 124 Mt. Auburn ends at 6:00 pm.
Classroom reservations are handled differently depending on where we are in the semester. Prior to the semester and through the first ten days of the semester all classroom reservations must go through the Coordinator for Teaching Support. After the first ten days of the semester all reservations go directly through the Scheduling Office.
Classroom assignments are handled by the Teaching Support Coordinator. They are based on the previous year’s course enrollment, or (in the case of a new course) on the Coordinator's educated guess. Inevitably there are unpredicted surges and declines enrollment. Hence it is normal for faculty to be asked to switch classrooms during the semester. These changes usually occur during the first week of the semester. On occasion, however, faculty in semester length courses may be asked to change classrooms at the start of Module Period 2 or 4 in order to accommodate the enrollments in the new modules.
During the first ten days of classes there is substantial room swapping as we try to match enrollments to the appropriate size room. To change a room during this time contact the Coordinator for Teaching Support.
To reserve a classroom for an extra class session or review, you must go through the Coordinator for Teaching Support during the first two weeks of classes. Thereafter the Scheduling Services Office handles all classroom reservations.
After the first ten days of class the Coordinator for Teaching Support returns all classroom scheduling to Scheduling Services in the Office of Facilities and Services. To reserve a classroom after the first ten days of class use their on line scheduling program, Report on Available Rooms (ROAR).
Follow the prompts to reserve the classroom you are interested in. Please allow two business days for turnaround.
(There’s a phone in almost every classroom for reporting problems.)
Call Building Services, 5-1306, during normal business hours.
After hours, contact the security guard at 5-1330 for the Littauer, Belfer, and Rubenstein buildings, 6-1730 for the Taubman Building. (Note that 124 Mt. Auburn is not available after normal business hours. You can not access classrooms after 6:00 pm in that building.)
First, politely inform the group you have the room and present your confirmation report. Then, if necessary, contact Scheduling Services for assistance.
During normal business hours, call Building Services, 5-1306, L-G39. After hours, contact the security guard at 5-1330 for the Littauer, Belfer, and Rubenstein buildings, 6-1730 for the Taubman Building. (Note that 124 Mt. Auburn is not available after normal business hours. You cannot access classrooms after 6:00 pm in that building.)
Call HKS Media Services at 5-0493
Call Building Services, 5-1306, L-G39.
Call Building Services, 5-1306, L-G39.
At any time during the semester if you need to reserve a function room you work directly with the Scheduling Services Office (phone: 495-1366; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; SpaceBook). Do not go through the Coordinator for Teaching Support for function room.
There are two kinds of “course pages” at the Kennedy School. The Catalog Page, is managed by the Coordinator for Teaching Support and is available to anyone on the Internet. The second, the Kennedy School Classroom Page, is created automatically by Information Technology Services and is available only by password on the HKS Intranet.
Apart from the catalog and schedule information posted by the Coordinator for Teaching Support (which may not be edited), the only other item that may be posted to these pages is the syllabus. Faculty are required to post the syllabus.
Be aware that all information on these pages is instantly available on the World Wide Web. For this reason you should review the syllabus before posting: are there telephone numbers or email addresses on these documents that you would not want available to the public?
Copyrighted course materials may not be posted on the Course Listing pages.
Class Pages are created by Information Technology Services (ITS) for every course. Faculty and their staff assistants use these pages to communicate with students in their courses. They are accessible only by logging into the intranet with one’s user name and password. (Log in using the log in button on the HKS home page; click on "Course Pages" and then select a course.)
These password-protected pages provide the faculty with many course management tools. Faculty can post announcements and home work assignments, collect homework, initiate quizzes, evaluations, polls, and surveys, hold discussion groups, etc. Many instructors require their students to check the class page daily for updates and announcements. It is particularly useful for providing URLs for current newspaper articles that will be discussed in class.
Faculty may choose to have the Class Page available only to the students registered in the class, or extend it to specific others – auditors, for example – or to the entire Kennedy School community. Most faculty prefer to limit access, especially if students are encouraged to use the Class Page for an exchange of ideas about the course. The faculty member has editing rights to the page, which can be extended to the faculty assistant or CAs/TFs as desired. Kennedy School students are added automatically to the class lists generated by the Registrar's Office. Cross registered students, auditors, and students registered under the non-HKS number in the case of jointly listed courses must request a "cross registered student" Intranet account and must be approved by the faculty or the faculty assistant.
Access to the on-line course evaluation is via the Class Page. Faculty are encouraged to ask cross registrants to apply for access early in the course so that, ultimately, they will be able to access the on-line course evaluations, which are open only to people with access to the Class Page.
Copyrighted course materials may not be posted on the Intranet Class Page unless the instructor has received advance permission from the copyright owner, obtained through the Kennedy School Copyright Office (CMO).
The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (the Buckley Amendment) prohibits posting grades either by student name or ID number. For additional information visit the Office of the Registrar web site.
Student phone numbers. Some students may not have given permission to have their phone numbers published in the Student Directory. Hence you should not post student phone numbers without individual student permission.
The Course Materials Office (CMO) is a service provided by the Kennedy School for the production and distribution of course materials to students. The CMO is located in Belfer G-6. For complete details about the course packet production and distritution process, copyright regulations, handouts, etc, visit the Course Materials Office.
The CMO also handles the Copyright Permissions for the material it distributes for HKS courses. The materials are distributed either directly in the form of Course Packets or indirectly through Classroom Handouts. Please note that the CMO does not process copyright approvals or packets for courses that do not carry a Kennedy School course number. Faculty teaching at other Harvard departments or at the Extension School must arrange for copyright permissions and course packet production through those departments.
Harvard is serious about complying with the US copyright laws. The Course Materials Office will not photocopy copyrighted materials without explicit written permission from the copyright owner. The Copyright Service Center (CSC) of the CMO handles the permissions end of the CMO's operations. Permissions seeking is a complex and time-consuming process; even if the instructor has used the material before, a new permission is required for each semester (and each course) in which an item is used.
You may not post copyright protected materials on your Class Page without explicit permission from the copyright owner. The standard CMO letters to publishers request permission to xerographically reproduce their materials. To request permission to post pdfs of those readings (an entirely different form of distribution), the CMO must send a separate letter specifically requesting permission to post.
If your course is using substantially the same materials as the previous year you can take advantage of the Course History feature in Request 3.0, which will expedite the copyright permissions process for the current semester.
Students have commented that syllabi are easier to read if certain standard information appears in the same place at the top of each syllabus. Click here for further information on the content and format of syllabi.
HKS courses vary widely in both the type of assignment (problem sets, memos, papers) and the type of course (quantitative/nonquantitative, lecture/case based, etc.). Click here for information on Student Workloads.