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The courses offered at Harvard Kennedy School provide an enriching curricular experience, and are organized around our seven academic areas. They include core courses that are required for earning a degree, along with electives, modules and January-term options to cater to different interests and schedules.

While classroom learning is integral to an HKS education, it is elevated by the many extra-curricular activities and programs, including lectures, seminars, brown bags, conferences and experiential learning, on- and off-campus.

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Featured Course Guides

Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Course Number

Course Title


DEV-215 Public Finance in International Perspective
DEV-233 Political Economy and Its Future
Roberto Mangabeira UngerInstructor
DEV-250Y Second-Year Policy Analysis Seminar
DEV-308 Social Institutions and Economic Development
DEV-309 Development Policy Strategy
DEV-320M Scaling Up and Systems Change for Development Impact
DEV-401Y Applications and Cases in International Development (fall)
DEV-501M Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building I
DEV-502 Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II
DPI-115 The American Presidency
DPI-120 The U.S. Congress and Law Making
David KingFaculty
DPI-122 Politics and American Public Policy
David KingFaculty
DPI-127 Who Governs? Power in America
DPI-150Y Seminar: Democracy, Politics, and Institutions
DPI-200 Politics and Ethics in Unstable Times
DPI-202 Moral Leadership: Ethics in Public Life
Mathias RisseFaculty Carr Person
DPI-207 Philosophy of Technology: From Marx and Heidegger to AI,
Genome Editing, and Geoengineering
Mathias RisseFaculty Carr Person
DPI-208 Moral Practice for Public Leadership
DPI-307 Threats and Challenges Facing American Democracy – in Historical Perspective
DPI-312M Sparking Social Change Through Arts and Culture
DPI-325 Urban Politics Field Lab: Political Representation and Accountability
DPI-342 Religion, Politics, and Policy in the United States
DPI-348 Progressive Alternatives: Institutional Reconstruction Now
Roberto Mangabeira UngerInstructor
DPI-376 Queer Nation: LGBTQ Protest, Politics, and Policy in the United States
DPI-385M Race and Racism in the Making of the United States as a Global Power
DPI-386M Race and Racism in Public Policies, Practices, and Perspectives
DPI-391 Race, Inequality, and American Democracy
DPI-398 Islam & the Age of Democracy: Origins, Continuity and Change
DPI-410 The Politics of Development
DPI-411 Political Philosophy for Development
DPI-413 Democratic Backsliding
DPI-418 The Rise of Authoritarian Populism
DPI-422M Reckoning with History: Collective Memory, Leadership, and the Politics of Remembrance
DPI-442M Leadership and Social Transformation in the Arab World
Sultan Al-QassemiInstructor/Staff
DPI-450 The Political Economy of Transition in China
DPI-453 Politics and Policy in South Asia
DPI-464 Latin American Politics
DPI-505 The Supreme Court, Law, and Public Policy
Maya SenFaculty
DPI-515 Disability Law and Policy
DPI-527M Reproductive Rights, Politics, and Policy
DPI-543 Corruption: Finding It and Fixing It
DPI-562 Public Problems and Social Change: Advice, Strategy and Analysis
David BarronInstructor
Sarah WaldFaculty
DPI-563Y Integrated Law/Policy Research and Writing
Sarah WaldFaculty
DPI-600 The Politics of the Press
DPI-608 Political Communication Breakdown: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions
DPI-617 Law, Order and Algorithms
DPI-640 Technology and the Public Interest: From Democracy to Technocracy and Back
DPI-642 Grand Challenges in Technology-Society Clashes
DPI-643M Beyond Law and Code – The Governance of Emerging Technologies
DPI-662M Digital Government
Ayushi RoyFaculty