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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


DPI-664M The Internet: What It Is, How Did It Happen, and What Could It Become?
DPI-678M Product Management and Society: Building Technology in the Public Interest
Kathy PhamFaculty
DPI-681M The Science and Implications of Generative AI
Dan LevyFaculty
DPI-686 Case Studies in Public and Private Policy Challenges of Artificial Intelligence
DPI-691M Programming and Data for Policymakers
Aarushi SahejpalInstructor
DPI-703 Democracy: The Long View and the Bumpy History
DPI-802M The Arts of Communication
DPI-810M Writing for Policy and Politics
Alex GreenFaculty
DPI-820M Policy Memo Writing for Decision Makers
DPI-821M Writing Policy Reports
DPI-828M Persuasive Policy Communication
DPI-830M Column and Opinion Writing Workshop
DPI-831M Op-Ed Writing
Alex GreenFaculty
Renee LothFaculty
DPI-835M Speechwriting
DPI-840M Feature Writing
DPI-851M Data and Information Visualization
Hong QuFaculty
DPI-852M Advanced Data and Information Visualization
Hong QuFaculty
DPI-891M Engaging the Media
DPI-896M Crisis Communications
Jon HaberFaculty
IGA-100 International and Global Affairs: Concepts and Applications
IGA-103 Global Governance
IGA-105 International Law and Global Justice
IGA-108 China and the World: Challenges, Competition and Cooperation
IGA-125 Reasoning from the Past: Applied History and Decision Making
IGA-150Y Seminar: International and Global Affairs
Zoe MarksFaculty
IGA-170 Realism in International Relations
IGA-211 Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy, and the Press
IGA-217 U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Age
IGA-222M War: Causes, Dynamics, and Resolution
IGA-229 Gender, Sex, and Violence in Global Politics
IGA-233 Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence
IGA-236 Cybersecurity: Technology, Policy, and Law
IGA-237M Future Issues in Cyber-Security Policy
IGA-250 Emerging Tech: Security, Strategy, and Risk
IGA-260 Asia in the World - Regional Security, Integration and Ideology
IGA-331M Business and Human Rights
IGA-342M Human Rights Dilemmas in Child Protection
IGA-353M Frontline Negotiation Lab
Claude BruderleinInstructor
IGA-355 Migration, Refugees, and Human Rights
IGA-385 Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice
IGA-402 Confronting Climate Change: A Foundation in Science, Technology and Policy
IGA-412 Energy, the Energy Transition, and Geopolitics
IGA-413M The Energy-Climate Transition
Judy ChangFaculty
IGA-415M Financing the Clean Energy Transition
Ely SandlerInstructor/Staff
IGA-453 Reweaving Ourselves and the World: New Perspectives on Climate Change
IGA-455 Climate Action: Persuasion, Advocacy and Negotiation
IGA-513 Science, Power, and Politics
IGA-515 Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences
IGA-518 Knowledge As Power in Law and Science
David KennedyInstructor
IGA-538 Technology, Privacy, and the Trans-National Nature of the Internet