DPI-101 I: Political Institutions and Public Policy

Semester: Spring

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Tarek Masoud


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 1/23
Meet Day T/Th 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Belfer 400 Land Hall (HKS)


This is a course about fundamental problems of participation, democratic governance, and conflict in contemporary political systems. It will provide students with an analytical toolkit for understanding and acting on the political dimensions of policy problems. The G and H sections consider these questions primarily through the prism of American political institutions and the context they create for policymaking. The I and J sections look at systematic variations across different sorts of political institutions in both advanced and developing democracies, as well as in countries that are not democracies. The class develops the skills for effective political analysis and advocacy, including memo- and op-ed writing, as well as the skills to brief actors who need to know everything about the politics of a situation in a short period of time.

Open to MPP1 students only.

Part of a four course integrated cohort tailored to the needs of MPP students interested in the International and Global Affairs (IGA) policy area of concentration. Students who enroll in DPI-101I must also enroll in API-102I, API-202I, and IGA-100 during the spring semester. Participation in this experimental integrated cohort is required for prospective IGA concentrators.

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