DPI-821M: Advanced Policy Writing for Decision Makers

Semester: Spring 1

Credit: 2.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Lauren Brodsky


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 1/23
Meet Day T/Th 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Taubman 275 (HKS)


This course focuses on the essential elements of policy writing: analysis, structure, style and persuasion. As the course focuses on longer format policy-relevant research and writing, students working on their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) or Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA) will find this class particularly useful, though the class is not limited to those students. We will deconstruct examples of superior and poor white papers to understand what goes in to great policy writing and what to avoid. Students will have an opportunity to present their work, gaining valuable feedback from classmates and the instructor.

Every course in the DPI communications series assumes a fluency with the English language.

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