Graduate Courses

WAPPP's affiliated faculty teach a variety of courses at Harvard Kennedy School—from how to negotiate with a gendered lens to understanding the role of sexual violence in war—all courses incorporate a strong gendered foundation. For a complete list of courses across Harvard with a gender focus, please go to WAPPP's Harvard Gender Course Guide.

Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

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Spring

Offered: 

2017

An intense, interactive experience designed to help women advance to top positions of influence in public leadership The rise of women into society's most powerful leadership roles—across sectors, around the globe—ranks among the most profound social transformations of recent decades. Women and Power focuses on helping women in senior positions develop effective leadership strategies, with an emphasis on creating successful alliances and enduring partnerships. At its core, the program is an intense, interactive experience designed to help women advance to positions of influence and use… Read more about Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

Behavioral Economics for Organizations

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

This course uses insights from behavioral economics to promote organizational health. Getting and staying healthy includes preventing undesirable events from happening, detecting issues when they arise and mitigating against the consequences as they occur. To promote healthy behaviors, organizations typically rely on "soft" instruments such as awareness raising and appeals through training programs and information sharing, or "hard" instruments such as command-and-control through rules, carrots and sticks. This course argues that behavioral design or "nudges" offer a middle ground to establish healthy behaviors, often more powerful than awareness raising and less costly than shoves.… Read more about Behavioral Economics for Organizations

Economic Development: Theory and Evidence

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Fall

Offered: 

2016

PED-101 is a semester-long course that aims to study theories of economic (under)development and scrutinize empirical evidence in order to glean insights on development policy. The course will identify key features of the development process across countries, and develop an analytical framework, grounded in economic theory, to better understand these patterns. We will then apply our frameworks combined with rigorous empirical evidence to identify when and how public policies can enable economic growth and development. Topics include economic growth and its proximate determinants; resource… Read more about Economic Development: Theory and Evidence

Fundamentals of Leadership Across Difference

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

Whether your aspirations are to work domestically or internationally, collaboration across difference is an inescapable imperative of leadership for the public interest. Contemporary levels of conflict and instability make the capacity to work effectively across difference a fundamental requirement of political, diplomatic, and military leadership. Innovation in the government sector is dependent on the capacity for policy makers to work across political divides and increasingly involves collaboration across agencies and with business and civic leaders. Service to communities in need—… Read more about Fundamentals of Leadership Across Difference

Fundamentals of Leadership Across Difference

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

Whether your aspirations are to work domestically or internationally, collaboration across difference is an inescapable imperative of leadership for the public interest. Contemporary levels of conflict and instability make the capacity to work effectively across difference a fundamental requirement of political, diplomatic, and military leadership. Innovation in the government sector is dependent on the capacity for policy makers to work across political divides and increasing involves collaboration across agencies and with business and civic leaders. Service to communities in need—whether… Read more about Fundamentals of Leadership Across Difference

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

This course will examine the various typologies of modern forms of slavery - sex and labor trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, and the worst forms of child labor. It will examine modalities of recruitment, transit, and exploitation as well as patterns and trends in countries of origin, transit, and destination. It will explore who is exploited and why, as well as the business models upon which these types of exploitation exist with the purpose of understanding vulnerabilities for effective intervention. It will also examine international laws, policies, and conventions intended to… Read more about Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Inclusive Security

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Here is an unusual opportunity to break open the traditional concept of security and tackle an array of leadership skills while examining the little-understood structure of women's critical role in preventing or stopping violent conflict. Working in groups, you'll formulate concrete policy recommendations for women's full inclusion in formal and informal peace processes. The course bridges theory and practice, providing students close interaction with inspiring women leaders from conflicts worldwide. In addition, you'll receive individual classroom coaching to develop nuanced presentation… Read more about Inclusive Security

Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

This course provides an overview of scientific theory and empirically-validated techniques for effectively managing human resources. Students will learn how to motivate and optimize the performance of individuals, teams, and large groups, resulting in enhanced organizational functioning and output. Among the topics that will be covered in the course are: influence (e.g., how can managers increase the likelihood that employees will accept, respect, and support their vision and mission?), motivation (e.g., the best ways to inspire others to increase effort, output, and realize their full… Read more about Maximizing Human Capital and Organizational Performance