An Overview

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SPA will be taught in a combination of lectures, forums, sections and a week-long project. Lectures are taught by speakers who are renown in the field of politics and will introduce students to the broader themes in politics. In section participants will have an opportunity to discuss the material covered in lecture with the help of a Harvard student. This will provide students with a good idea of what to expect in a college classroom. Students will also be doing a lot of hands-on work through their project groups. Before arriving students will be asked to indicate an area of interest within the broader realm of politics and get assigned to project groups with students who indicated similar interests. SPA will provide students with a hands-on experience through workshops and a weeklong project that culminates in the final SPA Summit. 
 


Your Week at the Summer Politics Academy

+ Monday

9:00am-10:00am: Registration and Opening ceremony

10:00am-11::00am: Speaker Lecture

11:00am-12:00pm: Discussion Section

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch and Social

1:00pm-2:30pm: Forum- American Media and Free Speech

2:30pm-3:30pm: Intro to the SPA Summit Project

3:30pm-4::00pm: Break

4:00pm-5:00pm: Back then: Brown vs. Board

+ Tuesday

9:00am-10:00am: Speaker Lecture

10:00am-11::00am: Section

11:00am-12:15pm: Workshop: Public speaking

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm-2:30pm: Forum: Constitutional Law

2:30pm-3:30pm: SPA Summit Prep Time

3:30pm-4::00pm: Break + Ice cream social

4:00pm-5:00pm: Back then: Stonewall Riots

+ Wednesday

9:00am-10:00am: Speaker Lecture

10:00am-11::00am: Section

11:00am-12:15pm: Workshop: Campaign Management and Issue Advocacy

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm-2:30pm: Forum: Public Policy

2:30pm-3:30pm: SPA Summit Prep Time

3:30pm-4::00pm: Break

4:00pm-5:00pm: Mock Campaign Presentations

+ Thursday

9:00am-10:00am: Speaker Lecture

10:00am-11::00am: Section

11:00am-12:15pm: Workshop: Leadershiop

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm-2:30pm: Forum- American Education Policy

2:30pm-3:30pm: SPA Summit Prep Time

3:30pm-4::00pm: Break and Social

4:00pm-5:00pm:

+ Friday

9:00am-10:00am: Speaker Lecture

10:00am-11::00am: Section

11:00am-12:15pm: Workshop: Applying to Top Colleges and Universities

12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15pm-2:30pm: Forum- Public Policy

2:30pm-3:30pm: SPA Summit Prep Time

3:30pm-4:00pm: SPA Summit Presentations

4:00pm-5:00pm: Awards and Closing Ceremony



The Curriculum

The Summer Politics Academy at Harvard will introduce students to key concepts in politics, government and international relations. You will study a broad array of areas within the realm of politics including, law, urban-planning, government structure and public policy. At SPA you will be challenged to ask and find answers to some of the most difficult political questions of our time. Is democracy really the best political system? How do we come up with the “best” macroeconomic policy?  How do you run a successful campaign? The most important takeaway from SPA will be a thorough understanding of the complexities that surround political power and public administration and a grasp on how one goes about navigating it. The SPA curriculum is 


Venue

Our program takes place in high-end facilities located at Harvard University. The  program istaking place at the SOCH (Student Organization Center at Hilles). Students will able to access these resources as part of their experience in this program.

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The SOCH

The Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) offers over 50,000 square feet of renovated space dedicated to student life at Harvard College. Through a combination of dedicated office and storage space, meeting rooms, conference facilities, and common spaces, the SOCH provides student organizations at Harvard with offices to create sustainable organizations.