Mini-courses

Every year Chicago Harris brings in outstanding policy analysts, academics, journalists, and other professionals with on-the-ground experience to teach short courses on a broad range of topics.

Mini-courses are open to anyone with an interest in the subject. Whether you work in a policy field and want to enhance your knowledge and skills, or are simply curious about a particular topic, these courses will engage your intellect and give you new perspectives.

These offerings are non-credit and no tuition is charged. Mini courses are not graded and enrollment is open to all Harris students unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2016

Communicating Policy: How to Write Like a Journalist
October 25, November 1, 7
6-7:50pm
Room: 140B
Instructor: Kate Grossman

Fundamentals of Leadership
November 2, 9, 16
3-5:50pm
Room 289A
Instructor: Thomas Lee

Policing in the 21st Century
November 3, 10, 17
6-7:50pm
Room: 140B
Instructors: Sheri Mecklenburg and Philip Cline

 

Spring 2016

User-Centered Design Methods for Public Policy
April 19, April 26, May 3, and May 10
4:30-6:30pm
Room: 289B
Instructor: Hugh Musik and Various Guest Lecturers

Chicago Harris Strengthsquest Initiative
April 29, May 6, May 13
1:00-3:00 pm
Room: 224
Facilitator: Brandon Kurzweg

 

Winter 2016

Fundamentals of Leadership
January 13, 20, 27, & February 3
6-8pm
Room 140A
Instructor: Thomas Lee

Financial Derivatives
January 25, February 8, 15, & 22
7-8:30pm
Room 140C
Instructor: David Schabes

Why Nations Fail
January 26, February 2, 4, 11, and 16
4-6pm
Room: Lecture Hall
Instructor: James Robinson

 

Chicago Harris Strengthsquest Initiative
January 19, 26, and March 4
1-3:00 pm
Room: 224
Facilitator: Brandon Kurzweg

Autumn 2015

Fundamentals of Leadership
October 23 and 30, November 6 and 13
9-11:50am
Room 289A
Instructor: Thomas Lee

Best Practices in Nonprofit Public Policy Advocacy
October 12, 19, and 26
6-8pm
Room: 140B
Instructor: Shelley A. Davis

Chicago Harris StrengthsQuest Initiative
November 6, 13, and 20
1-3:00 pm
Room: 224
Instructor: Brandon Kurzweg

 

Spring 2015

Leadership in Difficult Times - From Crisis Mangagement to Private Politics
May 5, 12, and 26
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: Lecture Hall (142)
Instructor: Daniel Diermeier

Winter 2015

Women in Executive Political and Governmental Office
January 27; February 3, 10, and 17
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289B
Instructor: Rebecca Sive

Fundamentals of Leadership
January 26, February 2, 9 and 16
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289
Instructor: Tom Lee

Policy & Advocacy in LGBTQ Justice Movements
February,18 & 25
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289
Instructor: Kim Hunt

Tools, Techniques and Trends for Nonprofit Fundraising
February 13 & 20
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289A
Instructors: Kim Hunt and Kandace Thomas


 

 

Autumn 2014

Best Practices in Nonprofit Public Policy Advocacy: Welfare and Workforce Development
October 13, 20 and 27
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289A
Instructor: Shelley Davis

Probabilistic Record Linkage
October 22, 29, November 12, November 19
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: Training Lab
Limit: 14
Instructors: Robert Goerge and Emily Wiegand

The Policies, Politics and Practices of 21st Century Policing in Combating Gangs, Guns and Drugs
 Dates: November 13, 20 and December 4
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289A
Instructors: Philip J. Cline and Sheri H. Mecklenburg

Intersection of Policy and Advocacy mini-courses
Strategic Issue Campaigns
October 14, 21, 28
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289B

The Role of Data, Digital and Communications in Issue Advocacy
November 11, 18, December 2
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School
Room: 289B

 

 

Spring 2014

An Introduction to Empirical Research: Data Analysis and Programming
Dates: Monday, April 7, 14, 21 and 28
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Harris Training Lab
Instructor: NaYoung Rim
Limit 14 students
Harris students only

Being an Effective Consultant
Dates: April 9 16, 23, 30
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Harris School 289B
Instructor: Arnie Arnoff
Limit: 16 students
Harris students only

Deloitte
Dates: April 18
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Harris School 289A
Harris students only

Cyber Security in the Digital Age
Dates: April 19 and 26
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jake Braun
Location: Harris School 289A
Skype sessions with guest speakers
We will hold group discussions in the student lounge from 4:00-5:00 with refreshments.

An Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Policy: School, District, and National Perspectives
Dates: May 7, 14 and 21
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Lach

LGBTQ Civil Rights at the Intersections
Dates: May 15 and 22
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Hunt

Simulation of the National Budget
Instructor: Jose Manuel Puente
Date: Saturday, May 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Winter 2014

Risk Management for Public Policy Professionals and Public Policy Analysis
Date: Saturday, February 22
Morning session: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lunch break: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon session: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Charles Fishkin

Autumn 2013

PPHA 34340.Best Practices in Nonprofit Public Policy Advocacy: Welfare and Workforce Development
Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and November 7
Instructor: Shelley Davis
 Enroll via the registration system

PPHA 34350.Being an Effective Consultant
Dates: October 8, 15, 29 and November 5
Instructor: Arnie Arnoff
Enroll via the registration system

PPHA 34360.Women in Public Leadership
Dates: October 16, 23, 30 and November 6
Instructor: Rebecca Sive
Enroll via the registration system

The Policies, Politics and Practices of 21st Century Policing in Combating Gangs, Guns and Drugs
 Dates: November 12, 19 and 26
Instructors: Philip J. Cline and Sheri H. Mecklenburg
Enroll via RSVP link.

Water and the Link to Energy and Environment
Dates: October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21
Instructor: Seth Snyder, Argonne National Laboratory
Limit: 30 students
Enroll via RSVP link
If the limit of 30 is met you can add your name to the waitlist RSVP. This is limited to 15 people.

Spring 2013

Energy Policy
Dates: April 9, 11, 16, 18
April 9 -- 12:10 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., Harris School Lecture Hall
April 11, 16, 18 -- 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Harris School Lecture Hall
Instructor: Hal Harvey
The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 5.
The April 9 session is now closed.

Deloitte
Dates: April 19 and 26 -- April 19th session postponed.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This mini-course is closed.

Being an Effective Consultant
Dates: April 22, 29, May 6, 13
Times: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Limited to 16 students
Instructor: Arnie Arnoff
This mini-course is closed.

Energy Markets in the Future
Dates: May 1, 9, 16, 23
Times: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Sloan
The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, April 30.

Tools, Techniques and Trends for Nonprofit Fundraising
Dates: May 3 and May 10
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Instructors: Kim Hunt and Kandace Thomas
The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 26.

Chronic Disease and Healthcare Reform: Lessons and Opportunities for Improving the Quality of Chronic Disease Management
Dates: May 7, 14, 21
Times: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Elbert S. Huang, MD, MPH, FACP
The deadline to RSVP is Monday, May 6.

Leadership in the New Order of Things
Dates: May 15, 22, 29
Times: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: David Limardi
This mini-course is closed. Contact Douglas Geiger at douglasgeiger@uchicago.edu with any questions.

Winter 2013

Law and Veterans' Issues: Policy Challenges and Best Practices
Dates: January 15, 22, 29, February 5
Instructor: Paul Dillon and Lydia Lazar

Advocacy in LGBTQ Communities: Grassroots Vs. National Policy Efforts
Dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27
Instructor: Kim Hunt

Fall 2012

The Policies, Politics and Practices of 21st Century Policing in Combating Gangs, Guns and Drugs
Dates: October 9, 16, 23
Instructors: Philip J. Cline and Sheri H. Mecklenburg

CANCELLED: Being an Effective Consultant
Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27
Instructor: Arnie Arnoff

Women in Public Leadership
Dates: October 10, 17, 24, November 7
Instructor: Rebecca Sive

Best Practices in Nonprofit Public Policy Advocacy: Welfare and Workforce Development
Dates: October 11, 18, 25, November 1
Instructor: Shelley Davis

An Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Policy: School, District, and National Perspectives
Dates: November 8, 15 and 29.
Instructor: Michael Lach