Harris will deliver a dual-modality educational experience across all degree programs for next year.

Incoming students: Learn about the delivery method for courses in each degree program below.

Returning students: We are working with elective instructors now to finalize each autumn course’s delivery methodology and will share this information with you in the coming weeks.

We will update this page regularly with program-specific information related to the Autumn Quarter.


Delivery Methods for Degree Programs

Harris will deliver a dual-modality educational experience for next academic year that is designed to provide a consistent, high standard of excellence regardless of whether you pursue your coursework on-campus or remotely. We recognize that many Harris students may need to pursue their coursework remotely, and we have ensured that that those who need to complete some or all of the 2020-21 academic year from off-campus will be able to do so while also providing the opportunity for students to engage in live coursework, co-curricular programming, and personal interaction on-campus, where possible.

Learn more about the delivery methods for courses in each degree program (Core courses only; elective details forthcoming):

MPP Fall 2020 Program Details

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

In the MPP, you will be taking 3 courses per quarter for two years. In the first two quarter’s you’ll take the Core courses, which act as a foundation for the rest of your coursework and career. For a sample schedule and full degree requirement details see the MPP degree program page.

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

Statistics Sequence

You’ll take a two-course sequence in statistics, the first course of which is in the autumn quarter and the second course of which is in the winter. You’ll choose between the standard statistics courses (PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I) or the advanced version (PPHA 31202 Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis I) for students with more statistics and calculus experience. Students who have already covered the material for the Advanced Statistics course can petition to waive that course and take an elective in its place. Occasionally a master’s student may also opt to take the PhD econometrics sequence instead, pending seat availability and instructor permission (see PhD program details for information about delivery method for the PhD courses). 

You can see the syllabi for these courses from 2019-20 on the Harris courses page. The content of these courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different. Updated 2020 course syllabi will be provided in late summer. 

Below are the details of the autumn quarter course. The winter quarter modality may differ and will be determined at a later date following public health guidance, though there will definitely be virtual options available in the winter quarter. 

PPHA 31002 | Statistics for Data Analysis I 

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture, and all three of the faculty on the instructional team will be featured in these lectures, so students can learn from more faculty.  These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a weekly 90-minute live discussion section with one of the three instructors. Stats I will have nine discussion sections in total so that the class size in any section is sufficiently small that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty.  Discussion sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have one-hour live TA session each week, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. Students who need additional training on statistical coding in Stata and R will also register for a Coding Lab which meets once per week. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting.  

PPHA 31202 | Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live, large group lecture with a live instructor-led discussion sections. The live lecture will be 90 minutes, once per week for the entire class. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). Students will be assigned to one of two instructor-led discussion sections; these sections will have a sufficiently small class size that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty. Each section will be 90 minutes, once per week. There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to re-watch later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.


Microeconomics Sequence

You’ll take a two-course sequence in microeconomics, the first course of which is in the autumn quarter and the second course of which is in the winter. You’ll choose between the standard microeconomics courses (PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I) or the advanced version (PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I) for students who have more economics experience (generally people who majored or minored in economics at the college level). Students who have already covered the material for the Advanced Microeconomics course can petition to waive that course and take an elective in its place. Occasionally a master’s student may also opt to take the PhD economics sequence instead, pending seat availability and instructor permission. (see PhD program details for information about delivery method for the PhD courses).  

You can see the syllabi for these courses from 2019-20 on the Harris courses page. The content of these courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different. 

Below are the details of the autumn quarter course. The winter quarter modality may differ and will be determined at a later date following public health guidance, though there will definitely be virtual options available in the winter quarter.

PPHA 32300 | Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live, large group lecture with a live instructor-led discussion sections. The live lecture will be 90 minutes, once per week. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). 

In addition to the live lecture, each student will register for a weekly 90-minute live discussion section with one of the two instructors. Micro I will have eight discussion sections in total so that the class size in any section is sufficiently small that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty.  There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to re-watch later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.

PPHA 32310 | Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live, large group lecture with live instructor-led discussion sections. The live lecture will be 90 minutes, twice per week. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class sessions later (or both). 

The instructor will also lead discussion sections twice per week, where he will answer questions regarding the previous lecture. Each of these sessions will be 90 minutes, and students are strongly encouraged to attend. There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to re-watch later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.


Analytical Politics

You’ll take a two-course sequence in analytical politics, the first course of which is in the autumn quarter and the second course of which is in the winter. You can see the syllabi for these courses from 2019-20 on the Harris courses page. The content of these courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different. Students who believe they have already covered the same material as either of the courses in this sequence can petition to waive the course and, if the petition is accepted, take an elective in its place. 

Below are the details of the autumn quarter course. The winter quarter modality may differ and will be determined at a later date following public health guidance, though there will definitely be virtual options available in the winter quarter.

PPHA 30800 | Analytical Politics I

Instructors:

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture produced by Ethan Bueno de Mesquita.  These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a weekly 60-minute live discussion section with one of the three instructors. API will have twelve discussion sections in total so that the class size in any section is sufficiently small that there can be substantial interaction and discussion between students and faculty. Discussion sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have access to an optional weekly TA session, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get additional help.

MSCAPP Fall 2020 Program Details

MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy (MSCAPP)

In the full-time MSCAPP program you will take two Harris Core courses - Microeconomics and Statistics - with students in our MPP program. However, instead of the Analytical Politics course in the autumn quarter you’ll take the CAPP 30121 Computer Science with Applications 1.

See details of the delivery methods for the Microeconomics and Statistics courses in the MPP details (above).

For a sample schedule of the full year’s program and full degree requirement details see the MSCAPP degree program page

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

CAPP 30121 | Computer Science with Applications 1 

Instructor(s): 

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch a series of short pre-recorded lectures, which will feature Anne Rogers, Borja Sotomayor, and other UChicago faculty.  Access to recorded lectures will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a discussion section with Anne Rogers that will be held twice a week for 50 minutes. These sections will be capped at 20 students.  At this time, we are planning to hold both in-person and live virtual discussion sections. Students can choose to sign up for an in-person or virtual discussion section depending on their personal circumstances and classroom capacity. Virtual discussion sections will be scheduled with an eye toward the time zones where students reside. Students will also have a 50 minute live TA session each week, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. These sessions will also be scheduled with an eye towards making them convenient for students in different time zones.

 

MAIDP Fall 2020 Program Details

MA in International Development and Policy (MAIDP)

MAIDP students will be taking three courses per quarter for one year. 

First quarter: You will l take three required Core courses which act as a foundation for the rest of your coursework and career: Microeconomics, Data Analytics, and Analytical Politics for International Development.

Second quarter: You will take one additional required Core course: Economic Development and Policy. You will also take two electives. For one of the electives, we offer a MAIDP-specific program evaluation class. While we strongly recommend this class, you may opt out.

Final quarter: You will take three electives.

For full degree requirements see the MAIDP degree page

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

MAIDP Core Sequence

Core Classes:

  • PPHA 57000 | Microeconomics for International Development
  • PPHA 57100 | Data Analysis for International Development
  • PPHA 57200 | Analytical Politics for International Development
  • PPHA 57300 | Economic Development & Policy

For those students who previously completed more advanced economics, statistics, and calculus coursework, you can opt to petition to waive Microeconomics for International Development or Data Analytics for International Development, and instead be enrolled into the MPP version. Waivers will only be considered for those two classes based on previous coursework and the successful passage of the waiver exams.

Below we highlight current plans for delivery of the core classes, given the coronavirus situation and the resulting travel and gathering restrictions. Note that these plans could change if the situation changes.

PPHA 5700 | Microeconomics for International Development 

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use two live Zoom sessions each week. All live lectures will be given in the early morning to accommodate time zones. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with this lecture. These instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting. Students will also be able to re-watch material that they are uncertain about.

In addition, each week students will also have a one-hour live zoom session with a teaching assistant (TA). There will also be instructor and TA office hours online to get specific help. Students who need additional training on statistical coding in Stata and R will also register for a Coding Lab which meets once per week online. 

Description:

Economics, specially, microeconomics is that branch of social sciences that studies human behavior, not only in the context of economic transactions, but in (almost) any context in which individuals or groups make decisions. Today, economists also study human behavior in many other areas, including voting behavior, lobbying, congressional negotiations, protest and revolutions, wars, supreme court decisions, policy making in parliamentary versus presidential systems, organizational design, search algorithms on the internet, etc. In this course, we are going to learn about this methodology. That is, we are going to learn “the economics approach” to human behavior.

PPHA 57100 | Data Analysis for International Development

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live Zoom lectures and pre-recorded lectures. The live zoom lectures will be 60 minutes, once per week for the entire class. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). There will also be weekly TA sessions as well as instructor and TA office hours for students to ask individual questions. Both the live zoom lecture and discussion sections will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to watch it back later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.

Description:

Students will learn best practices for engaging in data-driven evaluation of public policy interventions    The content of the course will focus explicitly on developing contexts: how to implement policies in fragile or weakly institutionalized settings; how to discern and promote effective policies; how to tackle public policy challenges using an evidence-based approach; how to engage in rigorous research on timely, relevant topics. Students will be introduced to econometrics and learn to code in R.

PPHA 57200 | Analytical Politics for International Development

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections. In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will register for a weekly 60-minute live discussion. Discussion sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have access to an optional weekly TA session, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get additional help. 

PPHA 573000 | Economic Development & Policy 

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a combination of live instructor-led Zoom discussion sections and pre-recorded lectures. The live discussions will be 80 minutes, once per week. In addition, there will be one-on-one and small group sessions with instructors and TAs where students can ask questions or engage in further discussions and ask individual questions. Students will have the option to attend live or view the recording of the class session later (or both). Pre-recorded lectures can be watched in advance of live discussions, during which the instructor will answer questions regarding the material and guide discussions connecting the material to practical aspects of development policy. Both the live lecture and discussion section will be scheduled with time zones in mind, and all content will be recorded to allow students to watch it back later if they want to review the content or were unable to attend the live session.

Description:

Students will be given an overview of economic development around the world and through time, the history of economic development thinking and policy, and the practical aspects of how we learn about which development policies work and which don't.  Discussions will vary from conceptual to applied policy topics. For example, we will try to come to terms with how we measure poverty and development (and how that sometimes distorts policy-makers' views of the world), or what should we do as policy-makers when we face a lack of evidence. We will see how development economics research and development policy have sometimes gone hand-in-hand, and sometimes contradicted each other. Students will be able to work on projects related to their regions or issues of interest which attempt to make them think about how we can take research out of the classroom and into real settings.

MA Fall 2020 Program Details

Master of Arts (MA)

In the full-time Master of Arts program you will take the same Core courses as students in our MPP program. The one exception is that MA students can opt not to take any one of the 6 core courses without having to demonstrate that you’ve covered the material in previous courses.

See information about the delivery methods for each of the autumn quarter core courses in the MPP details (above).

For a sample schedule of the full year’s program and full degree requirement details see the MA degree program page

PhD and MACRM Fall 2020 Program Details

PhD and Master of Arts with Certificate in Research Methods (MACRM)

In the PhD and MACRM programs, you will take three core courses in the fall term:

  • PPHA 44100 | Advanced Microeconomics for Policy Analysis I
  • PPHA 41501 | Game Theory
  • PPHA 42000 | Applied Econometrics I

Instructor(s):

Note that PhD students in the energy and environmental policy area of focus will take the Economics Department’s Core Price Theory PhD class in the fall rather than Harris’s Game Theory course (such students will cover game theory later in the academic year as part of the Department’s core microeconomics sequence). 

Delivery Method:

All three courses will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students in each course will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live discussion sections.

Each course will have a 90-minute live discussion section, in which students and the instructor can discuss the pre-recorded lecture material and new material as well. These sections are being scheduled with an eye toward the time zones that students are likely to be in. Students will also have a live TA session each week, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. 

We will also supplement the PhD and MACRM coursework with opportunities for students and faculty to gather and engage in small groups, including in-person in the Keller Center for students who are interested in doing so.

EMP Fall 2020 Program Details - Incoming Students

Evening Master's Program (EMP) - Incoming Students

EMP students will be taking 2 courses per quarter and one Saturday per quarter for four quarters. During your first quarter in the program you will take the following: 

  • PPHA 58050 | Leadership, Negotiations, and Management 
  • PPHA 58001 | Data Analytics I: Quantitative Analysis 
  • PPHA 59100 | Current Topics in Public Policy I

In the EMP there is only one version of each course available, and you may not petition to waive any of the courses.

For an expected academic plan and full degree requirement details see the EMP degree program page.

You can see the 2019-20 syllabi for all courses on the Harris courses page.

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

PPHA 58050 | Leadership, Negotiations, and Management 

Instructor(s):

The spring 2020 Syllabus can be found on the Harris courses page. The content of this course will be largely the same, but the delivery methods may be different.

Delivery Method:

This course will use a fully synchronous format – there will be no pre-recorded lectures. That said, all sessions will be recorded and made available, after the fact, to students, who miss some or all of the live class session. By teaching this class entirely live via Zoom, it most closely mimics the experience of taking the class in person. 

Each class session includes a mix of pedagogical approaches. Each class starts with a lecture, but one that is highly interactive. Students are then sent off to virtual breakout rooms in Zoom to conduct some kind of negotiation or other management-related group exercise. Class sessions then conclude with a facilitated discussion about how the hands-on exercise went. In that facilitated discussion, we explore a number of topics, jointly exploring what was surprising, what went well for some students, what didn’t go so well for other students, etc. By so doing, we connect the dots between theory and practice.

PPHA 58001 | Data Analytics I: Quantitative Analysis 

Instructor(s):

The spring 2020 Syllabus can be found on the Harris courses page. The content of this course will be largely the same, but the delivery methods may be different.

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture (about one hour). These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will participate in a weekly 90-minute live section with the instructor (6pm to 7:30pm). These live sections will allow for interaction between students and instructor. The pre-recorded materials will cover somewhat easier topics, which we will then build on during the live sessions. Students will also have access to live TA Stata sessions each week on Saturday morning, as well as instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting. 

PPHA 59100 | Current Topics in Public Policy I

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture (60 to 90 minutes) for necessary context for the course. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lecture, students will participate in a live session that will run between 3-4 hours on a Saturday during the quarter. The live session will allow for further review of the research material as well as an opportunity for small group break-out sessions. Each small group will be responsible for presenting their findings and conclusions at the end of the session. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting.

EMP Fall 2020 Program Details - Second Quarter Students

Evening Master's Program (EMP) - Second Quarter Students

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

PPHA 58002 | Data Analytics II: Program Evaluation

Instructor(s):

The winter 2020 Syllabus can be found on the Harris courses page. The content of this course will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different.

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture (or a series of short, pre-recorded lectures) totaling 60-70 minutes. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The instructor will provide copies of all slides and materials being covered. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will participate in a weekly 90-minute live section with the instructor (starting at 6pm). These live sections will allow for interaction between students and instructor. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting. 

PPHA 58101 | Economic Analysis I: Microeconomics 

Instructor(s):

The winter 2020 Syllabus can be found on the Harris courses page. The content of this course will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different.

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with pre-recorded lecture modules, totaling roughly one hour per week. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will participate in a weekly 90-minute live section with the instructor (starting at either 6 or 7:30 depends on student needs). These live sections will include substantial interaction and discussion between students and instructor. Students will also have access to instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting.

PPHA 59200 | Current Topics in Public Policy II

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture (60 to 90 minutes) for necessary context for the course. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lecture, students will participate in a live session that will run between 3-4 hours on a Saturday during the quarter. The live session will allow for further review of the research material as well as an opportunity for small group break-out sessions. Each small group will be responsible for presenting their findings and conclusions at the end of the session. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting.

EMP Fall 2020 Program Details - Graduating Students

Evening Master's Program (EMP) - Graduating Students

How the autumn quarter core courses will be offered:

PPHA 58103 | Economic Analysis III: Public Finance and Budgeting

Instructor(s):

The autumn 2019 Syllabus can be found on the Harris courses page. The content of the courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different.

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will participate in a weekly 90-minute live section with the instructor. These live sections will allow for interaction between students and instructor. Students will also have access to instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting. 

PPHA 58202 | Analytical Politics II: Politics and Policy Making

Instructor(s):

The autumn 2019 Syllabus can be found on the Harris courses page. The content of the courses will be largely the same, but the delivery methods will be different.

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Each week, students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need.

In addition to the pre-recorded lectures, each student will participate in a weekly 90-minute live section with the instructor. These live sections will allow for interaction between students and instructor. Students will also have access to instructor and TA office hours to get specific help. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting. 

PPHA 59200 | Current Topics in Public Policy IV

Instructor(s):

Delivery Method:

This course will use a “flipped classroom” model. Students will be asked to watch and engage with a pre-recorded lecture (60 to 90 minutes) for necessary context for the course. These lectures will include a written transcript and will allow students to re-watch material that they are uncertain about as many times as they need. The lectures will also be integrated with exercises that will let students self-assess how well they understand the material and pre-feed questions into the live sections.

In addition to the pre-recorded lecture, students will participate in a live session that will run between 3-4 hours on a Saturday during the quarter. The live session will allow for further review of the research material as well as an opportunity for small group break-out sessions. Each small group will be responsible for presenting their finding and conclusions at the end of the session. All instructor-led live sessions will be recorded and made available to students who miss all or a portion of the class meeting.