Gov 97: The Sophomore Tutorial in Government

The Government Sophomore Tutorial, Gov 97, takes an innovative approach to introducing sophomores to research in political science. Students choose a topic of interest while building on a common curriculum of learning how to research and write a research paper.
 

For Spring 2023, the format of Gov 97 will consist of two components:

  • Six lectures held over six Mondays from 12:00-1:15 p.m. Do not enroll in any other class that meets on Mondays, 12-1:15pm! The six lectures are mandatory. During the other six weeks of the semester, there will be no class.
  • A weekly two-hour section that will meet around a semester-long seminar topic (see below) We will conduct sectioning from January 11 to January 20. You will be assigned to a section on January 21. The section topics and times are listed below. 

What you need to do (**Note updated sectioning process**):

  • Register for Gov 97 in my.harvard by the January 19 deadline.
     
  • Once you have registered for Gov 97, indicate your section preferences on the following Qualtrics form no later than January 20 at 10PM EST: 
     

https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8BApnc0VqYNyKJo

Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your first-choice section. If you have questions about this process, please contact the Gov 97 Course Director, Dr. Sergio Imparato, and the Gov Undergraduate Office. 

 

Gov 97 Spring 2023 Topics and Meeting Times:

(For detailed descriptions of the seminars and sample readings on the course Canvas: https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/113987)

 

Monday 9-11 AM - Comparative Politics of Democratization and Democratic Backsliding

Monday 9:45-11:45 AM - Hobbes' Leviathan and the Making of the Modern State

Monday 3:00-5 PM - Inequality and the American Welfare State

Monday 3-5 PM - Hobbes' Leviathan and the Making of the Modern State

Monday 6-8 PM - The Hidden Politics of Public Policy in America

 

Tuesday 9-11 AM - The Hidden Politics of Public Policy in America

Tuesday 9-11 AM - Inequality and the American Welfare State

Tuesday 9:45-11:45 AM - Drawing Democracy: Elections and Redistricting in America

Tuesday 9:45-11:45 AM - Southeast Asia and Political Theory: Postcolonialism

Tuesday 12:45-2:45 PM - Grand Strategy in International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy

Tuesday 12:45-2:45 PM - The Politics of Dignity: From Plato to Fukuyama

Tuesday 3-5 PM - The Politics of Dignity: From Plato to Fukuyama

Tuesday 6-8 PM - Drawing Democracy: Elections and Redistricting in America

 

Wednesday 9-11 AM - Repression, Political Violence, and Civil War

Wednesday 9:45-11:45 AM - Southeast Asia and Political Theory: Postcolonialism

Wednesday: 12:45-2:45 PM - Technology and Disruption in International Relations

Wednesday 6-8 PM - Why Trust Science? Experts, Policymakers and the Public

 

Thursday 9-11 AM - Repression, Political Violence, and Civil War

Thursday 9:45-11:45 AM - Grand Strategy in International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy

Thursday 3:45-5:45 PM - Technology and Disruption in International Relations

Thursday 6-8 PM - Why Trust Science? Experts, Policymakers and the Public