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ìpolicy for School Students

India's most comprehensive introductory course in Public Policy

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What makes ìpolicy Unique

ìpolicy for School Students provides students with fresh perspectives on the basics of governance, and in the process venture toward solutions to persisting issues affecting our economy, society and politics at large.

Along with skill-based learning (such as Socratic reading, critical thinking and stakeholder mapping), students will learn the basic tools of policy critique. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify the bare essentials of an effective policy and integrate the core values essential to good governance: intellectual humility and tolerance.

This course is open to all students studying in grades (classes) 11th & 12th.

  • Gain Exposure

    Explore wide range of topics in the areas of livelihood, governance, education, poverty, law, corruption, politics and more

  • Critical Thinking

    Develop analytical reasoning and public speaking through debates, case studies and working groups

  • Future Opportunities

    Understand hands on functioning on public policy and Join our alumni network for updates and more

  • Certification

    Receive a Certificate of Completion to enhance a student's credentials

Upcoming iPolicy Programs

ìpolicy Dates Venue, City Application Deadline  
29-30 June 2019 Delhi 15 June 2019

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Course Description

Students spend most of their childhood at home or school. Their experiences in these intimate surroundings shape their understanding of how society functions, what is just, and what role the government should play in society. But why are our experiences so different in the 'real world', as opposed to when we live at home? And what makes family and society so different?

Some questions that naturally follow are, whether government's role is that of a parent to citizens? Should it punish us, for our own good? Should it divide the pie equally between citizens, like we share desserts with our siblings? Our experience of intimate orders, like family and schools, confirms that society functions best as a planned order, but is that really the case?


Our course will seek to answer three big questions:

  1. What is the relationship between the individual and the State?
  2. What influences individual motivations in the public and private spheres?
  3. Why are our freedoms so important?

iPolicy for Schools provides students with fresh perspectives on the basics of governance, and in the process venture toward solutions to persisting issues affecting our economy, society and politics at large. Along with skill-based learning (such as socratic reading, critical thinking and stakeholder mapping), students will learn the basic tools of policy critique. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify the bare essentials of an effective policy, and integrate the core values essential to good governance: intellectual humility and tolerance.


Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Be able to critically examine and analyse public policy.
  • Identify motivations/interests of stakeholders in any policy problem.
  • Understand the cause for flaws in organised structures, and how to avoid them.
  • Create informed citizens.
  • Practice the skills of engaged and non-judgmental listening and respectful speech in everyday context, such as classroom spaces or online.

Course Materials

  • Post-program reader: Copies of the book 'Free Your Mind' - It is aimed at examining policy solutions for school-aged children.
  • Other readings: Certain activities and sessions will be based off short readings. For example, the socratic reading will be based on 'Seen and Unseen', or Lysander Spooner's essay on vices.
  • Films and shorts: Certain documentaries (such as 'Power of the Poor' or 'India Awakens') discuss intuitive concepts such as a right to property, livelihood and the license-raj and its associated inconveniences, many of which students hear of but cannot connect with. The documentaries ground these concepts by helping students relate to them as real-life problems.

Assessment

While students will be giving short quizzes after each session, they will be providing feedback on the quality of sessions they have attended. This will allow us to reflect upon and improve the quality of our output.

1. How will I benefit from this course?

This course has been designed keeping in mind the difficulties students face while opting subjects in High School. This course will be practical learning for students to know if they are suitable for courses like political science. Not just this, it will help students to acquire critical thinking and connect them to +8000 alum base. It will work as a platform for diverse people contributing their thoughts and learning. Through the case discussions, games and documentaries, a student we plan on getting practical learning for the students

2. How is it different from a counseling session?

ipolicy is a platform for a holistic approach towards public policy. Here the student will be getting hands-on experience on the learnings.

3. How will I know that I have completed the course?

A certificate will be provided to you at the end of the two-day course.

4. How do I register for this course?

Please visit click on academic tab – select ipolicy for school students – Click on the Registration Form towards the end

5. Are there any pre-requisites for the course?

You'll be provided with the course material before the course starts. Make sure you skim through the provided material.

6. What are the eligibility criteria for the course?

This course is applicable to students of 10th, 11th and 12th standards.

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Some of our partner institutions

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  • ISB
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  • Indian Institute Of Technology Delhi
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