The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Rockefeller Center Students Share Experiences from India Class Trip During Winter Break

Article Type 

Students in Public Policy 85, Global Policy Leadership: Economic Reform in India, have been documenting their experience off-campus.  Public Policy 85 is designed to provide real world international policy experience.

Twelve rising juniors and seniors were selected to study the 2013 topic: economic reform in India. During the fall term of 2013, the participating students studied this topic in depth, as they would for any other Dartmouth class.

The unique aspect of the course is that at end of the fall quarter the 12 students and Senior Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88 travelled to India, where they have spent two weeks meeting with local policy leaders: politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, U.S. diplomats, and other experts "on the ground" who can help to inform their topic of study.

At the conclusion of the international visit in December, the participating students are responsible for producing a single collaborative 30-40 page briefing memo with specific policy recommendations.

You can read the student reflections from the field at their class blog, December 2013 - India Practicum Student Blog.

The course was also featured recently in a Dartmouth Now article, "Global Policy Students Take Their Studies to India."

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences