Each year the Draper Hills Summer Fellowship program faculty and staff endeavor to develop an innovative agenda and curriculum to fit the needs and interests of our participants. The program is designed to provide an adequate balance of theory and practice, while also providing time for small group discussion to foster an exchange of ideas and shared experiences. Guest speakers are incorporated into the agenda to showcase practical ways in which organizations are advancing new ways of solving corruption and governance issues on a global scale.
Finally, the program is rounded out to provide fellows with an opportunity to visit local technology firms to learn first-hand about how technology is being used to advance social change. Weekend fieldtrips provide fellows with some time to explore the beauty of Northern California.
Program agendas that are complete with assigned curriculum for 2011 and 2012 are attached below to provide a sense of the thematic content and rigor of the fellowship program. Over the three-week program, participants will explore the definition of democracy, be exposed to development theory, examine the role of constitutionalism in developing democracies, and study theories of democratic transition. Readings are assigned for each lecture to provide a survey of the academic literature pertaining to the topic.