This course is organized as a series of discussion sessions with officials, managerial staff, and experts in government agencies, international organizations, business entities, NPOs, and research institutions in the United States. Under the guidance of the instructor with the given overarching theme, students are required to prepare a proposal for discussion on public policy issues with counterparts at a target organization of their choice. In their own discussion sessions, students are asked to lead and moderate a meeting discussion. Each student is also required to submit a blogpost-style report on the chosen topic enriched by discussion during the field workshop. The total number of students allowed to participate will be limited up to about eight due to the nature of the course involving a series of intensive discussion.
The instructor will decide target organizations on the basis of student proposal.
Examples of the past host organizations by location are as follows.
Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, George Washington University, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), JAXA Washington DC, National Institutes of Health (NIH), New America, SpaceX, The Atlantic, U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), and World Bank Group
Princeton: Princeton University
New York: Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute, ideas42, International Peace Institute, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, UNESCO's Liaison Office to the UN, UN Women, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)