Power literacy is a skill that can be learned and perfected to make better public policy.

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Public Policy and Global Affairs
Year / Level: 5
Theme(s): Climate Justice and Social Science



This course is restricted to graduate students. 

The course will entail 12 three-hour studio sessions. During the first ten studios, students will gain insight into the practice of power and how it plays out in their daily interactions as a policy-maker or practitioner in their chosen field of practice. The course will culminate in The Power Game, a role-playing exercise designed to integrate knowledge with practice.

What is a studio?

“Studio” describes a place of practice and a type of pedagogy that include minimal “lecturing”, encouragement to be visual, an endeavor to bridge theory and practice as well as balancing team and individual thinking and doing. Studios are places of constructive critique with an emphasis on “thinking” and “communication”.

Learning outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the different types of power
  2. Develop a positive relationship with their personal power and connect it to their passion and purpose
  3. Effectively mobilize big goals in the workplace and society as a result of increased power literacy and power competencies such as building effective teams and effective communications


Check SSC to see if the course is currently offered and if you meet pre-requisites etc.

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Read a copy of the course syllabus to see reading lists, assignments, grading, and more.



Andrea Reimer

"Good ideas fail because people don't know their own power or how to navigate power. If we can ramp up power literacy, we can ramp up climate action."