The academic component will focus upon four primary subject headings:
- Comparative Politics and the Development of Democratic Institutions;
- Leading and Managing the Democratic State;
- Citizenship, Private Action, and Private Enterprise; and
- Diversity and Inclusion of Groups in Democratic Institutions.
The academic curriculum employs a variety of pedagogical techniques, such as; lectures, faculty-led simulations, facilitated discussions, skill-building exercises, self-assessment exercises, and site visits. There is roughly one week allocated for each of these four topics.