PinkCow wrote:I'm particularly interested in classes at the Kennedy school, but the grading scheme looks pretty difficult, and P/F doesn't seem available. Also not sure how the .5/1 credit system works.
The grading scheme is not likely to be a serious problem unless you're the sort who flips out about an A-. People don't gun HKS classes, as a general rule, so the competition is not particularly stiff.
A class that is 0.5 credits at HKS counts as 1 credit at HLS, and it (usually) meets for half of the semester, either the first half or the second half. It's an ordinary number of hours per week while it meets (generally 3); it just ends early or starts late. A class that is 1 credit at HKS counts as 3 credits at HLS, and it's generally 3 hours per week.
The HKS schedule is a little off relative to the HLS schedule, because HKS uses a M/W or Tu/Th format, rather than HLS's consecutive days of the week. Also, the blocks of time in which classes are scheduled don't quite line up (although they're close). And HKS can start or end classes on slightly different days than HLS does, and they take slightly different holidays.
It looks as though the course listing is up here
, but I don't think you can get course evaluations easily. PM me with whatever you think you might be interested in and I can be more specific about what I think is worth taking and what is not.