Program Content and Methodology

Program Content

Program Content

The curriculum has evolved over the last four years to include an increasing and more robust roster of speakers, professors and activities. The program content is divided into four modules with the purpose of generating greater understanding in each of the four areas, with an emphasis on concrete concepts and practical tools in order to promote agents of change in the region.

Courses include topics such as:

  • Leadership techniques
  • Effective communication skills
  • Leadership ethics and values
  • Foundations for democracy
  • Political leadership in Latin America
  • Public policy administration and project management
  • Competitiveness in the public sector
  • International strategic alliances and integration
  • Civil society and civic participation
  • Social networks and virtual networks
  • Social and community management
  • Strategic planning and development of social projects
  • Contemporary models of business leadership and management
  • Business administration tools
  • Corporate Social Responsibility


The GCL Program has a duration of 12 weeks, in which the following educational methodology is applied:

  • Academic courses – Classes given by Georgetown University faculty as well as professors from other Ibero-American countries and institutions. Courses are multidisciplinary with a focus on the economic, social and political aspects of competitiveness and integral development.
  • Applied Project – Leaders are to develop a project related to the objectives of the course which is to be implemented in their country. These should be executable and viable projects that produce a multiplier effect that benefits the country’s development (social, economic, political and/or moral), regional integration and Latin America’s insertion on a global level. These projects will be presented to members of the Latin American Board and will be evaluated periodically after completion of the program.
  • Live Case study – Rather than receiving a case study in the classroom, GCL participants are assigned to groups which represent different telecommunications companies. Groups must research and produce their own information in real time, and after a week of courses, negotiations and other activities, they must compete to see which “company” develops the best strategy going forward. This is only one of the many times they must work in teams throughout the program.
  • Debate Tournament – In order to promote enhanced communication skills, participants obtain an introduction to rhetoric and diverse tools for developing arguments. All participants are split into teams which must prepare for both sides of a debate, only to find out which side they will argue minutes before the debate.
  • Visits – Participants visit important multilateral institutions, think tanks and public figures with a focus on the region. Students have the opportunity to discuss ideas for national projects and other important issues with leading experts in Washington D.C.
  • Speakers – Special guests are invited to speak about their areas of expertise in relation to the topics on the academic calendar, giving the participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and create links with important leaders.