The HARWA School found it necessary to offer a seminar in Government & Social Studies at the terminal levels. Generally, it allows pupils to have a broad understanding of comparative sociopolitical systems, domestic political structure, political economy, and sociopolitical aspects as they relate to foreign influence.

The program aims at concentrating on two parts of political studies: 1) political philosophy, whereby the students is assigned various contemporary writings, and 2) Caribbean and Haitian political writings.

Our curriculum offers great emphasis in police science, the prison system, the judicial and legislative processes, the executive branch, investigation, surveillance & subversive operations, journalism, diplomacy & international relations. Pupils also study European political structures and culture, ancient Afrikan political structures and culture, neo-colonial Afrikan political structures.

Students taking this class, especially those who have an interest in public affairs, may be assigned to do internship at a police station, courts, Mayor’s office, local municipalities, or parliament, depending upon their ability to master the materials discussed.

Occasionally, the “student-teacher” and the department’s chairperson may arrange to have guest speakers on campus to offer lectures, panels, regarding a particular topic in order allow students to expand their knowledge of the governmental system in Haiti. Most of these speakers and panelists may be police officers from the many different police sub-divisions, members of the parliament, Mayors, Senators, and other public servants and scholars. 

Each year the government department organizes a trip to the Dominican Republic, mainly Santo Domingo and Santiago, which lasts about half a week. In that trip, the pupil does an overall comparative observation of the Dominican government system as it relates to the Haitian diaspora, the socioeconomic aspects of Haitian immigrants, and Dominican cultural perspectives. Upon return, the class is divided into groups, and each group does a class presentation in front of Level 11 regarding their own observation.


Social Studies

This course is offered only to levels 11-12.  Upon completion pupils will show a solid foundation in historical and social science reasoning skills, communication, reading, and critical thinking.  This course is divided into two categories and levels, and combines the study of geography, history, politics, anthropology, as well as several other fields from the social sciences and humanities. 



The following are the courses offered through the Social Studies department:

  • Law & Society

  • Crime & Punishment

  • Government / Global Studies

  • Psychology

  • European Societies, Governments & Politics

  • Art, Technology, and Culture

  • History of Science and Ideas

  • 20th Century World History

World History & Geography

  • Physical/Cultural Anthropology

  • Religious Studies: Catholicism, Voodoo, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism