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MAPL COURSES


All Courses Spring 2012 Summer 2012
Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Summer 2013
Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014
Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015

Fall 2014 Classes (Tentative Schedule)

Fridays 6pm to 9 pm (electives)

MAPL 5308 - Impact of Art and Social Change
MAPL 5309 - Legal System and Public Policy

Saturday 9am to 12pm (Core Classes)

MAPL 6001 The Political Process and Public Policy
MAPL 6005 - Political and Advocacy Leadership
MAPL 6004 Political Organizing and Communication
MAPL 6002 Policy Evaluation

Saturday 1:15pm to 4:15pm (Concentration Courses)
NOTE: Concentration Courses also serve as electives

MAPL 5113 - Labor and Political Economy
MAPL 5202 - Nonprofits and Government
MAPL 5312 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Executive Branch

Internships (Arranged with Instructor)

MAPL 6008--3 credit
MAPL 6009--2 credit

MAPL Course Descritions

MAPL 5113 - Labor and Political Economy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F or Aud, spring semester, annually)
This class is required for the Labor Organizing and Leadership Concentration. Overview of political economy and labor, examine different economic theories, changing economic policies and their impact on workers and labor, and examine specific case studies of political economy: the New Deal/Great Society policies, deindustrialization, monetary policy, globalization, welfare reform and taxation.

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MAPL 5202 - Nonprofits and Government: The Public and Private Partnership
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F or Aud, fall semester, annually)

This class is required for the Nonprofit Advocacy Concentration. Focuses on understanding the nonprofit sector and its many relationships with governments. Nonprofits and governments can be partners, adversaries, or sectors working on parallel paths. Students gain a better understanding of the nonprofit sector’s history, revenue sources, historic and current relationships with government, and strategies for positioning nonprofits for leadership in nonprofit and governmental interactions.

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MAPL 5308 - The Impact of Art on Social Change
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F or Aud, fall semester, even years)
Analysis and understanding of how art works influence public perception, political will, social policy. Topics include environmental protection, labor movement, attitudes toward war, civil rights, and gay and lesbian rights. Art forms examined include drama, literature, film, music, photography, painting.

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MAPL 5309 - Legal System and Public Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F only, spring semester, odd years)
Prepares advocates to understand the extent to which courts or more precisely the issues confronting our legal system drive policy and social change. Students will develop practical skills to seek legal remedies for their constituencies, and strategies for knowing when to choose the courts instead of the legislative process.

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MAPL 5312 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Executive Branch
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student or #, no Grad School cr; A-F or Aud, spring semester, annually)

Required for the Advocacy in the Public Sector Concentration. This class is designed for use by students wishing to work in government. Prepares students who have or will have careers in the executive branches of government, at the local, regional, state or national levels as elected officials, as political staff to these various elected officials, or as members of the bureaucracy. Students will become familiarized with how to find and use the best administrative practices as they related to personnel, resource and information management, with special emphasis on finding innovative solutions to management problems.

MAPL 6001 - Political Process and Public Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or cohort)
This is the first core course open only to students enrolled in the MAPL program. Offers familiarity with the concepts of agenda setting and policy development and with the variable meanings used in the political arena to define core concepts like equitable and efficient. After reading and reporting on a leading book from the public affairs literature, students focus primarily on a policy they wish to see enacted or changed, then prepare background papers and oral presentations arguing for that enactment or change.

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MAPL 6002 - Policy Evaluation
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or cohort)
This is the fourth core course open only to students enrolled in the MAPL program. Prepares students to understand and, in some cases, to perform, formal evaluations of policy proposals, including cost benefit analysis and other efficacy-based measures. Students will learn that neither public policy nor politics are or can be ethically neutral.

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MAPL 6004 - Political Organizing and Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Grad School or Collegiate Grad student or cohort)
This is the third core course open only to students enrolled in the MAPL program. Designed to give students an understanding of the sociological, intra-personal nature of political and advocacy communication as well as familiarity with successful advocacy writing and with modern organizing strategies.

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MAPL 6005 - Political and Advocacy Leadership
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or cohort)
This is the second core course open only to students enrolled in the MAPL program. Designed to help advocates strengthen abilities to lead wisely, ethically and effectively in political settings. Provides an interdisciplinary framework to explore the principles of power and leadership, and features effective political leaders from Minnesota and Wisconsin who discuss their principles of leadership.

MAPL 6008 - Advocacy Internship I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL student or #, no Grad School cr; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Internship experiences will be offered in the advocacy and political leadership program. Students will have supervised direct experience with an individual or organizational sponsor in advocacy.

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MAPL 6009 - Advocacy Internship
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-MAPL or #, no Grad School cr; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Internship experiences will be offered in the advocacy and political leadership program. Students will have supervised direct experience with an individual or organizational sponsor in advocacy.

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