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All Courses Spring 2012 Summer 2012
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Spring 2012 Classes

Fridays 6pm to 9 pm (electives)

MAPL 5315 - Sustainable Development Policy and Advocacy
MAPL 5395: Special Topics - Financial Aspects of Advocacy Organizations

Saturday 9am to 12pm (Core Classes)

MAPL 6001 The Political Process and Public Policy
MAPL 6005 - Political and Advocacy Leadership
(replaces 2nd core class: MAPL 6003 Civic Engagement and Political Culture)
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 5111 - Labor Organizing
MAPL 5200 - Advocacy and Lobbying: Strategies and Tactics
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 5111 - Labor Organizing
(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 Labor Organizing and Leadership Concentration. Historical overview of the evolution of modern labor movement, examine the state of organized labor and labor organizing today, and analyze two emerging models of union leadership--social movement leadership and institutional leadership.

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MAPL 5200 - Advocacy and Lobbying: Starategies and Tactics
(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 Nonprofit Advocacy Concentration.  History, theory and current practice of nonprofits in educating and activating citizens to participate in the public dialogue. Special attention is given to the role of nonprofits as resources to elected and appointed policy makers.

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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.

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MAPL 5315 - Sustainable Development Policy Advocacy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-no Graduate School cr; A-F or Aud, fall semester, even years)
Focus on the politics of sustainable development, specifically transit and transportation, housing, community planning, business development, and the environment. Students will develop working knowledge of the legislative and legal processes surrounding sustainable development policy at the local/state/federal levels: how, when and by whom development decisions are made and how the process works.

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MAPL 5395 - Special Topics: Financial Aspects of Advocacy Organizations
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F or Aud)

This course is designed to familiarize students in the Advocacy & Political Leadership program with the business/financial side of advocacy organizations. Students will demonstrate basic competency in grant writing, in interpreting nonprofit and public sector budgets, and in filing basic campaign finance reports

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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 a 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 a 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 a 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)
Replacing MAPL 6003 as the second required core class. 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.

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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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