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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

Spring 2014 Classes

Fridays 6pm to 9pm (electives)

MAPL 5315 - Sustainable Development Policy and Advocacy
MAPL 5414 - Current Topics in Advocacy and Political Leadership- Financial Aspects of Advocacy Organizations

Saturday 9am to 12 pm (core classes)
MAPL 6001 The Political Process and Public Policy
MAPL 6005 Political Advocacy and Leadership
MAPL 6004 Political Organizing and Communication
MAPL 6002 Policy Evaluation

Saturday 1:15 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 5311 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Elected Branch

Internships (Arranged with Instructor)

MAPL 6008--3 credit organizing internship (135 hours)
MAPL 6009--2 credit policy internship (90 hours)

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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 5311 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Elected Branch
(3.0 cr; Prereq-No Grad School cr; A-F or Aud, fall semester, annually)

Required for Advocacy in the Public Sector Concentration. Prepares for current or future careers in the elected branches of government, at the local, regional, state or national level as members of councils, boards, the Legislature or Congress, or as staff to those elected. Familiarizes students with three essential skills for persons interested in such careers, instruction on understanding and using public opinion measurement, instruction on best practices for those operating as staff to elected or appointed officials, and instruction on media relations in a political setting; all three skills-oriented segments will be taught by guest lecturers with outstanding credentials; the first and last three-hour periods of the class will discuss the ethical dimensions of working in the political realm.

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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 5414 - Current Issues in Advocacy & Political Leadership
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or #; A-F or Aud)

This course provides students with in-depth insight into timely political advocacy issues of the day. Students will become proficient in the context, the arguments, and the specific techniques used to advocate for and against these specific issues.

TOPIC: Financial Aspects of Advocacy Organizations
The main activity around which the course centers is the creation of a nonprofit organization by each student. Students will establish the mission of the organization, establish a projected budget for it, and create a fundraising plan to gather the necessary money. A secondary goal of the course will be familiarizing students with the rules and best practices surrounding financing political campaigns in Minnesota and Wisconsin (or other state).

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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 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.

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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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