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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 2015 Classes (Tentative Schedule)

Fridays 6pm to 9 pm (electives)
MAPL 5110 - Ethics in Politics
MAPL 5301 - Campaigns and Elections

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 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)


MAPL Course Descritions

MAPL 5110 - Ethics in Politics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F only, spring semester, odd years)
Develop a shared, rudimentary ethical code for participation in Minnesota advocacy and political life. The exercise in developing the code will be informed by reading a few of the major political/ethical theorists, by dialogue with various political/advocacy figures, and by case studies.

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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: Strategies 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 5301 - Campaigns and Elections
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F or Aud)
Overview of campaigns and elections, to include both the party nomination process and general elections, at the national, state, and local levels.

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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.

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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