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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

 

MAPL Course Descritions

MAPL Elective Classes

MAPL 5110 - Ethics in Politics
MAPL 5301 - Campaigns and Elections
MAPL 5308 - Impact of Art and Social Change
MAPL 5309 - Legal System and Public Policy
MAPL 5315 - Sustainable Development Policy and Advocacy
MAPL 5400 - Political Organizing and Advocacy in the Digital Age (online)
MAPL 5405 - Impact of Group Identity on the Policymaking Process

MAPL Concentration Required Classes

MAPL 5111 - Labor Organizing
MAPL 5113 - Labor and Political Economy
MAPL 5200 - Advocacy and Lobbying: Strategies and Tactics
MAPL 5202 - Nonprofits and Government
MAPL 5311 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Elected Branch
MAPL 5312 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Executive Branch

MAPL Required Core Classes (Taken with Cohort)

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

Internships (Arranged with Instructor)

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

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 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 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 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 5301 - Campaigns and Elections
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or Collegiate Grad student status or Grad School student status or #; A-F or Aud, fall semester, odd years)
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 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 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 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: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(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)
Opportunity to explore diverse topics in advocacy, to take advantage of new developments in the field and to explore current issues or events related to advocacy.

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MAPL 5400 - Political Organizing and Advocacy in the Digital Age
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or #; A-F or Aud, spring, even years)
Focus on digital technologies for advocacy and organizing and the challenges for democracy in a digital age. Student will (1) consider the opportunities and risks of social media for connected activism and public-policy making, (2) explore issues relating to digital justice and regulatory and policy issues affecting digital networks, (3) use existing software and application to find the data and research needed to build communities and make informed policy.

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MAPL 5405 - Impact of Group Identity on the Policymaking Process
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL or collegiate Grad or Grad Student status or #; A-F or Aud, spring semester, odd years)
Examines the impact of identity, particular race, on American public policy. Student will use critical racial theory to aid in understanding the continuing pervasiveness of racial elements in public policy development and develop a communication plan for advocacy around an issue with those racial elements.

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MAPL 5415 - 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.

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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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