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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-524
Topics in Public Affairs and Advocacy (1)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section; may be repeated for credit with different topic. One-credit hour advanced workshops conducted by public affairs professionals are offered in specific public affairs areas such as grass roots lobbying; coalition building; and lobbying on the Internet. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: GOVT-110 or GOVT-620, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-524
001
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Affairs and Advocacy (1)

The Use of Internet in Advocacy Campaigns

This course is designed to cover strategies and tactics for using the internet and other network technologies to influence the formation of public policy. Students explore how to incorporate these technologies into campaigns to educate the public on current policy initiatives, mobilize grassroots action, and directly engage policy influencers (policymakers, press, policy professionals, bloggers, online organizers, and social network influencers). Students are required to produce a group campaign plan to present to the class.

GOVT-524
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Affairs and Advocacy (1)

Managing Advocacy Campaigns

Successful campaigns can no longer rely merely on the most connected lobbyist with the most resources. Winning campaigns increasingly require leaders who motivate stakeholders, generate needed resources, manage the moving parts, and execute strategies and tactics with judgment, precision, and accountability. Students learn successful tactics from practitioners in the field and work will culminate in a written assignment.

GOVT-524
003
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Public Affairs and Advocacy (1)

Workshop on Ethics and Lobbying

This course explores the purpose and role of ethics and lobbying in a democratic and pluralistic society. The class discusses the rules and regulations governing lobbying and related activities; guidelines for conducting best practices as a professional; the role and impact of campaign contributions on the process and the profession; and perspectives about the norms of public advocacy from academics and lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Support for the workshop comes from the Bryce Harlow Foundation.