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GOVT-524 Topics in Pub Affairs/Advocacy Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course

Topics in Public Affairs and Advocacy (1) Topics vary by section. 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: fall and spring. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: GOVT-110 or GOVT-620. Restriction: minimum 2.5 GPA.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Internet in Advocacy Campaigns
The Use of Internet in Advocacy Campaigns (1) 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 produce a group campaign plan to present to the class.
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Managing Advocacy Campaigns
Managing Advocacy Campaigns (1) As the lobbying profession matures, the skills and understanding this practice requires expand and become more sophisticated. The spectrum of lobbying techniques has dramatically evolved over the past twenty-five years. Whereas previously the main focus of lobbyists was direct personal contact with key public officials or staff, today major advocacy campaigns call on a variety of available techniques that go beyond direct contact. This course explores those techniques and culminates in a presentation of a lobbying plan.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: 500-LEVEL Course
Section Title: Workshop on Ethics & Lobbying
Workshop on Ethics and Lobbying (1) 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 (including the 2007 House and Senate lobbying reforms and President Obama's 2009 executive order related to lobbyists); guidelines for conducting best practices as a professional; the role and impact of campaign contributions on the process and the profession post Citizens United; as well as perspectives about the norms of public advocacy from academics and lobbyists on Capitol Hill. Support for the workshop comes from the Bryce Harlow Foundation.