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MASTER IN ADVOCACY AND POLITICAL LEADERSHIP (MAPL)
College of Liberal Arts
College of Liberal Arts - Adm
 
MAPL 5110 - Ethics in Politics: Developing a Shared Ethical Code for Involvement in MN Advocacy, Political Life
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
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.



MAPL 5111 - Labor Organizing
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
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.



MAPL 5113 - Labor and Political Economy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
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.



MAPL 5200 - Advocacy and Lobbying: Strategies and Tactics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
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.



MAPL 5202 - Nonprofits and Government: The Public and Private Partnership
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
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 sectors history, revenue sources, historic and current relationships with government, and strategies for positioning nonprofits for leadership in nonprofit and governmental interactions.



MAPL 5301 - Campaigns and Elections
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
Overview of campaigns and elections, to include both the party nomination process and general elections, at the national, state, and local levels.



MAPL 5308 - The Impact of Art on Social Change
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Analysis and understanding of how art influences public perception, political will and social policy. Topics include environmental protection, the labor movement, attitudes toward war, civil rights, and gay and lesbian rights. Art forms examined include drama, literature, film, music, photography, painting.



MAPL 5309 - Legal System and Public Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
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.



MAPL 5311 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Elected Branch
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Prepares students 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.



MAPL 5312 - Advocacy in the Public Sector: Service in the Executive Branch
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
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 familiar 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.



MAPL 5315 - Sustainable Development Policy Advocacy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
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.



MAPL 5395 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
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.



MAPL 5400 - Political Organizing and Advocacy in the Digital Age
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, summer, every year)
This course will explore the rapid growth of online advocacy and the central role digital media play in political and advocacy campaigns. Students will develop their own mini-campaigns using the techniques and principles discussed in the class.



MAPL 5414 - Current Issues in Advocacy & Political Leadership
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Graduate student; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
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.



MAPL 6001 - Political Process and Public Policy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
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.



MAPL 6002 - Policy Evaluation
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
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.



MAPL 6003 - Civic Engagement and Political Cultures
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL student or instructor consent; fall, spring, every year)
Identification of at least four major issues currently facing the policymakers in Minnesota and/or the nation. Using historical analysis, students will ascertain how these issues came to be what they currently are and attempt to analyze where they might go, given the political culture in the state and nation. Students will quickly survey and critique the philosophical foundations of American politics, from Jefferson and Madison to Rawls and Martin Luther King.



MAPL 6004 - Political Organizing and Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL student or instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
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.



MAPL 6005 - Political and Advocacy Leadership
(3.0 cr; Prereq-MAPL student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for MAPL 5307; A-F only, spring, even academic years)
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 instructor consent; 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.



MAPL 6009 - Advocacy Internship
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-MAPL student or instructor consent; 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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