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GPP 591N Special Topics in Public Policy - POWER & PRACTICE

Offerings respond to current policy debates, topics of emerging interest, availability of visiting scholars, and interest in non-traditional courses incorporating practitioner expertise, interest in particular disciplinary perspectives missing from core courses and electives, and interest in specific regions or countries.

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
RestrictedGPP 591N 001Web-Oriented Course2 Mon Wed9:0012:00

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Over the course of 12 three-hour studio sessions students will develop the knowledge and skills they need for a greater understanding of their own power and how to navigate the corridors of power they will walk as they implement their vision in the real world. The course builds on the Fall 2019 Power and Practice offering with expanded time to allow for more practitioners to join us and to include a case study.

Specific areas students will explore include:

cultivating a purposeful and focused commitment to creating a more just world

gaining insight into successful approaches to engaging public officials and others who can assist them as they work to implement their vision

an understanding of the practice of power and how it plays out in their daily interactions as a policy-maker or practitioner in their chosen field of practice.

The course will culminate in the Power Game, a role-playing game that gives students the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge and skills to use to effectively use power and influence to get things done in a simulated City Council meeting.