Spring for 2017-2018
This course examines the historic role nonprofit organizations have played in influencing public policy, building movements, organizing issue campaigns, and fostering civic engagement as well as the changing relationships nonprofits have had with government, business and the media. It looks at many of the current policy and advocacy initiatives in fields such as, the environment, poverty, civil rights, consumerism, health, tax/budget issues, and government reform. The course also provides an overview of the diverse strategies being used by nonprofit organizations to carry out their mission, such as organizing, legal services and litigation, research, voter education, lobbying, policy formulation, public education, and coalition building. Class involves a mix of guest speakers, student engagement, and faculty lecture. A small, informal reception will follow each class to give students an opportunity to interact with outstanding guest speakers.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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