Participatory Policymaking: Co-Production of Knowledge in Nonprofits in Communities of Color

PADM-GP.4116, 1.5 points.


In this course, we will explore the challenges as well as opportunities for creating and enacting effective public policies. Specifically, we will examine what counts as knowledge or evidence in the policy making process; how the opinions and experiences of marginalized groups are taken into account or consideration; and the ways in which communities and non-profit organizations mobilize to have their needs met and voices heard in the public sphere.

The main objective of this course is to expose students to current and relevant policy discussion and debates. Upon completion of this course, students should: (1) have gained a more thorough understanding of the co-production of knowledge and organizing frameworks used by advocates and non-profit leaders to have their needs met in the public sphere; (2) an understanding of the significance of public opinion, framing, and agenda setting to the policy making process; (3) understand the role of discrimination and historic inequalities in the distribution and allocation of resources in society; and (4) be better prepared to analyze, discuss, and write about key issues in public policy.

Prerequisites: none

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2015Rachel SwanerSyllabus
Spring 2014Rachel SwanerSyllabus
Spring 2013Rachel SwanerSyllabus
Fall 2011C. Nicole MasonSyllabus
Fall 2010C. Nicole MasonSyllabus
Fall 2009C. Nicole MasonSyllabus
Fall 2008Andrew FriedmanSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Spring 2015Rachel SwanerEvaluation
Spring 2014Rachel SwanerEvaluation
Spring 2013Rachel SwanerEvaluation
Fall 2011Mason, NicoleEvaluation
Fall 2010Mason, NicoleEvaluation
Fall 2009Mason, NicoleEvaluation
Fall 2008Friedman, AndrewEvaluation
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Swaner, Rachel L

Weekly Schedule:
Mon - 4:55 pm to 6:35 pm

Session Dates:
01/26/2015 to 03/14/2015

Bldg:GCASL Room:265