Policy and Advocacy

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Policy and Advocacy
Fall 2024
Taught By: Mary Bryna Sanger
Section: A

CRN: 14415

Credits: 3

Advocates are change agents, and policy advocacy is a means toward social change. Most policy advocacy is undertaken by nonprofits and other nongovernmental actors and organizations seeking to change the policies and practices of government to promote particular values and policies. Policy advocacy may be practiced by social welfare providers, arts organizations, environmental groups, civil rights groups, public health advocates and many more who hold values and interests that they hope to promote through the appeal to change government policy and structure. While the ambitions of these diverse groups may differ, and the strategies they undertake are often contextual, successful policy advocacy for change usually has common characteristics and successful advocates rely on a set of common skills. This is the case whether the ambitions for change are sought at the national or local levels. This course is an effort to explore how policy advocacy is successfully practiced for purposes of social change. We will explore a variety of policy areas through scholarship, historical analysis, case studies and the literature of advocacy organizations to explore the elements of successful policy analysis, movement building around policy change, and the strategies and tactics for seeking policy goals that aim to engage, inform and influence other advocates, decisionmakers, policy implementers and the public. The semesters project is for each student to design an advocacy campaign to advance an issue for a client (public or nonprofit organization) of their choice. Advocates in a variety of fields will share their experiences with the class over the course of the semester.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano (MIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:42am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/9/2024