Spring 2022 Public Affairs Course Highlights

Academic Programs
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Sarah French
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

New Courses | Not Offered in 2022–2023 | Courses with New Instructors or Titles | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Highlights | Additional Course Flyers

Election Administration Certificate Courses

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New Courses

PA 5022, sec. 2: Contemporary Economic Policies (1.5 cr.)

Instructor: Morris Kleiner

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PA 5022 will cover current economic policies to include inflation, unemployment, labor force participation, wage determination, and income inequality. Key economic institutions will be discussed such as the role of the Federal Reserve System, monetary and fiscal policy, banking, international trade and foreign investments, and skill based technological change. These issues and other policies will be evaluated in the context of current economic approaches to the economy.

PA 5190, sec. 2: Chicanx and Latinx Politics (3 cr.)

Instructor: Guillermo Narvaez

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PA 5190 explores the theory and practice of Chicanx and Latinx politics through an analysis of experiences, social agency, and subsequent responses to larger political systems and behaviors. It examines unequal power relationships within the United States; the Latinx political movements for educational and social justice; and the relationship between social diversity, stratification, and the political economy. Additionally, in this session we will examine how demographic changes have impacted public participation of Latinx people in Minnesota.

Dr. Guillermo E. Narváez is a lecturer in Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota. His current research examines Latinx demographic changes in Rural Minnesota and the Midwest. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (2010-2018), and a Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Advanced Studies (2016).

PA 5290, sec. 2: Transportation Engineering Principles for Planners (2 cr.)

Instructor: Jason Cao

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Transportation planners interact with engineers on a daily basis. Because of different emphases of professional training, many planners who graduate from urban planning programs have experienced difficulty in communicating with transportation engineers. In response to feedback from Humphrey alumni, this course is developed to introduce fundamental concepts and principles of transportation engineering in terms of traffic volume and capacity, level of service, travel demand forecasting, traffic impact analysis, intersection control and signalization, safety and crash analysis, storm water management, infrastructure operation and maintenance, the ethics of a professional engineer, etc. It will bridge the gaps between the two closely related professions and help you succeed in your career in transportation.

PA 5290, sec. 3: Data and Tools for Planning (1.5 cr.)

Instructor: Hui Kong

PA 5290 is designed for students with and without much data analytic experience, who are interested to learn knowledge about data science, who want to use data in urban studies, who need to manage projects involving data analysis, and who need to make decisions based on insights from data..

PA 5790, sec. 1: Energy Transition in Rural America (1-2 cr.)

Instructor: Gabe Chan

PA 5790 explores cooperative utility governance, clean energy transition, policy and program issues attached to utility innovation and modernization challenges in rural areas. Students who register for 1 credit will do only the classroom work (meeting every other week in the classroom). Students who register for 2 credits do the classroom work AND conduct site visits to local energy facilities on the alternating weeks that include pre-work and reflection assignments.

PA 5790, sec. 2: Energy Transition in Rural America: Extended (3 cr.)

Instructor: Gabe Chan

PA 5790 explores cooperative utility governance, clean energy transition, policy and program issues attached to utility innovation and modernization challenges in rural areas. The 3-credit option includes the classroom work and the site visits on alternating weeks AND with a 1-week travel component from May 16 – May 20, 2022 to utility partners in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This 3-credit option will require a course fee, acknowledgement of travel requirements, and a permission number to register.

PA 5920, sec. 3: Advocacy Lab: Skills for Social Change (1.5 cr.)

Instructor: Bonnie Keeler

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Advocacy is both a process for enacting change and a theory of how change happens. This class will focus on the practical skills and applications of creating effective advocacy campaigns. The course will cover essential steps in designing and planning a campaign, including articulating a theory of change, creating a strong value proposition, targeting key audiences, mobilizing members, identifying tactics, raising funds, and evaluating success. Students will apply their knowledge to contemporary policy contexts and explore their own identity as an advocate.

Not Offered in 2022–2023

PA 5122: Law and Public Affairs (3 cr.)

Instructor: Devin Driscoll

Overview of evolution of American legal system. Role of courts, legislatures, and political actors in changing law. How law is used to change public policy. Devin Driscoll is an attorney with the firm Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. His practice is a mix of business litigation, energy and environmental regulatory matters, and appellate work. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Devin served as editor-in-chief of Minnesota Law Review volume 102. He was president of both the Asylum Law Project, a student-led immigration service project, and the student chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He served as a judicial law clerk for Justice David L. Lillehaug of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Chief Judge John R. Tunheim of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. In addition to his J.D., Devin holds a Master of Public Policy degree (2011) from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

PA 5209: Urban Planning and Health Equity (3 cr.)

Instructor: Yingling Fan

This interdisciplinary course examines the causes and consequences of place-based health disparities in cities, explores how health disparities can be mitigated and exacerbated by urban planning decisions, and introduces best practices in urban planning for achieving community health equity. The course will involve extensive readings, guest lectures, field-based assignments, data-collection activities, and local community involvement. Twin Cities has one of the largest disparities in health outcomes in the nation and local practitioners are pioneering new urban planning solutions to reduce place-based health disparities. The course will utilize this location advantage and use the region as an immersive learning environment.

Courses with New Instructors or Titles

PA 5104: Strategic Human Resource Management (3 cr.)

Instructor: Shahrin Upoma

Theory/practice of developing, utilizing, and aligning human resources to improve culture/outcomes of nonprofit/public organizations. HR strategy, individual diversity, leadership, selection, training, compensation, classification, performance appraisal, future HR practices.

PA 5113: State and Local Public Finance (3 cr.)

Instructor: Patrice Bourdeau-Quispe

Theory/practice of financing. Providing public services at state/local level of government. Emphasizes integrating theory/practice, applying materials to specific policy areas, and documenting wide range of institutional arrangements across/within the 50 states.

PA 5312, sec. 2: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Program Evaluation (2 cr.)

Instructor: Judy Temple

PA 5312 introduces students to cost-benefit analysis, the leading evidenced-based method for determining whether a government program or policy improves the well-being of society. Starting with the foundations of welfare economics, students learn how to monetize important benefits and costs associated with government activities. Topics include discounting future benefits and costs, the roles of standing and risk, ways of valuing human lives and other benefits that may be hard to value in dollar terms. Students will acquire skills needed to perform relevant calculations needed for the economic assessment of benefits relative to costs and the ability to critique the use of these methods regarding how they may advantage or disadvantage some members of society or particular types of policies. Policy areas include preventive interventions in social, health and education as well as applications in transportation and environmental policy. (Was previously a 5022 section.).

PA 5416: Economics of U.S. Social Insurance Programs (3 cr.)

Instructor: Maria Hanratty

PA 5416 will introduce you to the Economics of Social Insurance Programs. It begins by introducing a framework to evaluate the efficiency and equity of social insurance programs, drawing on theory from the economics of insurance programs and behavioral economics. It then applies this framework to social insurance programs such as workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, health insurance, social security, TANF and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Prerequisite: PA 5021 or other prior course in microeconomics. (Was previously a 5022 section.).

PA 5504: Transforming Development (3 cr.)

Instructor: Greta Friedemann-Sanchez

Emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, loss of species, and habitats are driven by our dominant definition of development and pose existential challenges to humankind. COVID-19 has laid bare the ethnic, racial, class, and gender inequalities in the ways societies across the globe lead material life (economy). Current social and environmental challenges are global and local in scale and challenge us to consider poverty alleviation not as an international issue and only of concern for low resourced communities and developing countries, but one in need of attention in every country in the world, including peoples in the wealthy West. This course examines the emerging pluriverse paradigm and some of the models intending to transform development: nature rights movement, community economy, solidarity movement, degrowth, transition design, and ontologies and epistemologies of First Nations in North and South America. We will contrast these development models to sustainable development goals and the green growth approach.

PA 5631: LGBTQ Politics and Policy PA (1.5 cr.)

Instructor: TBA

The advancement of LGBTQ rights in the United States has experienced unprecedented success over the last twenty years, shifting both public attitude towards and legal protection for LGBTQ Americans. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of current LGBTQ policy achievements in the United States, including the recognition of marriage equality in all 50 states, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, increased anti-discrimination protections, and rights for people who are transgender or gender non-conforming. Emphasis will be placed on how these victories were achieved, including background on the strategies and tactics used to generate policy results. We will also take a critical look at such milestones and examine what they mean for the entire LGBTQ population..

PA 5962: State Governing and Legislating: Working the Process (3 cr.)

Instructor: Briana Bierschbach

The Minnesota Capitol and rules and reality of state governance and legislating. Classroom discussions, high-profile guest speakers (including legislators, lobbyists and potentially the governor), and an extensive State Capitol practicum to explore state politics and policies.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Highlights

PA 5422: Diversity and Public Policy (3 cr.)

Instructor: David Stanton

Economics of diversity. Business/public administration cases for workplace diversity. Value of cultural competency in public/nonprofit organizations. Current policy debates on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and disability.

PA 5490, sec. 2: Restorative Practices: Policymaking and Activism (3 cr.)

Instructor: Raj Sethuraju

Restorative Practices are a way of being. Together we will explore and experience the depths of this indigenous practice. Students will examine the historical, sociological, criminological, psychological, educational, and religious perspectives about Restorative Practices. Topics include: Trauma and healing, Conflict and transformation, Racial Justice, Indigeneity of Restorative Practices, and Internal colonialism. Expectations include 30 hours of Service Learning with community, school, and other agencies.

PA 5920, sec. 4: Tribal-State Relations Workshop (0.5 cr.)

Instructor: Joseph Bauerkemper and Tadd Johnson

Minnesota is home to 11 sovereign Indian nations and about 120,000 American Indian people. Tribes are among the top 20 employers in the state, and tribal jurisdiction impacts thousands of acres of land in Minnesota both within and beyond reservation boundaries. While tribes share prominent nation-to-nation diplomatic relationships with the U.S. federal government, tribal relationships with state agencies are increasingly significant. Since the administration of Governor Jesse Ventura, each Minnesota governor has implemented an executive order focused on state relations with Indian nations. Under current Governor Tim Walz, Executive Order 19-24 provides a considerable mandate for state agencies to develop and implement tribal consultation policies and to build associated partnerships.

This half-credit workshop will introduce participants to the legal and policy contexts in which contemporary tribal-state relations occur. We will explore the shifting history of federal Indian policy, the often contentious past of tribal-state interactions, current emphases on building government-to-government relationships, and potential future trends. Participants will consider how their own civic and professional trajectories may connect to Indian nations, and we will collaboratively draw conceptual and practical links between tribal affairs and other areas of study in the Humphrey School. Will meet remotely on 1/29/2022 and 2/19/2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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PA 5405: Policy Implementation (3 cr.)

Instructor: Kaylee Myhre Errecaborde

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Policies are created by international organization, sovereign nations, elected officials, state and local administrators, front-line staff, and advocacy groups. This course introduces students to a multilevel implementation analysis framework. Students will use the step-wise framework to explore policy challenges of their own interest. Together, students will master a set of transferable skills, policy tools and approaches, allowing them to navigate complex policy systems in their personal and professional lives and create pathways for sustainable change. Learning from each other, we will explore how social processes involving power and culture shape implementation, ultimately impacting target populations.

PA 8991 / MBA 6504: Collaborative Initiatives Consulting Project (4 cr.)

Leveraging Cross-Sector Engagement to Enhance the Teacher of Color Pipeline in Minnesota

Instructors: Siddharth Chandramouli and Samantha Silker

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This course presents graduate students from diverse professional and graduate schools with the opportunity to participate in the development and launch of a cross-sector collaborative initiative, to work on a complex, important issue in our state, and to make connections with rising leaders from the Minnesota Young American Leaders Program and the senior leader who is mentoring their initiative. This project focuses on utilizing intentional and coordinated cross-sector collaboration to enhance the early stages of the teacher of color and indigenous teacher pipeline.

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