Fall 2022 Public Affairs Course Highlights

Academic Programs
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Late Additions | New CoursesOffered in Alternating YearsDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Highlights | New and Returning InstructorsMTAG and TRES classes

Late Additions/Changes

Public Policies on Work and Pay (PA 5431). 3 cr. Noah Wexler
ADDED: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Noah Wexler, a Public Affairs Ph.D. student, will teach PA 5431.

GAINS: Gender and Intersectional Network Series (PA 5622). 1 cr. Christina Ewig
Dates changed to 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11/, and 12/9.

LGBTQ Politics and Policy (PA 5631). 1.5 cr. Tia Gaynor
ADDED: Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00-5:15 p.m. (1st half of semester).

Unconventional Warriors: Non-State Actors and the Management of Violence (PA 5890-3). 3 cr. Dipali Mukhopadhyay
ADDED. In this course in global policy, students will take a closer look at a host of non-state armed actors whose origins can be traced back to pre-statal politics and international relations but whose presence can be felt very tangibly in 21st century geopolitics. Violence has always been a principal currency of socio-political interaction. We tend to associate unconventional forms of war-making with the post-September 11th era of geopolitics; in fact, a number of unconventional warriors have wielded violence before and, then, alongside states for centuries. And, while a great deal of today’s attention, both scholarly and policy-oriented, tends to focus in particular on terrorists and insurgents, a host of other non-state armed actors operate as what Vadim Volkov calls “entrepreneurs” in the field of violence. Their methods, motivations, and interests have evolved over time. Many of the factors that led to their emergence historically have ceased to exist, but these actors have adapted and transformed in ways that keep them relevant to this day. More at http://classinfo.umn.edu/.

Stakeholder Analysis Tools (PA 5920-1). 0.5 credits. John Bryson
The key to success in most policy and organizational change efforts is the satisfaction of key stakeholders according to their criteria for satisfaction. The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to a range of stakeholder identification, analysis, and engagement techniques that in combination can help advance change efforts in positive directions. The course will involve brief lectures and discussions followed by practice using some of the most important techniques. These include: basic identification techniques, power versus interest grids, stakeholder influence diagrams, bases of power versus directions of interest diagrams, techniques for discerning the common good, support versus opposition matrices, and participation planning matrices, among others. Key readings and worksheets will be provided.

Analysis of Discrimination (PA 8312). 4 cr. Samuel L. Myers Jr.
Schedule changed to Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:15 – 2:55 p.m.

The schedules for some classes, including PA 5002 and PA 5003, have also been adjusted.

New Courses

Change Leadership for ESG Action (PA 5771). 3 cr.
Steve Kelley and Laura Bishop

Sustainability is increasingly being defined broadly to include the environmental, social and governance (ESG) actions and effects of organizations. ESG concepts integrate environmental sustainability with diversity, equity and inclusion. Individuals working within organizations or seeking to join those organizations have expressed desires to affect the actions of an organization. This course aims to give students hands-on experience with a project investigating, designing, advocating for and implementing an ESG improvement in an existing or new organization.We imagine students in this course as future intrapreneurs (an employee of an organization who creates new opportunities or products in the style of an entrepreneur) transforming practices in existing organizations or as entrepreneurs seeking to create new sustainable organizations, or both. Steve Kelley has worked on sustainability policy in the Minnesota legislature, as Minnesota's Commissioner of Commerce and as a senior fellow at the Humphrey School. He has taught or co-taught courses in social entrepreneurship and policy problem- solving. Laura Bishop is a consultant who served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and as the Chief Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Officer for Best Buy.

Ethics and Global Health Rights (PA 5890, sec. 1). 3 cr.
Diana Quintero

The right to health worldwide is an urgent global social demand. Increasing mental health problems, unequal access to vaccination programs, and lack of access to sufficient and clean water are commonalities in the global north and the global south, but the impacts of the current global socio-economic crisis are striking differently to groups and societies. These impacts call for intersectional and contextualized analysis. See http://classinfo.umn.edu/ for a fuller description of the class. Diana Quintera is a Visiting Human Rights Engaged Scholar at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with 20 years of experience teaching and advocating health and equality rights of armed conflict victims, women, and people living under environmental risks

Offered in Alternating Years (Not Offered in 2023-2024)

Workforce and Economic Development (PA 5512). 3 cr.
Neal Young

Economic and workforce development examined from a U.S. context, exploring how rural and urban regional economies grow, why industries/employers locate where they do, and how workers decide where to live and work. Government and economic development practices related to businesses and innovation will also be addressed. Neal is an Economic Analysis Director with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
More about Neal can be found here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Highlights

The City of White Supremacy (PA 5206). 3 cr.
Ed Goetz

The title of this course is meant to signal the objective of scrutinizing how systems of white supremacy have shaped the American city and how the American city functions in ways that reproduce and reinforce white supremacy.  The first section of the course will focus on frameworks for understanding white supremacy generally, and as it relates to urban development specifically.  The second section considers specific domains of urban policy and planning using white supremacy as the analytic framework. In these weeks we examine how white supremacy has been expressed across a range of urban development issue areas, including housing, transportation, the urban environment, education, criminal justice, and urban design, and how policies and planning practice have maintained or disrupted systems of white supremacy.

Environmental Justice in Urban Planning & Public Policy (PA 5243). 3 cr.
Fayola Jacobs

Environmental racism can be defined as policies and practices that result in communities of Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPoC communities) being overexposed to environmental harms and being denied access to environmental goods. The environmental justice (EJ) movement in the United States was birthed in the 1980s with the aim of ending environmental racism. Early EJ activism was led by Black rural communities protesting the disproportionate presence of toxic waste facilities in their neighborhoods and Latinx migrant farmworkers who were overexposed to harmful pesticides.

The course begins by tracing the history of the EJ movement and unpacking the terms “racism” and “justice.” The main body of the course will focus on a series of issues that EJ scholars and activists address including pollution, greening, transportation, disasters, and climate change. The course ends with discussions and reflections on our roles, responsibilities and possibilities as public policy and planning scholars, researchers and practitioners to work towards ending environmental racism and achieving EJ for all.

Restorative Practices: Policymaking & Activism (PA 5490, sec. 1). 3 cr.
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. 

Tribal-State Relations Workshop (PA 5920, sec. 4). 0.5 cr. 
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 9/17/2022 and 10/1/2022 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New and Returning Instructors

Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management (PA 5003). 1.5 cr.
Patrice Bourdeau-Quispe

Finance/accounting concepts/tools in public/nonprofit organizations. Fund accounting. Balance sheet/income statement analysis. Cash flow analysis. Public/nonprofit sector budgeting processes. Lectures, discussions. Cases. Patrice Bourdeau Quispe is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the leadership and management area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include examining truth and integrity in budgets, especially at the state, county, and municipal levels; examining the performance of local governments in execution of their budgets; and furthering the research in performance budgeting by examining if adherence to best practices as recommended by budgetary institutions does, in fact, lead to desired outcomes expressed by citizens.  

Integrative Leadership: Leading Across Sectors to Address Grand Challenges (PA 5105). 3 cr.
David Weerts and Myles Shaver

Are you interested in working across government, business and the nonprofit sector for public good? Are you wondering how you can create sustainable shared leadership on challenges that can best be addressed together? Taught by a rotating team of interdisciplinary faculty, this course explores cross-sector leadership for public good from a variety of perspectives and provides an opportunity for students to work together to apply what they are learning. Students apply their learnings both individually and in teams through in-class exercises and a final, team-based cross-sector initiative proposal project. The lens of the course moves to the collaboration itself after a focus on the individual, looking at techniques and qualities of successful teams, including those composed of diverse individuals or organizations.

Managing Conflict: Negotiation (PA 5135). 3 cr.
Takeo Kuwabara. Will be in person

This course teaches the theory and the practice of negotiation strategies with an emphasis on applied, personal skill building constructed on a foundation of research and practice in the field. Students will apply their negotiation skills across interpersonal, public dispute, government, and private sector settings. The course focuses on developing students’ personal theory of practice for decision-making, effective communication and impactful leadership through practice of distributive bargaining, value creation, consensus building, facilitation, and mediation exercises and discussions. Takeo Kuwabara holds degrees from Harvard University, University of San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara. He is a certified mediator with experience working to resolve disputes utilizing facilitative dialogue and mutual gains negotiations techniques. Prior to joining the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Takeo taught with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the Bernard M Gordon MIT Engineering Leadership Program, focusing on negotiation, leadership, and influence.

Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Planning and Policy Analysis (PA 5271). 3 cr.
Rebecca Walker

This class is an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS). It will cover applications in public planning and policy analysis, operational skills in GIS software, mapping analysis of U.S. Census material, local and state government management and planning. And spatial statistical analysis for policy and planning. Rebecca is a Public Affairs Ph.D. student. More about Rebecca, her research, and how she uses GIS in it is available here.

Program Evaluation (PA 5311). 3 cr.
Weston Merrick

This course covers the core principles, methods, and implementation of evaluation research. Students will learn through an applied partnership with a nonprofit or state/local government clients. The course is designed for both students interested in a potential career in evaluation and those that want to be better consumers of research. Past programmatic/policy areas included health and human services, education, environment science, economic development, transportation, and evidence-based policymaking. Dr. Weston Merrick is a senior manager at Minnesota Management & Budget, where he leads the Impact Evaluation Unit. This team of data and social scientists evaluates the impact of investments in health and human services on the wellbeing of Minnesotans.

Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) and Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship (TRES) (Remote)

The following MTAG and TRES classes meet via Zoom five times during the semester with interactive Canvas assignments and other materials/activities between the sessions. Course descriptions and information about scheduling is available within schedulebuilder.umn.edu. (Select Duluth as the campus option, choose Fall 2022 as the term, and enter MTAG and/or TRES in the search box. Click on Show Sections to see schedule and instructor name.) The prerequisites will be waived but Humphrey School students who want to register for MTAG or TRES courses will need to contact the instructor for a permission number.  Register for these Duluth campus classes using the Multi-Institution Enrollment form (https://onestop.umn.edu/academics/multi-institution-enrollment). Classes taken in Fall 2022 could be applied to the following Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (which are starting in Fall 2022):  

For more details about these post-baccalaureate certificates, please contact Joseph Bauerkemper at [email protected].

Principles of Tribal Sovereignty I (MTAG 5110). 3 cr.
Joseph Bauerkemper

This course provides students with a general background of the history, development, structure, and politics associated with indigenous governments.  We will examine North American indigenous governance from pre-colonial times to the present, focusing on both the evolution and alteration of these governments as well as the difficult political decisions indigenous peoples faced when confronted by the colonizing forces of European states, the U.S., and individual states, and the modifications developed by indigenous nations in their efforts to retain and exercise their sovereign powers.

Administration Governance I (Strategic) (MTAG 5210). 3 cr.
Rebecca Webster 

This course will provide an overview of the integration and application of strategic management principles in tribal governments.  Topics will include the development of mission statements, goals, strategies, and approaches to implementation.  The course will focus on tribal strategic plans and issues specific to tribes, such as the federal-tribal relationship, tribal constitutions, and tribal ordinances and regulations.  Also, the role of federal and state government policymakers as they interrelate with administrators in strategic management decisions will be studied.

Advanced Tribal Administration and Governance I (Human Resources) (MTAG 5230). 3 cr.
Rebecca Webster

This course will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of solving problems, the activity that takes up the majority of a tribal manager's day.  Human resource management will be emphasized.  The use of tribal hypothetical and real-life situations will be heavily relied upon.  Case studies of reservations and tribal organizations will be utilized to define problems, collect and analyze data, and seek creative solutions. The use of analogy, brainstorming, the scientific method, systems analysis, and graphic representations will be studied, as well as the role of federal and state government policymakers as they interact with administrators on human resources matters.

Foundations of Leadership and Ethics in Indigenous Community Life and Organizations (MTAG 5310). 3 cr.
David Degroat

This course will develop a general understanding of leadership and ethics.  Content will include a survey of basic philosophies, models, figures, and applications to community-based scenarios and institutions.  Western scholarship will be contrasted with Indigenous perspectives and lived experience as a means of exploring cultural difference.  The role of traditional values and beliefs, internalized oppression, and contemporary community institutional dynamics are core course topics.

Tribal Finance, Accounting, and Budgets I (MTAG 5430). 3 cr. Kimberly Greiner

This course will provide an overview of financial terms, processes, agencies, and laws as they apply to tribal governments. It will focus on overseeing budgeting, bookkeeping, accounting, and purchasing functions; interpreting financial statements; conducting due diligence; and negotiating indirect cost rates with the federal government. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the federal government in tribal financial management, the role of tribal sovereign immunity in financial transactions, and the roles of tribal accountants and auditors

Federal Indian Law I (MTAG 5530). 3 cr.
Douglas Thompson

This course examines the formulation, implementation, and evolution of Indian policy from pre-colonial times to the self-governance era. This course provides a chronological framework and theoretical context in which policies, programs, and events can be seen interacting with each other to produce the cumulative body of treaties, statutes, and court decisions. Students analyze major federal Indian policies that define indigenous/federal political relationship, examining the views and attitudes of policy-makers and gauging the reactions of indigenous nations to those policies.

Foundations of Indigenous Environmental Systems and Worldviews (TRES 5100). 3 cr.
Wendy Todd

This introductory course explores environmental resources, practices, and stewardship from tribal perspectives. A variety of instructional experiences including sharing circles, guest lectures and field study introduce students to related Indigenous knowledge, management systems and stewardship practices. The current needs of tribal communities are examined through studying the idea of Native scholars, traditional teachers and environmental activists. More about Wendy here.

Tribal Natural Resource Program Management I (TRES 5101). 3 cr.
Douglas Thompson

Through consideration of multiple perspectives regarding value and exchange, this course pursues micro- and macroeconomic analyses of natural resources under tribal stewardship. Key topics can include modes of valuation, resource markets, sustainability, pollution control, benefit-cost analysis, air and water quality, waste management, and conservation.

To register for these Duluth classes, follow the steps at Multi-Institution Enrollment. You will submit the Application to Register at Multiple University of Minnesota Campuses form. Contact Jen Guyer-Wood (MPA), Alyssa Callen* (MPP/MURP), Carla Mantel (PA PhD), Olivia Schares (MS-STEP), Amelia Shindelar (MHR), or Laura Bell (MDP) for the “Advisor’s signature.” Sherlonda Clark ([email protected]), Humphrey School Director of Admissions, will provide the “Financial aid officer signature” and can advise on how Humphrey School merit aid might be affected. You may want to consult One Stop regarding possible effects on grants, loans, and non-Humphrey School scholarships. You may contact Stacey Grimes ([email protected]) if you have questions about this process.

*Will be replaced by new MPP/MURP coordinator later in Spring Semester. 

See http://classinfo.umn.edu/ and the class schedule for more details about these and other Public Affairs classes.