590 Class Descriptions – UIS MPA

Spring, 2014

Betsy Goulet


PAD 590 Advocacy: Perspectives and Policies


The purpose of this course is to provide an overview and context of the study of advocacy as illustrated within public sector and nonprofit organizations.   As a student of public administration you may now or in the future be involved with an organization that requires legislative, philanthropic and/or community support.  To achieve these goals, it is critical to understand the types of skills and strategies that are a part of an advocacy effort.  This course will explore the basic concepts and approaches to advocacy including:

  • Policy development and implementation
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Collective impact and collaboration


Using child advocacy as an example, this course will examine the rationales for advocacy within the historical framework of policies and programs (public sector and nonprofit). Students will explore types of advocacy, current domestic and international advocacy issues and approaches.  This course builds on the MPA core courses and introduces new material central to the policy-making process (Kingdon’s Agenda-Setting Process, Downs’ Issue-Attention Cycle, and Sabatier’s Advocacy Coalition Framework)


PAD 590 Social Entrepreneurship: Mobilizing, Innovating, and Collaborating for Social Change


In this reality of shrinking budgets, agencies, nonprofits and social service programs are forced to do more with less.  This course examines the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship, a growing field that considers the impact of social entrepreneurs in developing innovative solutions to ongoing social problems.  Topics will address the role of social entrepreneurship in the development of partnerships among nonprofits, government, universities and corporations.  Online instruction will include social entrepreneurship case studies, team projects, and the design of an innovative strategy for social change.


Course Objectives

  • Students will understand the concept of social entrepreneurship and apply it to their chosen field.
  • Students will identify social entrepreneurs in their field and increase their understanding of how social entrepreneurship can mobilize and challenge people to solve social problems.
  • Students will complete the course with a better perspective on some of the more difficult social problems as well as the strategies designed to address them.