Spring 2021  |  PA 5290 Section 005: Topics in Planning -- Local Leadership: Municipal Governance and Policy (66118)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
12 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
 
03/09/2021 - 05/03/2021
Wed 05:30PM - 08:15PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
Class will be offered REMOTELY. Class will meet synchronously-online during Spring 2021 during the scheduled time. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?+PA5290+Spring2021
Class Description:

Explore the expanding and unique role of the city in today's world and our increasing reliance on cities to solve big policy problems. The environment for city policy-making is rapidly changing, with the influence of social movements and protest, higher levels of engagement with city government, and use of a race equity lens to redefine the priorities of public entities. In 2021 we will explore big challenges facing local government using discussion, exercises, and guest speakers for inspiration and real world examples. This year will include an in-depth look at city charters as an instrument of structural and public policy change, with examples drawn from Minneapolis and around the country.


Past guest speakers include: Edina City Manager Scott Neal, St Paul Council President Amy Brendmoen, former Virginia Council Member Nevada Littlewolf, Director of Minneapolis' Race and Equity Division Joy Marsh Stephens, and League of Minnesota Cities Executive Director Dave Unmacht.


Why take this class?

  • Understanding local government structure, power relationships, and policy making authority is key to those who will work in and interact with city, county, and regional government systems. As state and federal government continues to struggle political and philosophical divides, local government remains at the forefront of many significant public policy change efforts.

  • Understand the basic structure and functions of local government and the roles of stakeholders inside and outside of government.

  • Identify and analyze pressures on local government and individuals in local government.

  • Engage with those who seek to influence local government decisions, such as community advocates, lobbyists, elected officials and city staff, and explore their motivations and objectives.

  • Understand the policy making process at the local government level and how to impact that process.


Instructor Elizabeth Glidden was a Minneapolis City Council Member for 12 years, including 4 as Council Vice President, and today is the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Policy at the Minnesota Housing Partnership. During her time on the Minneapolis Council, Elizabeth authored the city's safe and sick time ordinance, $15 per hour minimum wage, Ranked Choice Voting election reform, and helped create the City's first Department of Race and Equity.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate school students; others with permission.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the basic structure of local government and the roles of stakeholders inside and outside of government.
  • Identify and analyze pressures on local government and individuals in local government.
  • Engage with those who seek to influence local government decisions, such as community advocates, lobbyists, elected officials and city staff, and explore their motivations and objectives.
  • Understand the policy making process at the local government level and how to impact that process
Grading:

A = 100%-90%

B = 89%-79%

C = 78%-68%

D = 68%-59%

F = less than 59%

Class Format:
Class lecture and discussion; frequent guest speakers.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66118/1213
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/glid0004_PA5290_Spring2021.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/glid0004_PA5290_Fall2018.docx (Fall 2018)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
16 December 2020

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