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Craig W. Thomas
PB AF 511
Seattle Campus

Managing Politics and the Policy Process

Examines broad aspects of organizational life and orients students to key internal and external challenges and opportunities of managing public and nonprofit organizations. Main topics include organizational mission, values, communication, culture, organizational environment and the policy process, legislative-executive relations, interest group advocacy, and media relations.

Class description

This course is the first in a year-long sequence of core management courses designed to provide practical insights into patterns and problems in public and nonprofit organizations. This course covers skills for managing the political and policy contexts within which an organization operates. Managerial strategies will be examined through case studies and general readings.

Student learning goals

How to situate yourself within an organization or a policy environment;

Understanding and practicing leadership and management;

Mapping key characteristics such as mission and objectives;

Developing a repertoire of strategies and options for responsible and effective action;

Communicating effectively.

General method of instruction

Class meetings involve large and small group discussions about the assigned cases and readings

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Two memo assignments One group progject

Each memo is 25% of the course grade The group project is 25% of the course grade Class participation is 25% of the course grade


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Course Syllabus
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 11/25/2008