The course focuses on the role of policy advocacy as an essential tool in shaping governmental and corporate policies. Understanding advocacy practices is essential to improved program outcomes across organizations, including schools, nonprofits and the government. Students will apply existing best practices and analytical frameworks to analyze the role of advocacy in issue emergence, policy making and policy implementation across different political, institutional and cultural contexts. Students learn how to execute policy research and analysis, map political systems and actor positioning and develop appropriate advocacy strategies advancing constituent interests. Students will also explore the leadership dimensions of building diverse and inclusive advocacy coalitions, develop effective communication strategies and address opponents and counter-mobilization.