Academics

Government Relations

Course Number: 
GAFL 551
Instructor: 

Semester: 

  • Fall 2017
Course Format: 
On-Campus
On-Campus
On-Campus Day(s): 
Thursday
On-Campus Time: 
6:00pm-9:00pm
Course Description: 

In a system of representative government, organizations and individuals with interests at stake often seek the support of a governement relations professional. This course addresses government relations from the varying perspectives of the current or aspiring professional, the client, and the government official. It is designed to provide the students with an introduction to government affairs and lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels of governement and to illustrate how lobbying and the lobbyists shape and affect public policy. The course is not designed as a how-to in lobbying, but, rather, it is designed to expose students to lobbying and, more importantly, the lobbying process. To that end, students will draw on many disciplines, such as psychology, law, history, political science, urban affairs, economics, foreign policy, domestic policy, and others, to understand the complex mosaic of the lobbying and legislative processes.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu