Faculty: James F. Kenney

Councilman at Large, City of Philadelphia

Email: james.kenney@phila.gov

Courses Taught

Local Elective Politics (Spring 2012)

Spring 2012
Course Section: 
001
Wednesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Sweeney Room
Full-Time
Executive

This course explores how people get elected to public offices in city
government. Success in getting elected may depend as much upon political
institutions, processes, and people as upon the issues, interests and values
that appear to be at stake. This course studies both, with special attention
to a set of congressional and local government contests in the Philadelphia
area. We will focus on the tools needed to run for a big city office in the
21st century, and feature guest appearances from media consultants, press
secretaries, pollsters, and other political professionals to help you learn
how to use these campaign tools properly.

Local Elective Politics (Spring 2013)

Spring 2013
Course Section: 
001
Wednesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Sweeney Room
Full-Time
Executive

This course explores how people get elected to public offices in city
government. Success in getting elected may depend as much upon political
institutions, processes, and people as upon the issues, interests and values
that appear to be at stake. This course studies both, with special attention
to a set of congressional and local government contests in the Philadelphia
area. We will focus on the tools needed to run for a big city office in the
21st century, and feature guest appearances from media consultants, press
secretaries, pollsters, and other political professionals to help you learn
how to use these campaign tools properly.

Urban Government in Action (Fall 2012)

Fall 2012
Course Section: 
001
Saturday
2:00-5:30 pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Seminar Room
Full-Time
Executive

This class explores how city administrators and legislatures have addressed the critical issues facing urban America today, including fighting urban blight and transforming neighborhoods, public school funding, public financing of sports stadiums, reducing the tax burden, public health issues like smoking bans, legislative redistricting, crime and safety issues, campaign finance reform, economic development issues like tax increment financing, race relations, welfare reform, public transportation, and how to reverse job and population losses. The overriding goal is to place in context the various ways that elected officials approach complex issues, towards a more realistic understanding of how to influence a proposal as it works its way through the process towards implementation. This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Local Elective Politics (Spring 2014)

Spring 2014
Course Section: 
001
Wednesday
6:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Sweeney Room
Full-Time
Executive

This course explores how people get elected to public offices in city
government. Success in getting elected may depend as much upon political
institutions, processes, and people as upon the issues, interests and values
that appear to be at stake. This course studies both, with special attention
to a set of congressional and local government contests in the Philadelphia
area. We will focus on the tools needed to run for a big city office in the
21st century, and feature guest appearances from media consultants, press
secretaries, pollsters, and other political professionals to help you learn
how to use these campaign tools properly.

Urban Policy Issues (Fall 2013)

Fall 2013
Course Section: 
001
Saturday
2:00-5:00 pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Sweeney
Full-Time
Executive

This class explores how city administrators and legislatures have addressed the critical issues facing urban America today, including fighting urban blight and transforming neighborhoods, public school funding, public financing of sports stadiums, reducing the tax burden, public health issues like smoking bans, legislative redistricting, crime and safety issues, campaign finance reform, economic development issues like tax increment financing, race relations, welfare reform, public transportation, and how to reverse job and population losses. The overriding goal is to place in context the various ways that elected officials approach complex issues, towards a more realistic understanding of how to influence a proposal as it works its way through the process towards implementation. This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Urban Policy Issues (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014
Course Section: 
001
Saturday
2:00pm-5:00pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Sweeney Room

This class explores how city administrators and legislatures have addressed the critical issues facing urban America today, including fighting urban blight and transforming neighborhoods, public school funding, public financing of sports stadiums, reducing the tax burden, public health issues like smoking bans, legislative redistricting, crime and safety issues, campaign finance reform, economic development issues like tax increment financing, race relations, welfare reform, public transportation, and how to reverse job and population losses. The overriding goal is to place in context the various ways that elected officials approach complex issues, towards a more realistic understanding of how to influence a proposal as it works its way through the process towards implementation. This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.

Modern Elections & Campaign Management (Spring 2015)

Spring 2015
Course Section: 
001
Wednesday
6:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: 
James F. Kenney
Fels Sweeney Room

This course explores how people get elected to public offices in city
government. Success in getting elected may depend as much upon political
institutions, processes, and people as upon the issues, interests and values
that appear to be at stake. This course studies both, with special attention
to a set of congressional and local government contests in the Philadelphia
area. We will focus on the tools needed to run for a big city office in the
21st century, and feature guest appearances from media consultants, press
secretaries, pollsters, and other political professionals to help you learn
how to use these campaign tools properly.

This course will provide a crash course in modern American campaign
management. Each week, students will be given the opportunity to gain a firmer
grasp of nine core competencies essential to any successful political campaign.
Targeted reading assignments and useful in-class workshops will reinforce highly
interactive class discussions and student presentations to a list of highly diverse and accomplished campaign experts.

Upon completion of this course, students will be:

  • Confident in their ability to join a political campaign of any level and display a strong command of fundamentals, regardless of their duties or department;

  • Exposed to the underlying dynamics (political, social, economic, etc.) that shape voter behavior;
  •  Taught winning campaign strategies by industry-leading campaign operatives and elected officials with whom students will interact in a series of weekly interactive skill-building exercises; and
  • Introduced to modern tactics being used to predict, and occasionally change, outcomes.

 This course satisfies an elective requirement in the Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Politics programs.