Take Action: From Protest to Policy

In Take Action, you will learn four strategies for transforming your activist work into policy change. First, we\'ll explore how to use the courts to mobilize constituents, raise awareness, gain information, and change the law. Second, we\'ll analyze the benefits of communicating your message across platforms and review a case study in cross-platform communication of a criminal justice reform message in the U.S. Third, we\'ll examine how to connect to power through stakeholder analysis and issue framing. Fourth, we\'ll appraise the benefits of working locally to generate wins, gain knowledge, and create meaningful change. By the end of this course, you will be able to formulate a comprehensive plan for real world change. This course will engage you if you care about specific issues such as climate change, racial justice, or mass incarceration, or if you want a broader understanding of how the U.S. courts and justice system operate, how communications professionals think about social media strategy, how change-makers network with policymakers, or how local actors and positive deviants possess answers to complex social problems. LEARNING OUTCOMES -Recognize and explain policymaking terms -Describe important policymaking places, people, and procedures -Analyze law and policy documents and texts -Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of policymaking actors and institutions -Appraise the effectiveness of policy-oriented communications -Identify policy stakeholders -Communicate your policy-related ideas clearly -Develop a plan of action to influence policy INSTRUCTORS Mary Alice Haddad, John E. Andrus Professor of Government; Professor, East Asian Studies; Professor, College of the Environment Sarah Ryan, Attorney and Associate Professor of the Practice in Oral Communication

Created by: Wesleyan University

Language: English

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