Project Planning and Policy Advocacy | Arts and Science ONLINE

Project Planning & Policy Advocacy

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DEVS 361/3.0

This course connects theory with practice through in-depth, skills-based modules on project design, results-based management (RBM), and policy advocacy. Students will apply core concepts and best practices to effective proposal writing, project management, and policy advocacy.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the winter term

Learning Outcomes

To complete this course, students will demonstrate their ability to:

1. Define core concepts and terminology pertinent to policy advocacy, proposal writing, and budget monitoring and reporting.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the project planning process, and practice using the skills for design of development related projects.

3. Demonstrate budgeting skills necessary to plan and write a global development proposal, including identifying resource requirements, costing, and planning within a fixed budget.

4. Assess data required to effectively and ethically monitor a project cycle; analyze and clearly communicate relevant data.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the policy-making process, and practice strategies that can be used to influence policy decision makers.

6. Apply current tools and frameworks to plan a public policy campaign informed by an analysis of the political environment.

7. Using ongoing self-reflective practices, assess how policy advocacy campaign strategies were arrived at and propose correcting or refining aims if needed.


Most Global or International Development programs in Canada highlight the need for political and policy changes to achieve social justice and environmental sustainability. However, the teaching of practical skills required to advocate effectively for such change lags behind. This course is designed to equip students with basic practical skills required to secure funding, to plan, implement and monitor projects, and to engage in policy advocacy work. It equips students with the project planning, and effective policy advocacy skills.

Students will learn the cornerstones of project proposal writing, as well as get an orientation project budgeting and work plan creation and RBM. In the second part of the course, students will apply their understanding of project management and economic literacy to the challenge of designing a public campaign aimed at legal and policy changes at the governmental level toward the goal of global justice advocacy.

Topics at a Glance
Week 1   Introduction to Core Concepts 
Week 2   Case Studies 
Week 3   Case Studies  
Week 4   Identifying and framing projects and writing proposals 
Week 5   Project Planning and Budgeting 
Week 6   Project Monitoring and Evaluation
Week 7   Results Based Management (RBM) 
Week 8   Project Proposal Preparation
Week 9   Public Policy and Lobbying Government
Week 10  NGOs and Trade Unions 
Week 11  Building Alliances 
Week 12  Media 


Fall 2021
Course Dates: 
Sept. 7 - Dec. 3, 2021
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 2021


20% - Briefing Paper

3% - Draft Project Description

5% - Draft Budget

7% - Draft RBM

22.5% - Project Proposal 

2.5% - Peer Evaluation Activity

5% - Policy Advocacy Campaign Plan

17.5% - Information Campaign   

2.5% - Peer Evaluation Activity

15% - Critical Reflection on Alliances

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).


Dr. Scott Rutherford

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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