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

Please note: The course is focused on solely policy advocacy. For project planning, please see DEVS 210 (offerred on-campus only).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: 

  1. Identify the main policy actors and institutions responsible for policy advocacy in a Global Development context  

  1. Discuss strategies, techniques, and mindsets that can help social movements and other justice-oriented organizations contribute to better policy advocacy in Global Development  

  1. Consider the role of positionality and self-reflexive behaviour in advocacy networks and the role of marginalized communities in advocating change. 

  1. Evaluate the potential limitations of policy advocacy in shaping transformative economic justice in Global Development and assess where policy advocacy fits within a broader spectrum of transformative societal change 

  1. Situate approaches to contemporary policy advocacy within broader political and historical frameworks 

  1. Apply inquiry skills in exploring the existing body of historical and sociological research in policy advocacy and use academic and other genres of writing to develop and communicate new ideas to relevant audiences. 


This course is designed to equip students with critical understanding of strategies, techniques and mindsets that can help social movements and other justice-oriented organizations contribute to better policy advocacy in Global Development.  This course connects theory with practice through four in-depth modules on policy advocacy in Global Development. Through independent historical and sociological research students will apply core concepts and best practices to develop new understandings about the challenges of designing a public campaign aimed at legal and policy changes toward the goal of global justice advocacy. 

Students will also assess where policy advocacy fits within a broader spectrum of transformative societal change. 

Note: This course no longer includes project planning. Students interested in project planning are encouraged to take DEVS 210 (Development in Practice) 

Topics at a Glance

Module 1 (weeks 1-3): Introduction to Policy Advocacy and Theoretical Frameworks
Module 2 (weeks 4-6): Advocacy Circles and Actors
Module 3 (weeks 7-9): Politics, Power, and Collective Advocacy
Module 4 (weeks 10-12): Bringing It All Together: Strategies and Limitations 


Fall 2022
Course Dates: 
Sept. 6 - Dec. 5, 2022
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 2022


15% - Discussion Activities (x3)
60% - Short Paper (x3)
25% - Advocacy Study

*Evaluation Subject to Change*


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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

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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

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  • 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


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Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

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