[pccgrads] Spring grad course on Cross-Sector Collaboration for Societal Change

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Tue Mar 1 08:27:19 PST 2016

COM 597 Cross-Sector Collaboration for Societal Change SLN 12570
Instructor: Kirsten Foot, Professor in the Communications department

Collaboration between government agencies, nonprofits, the private sector, and various kinds of experts is necessary to address complex problems and effect pro-social change. The questions on which this seminar will center are:
• What forms of cross-sector collaboration can help solve social problems or make progress in realms such as human rights, economic development, public health, education, and environmental protection?
• What kinds of systemic factors make cross-sector collaboration challenging in efforts to effect pro-social change?
• How can scholarly insights about collaboration be brought to bear constructively in efforts to build and sustain multisector alliances?
• What are the potential risks and benefits of academics'
involvement in multisector alliances both to those most impacted by the alliances and to academics themselves?

To develop a foundation for exploring these questions, we will:
• Survey scholarship on cross-sector collaboration from the field of communication and also from sociology, public administration, management studies, healthcare, education, and environmental studies.
• Learn multiple ways to conceptualize the purposes, processes, structures, and outcomes of interorganizational and intersectoral relations.
• Investigate collaboration dynamics in an issue/problem/social change topic of their choice.
• Reflect on the practices of established cross-sector collaborations, and the potential or actual roles of academics in such alliances.

Graduate students from any department are welcome in this course.
Course readings will be a mix of three books and articles/chapters selected by the professor, and a customized set of readings selected by each student that reflects her/his disciplinary
lens(es) and area(s) of interest. Learning will be demonstrated via contributions to an online annotated reference resource, discussion leadership and participation, two short review essays, and a final paper.

Before spring quarter begins, please obtain a copy of each of these books:

*Governing Cross-Sector Collaboration* by J. Forrer, J. Kee, and E. Boyer (Jossey-Bass, 2014) [An e-version is available via UW Libraries, and students might be able to share it] *Organizing For Social Partnership: Higher Education In Cross-sector Collaboration* by D. Siegel (Routledge, 2010) *Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices* by K. Foot (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

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