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Course Number: 
GAFL 502

Course Section



  • Executive MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Spring 2020

Course Format

Hybrid (on-campus and online)
On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

Spring 2020 on-campus meetings will be held on the following Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. (break for lunch from 1 - 2): January 17, February 21, March 27, April 24. Class will meet online on Monday evenings from 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Course Description: 

Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision, and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media.

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326