Public Communications

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Course Number: 
GAFL 5020

Course Section:

001, 002


  • MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Fall 2022

Course Format:

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

This is a hybrid course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Fall 2022 on-campus meetings will be held the following 4 Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.: September 10, October 15, November 12, and December 10. The class will also meet Monday evenings from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
5:15 - 6:15 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. 

Fels Institute of Government

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

(215) 898-7326