Rural Washington-Social and Political Context

Winter 2022
Evening and Weekend
Graduate Only
Class Size: 15
4 Credits per quarter
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Tensions between rural and urban communities in Washington State have been growing for decades, due in part to competing visions of natural resource, social, and environmental policies. Understanding the special needs, issues, and interests of rural Washington can be helpful to public managers who are working to develop policies and implement programs, projects, and services equitably across the state. Over two consecutive weekend sessions we will:

Students will apply what they learn about accessing data and information about rural communities by completing a short analysis of the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats faced by a rural Washington city or county. We will work together to broaden our knowledge of rural Washington’s history, current economic climate, tax base, demographics, organizational capacity, political tensions, and infrastructure.

  • Explore the history of how rural areas of Washington developed.
  • Learn how to assemble information about the unique demographic, political, economic and social features of rural Washington.
  • Hear from administrators and local elected officials about the special challenges they face in doing the public’s business in rural areas.


Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

GR (4): 20371

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Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
Advertised Schedule

Fri, February 25, 6 - 10p, Sat February 26, 9:30a - 4p, Sun February 27 9:30a - 1p

Fri, March 4, 6 - 10p, Sat March 5 9:30a - 4p, Sun March6 9:30a - 1p

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First Meeting