Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
Focuses on practical tools that support and guide the interactions between councils, administration, media, and public. Different approaches will be discussed for municipal and regional land use planning initiatives, which promote effective, democratic engagement and consultation with public spheres.
Course at a glance
- Aimed at individuals who are currently working in positions with greater responsibilities within the local government field, as well as those working toward their Certified Local Government Manager designation.
- Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
- Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Understand the central considerations for the concept of citizen engagement and consultation and its connection to deliberative democracy and representative government.
- Explain the value of citizen engagement in the development of public policy and the implications of not doing so in contemporary public management.
- Discern the challenges associated with building a sustainable approach to citizen consultation.
- Identify the concept of community empowerment and its value in building sustainable communities.
- Identify the various models and consultative designs of participation and understand the use and application of each.
- Discuss the importance of evaluating engagement and the different ways this can be accomplished.
- Understand the ways in which e-democracy in general and technology in particular can meaningfully support citizen engagement.
- Understand effective engagement design techniques, including goal identification, timing, stakeholder identification, communication tools, activity design, evaluation, and follow-up.
- Learning materials are provided through eClass.
- This is one of four core courses required for the NACLAA Level II program.
Maria deBruijn is a much sought after critical thinker and consummate problem solver, with over 20 years of achieving successful outcomes. Maria has advised and supported many organizations in enhancing their internal and external engagement efforts, developing and facilitating corporate planning...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.