The course is designed to give students a critical understanding of the key policy and administrative challenges facing urban governments. The goals are to: explore some of the major theoretical approaches to the role and importance of local government; critically assess the environment in which municipal governments currently operate; provide an understanding of the main structures and processes of urban 'governance'; and examine how urban governments are addressing the major transformations they have faced in recent years. The focus is primarily on urban governments and on the Canadian context, although most of the issues have application to smaller municipalities and to cities in other developed and in developing countries. Students will be encouraged to draw upon and make use of experience and examples from a wide range of cities and jurisdictions.
Source: Syllabus below from http://carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2013-fall-course-outlines/ (accessed 5 January 2014).