Decision Making and Governance

Decision Making and Governance

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28-29 June, 26-27 July, 2-3 August (9am-5pm)
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In class

Examine how politicians and public servants interact with developers and the community

This course examines the roles of politicians, governments and public servants at levels of government, and how they interact with investors, developers, interest groups and the wider community in a range of Australian and international settings.

It will explore the motivations, expectations and rights of key players and the methods used to construct an argument, apply evidence and direct influence to affect how a city is shaped and performs. 

The limits set by politics, economics, culture and law will be examined, along with the norms of good governance and decision-making.  The value of long-term strategy, as well as the need to retain flexibility in a changing environment and political landscape, will feature in the course.

Key Information

Learning outcomes
  1. Familiarity with concepts and issues associated with decision-making and governance for urban development and change, infrastructure and services (including theories of the modern state and civil society; political and organisational power and organisational change; interest groups, pluralism, conflict resolution and participation; federalism, intergovernmental relations and decentralisation; corporate governance, risk management, principal-agent relations, flexibility and resilience).
  2. A contemporary knowledge of the main sectors in urban policy and strategy – government (local, regional, state/provincial, national, international, global and virtual), business (including urban developers, investors and financiers, small-medium-micro enterprises), civil society (including non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, interest groups and individuals).
  3. Practical skills to enable students to operate effectively in different governance settings; to prepare for, make and implement urban planning and development decisions (including infrastructure, services and urban growth management), and to monitor and evaluate performance.

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive:

  1. Official Certificate of completion.
  2. Up to 40 PIA CPD points.
  • Domestic students: AUD $3690 
  • International students: AUD $4500 

Please visit the fees page for more information.

Eligibility criteria

An undergraduate degree with a Credit average or above in a relevant field such as a built environment discipline or studies in social science, social policy, business or law.

In addition, this course requires three years of post graduate industry experience, including work in an urban, regional or related professional roles.

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