Local Government ProgramWestern Social Science

Courses

In this section you will find information on the Courses offered through the City of London GDPA Program, If you have questions about a specific course, please contact the course instructor directly. You can find their information in the course outline or by checking the instructor section of the website.

Note: The course outlines will be available about 1 month before the start of a course.

PA 9901 - Advanced Local Government (Fall 2017)

Objectives:

This course provides an introduction to the structures, functions, and financing of local government in Canada. The focus is on Ontario, but students will also learn about the history of local government in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe. Through surveys of relevant academic literature, student presentations, and class discussions, students will develop views on the appropriate role for local governments in governing Canadian communities.

Main topics:

Systems of local government; historical ideological movements; central-local relations; special purpose bodies; annexation; amalgamation; regional government; fragmentation; council-staff relations; budgeting and finance; property tax.

Dates: Sep 13 - Nov 29
Times: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm for all dates
Location: Western University, Social Science Building, Room 4112
Instructor:

Joe Lyons
E-mail: jlyons@uwo.ca

Outline (2017)

Link to Owl (course website)

 

PA 9902 - Policy Process in Local Government (Winter 2018)

Objectives:

This course introduces students to selected aspects of the academic literature on the making of public policy. Students will learn how to apply theories and concepts from the public policy literature to Canadian local governments. Using case studies, students will learn how to determine the main factors that cause different kinds of local public policy outcomes in different circumstances.

Main topics:

The external and institutional contexts of municipal policymaking; the stages of the policy cycle, with an emphasis on the "multiple streams" approach to understanding the policy process, including problem definition, agenda-setting, policy diffusion, public engagement, instrument choice, implementation, and evaluation.

Note: This course cannot be taken before PA 9901 (formerly PS 4901).

Dates:

Jan 10 - Apr 5 (No Class Feb 21 or Mar 14)

Times: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm for all dates
Location: Western University, Social Science Building, Room 4255
Instructor: Martin Horak - Previous
E-mail: mhorak@uwo.ca
Outline (2017) - reference only Link to Owl (course website)

PA 9903 - Organizational Behaviour (Fall 2017)

Objectives:

This course introduces students to selected aspects of the academic literature on organizational behaviour. Students will learn how to apply theories and concepts from the organizational behaviour literature to public sector organizations, with a particular emphasis on local government administration. Using case studies, students will learn how to analyze problems and challenges of local government administration through an organizational lens.

Main topics:

The aims of public sector organizations; local government organizations and their changing environment; comparison of public and private sector management practices; council-staff relations; structure and culture in local government organizations; decision-making in public organizations; power, motivation, diversity, leadership and organizational change.

Dates: Sep 14 - Nov 30
Times: 11:30 pm - 1:30 pm for all dates
Location: London City Hall, Room: Committee Room 4
Instructor: Jennifer Kirkham
E-mail: jenkirkham02@gmail.com
Outline (2017) Link to Owl (course website)

PA 9904 - Local Government Management/Administration (Winter 2018)

Objectives:

Drawing upon theories and research findings in public administration and management, this course examines administrative approaches, issues and debates arising in local governments in a changing environment. Students will learn how the complex and unstable environment of public sector organizations produces both challenges and opportunities for public sector managers, and will work through case material that requires them to apply insights from management and public administration literature to real-world local government settings.

Main topics:

Models of public management (New Public Management, New Public Service); leadership; managing on the edges; managing the policy process; ethics and values; interacting with the administrative environment (Council, stakeholders, the public); partnerships and contracting out; public value; service delivery and service implementation.

Note: This course cannot be taken before PA 9903 (formerly PS 4903).

Dates: Jan 11 - Apr 5 (No class on Feb 22 or Mar 15)
Times: 11:30 am - 1:30pm for all dates
Location: London City Hall, Room: Committee Room 4
Instructor: Joe Lyons - Previous
E-mail: jlyons7@uwo.ca
Outline (2017) - reference only Link to Owl (course website)

PA 9930 - GDPA Research Paper (Summer 2018)

Although the Research Report is usually taken in the summer term, it is possible to take this course in any term with permission from the Program Director. The research report is an integral part of the GDPA course of study and the final program requirement. Its main objective should be to apply what has been learned in DPA courses to an analysis of: 1) some aspect of the political and administrative process within a given local government; or 2) possible responses to a particular policy problem at the local level. The report should be about 20 to 25 double-spaced typewritten pages in length. Each student submits a research proposal and is assigned a research supervisor. Together, the supervisor and student work out an outline and research strategy. Please see the research report guidelines for details.

No class time for this project
Proposal Due:
Paper Due:
March 30th (send to mhorak@uwo.ca)
July 30th

Accessibility

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