Local Government ProgramWestern Social Science

Courses

Each DPA course is offered from Monday to Friday inclusive from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Following completion of the last of their four courses, students are allowed approximately one year to complete a Research Report. They are then eligible to receive their Diploma at the University's convocation.

Classes generally comprise no more than 30 students, allowing ample opportunity for class discussion and individual attention. The intensive learning environment is a strength of the program, and the professional contacts and friendships formed during the DPA experience are one of the program's lasting benefits.

Please take the time to review the course descriptions, schedules, and outlines to see if the program is right for you.  Josh Morgan is happy to answer any questions you have.

PS 4901 / PA 9901 - Advanced Local Government

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: May 8 May 9 May 10 May 11 May 12
Times: 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Christopher Alcantara
E-mail: calcanta@uwo.ca
Office: 4144SSC

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Outline (2016) - reference only

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1176 (Summer 2017)
TBA
Room 4255 SSC

 

PS 4902 / PA 9902 - Policy Process in Local Government

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 stages of the policy-making process; the “multiple streams” approach to the understanding of the policy process; the role of “social forces”, including analytical approaches that apply especially at the local level, such as “community power”, pluralism, non-decision-making, local governments as “growth machines”, regime theory and multilevel governance.

Note: This course cannot be taken before PS 4901 / PA 9901.

Dates: May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19
Times: 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Zack Taylor
E-mail: zack.taylor@uwo.ca
Office: 4166 SSC

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Prerequisite: PS4901 / PA 9901

1176 (Summer 2017)
TBA
Room 4255 SSC

PS 4903 / PA 9903 - Organizational Behaviour

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: May 29 May 30 May 31 Jun 1 Jun 2
Times: 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Carol-Lynn Chambers
E-mail: cl.chambers@sympatico.ca
Office: 4266A SSC *in the Local Government library/Lab during class days only

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1176 (Summer 2017)
TBA
Room 4255 SSC

PS 4904 / PA 9904 - Local Government Management/Administration

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 PS 4903 / PA 9903.

Dates: Jun 5 Jun 6 Jun 7 Jun 8 Jun 9
Times: 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Instructor: Joe Lyons
E-mail: jlyons7@uwo.ca
Office: 4162 SSC

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Prerequisite: PS4903/PS9903

1176 (Summer 2017)
TBA
Room 4255 SSC

PS 4931 / PA 9930 - DPA / Graduate DPA Research Paper

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 Graduate DPA course of study and the final program requirement. Its main objective should be to apply what has been learned in Graduate 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, comprising about 4,000-5,000 words. 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.

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1176 (Summer 2017)
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