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 2019)

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: Wednesdays: Sep 11 - Dec 4 (No Class Oct 23)
Times: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm for all dates
Location: Western University, Social Science Building, Room 4255
Instructor:

Joe Lyons
E-mail: jlyons@uwo.ca

Fall 2019 Outline

Link to Owl (course website)

 

PA 9902 - Policy Process in Local Government (Winter 2020)

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 PA 9901 (formerly PS 4901).

Dates:

Wednesdays: Jan 8 - Apr 1 (No Class Feb 19)

Times: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm for all dates
Location: Western University, Social Science Building, Room 4255
Instructor: Zack Taylor
E-mail: zack.taylor@uwo.ca
Outline (2020) Link to Owl (course website)

PA 9903 - Organizational Behaviour (Fall 2019)

Objectives:

This course introduces students to select aspects of the academic literature on organizational behaviour. Students will learn how the behaviour of people in organizations relates to individual, group, organizational, and societal outcomes. They will apply an organizational lens to help them better understand the challenges and opportunities of local government administration.

Main topics:

Organizational behaviour and local administration; organizational structure; leadership; trust; organizational culture; groups and teamwork; conflict; communication; motivation, stress, and productivity; organizational change; power and privilege; diversity and inequality; human resources management.

Dates: Thursdays: Sep 12 - Dec 5 (No class Oct 24)
Times: 11:30 pm - 1:30 pm for all dates
Location: AJ Tyler Operations Centre - 663 Bathurst St.
Directions and Parking
Instructor: Jennifer Kirkham
E-mail: jenkirkham02@gmail.com
Fall 2019 Outline Link to Owl (course website)

PA 9904 - Local Government Management/Administration (Winter 2020)

Objectives:

Drawing upon theories and research findings in public administration and management, this course examines administrative approaches, issues, and debates arising in local government administration. Students will learn how the complex and unstable environment of public sector organizations produces both challenges and opportunities for public sector managers and will apply insights from the management and public administration literatures to real-world local government settings.

Main topics:

Differences between public and private administration; management models and approaches; the leadership role of the CAO; council-staff relations; managing in a unionized environment; recruitment, onboarding, succession planning; change management; performance measurement and management; ethics and values; citizen and community engagement; partnerships and contracting out; implementation and service delivery.

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

Dates: Thursdays: Jan 9 - Apr 2 (No class on Feb 21)
Times: 11:30 am - 1:30pm for all dates
Location: AJ Tyler Operations Centre - 663 Bathurst St
Directions and Parking
Instructor: Jennifer Kirkham
E-mail: jenkirkham02@gmail.com
Outline (Winter 2020) Link to Owl (course website)

PA 9930 - GDPA Research Paper (Summer 2020)

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 localgov@uwo.ca & jlyons7@uwo.ca
July 30th

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