University of Technology Sydney

15604 Local Government Principles and Practice

6cp; Distance (online)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject focuses on key concepts and theories about local government and its rationale, purpose and key challenges. Undertaking this subject/short course enables participants to:

  • grasp key theoretical concepts for local government
  • focus on the promises and difficulties that confront local government in the current era of rapid changes in Australia and internationally
  • consider the consequences of changes and challenges for local governance
  • apply the learning to their professional, management and leadership practice.

As a foundation subject for postgraduate local government studies, this subject explores issues of local democracy, community, service delivery and leadership, and their impacts on local governance. Students read, debate and extend their understandings of fiscal federalism, decentralisation, multi-level governance and intergovernmental relations. They focus on the promises and difficulties that currently confront local government. Active and collaborative learning approaches provide them with a greater appreciation of the values, knowledge and skills needed to address these professional challenges. Learners are encouraged throughout to reflect on the integration of theory with practice and, in so doing, the academic and research skills of students are enhanced.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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