University of Technology Sydney

15619 Comparative Local Governance

6cp; block mode, on campus
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject enhances students' capacity to act more strategically when dealing with government agencies, partners, communities and other stakeholders through a deeper understanding of the role and nature of local government and the opportunities and challenges involved in adopting a broader conception of governance – rather than simply government.

The subject introduces key themes in local and regional governance, including national and international perspectives, enabling students to understand how applying concepts of governance, and learning from the varied experience of others, may strengthen their own role and organisation. Frameworks for undertaking comparative study are presented and used to explore examples of practice. Lessons are drawn to inform students' understanding of their own jurisdictional and organisational context.

This is a core subject in the Master of Local Government (C04257). Students are required to participate in an introductory online session and then undertake reading and preparation in advance of the three-day seminar to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the discussion and case study analysis.

Typical availability

Autumn session

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