Citizen Engagement and Consultation

Focus­es on prac­ti­cal tools that sup­port and guide the inter­ac­tions between coun­cils, admin­is­tra­tion, media, and pub­lic. Dif­fer­ent approach­es will be dis­cussed for munic­i­pal and region­al land use plan­ning ini­tia­tives, which pro­mote effec­tive, demo­c­ra­t­ic engage­ment and con­sul­ta­tion with pub­lic spheres.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals who are currently working in positions with greater responsibilities within the local government field, as well as those working toward their Certified Local Government Manager designation.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the central considerations for the concept of citizen engagement and consultation and its connection to deliberative democracy and representative government.
  • Explain the value of citizen engagement in the development of public policy and the implications of not doing so in contemporary public management.
  • Discern the challenges associated with building a sustainable approach to citizen consultation.
  • Identify the concept of community empowerment and its value in building sustainable communities.
  • Identify the various models and consultative designs of participation and understand the use and application of each.
  • Discuss the importance of evaluating engagement and the different ways this can be accomplished.
  • Understand the ways in which e-democracy in general and technology in particular can meaningfully support citizen engagement.
  • Understand effective engagement design techniques, including goal identification, timing, stakeholder identification, communication tools, activity design, evaluation, and follow-up.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Learning materials are provided through eClass.
  • This is one of four core courses required for the NACLAA Level II program.

This is also a core course for the ALUP certificate program.

Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Scheduled for Fall/Winter:

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