This course provides opportunities for participants to gain an understanding of the organizational and political realities of local government in British Columbia. Topics include: the history and purposes of local government; how local governments are organized and administered; their powers and limitations; issues of sustainability; relations with aboriginal government; and issues of public participation such as interest group lobbying and public consultation. Guest speakers and leaders from provincial, regional, First Nations and local governments as well as service delivery agencies will be invited to provide their perspectives.
- Grade 12 or equivalent
- Experience/employment in a public sector environment (First Nations, Municipal, Regional, NGO)
- Approval from the course instructor