The goal of this course is to provide students with a broad based knowledge and understanding of the current issues and innovative practices related to the provision of local government services in British Columbia. This course examines the wide range of services provided by BC municipalities and regional districts in three general categories: External Services to the Community (e.g. engineering and public works, refuse collection and solid waste disposal, parks, recreation and cultural services, environmental protection, regulatory services); Internal /Support Services to the Corporation (e.g. corporate administration, finance, human resources); and Protective Services and Enforcement (e.g. fire, police, bylaw enforcement). Current issues to be discussed include alternative service delivery (e.g. public private partnerships), downloading and performance measurement, with an emphasis on examining innovative practices related to sustainability, e-Government and inter-municipal collaboration.
- Grade 12 or equivalent
- Experience/employment in a public sector environment (First Nations, Municipal, Regional, NGO)
- or Approval from the course instructor