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Urban Governance (ABPL90315)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90315
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The study of urban governance helps to explain how cities work. Urban governance looks at the Constitution, roles, responsibilities and resources of different levels of government, intergovernmental relations, municipal finance, models for financing and delivering large infrastructure projects, city negotiations with private sector and civil society - ultimately a city's ability to get things done. The context for governance has a significant influence on the substance and processes of planning and decision-making within cities, and should be informed by social outcomes and the who wins/who loses equation inherent in planning decisions. The teaching of the subject will focus on Victoria and Melbourne as well as international comparative case studies, and will also include case studies of private sector involvement in service delivery and the participation of, and negotiation with, community and non-government organisations in planning and other decision-making processes.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, students should:

  • know the constitutional roles and responsibilities of different levels of government, focusing on cities;
  • understand the role of cities (and in Australia the State), the private sector and civil society in delivering and financing infrastructure and services;
  • understand how municipalities are financed;
  • understand the nexus between the public and private sectors and civil society in planning for and managing cities, and related contestation and decision‐making processes;
  • have insight into comparative governance contexts through case studies from other countries.

Generic skills

  • Ability to analyse decision‐making processes within cities
  • Ability to link planning practices and processes to different governance contexts
  • Ability to engage with the private sector and civil society during the planning process

Last updated: 04 July 2017