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Free Web-based Course on Participatory Democracy by The Transnational Institute

The Transnational Institute (TNI) in association with the Brazilian research centre CIDADE and the Latin American Programme for Distance Education in Social Sciences (PLED) is offering a free web-based course on Participatory Democracy, Urban Management and Crisis Capitalism. The course will begin on 10th September, 2012 and will comprise a series of twelve weekly sessions.

Applications are invited from members of civil society organizations, social activists, government officials and university students. The course will be hosted by the PLED virtual campus. The course involves a programme of lectures, guided readings, online forum discussions and individual assignments.

Contents of the course:

The course is structured around 12 modules, with special emphasis on the sources of popular power and public policies in the areas of urban planning and management, housing, environment and civic security:

  • Theoretical sources of participatory democracy. Description and critical analysis of the different visions of participatory democracy visible in contemporary political and academic debates and their relation to the proposals for ‘state reform’.
  • Why the World Bank supports participatory budgeting? An interpretation of the ostensible change in World Bank guidelines for action since the late nineties up to date, from the participatory strategies for poverty reduction’ to the subsequent adoption of participatory budgeting as a tool for monitoring and controlling the contents and impacts of local and regional budgets
  • From popular sovereignty to the exclusion of citizens’ participation. Discussion of an observed institutional shift in the last two decades, focusing on the outsourcing of public policy responsibilities to local communities and the private sector
  • Public Space: a critique of the concepts of exclusion and segregation. An analytical reconstruction of the theoretical path of urban studies vis-à-vis the new processes of social and spatial segregation
  • The collapse of urban planning in the big cities. A critical analysis of the dismantling of governmental urban planning and the predatory nature of life in large cities, with reference to the subordination of urban development to the interests of real estate capital.
  • The management of the commons, participatory democracy and capitalism. Discussion of environmental alternatives centred on citizens’ participation, considering the conflict between multiple social subjects in the urban space and the precariousness of the institutional process
  • Urban violence, social movements and citizens’ security. A critical analysis of the sense of insecurity and fear among citizens, based on recent theoretical developments contributed by progressive criminologists
  • Crisis of capitalism and inflection of the neoliberal project. A discussion of the structural limits of the global growth strategy based on the expansion of financial capital, the current crises, and possible alternatives to U.S. hegemony
  • Capital-led direct democracy. A critique of the reduction of institutional politics to the mere parliamentary ratification of projects driven by the interests of large private corporations, as exemplified in the planning of mega-sporting events (e.g. the Olympics and FIFA World Football Cup in Brazil)
  • Social housing and mega-projects. An in-depth analysis of housing policies in the framework of the global capitalist crisis and the expansion of capital-led democracy in large metropolitan areas
  • Progressive alternative to the ‘new urban governance’ approach. An appraisal of initiatives and experiences of workers and users engagement in managing and improving public services
  • The emergence of a new paradigm in urban policy. Analysis of the new social, political and economic leading to the emergence and development of ‘integral social movements’ and their significance in political practice and public policy

Languages: The course will be implemented simultaneously in Spanish and English.

Deadline for application is 31st August, 2012

For further information, visit the link.


Comments

  1. When will this course be offered again?

  2. Aaron Nyangkwe says:

    Course is of serious interest to me I’ll like to apply. Please update me with all requirments

    Aaron
    Douala Cameroon

  3. Sampson Wonkoah Gaye says:

    I am pleased to express my interest in this study,and I will be glad to receive other information in regarding admission.

    Thanks.

    Sincerely,
    Sampson Wonkoah Gaye
    Liberia, West Africa

  4. h .aggrey says:

    dear sir/madam this course will help to balance between those in power and those not in power.

  5. h .aggrey says:

    i would like to participate in this course, please send me an application form sir/madam thanks

  6. Klemani Gbelema says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am highly interested in the course. I will make all efforts to be a part. Politics of our country is complex and requires approach that creates a balance between those in power and the governed.

  7. Dear Sir/Madam
    I have so much interest to participate this course.Kindly send me an application form.

    Regards,
    Jabed
    Bangladesh

  8. JOSEPH K KATHUKU says:

    The course is very important especially in the developin countries.
    JKathuku
    Kenya

  9. JOSEPH K KATHUKU says:

    Am sure the course is going to be very necessary in Machakos in Kenya at this time of new constitutional dispensatin in particularly on devolved system of government.

    Is it a certificate or a diploma course?
    How long will it take to complete?

    Warm regards
    J K Kathuku
    Kenya

  10. JOSEPH K KATHUKU says:

    Please am very much interested in the course. Kindly send me an application form.
    Regards
    JOSEPH K KATHUKU
    KENYA

  11. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I would like to participate in the course.
    Kindly send me an application form.

    Regards,

    Cosmas
    Zambia

  12. Bahati Paul Tenga says:

    I would like to participate in this course, kindly sent an application form.

  13. Bahati Paul Tenga says:

    I would like to participate in this course, kindly send an application form.

  14. V U Onyekuru says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am interested in this course, and l know it would enable me on completion to lend a voice in our polity here in Nigeria with mega projects going on here and there.

    Would there be evidence to show one has truly completed the course in end?

    Warm regards.

    Vickie
    Nigeria

  15. V U Onyekuru says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    L am interested in this course, and l know it would enable me on completion to lend a voice in our polity here in Nigeria with mega projects going on here and there.

    Would there be evidence to show one has truly completed the course in end?

    Warm regards.

    Vickie
    Nigeria

  16. The course sounds very beneficial to our country and I would like to participate.

    Pamela
    Kenya

  17. Dear Sir / Madam

    We are interested to participate in the above said training programme

    Please send me the aspplication form and remaining details

    Regards
    Abraham Mutluri
    President
    Spruhaa Service Society
    India

  18. MR.V.P.SINGH says:

    The course seems to be very effective for people in the developing countris.Kindly send a informa and application form in ENGLISH for admission in the said course.

  19. Amos Mensah says:

    Dear Sir/Mad,
    I will like to participate in the course how can I benefit from it and should I expect a certificate upon completion?
    Kindest regards
    Amos Mensah
    Ghana

  20. Kighir Othaniel Orkuma says:

    Dear sir/Madam.
    I wish to write and express my interest for participation in the upcoming training in participatory democracy Transitional Institutes.
    May you kindly send me with the application details.
    Best regards

    Kighir Othaniel
    Nigeria

  21. Tanko Abdulai Ibrahim says:

    Dear change maker

    Felicitation from Ghana, By this email i will like to participate in this all important training in participatory democracy.

    Kindly furnish me with the application form so that i can apply before the deadline.

    Thanks
    Tanko -Ghana

  22. Maambo Oberty says:

    Greetings from Zambia,
    I work for a Christian NGO in Zambia and would like to participate in the upcoming training participatory democracy, please send me the application form and other essential details.

    Maambo Oberty

  23. Steven Baita says:

    The course seems to be very good more we people in the developing world.

    Do we expect a certificate on completion?
    Thanks
    Steven

  24. Wasubire Kenneth Massa says:

    Dear Sir/madam:
    Greetings from Uganda.
    i would like to participate in the upcoming training in participatory democracy by Transitional Institute.
    Please send me the application form/directions for application.

    Massa Kenneth.