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Short Course
Municipal Governance Context
The course will assist in meeting the sector-specific management and leadership competencies (skills and knowledge) required and alleviate capacity constraints that confront the broader local government sector in South Africa. The offering will allow students to develop their administrative and management skills, knowledge and values, which will consequently contribute positively towards improving public service delivery and development of the country. The course enhances promotional- and employment opportunities within the local government sector. The application further supports the strategic goals of the North-West University to broaden access to tertiary education and contribute to capacity building within the broader public service.

Purpose of the course:

The objectives of this short course are to – - Improve knowledge and understanding of the context and dynamics of developmental local governance in South Africa; - Improve personal development within the context of a municipal service ethos and access to more advanced education and training opportunities, and the strengthening of local government professionalism and capacity; - Enhance foundational competencies in different areas of Municipal Governance to improve the quality of local government services delivery; and Improve marketability and employability of students especially within the operational functioning of local government in South Africa, but also in other public sector agencies and in the private sector

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Grade 12 and proficiency in English

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

Course Outcomes

  • Interpret the principles, theories and practices of local government within the South African context
  • Contextualise the constitutional mandate of municipalities in relation to the other spheres of government
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the respective government departments, statutory bodies and other organisations which functions within the local government domain.
  • Differentiate between the various categories of municipalities
  • Principles, theories and practices area coherently integrated.
  • The constitutional mandate of municipalities is contextualised.
  • Knowledge of the respective government departments, statutory bodies and other organisations which functions within the local government domain is demonstrated.
  • A differentiation is made between the various categories of municipalities.

Learning Outcomes

  • integrate knowledge and critical understanding of, as well as engagement in, different theories and principles applicable within the field of Municipal Governance and the ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to critically analyse and evaluate global and local studies in this area.
  • critically interrogate multiple sources of knowledge, especially published journal articles on studies within the field of Municipal Governance, and to critically review and evaluate the methods of research as well as the results and recommendations produced by such research.
  • evaluate and apply a range of different but appropriate Municipal Governance skills and scientific methods of inquiry to investigate, reflect on and then address complex or abstract problems, thereby contributing to positive change within practice.
  • engage with and address ethical issues pertaining to the academic environment, Municipal Governance practice and society to effect change in conduct and adaptation where necessary.
  • deliver an accurate, coherent, appropriate and creative presentation and communication of innovative and new professional ideas, methods and research findings to policymakers, practitioners, other role players and academics within the field of Municipal Governance, with understanding of and respect for intellectual property conventions, copyright and rules on plagiarism.
  • work effectively as part of a team to solve discipline-related problems and to take responsibility for task-specific outcomes and appropriate use of relevant resources.
  • apply, in a self-critical manner, appropriate learning strategies to effectively address professional and lifelong learning needs while developing accountability for the utilisation of resources.
  • collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information in this field of study.
  • apply theoretical principles, judgements and legislation and solve problems in the field of Leadership and Management.
  • within the field of Municipal Governance, identify the relevant issues relating to a specific situation, identify the relevant principles applicable and apply this to reach a solution.
  • collect, analyse, synthesise, critically evaluate and apply knowledge to reach conclusions and be able to make recommendations


Method of assessment: 
Outcomes are assessed in an integrated manner by means of group work projects as well as written assignments, wherein not only the student’s evidence of the mastering of discipline-specific knowledge and skills are assessed, but also writing and communication skills, computer literacy and ability to critically analyse and effectively evaluate work-place related problems.Opportunities for both continuous formative and summative assessments are embedded in the learning design of this qualification in the form of limited contact tuition sessions and online facilitated support for the written practice-related formative and summative assignments. Students are assessed on the application of learned skills in order to assure that theory evolves into effective practice Formative assessments: weight 40% Summative assessment: Comprehensive individual assignment: weight 60%

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
- Elected and appointed officials from local, district and metropolitan municipalities, including staff from the Office of the Executive Mayor, Office of the Speaker, Heads and members of Mayoral Committees, Municipal Managers and Section 56 managers. - Clients may also include institutions interacting with local government such as non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, private enterprises (i.e. municipal-service partnerships) and consultants
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821