International Diploma on Transformative Local Governments

The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta, in conjunction with the Transnational Institute (TNI), presents the International Diploma in Transformative Local Governments, second edition, which consists of four courses: (i) New municipalism: the local as a space for social change, (ii) Transformative cities: learning from real utopias, (iii) Public policies and local governments: theory, methods and strategies, and (iv) From social movements to the radical democratisation of municipalities.

TNI is an international research and policy advocacy institute working for a more just, democratic and sustainable world. Learn more about TNI at this LINK.

The topic of municipalisms is fundamental when asking ourselves the question about the strategic role that local governments play in social transformations. To this is added the citizen empowerment and the design of local public policies oriented to the common good, inviting to build learning from knowledge and critical reflection, both from theory and from practical cases in cities such as Cloughjordan, Barcelona, ​​Cochabamba, Medellín, Paris, Richmond and Cadiz. 

These cases show that there are options to face the global and local post-pandemic situation, with emerging conflicts, but also other long-standing ones, such as climate change. It is necessary to review the main approaches of the theory of public policies and the various strategies available to generate relevant solution strategies, contact with the basic tools to critically analyse the issues that involve community life as well as the response that is expected from the territory for the demands of citizenship in an increasingly uncertain context. That is why the democratisation of the municipality is an essential step for local transformation as it favors citizen participation and better channels their demands and needs.

COURSES

Below you will find the list of courses that make up the diploma course.
IMPORTANT! You must register and participate in each of these courses in order to complete the diploma course. Below, we inform you of the opening dates for registration:

COURSE 1 – New municipalism: the local as a space for social change.
(Enrollment is closed).
Course start date: Thursday, March 30, 2023.
COURSE 2 – Transformative cities: learning from real utopias.
(Enrollment is closed).
Course start date: Thursday, May 25, 2023.
COURSE 3 – Public policies and local governments: theory, methods and strategies.
(Enrollment is closed).
Course start date: Thursday, July 20, 2023.
COURSE 4 – From social movements to the radical democratisation of municipalities.
Registration start date: Tuesday, June 20, 2023.
Course start date: Thursday, October 5, 2023.

What you will learn

You will have theoretical and practical tools for your participation in the transformation processes of your own local context.

Recipients and requirements

Aimed at public officials, representatives and members of political parties, unions, civil society organisations, and the general public. Minimum age: 15 years.

Quotas

Since these courses are carried out remotely and asynchronously, there is no maximum number of places for them; however, blackout dates have been set to sign up for each one.

Certification

The course will be co-certified by the Universidad Abierta of Recoleta and TNI, as long as the approval requirements are met.

Gratuity

This course has no cost of any kind for the participants.

Duration of the diploma
20 weeks, from Thursday 30 of March to Sunday 12 of November, 2023.
Estimated dedication time per week
6 hours.
Language
English.
Platform
UAR Digital.
Approval requirements
Each of the courses is certified once the respective approval is obtained.
If all courses are passed, the certification is granted.