Semester Offering: January
Governance assumes great significance in the context of urban development and management. This course introduces the relevant legislation and institutions in urban governance with a special focus on urban management issues and domains. The objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge on aspects of good governance, citizenship and the role of service delivery, some of cross-cutting themes include governance, inclusion and exclusion, and other stakeholder groups and their interactions in the context of the social agenda of cities’ sustainable future.


The student on completion of this course would be able to:
1.    Address the importance of legislation and institutions in urban governance.
2.    Comprehend how the principles and models of governance may be applied to the practical situations facing urban policy makers.
3.     Assess the role of public administration, local politics and citizen participation.




I.         Concepts of Governance and Urban Management
1.       The city as a political arena
2.       Concept of governance
3.       Concept of urban management

II.        Urban Governance Models
1.       Managerial model
2.       Corporatist model
3.       Pro-growth model
4.       Welfare model

III.       Selected Issues and Domains of Urban Management
1.       Impact of global economies and cities
2.       Rural-urban interface
3.       Civil society and urban development policy
4.       Private-public participation in services provisioning
5.       Land management and real estate
6.       Urban poverty
7.       Public information policy tools




1.         Mullins, L. J. (2010). Management and Organizational Behavior (9th ed.). London: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.
2.         Heijden, J. (2014). Governance for Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


1.         Bovaird, T. & Loffler, E. (eds.) (2003). Public Management and Governance. London and New York: Routledge.
2.         Okata, J. & Sorensen, A. (2011). Megacities: Urban Form, Governance, and Sustainability. Tokyo: Springer.
3.         Mitlin, D., Hardoy, J. and Satterthwaite, D. (2001). Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World. London: Earthscan Publications.


1.        Cities, Elsevier
2.        Environment and Urbanization, Sage


·         Lectures                                            : 45 hours
·         Self-study including required readings  : 90 hours
·         Assignments                                     : 30 hours


The teaching and learning methods include lectures using multimedia presentation slides, discussions and assignments. Structured discussions and case based problem solving exercises will be conducted. Additional readings will also be used to improve classroom discussions and take-home assignments. 


The final grade will be computed from the following constituent parts;

- Assignments 30%
- Mid-term exam (closed book) 30%
- Final exam (open book) 40%

An “A” would be awarded if a student can contextualize the knowledge learned in class by including their own their own insight and analysis. A “B” would be given if a student shows an overall understanding of all topics, a “C” would be given if a student meets below average expectation in terms of comprehension and analysis, and a “D” would be given if a student does not meet basic expectations in analyzing or understanding the issues presented in the course.