Participatory Governance (Graduate Certificate)

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This certificate program in participatory governance provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement and evaluate participatory governance programs and public engagement activities.

This transdisciplinary program combines academic rigor with practical skills. Students examine the main theories and research findings on participatory governance and public engagement and familiarize themselves with past and current democratic innovations in the U.S. and around the world. Students also develop the capacity to design, carry out and examine processes of participatory governance and public engagement.

The certificate program, administered by the School of Public Affairs, may be pursued as a specialization within an existing ASU graduate program or as a stand-alone program.

Program Offered

Participatory Governance (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Downtown, Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (9 credit hours)
PAF 531 Community Conflict Resolution (3)
PAF 565 Theories and Practices of Democracy (3)
PAF 566 Participatory Governance and Civic Engagement (3)

Electives (6 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
Electives are chosen from a list of preapproved courses and are selected with the faculty advisor. The faculty advisor directs the selection of the electives to ensure that they focus on a common theme and to see that the student's experiences in the courses align with the learning goals outlined for the certificate.

Students are required to maintain at least a 3.00 GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") and to have no more than one grade below a "B-" in courses taken to complete the certificate program.