Understanding the mechanics of how government works is valuable knowledge for public servants at all levels. This course provides an opportunity for public servants to better understand their role and impact within the structure and context of the federal government. Participants will learn how their contributions help to achieve the goals of government, whether this be implementing programs or services, developing policy, or evaluating the work of government.
- reviewing the structure of government
- examining the decision-making process of Parliament
- examining the roles of ministers and the Cabinet
- comparing the roles of departments, agencies and Crown corporations
- exploring the roles of central agencies and how they work together
This course will benefit learners who:
- implement government programs and services
- support the implementation of government programs and services
- maintain and develop policy
- monitor and evaluate the work of government
The success of this course depends largely on participant engagement. Rather than focusing on a formal presentation, this course relies on open group discussions about the assigned reading materials. Participants must therefore complete the pre-course readings, ask questions and raise points of discussions during the virtual sessions. The facilitator will then offer answers or clarifications during these discussions, and will encourage participants to reflect on how the course content applies to their different roles throughout the public service.
Learners who are unable to commit to taking an active role with the group are suggested to delay their registration until their schedule can better permit their full participation.
Learning products that may be useful before taking this course include: