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Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance

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Wondering if a McGill Professional Development Certificate is for you? Get answers from our on-demand info session and learn about topics offered, delivery method, our approach to learning and teaching, tuition fees and how to apply. Plus, hear from actual students who will talk about their experience and how the program they chose helped them achieve their professional aims.

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This Program in the News

commonwealth-parliamentary-association.jpgVirtual graduation ceremony held for Commonwealth Parliamentarians from small jurisdictions completing CPA course with McGill University

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the world joined a virtual graduation ceremony for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Fundamentals Programme on Practice and Procedure for CPA Small Branches delivered in partnership with McGill University in Canada.


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McGill-Commonwealth Parliamentary Association program wins Program Award 2019 for non-credit programming over 48 hours

The Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance program has been awarded the Program Award for non-credit programming over 48 hours by the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE).


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McGill-Commonwealth Parliamentary Association program wins Best Custom Program Award 2018

The Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance program has been awarded the Best Custom Program Award at the 2018 Conference on Management and Executive Development (CMED).


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Required Courses
YCBS 250 Introduction to Commonwealth Parliamentary Governance (3 CEUs)
This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the Commonwealth, the role of parliament in modern society; the factors that influence how parliaments carry out their functions; the role of the Speaker and other presiding officers; women in parliament, as well as an introduction to parliamentary procedure. 3 CEUs.
YCBS 251 Contemporary Issues in Parliamentary Governance (4 CEUs)
This course addresses core functions of Parliament, including the legislative process and interactions with civil society; legislative- executive-judiciary relations; parliamentary values - codes of conduct; the role and responsibilities of: the opposition, the backbencher, committees and parliamentary staff; the corporate management of parliament; and parliamentary procedure & aspects of debate.
YCBS 252 Advanced Commonwealth Parliamentary Governance (3 CEUs)
Consideration of such issues as different parliamentary models in the Commonwealth (parliamentary, parliamentary-presidential, and presidential) and executive-legislative relations. Introduction to parliamentary benchmarks. Exploration of CPA benchmarks and regional variations thereof, and assessing parliaments, noting what practical steps could be taken to improve efficiency and effectiveness of parliaments.
YCBS 253 Parliamentary Communications (3 CEUs)
This course will examine the relationship between parliament and the media. In addition to providing the legal framework to allow for access to information and freedom of the press, the course will contain practical examples of how to make parliaments newsworthy. Using guidelines and other materials from the course, participants will be preparing a speech / interview/briefing on the subject of their choice.


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Career and Professional Development
(Non-credit courses and programs)

Phone: +1 514-398-5454
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1029 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 3R1
Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Parliamentary Programs Website

The McGill University School of Continuing Studies is emerging as a leader in cutting-edge parliamentary research. Learn more about our research, publications and programs at mcgill.ca/scs-parliament

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