Who runs your city? What makes your city liveable? Using stories from cities around the world, this course will introduce you to the importance of ethics in civic leadership, planning, and business, and citizen engagement. Explore the problems that cities face, and understand the concept of an ‘ethical’ city On the course you’ll look in depth at the challenges facing cities - considering your own city, or the one nearest you. We’ll ask you to share your stories so you can connect with other learners and compare your experiences in order to recognize and understand the problems cities face. You will explore the power of various entities in your city and examine how they help solve or exacerbate local problems. You will delve into the notion of the ethical city and how it adds value to professionals and citizens - especially in terms of how it may help to improve the quality of urban life. In doing this you will also get a sense of the broader context of issues like social justice, corporate responsibility and ethical practice at the city level. Get practical insights into sustaining an ethical city Through the course we’ll introduce a range of new ideas, tools and techniques (including practical examples, video stories, expert interviews and other resources) to inspire you to:
- Become involved in transformation at the city level
- Engage in an international community of like-minded citizens
- Take an interest in civic politics in order to enact change
- Understand corporate social responsibility in relation to city governance
- Think critically about the importance of the ethical city in terms of responding to contemporary urban problems like inequality, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, environmental degradation, and corruption
Together we will examine alternatives to ‘business as usual’ practices that are reshaping the dominant urban agendas in more ethical directions. Learn from experts in ethical cities RMIT is a global university, and world leader in terms of its research and education around the built environment. RMIT hosts the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and many of our educators have first-hand experience in urban and environmental planning and social change including in Europe, Australia, and Japan.
What topics will you cover?
- Current challenges facing cities around the world
- Ethical principles that can form the foundation of an ethical lens through which to evaluate situations and decisions
- Notion of the ethical city and its added value to professionals and citizens in terms of how it helps improve the quality of urban life
- Issues of corruption, their impact on development and how they can be combated
- Characteristics of ethical leaders
- How operational structures of local government improve or exacerbate local issues
- How urban planning can improve or degrade urban quality of life
- Business responsibility for creating and shaping ethical cities
- New models for ethical leadership, planning, and business
- Tools for citizen engagement and participation
What will you achieve?
- Discuss the current circumstances and challenges facing your city and compare other cities around the world.
- Explore the notion of the ethical city and its added value to professionals and citizens in terms of how it helps improve the quality of urban life.
- Develop a personal framework to evaluate current plans, actions, measures, perspectives, methods, approaches and recipes designed to shape urban development in your city.
- Evaluate through stakeholder mapping the structures and influence of various entities in your city and how they work to help solve or exacerbate local problems.
- Reflect upon the broader context of issues like social justice, corporate responsibility and ethical practice at the city level.
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