Building on the Commons, Electives will build on concepts and skills taught in the Commons and allow learners to create their own trajectory through the programme by focussing on particular sectors and focus areas they want to develop. Fellows will be able to choose two of six elective courses that will enable them to understand, engage and grapple with contemporary urban debates.
In 2016-17, these electives included a combination of practice-oriented courses including modules on Housing, Transport, and Community-based Planning where Fellows interrogated how the policy problem was framed, the interventions and actions proposed, and the possibilities and challenges of the current paradigm. Other elective courses were more conceptual and allowed Fellows to explore ideas and concepts that inform the understanding of the urban such as Southern Urban Theory, and Reading the City.
A long list of Electives includes courses on:
- Climate Change and Urbanisation
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Municipal Finance
- Southern Urban Theory
- Planning and Communities
- Land and Economic Development
- Law and Urbanism
- Water and Sanitation
- Livelihoods and Employment