Official Description

3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This course provides an overview of democratic principles, core functions of parliament, parliamentary procedures and practices, as well as current trends and issues in parliamentary administration. Each participant will be assigned a mentor, who will be available for consultation and guidance throughout the entire program.

Topics Covered

This course will provide you with an overview of democratic and parliamentary principles, enable you to exchange best practices, and set the stage for the rest of the program.

Featured topics include:

  • Democracy, Accountability, and Parliaments
  • Government Accountability
  • Core Functions of Parliament
  • Oversight & Corruption
  • Legislative-Executive Relations
  • Corporate Management of Parliament
  • Benchmarking Parliamentary Performance
  • Parliamentary Research
  • Leadership

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to enable you to:

  • Thoroughly comprehend democratic and parliamentary principles
  • Review trends and challenges faced by parliaments
  • Appreciate the skills required of parliamentary staff
  • Benefit from working with a mentor throughout the program
  • Network and share work experiences with international colleagues
  • Hear from distinguished keynote speakers, such as the RT. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada, and Kevin Page, Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer


The course content was excellent and relevant to my needs. It gave me opportunities to interact and share experiences directly with parliament scholars and participants of other parliaments.

- Md.Ohiduzzaman, Senior Assistant Secretary, Bangladesh Parliament

Applies Towards the Following Programs


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