Official Description

3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This course focuses on the role that parliamentary committees play in the work of the parliament and considers the procedural, administrative, research and analytical support required for committees to function successfully. This course will also examine the important role that committees play in terms of accountability and engagement.

Topics Covered

This interactive and practical course is designed to assist you as a member of the parliamentary committee staff. With knowledge of how to establish, operate, and govern effective parliamentary committees, you’ll ensure that their work reflects the needs and interests of all citizens.

Featured topics include:

  • Establishing a parliamentary committee
  • Supporting committees: the role of a committee secretariat
  • Conducting committee business
  • Oversight, law-making and public engagement

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to enable you to:

  • Define a committee’s mandate and terms of reference
  • Identify various forms and benefits of different means of public consultation by a committee
  • Appreciate the role of parliamentary staff in ensuring the effectiveness of a committee
  • Explain the primary steps in conducting a parliamentary inquiry
  • Clarify the role of a committee in monitoring government activity and scrutinizing draft laws

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