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Leading Deliberative Democracy



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This course is specifically designed for elected representatives, senior decision-makers and leaders within organisations. Gain key insights from leaders who have overseen successful deliberative processes and learn how you can apply the principles to address the complex issues your organisation is facing.


About this course

Deliberative democracy has a key role to play in the future social and political cohesion of Australian and global societies. If you’re keen to find out how these processes can help you in your leadership role, this course is the place to start.

The information, activities and real-world examples in this course will guide you through designing and planning a deliberative process.

You’ll receive key insights from leaders who have overseen successful deliberative processes, see how these processes have been applied in a range of contexts around the globe, and learn how to apply the principles of deliberative process to help resolve the most complex issues.

You will also learn more about the direction that the deliberative movement is taking, with the latest examples of innovative deliberative processes from around the world.

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Full price: $650 (GST-free)*.

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This short course will run over 4 weeks, taking about 5–6 hours of your time in total.  It is self-paced for the first two weeks, so you can access the content when it suits you.

The following content will be covered during the course:

1. Understanding deliberation

  • What deliberation is and is not
  • What differentiates debate, dialogue and deliberation
  • How deliberative citizens engagement differs from traditional participation models
  • The value of deliberative processes.

2. The deliberative process in practice

  • The key elements of the deliberative democracy process
  • Additional (optional) elements
  • Types of deliberative processes.

3. Designing a deliberative process

  • Choices in the design stage
  • Essential phases of a deliberative process.

4. Case studies

  • Examples of real-world deliberative processes and lessons learned
  • The latest innovations in deliberative democracy from around the world.

The course culminates with a live webinar panel discussion, where political leaders and experts will share their experiences and answer your questions about choosing, designing and delivering deliberative democracy processes.

Course learning objectives

Successful completion of this course will equip participants to:

  • Describe high level principles of deliberative democracy
  • Assess evidence of deliberative processes that delivered good, legitimate results
  • Determine what kind of problems deliberative processes are most appropriate for
  • Recognise the hallmarks of a sound deliberative process design
  • Discuss deliberative democracy processes in an informed way with peers and the public.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom

Contact us

  • If you have a specific question on course content or requirements, please contact Chris Riedy or phone +61 402 043 386
  • Should you be registering to attend from outside of Australia, please email

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for (but not limited to):

  • Elected representatives
  • Politicians
  • Senior civil servants
  • Business leaders
  • Other organisational leaders.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.