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Unit information: NGO Development & Practice in 2021/22

Unit name NGO Development & Practice
Unit code POLI20004
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Fornes
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit aims to enable students to analyse and apply concepts, tools, and techniques for the effective management and successful development of non-profit organisations. It cover topics such as basics of management, marketing and fundraising, human resources, corporate social responsibility, effective public-private partnerships, the value-based organisation, finance and the "triple" bottom line, running an organisation in developing countries, etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate that they have acquired:

• An understanding of the role of non-profit organisations in the development process,

• Simulated hands-on experience in management,

• A critical view of management in developing environments,

• The personal skills to lead a non-profit organisation, and

• The skills to think strategically.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed by (i) an individual 1500- word essay worth 75% and (ii) a group work consisting of a 20-minute presentation worth 25% (which will include 20% of peer assessment).

The essay intends to assess the application and evaluation of different tools, techniques, and policies for the development of NGOs (ILOs above: hands-on experience in management below and skills to lead a non-profit organisation). The group exercise intends to give a holistic view of NGOs and their context while at the same time develop teamwork and leadership skills (ILOs above: role of NGOs in the development process, management in developing contexts, and skills to think strategically).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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