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Unit information: NGO Development & Practice in 2015/16

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Unit name NGO Development & Practice
Unit code SPAI20026
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

2-hour weekly seminars for 10 weeks (20 contact hours) + 10 hours of work with an NGO. The work with the NGOs will be directed by the unit owner and its main purpose will be to reinforce the achievement of the ILOs above. The contacts with the NGOs will be provided by the Center of Public Engagement, as students will be working in groups only 4 organisations per class are needed.

The methodology is based on case studies and work with real NGOs. This is expected to give students a hands-on perspective of management. The unit concludes with the development and presentation of a plan for the creation of a new NGO.

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).

Reading and References

D. Lewis, The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations” (London and New York: Routledge 2007)

R. van Tulder and A. van der Zwart, International Business-Society Management. Linking Corporate Responsibility and Globalisation (London and New York: Routledge, 2006).

H. Anheier, Nonprofit Organizations. Theory, Management, Policy (New York: Routledge 2006)