NGO, Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Policy and Management
Course Code: PUBLG008
Course Tutor: Dr Sarabajaya Kumar (Department of Political Science)
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay
Credit Value: 15
About this course
In recent years there has been growing political and theoretical focus upon the contribution of voluntary sector organizations within modern market-based democracies. Increasingly governments look to voluntary organizations, cooperatives or social enterprises to provide remedies to social problems; at the same time voluntary organizations within civil society seek to regulate and to change the behaviours of governments and of the market. This course aims to provide students with the necessary analytical tools to understand how the voluntary sector functions in developed economies. It seeks to explore not simply the theoretical function and contribution of such organizations, but also the practical challenges of management, governance and accountability. Students are encouraged, where appropriate, to ground their learning in their own experiences.
The course draws in particular upon literature and research from the UK, other European countries and the United States. For 2012-2013 the course will consider the impact of the global financial crisis upon the societal role and sustainability of voluntary organizations.
On completion of the course students will understand:
- key intellectual traditions in voluntary sector research
- central concepts such as charity, philanthropy, volunteering, voluntary and community organizations and sector, nonprofit, third sector, civil society, social capital, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, corporate citizenship
- functions of the voluntary sector in public policy
- relationships of the voluntary sector with government and the private sector
- approaches to organizational behaviour, governance and accountability in voluntary and community organizations.
The course benefits from the involvement of invited external speakers. In previous years speakers have included experts in government policy, volunteering, evaluation and charity law, such as:
- Professor Steven Rathgeb Smith, University of Washington
- Nick Ockenden, Director, Institute for Volunteering Research, UK
- Sarah Mistry, Head of Research and Learning, The Big Lottery Fund, UK
- Dr Karl Wilding, Head of Policy, Research and Foresight, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, UK