The Marshall Institute supports BSc and MSc courses at the LSE. The first of these is Effective Philanthropy: Ethics and Evidence.
Effective Philanthropy: Ethics and Evidence is an option course in the Department of Philosophy taught by Professor Luc Bovens. The course is only available for certain BSc and MSc programmes.
For BSc availability see here
For MSc availability see here
The course addresses key questions in philosophy and social science concerning philanthropy, including:
Which motives actually drive philanthropy and which motives should drive it? What is the nature and extent of our moral obligations to philanthropy? Is the proper aim of philanthropy to ‘do the most good’? How should the good aimed at be conceived of and measured? How, if at all, should people’s rights and the risks of causing harm constrain the pursuit of the good? What are a charitable organisation’s duties of accountability towards its stakeholders (e.g. donors and employees) and those whose lives it aims to affect? Which career and personal choices should one make in order to further philanthropic aims?
Marshall Institute Director, Stephan Chambers, hosts the practitioner sessions on the course. Past visitors have included top people from Acumen, the Indigo Trust, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Global Innovation Fund, and the Behavioural Insights team.