SA4H9 Half Unit
Non-Governmental Organisations, Social Policy and Development
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof David Lewis OLD2.40
This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations). This course is available on the MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course is available to MSc ISPP students.
Students will preferably have some experience of work within NGOs and/or relevant government departments or donor agencies working with NGOs.
The course focuses on the specialised field of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within the field of social policy and development, and considers theoretical and policy issues. Main topics include the history and theory of NGOs; the changing policy contexts in which NGOs operate; NGO service delivery and advocacy roles in policy; NGO relationships with other institutional actors including government, donors and private sector; challenges of NGO effectiveness and accountability; NGO organisational growth and change; and conceptual debates around civil society, social capital, social movements and globalisation.
15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT.
Students will sit a mock exam held in LT. Students will receive feedback from their academic adviser on the mock exam. Weekly student led seminars which involve discussion of the assigned readings will also help to develop students' critical thinking, reading, and analytical skills
Lewis, D. and Kanji, N. (2009) Non-Governmental Organisations and Development. London: Routledge; Anheier, H.K. (2005) Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy. London: Routledge; Bebbington, A., Hickey, S. and Mitlin, D. (2008) Can NGOs Make a Difference? London: Zed Books; Lewis, D. (2014) NGOs, Management and Development. London: Routledge; Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (1996) NGOs, Performance and Accountability: Beyond the Magic Bullet. London: Earthscan; Glasius, M, Lewis, D. and Seckinelgin, H. (2004) eds. Exploring Civil Society: Political and Cultural Contexts, London: Routledge; Holmen, H. (2010) Snakes in Paradise: NGOs and the Aid Industry in Africa. Sterling VA: Kumarian; Howell, J. and J. Pearce (2001) Civil Society and Development: A Critical Exploration. London: Lynne Rienner;
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Student performance results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2017/18: 30
Average class size 2017/18: 15
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (LT)
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 79%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)