SP333 Half Unit
NGOs, Social Policy and Development
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Timothy Hildebrandt OLD.2.56
This course is available on the BSc in International Social and Public Policy, BSc in International Social and Public Policy and Economics, BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics, BSc in Social Policy, BSc in Social Policy and Economics, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.
This course is only available to third year undergraduate students.
While the study of social and public policy has traditionally been concerned with actions taken by governments, the wider non-governmental sector is increasingly recognised as playing a key role. This course focuses on both international and local ‘non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) that have emerged around the world to address a wide range of social, political and environmental concerns. It offers a critical perspective on NGOs in the context of development and social policy, covering both theoretical and policy issues. The focus is on two main inter-related themes: how NGOs serve as vehicles through which citizens organise, and how NGOs are instruments through which states, businesses and funding agencies pursue their interests.
Most of the examples in the lectures and the readings will relate to the Global South, but many of the issues covered are also relevant in rich industrialised countries. Topics covered include definitions and history of NGOs; the changing policy contexts in which development NGOs operate; conceptual debates around ‘civil society’ and third sector; competing theoretical perspectives on NGOs; the domestic, international and global dimensions of non-governmental action; shifting relationships with other policy actors; service delivery and advocacy roles; international humanitarianism; challenges of NGO legitimacy and accountability; resource dilemmas; voluntarism and volunteering; and NGO organisational growth and change.
Courses in Social Policy will follow the Teaching Model which has been adopted by the Department of Social Policy during the period of the pandemic. This is outlined HERE: https://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/Current-Students/teaching-in-the-department-of-social-policy
This course will be taught through a combination of either a recorded lecture plus a follow-up Q and A session or a ‘live’ on-line lecture; and classes/seminars of 1-1.5 hours (with size and length of classes/seminars depending on social distancing requirements).
Further information will be provided by the Course Convenor in the first lecture of the course.
The course will be delivered in Michaelmas term.
Students will write one essay (1500 words) during Michaelmas Term, and will receive written feedback in preparation for the summative assessment.
Banks, Nicola, David Hulme, Michael Edwards (2015) ‘NGOs, states, and donors revisited: still too close for comfort?’ World Development, Volume 66, pp.707–718.
Keck, M. E. & Sikkink, K. (1998) Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Cornell University Press.
Lewis, David (2014) Non-Governmental Organisations, Management and Development. Routledge.
Schuller, M. (2012) Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs. Rutgers University Press.
Swidler, Ann and Susan Cotts Watkins (2016) A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa. Princeton University Press.
Wallace, Tina, Fenella Porter and Mark Ralph-Bowman (eds. 2013) Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women’s Lives: A Perfect Storm. Practical Action Publishing.
Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Capped 2020/21: No
Value: Half Unit
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