HSRV316-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Non-Governmental Organisations and Social Development

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course investigates the characteristics and emergent role of NGOs in contemporary society within the context of challenges and issues related to social development. Learning will be integrated through the use of international and New Zealand case studies.

NGOs (sometimes known as not-for-profit or third sector organisations) are involved in the provision of a broad range of human services. They include organisations that assist people with psychosocial issues at the micro-practice end of the continuum, and community work organisations that support people in their efforts to advocate for and achieve social change at a more macro-system level. This course explores how the roles of NGOs are constructed and constrained by the social and political environments in which they are situated. They nevertheless carve out opportunities to challenge oppression and promote social justice.
International research into disasters illustrates the complex tensions faced by NGOs and INGOs in their efforts to support and strengthen communities. The location of the course in Christchurch offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into these tensions, and how these are dealt with following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Presenters include local researchers and experts who bring the practical contribution of critical social theory to life

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to competently demonstrate:

  • Ability to consider and theorise the social construction of NGOs as part of a network of human service providers, within complex social, political, and economic contexts
  • Ability to critically analyse major challenges faced by NGOs in pursuing their goals, including funding and contracting issues, and relationships of power
  • Ability to consider questions and concerns that arise around the roles of NGOs in local and global disaster affected communities, including in relation to international aid programmes
  • Advanced digital literacy skills for undertaking literature searches, and capacity to assess and review the relevance of literature to topics/issues under consideration
  • Ability to articulate complex ideas in writing, including presenting reasoned arguments, supported by credible sources
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 30 points at 200 level from HSRV; or, any 15 pts at 200-level in HSRV, and 30 points at 200 level from Schedule C to the BSW, Schedule V to the BA, or
Schedules C or
E to the BCJ; or
60 points at 200 level from the BA, BSW or



Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 441
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Kate van Heugten


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly topic assignment 25% 2500 words - due date to be advised
Essay 35% 3000 words - due date to be advised
Essay 40% 3500 words - During examination period

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,570.00

International fee $7,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All HSRV316 Occurrences

  • HSRV316-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • HSRV316-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)