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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.
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 contextsAbility to critically analyse major challenges faced by NGOs in pursuing their goals, including funding and contracting issues, and relationships of powerAbility 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 programmesAdvanced digital literacy skills for undertaking literature searches, and capacity to assess and review the relevance of literature to topics/issues under considerationAbility to articulate complex ideas in writing, including presenting reasoned arguments, supported by credible sources
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.
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, orSchedules C orE to the BCJ; or60 points at 200 level from the BA, BSW orBCJ.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Kate van Heugten
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.