SOCS5010 NGOs, Governance and Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
NGOs (non-governmental organisations) have become increasingly important actors at the subnational, national and international levels, carrying out a range of complex governing tasks, such as setting standards for businesses, serving as 'watchdogs', providing assistance after natural disasters, mediating conflicts, and delivering development assistance. Their rise has gone hand-in-hand with the shift from government to governance, a trend that is evident in the growing prevalence of new modes of governance such as public–private partnerships. This unit considers the political impacts of NGOs' activities in governance and development. The unit conceptualises NGOs and their relationship to states, markets and institutions, and explores the variety of actors that are categorised as part of the non-governmental or 'third' sector, with their differing capacities and degrees of power. It examines the multilevel character of NGOs' activities across advocacy, service provision and regulation, and considers the political impacts of their activities through a range of case studies from across the globe.
Students are able to (1) understand differing theoretical approaches to examining NGOs and their relationship with states, markets and institutions; (2) describe the characteristics of NGOs and their activities; (3) critically evaluate debates in the media as they relate to NGOs; and (4) research, develop and deliver critical analyses of the role of NGOs in governance and development.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reading responses; (2) research essay; and (3) policy brief. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kelly Gerard
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
Bachelor of Arts (BP001) (major in Political Science and International Relations)
Contact hours
seminars: 18 hours
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