Course Title: International NGOs, civil society and development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International NGOs, civil society and development

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2096

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

HUSO2096

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008

HUSO2096

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Jose Roberto Guevara

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3046

Course Coordinator Email: roberrto.guevara@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will engage with the theory and practice of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in development. NGOs are viewed as key players within what is known as ‘civil society’. The role of civil society in development has taken on increasing significance, in large part due to New Policy Agenda ideas about the reduced role of the state, and issues of governance and democracy in a globalised world. You will consider the comparative advantage of values and roles of NGOs, the partnerships they form, how they facilitate capacity development, their organisational management, legitimacy and accountability, and their future opportunities.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • critically reflect on socio-cultural diversity and values, world systems and the benefits of local and global development practices for communities engaged in development processes
  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development
  • critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline
  • critically reflect on the causes and impacts of poverty in global contexts and to evaluate the theories and practice of development institutions
     


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and review the theoretical perspectives and debates about NGOs, and civil society more broadly, to practice and policy situations.
  2. Describe NGO values and roles and evaluate how they affect NGO engagement in development.
    Compare and contrast competing theoretical perspectives about NGOs’ relationships with states, market, other NGOs and communities in the New Policy Agenda and discuss how these relationships might be strengthened.
  3. Reflect on and apply your knowledge of the comparative advantage of NGOs’ in development practice
  4. Identify key components of NGOs’ organisational structure and management and, in light of these, develop strategies to enhance their effectiveness in service delivery.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures; class activities; case study analysis; analysis of documentaries (including small group work); guest lectures; and face to face and online class discussions.

You are expected to read the course materials available on-line and refer to additional reading material in your assessment tasks. It is advisable to take notes as you read and constantly reflect on the questions raised. This reflection could, for example, take the form of brief written response or posting a message on on-line discussion board. You are encouraged to liaise with the course lecturer and ask questions about particular topics, readings or assessment tasks.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. The components may include classroom seminar presentations and/or discussions, case study reflections, essay and reports.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
 

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment