MSc Global Urban Development and Planning / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Civil Society & Public Action

Unit code MGDI60521
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The unit aims to examine different understandings about the role and contribution of civil society in development. Our discussions will also examine the nature, form and impact of public actions associated with non-state actors, the challenges that are faced and the strategies through which objectives are realised.

 

Aims

The unit aims to examine different understandings about the role and contribution of civil society in development. Our discussions will also examine the nature, form and impact of public actions associated with non-state actors, the challenges that are faced and the strategies through which objectives are realised.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Explore theories and discourses of civil society and public action, and understand how these link to the wider debates on the role of institutions and non-state actors in development

Intellectual Skills

  • Analyse the nature and form of civil society, including NGOs and social movements
  • Identify and analyse the type of strategies for public action they adopt
  • Examine the methods used by and practices of civil society in engaging with other actors, including state and non-state actors

Practical Skills

  • Essay writing, web-searches, presentational skills

Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Collaborative working through preparation for group assessment
  • Essay writing

Teaching and learning methods

8 x 1.5 hour Lectures; 5 x 1.5 hour Tutorials and group presentations

This course unit is team taught with experts sharing their knowledge about key areas of discussion. 

Forms of teaching include lectures, tutorial and class discussions, and comments on tutorial presentations and assessment essay outlines.

After two introductory lectures, teaching periods will be three hours in length and will involve both lectures and structured tutorial sessions with student presentations to the full class. Tutorial themes build to the presentations at the end of the course unit which will address the following: realising accountability, achieving scale, measuring success, and the influence of civil society on the structure and distribution of power.

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 80%
Oral assessment/presentation 20%

Feedback methods

Feedback on assessed presentations will be responses to powerpoint presentation.

Feedback on written assessment will be in the form of summative feedback using Grademark via Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Anheier, H. (2004) Civil Society: Measurement, Evaluation, Policy, Earthscan.

Edwards, M. (2008) Civil Society, Polity Press, Cambridge.

McFarlane, C. (2012) The Entrepreneurial Slum: Civil Society, Mobility and the Co-production of Urban Development. Urban Studies, Vol. 49(13), pp. 2795–2816

Mitlin, D, Hickey, S and Bebbington, A. (2007). Reclaiming Development? NGOs and the  Challenge of Alternatives World Development 35(10) 1699-1720

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 16
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 124

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Eria Thrandardottir Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

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