MSc Global Urban Development and Planning / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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 overall aim of the course is to examine the role of civil society in development and the nature, form and impact of public actions associated with non-state actors.

 

Aims

This unit aims to:

  • Explore theories and discourses of civil society and public action, particularly how these link to wider debates on the role of institutions and non-state actors in development.
  • Analyse the nature and form of civil society and types of strategies for public action adopted.
  • Examine the methods used by and practices of civil society in engaging with other actors (state and non-state) to influence and affect public action.

Learning outcomes

The course unit aims to:

Knowledge and understanding

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

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Ability to assess the merits of contrasting theories and explanations. In doing so, students should be able to develop, articulate and support logical, structured, and reasoned arguments in both written and oral contexts.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Research
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Summative feedback is provided in written form from the course convenor on completion of the assessed essay, in addition to in-class interactions and and the opportunity to submit a one-page essay plan or outline prior to the final assessment.

Recommended reading

Banks, N., Hulme, D., & Edwards, M. (2015). NGOs, States, and Donors Revisited: Still Too Close for Comfort? World Development, 66, 707-718. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.09.028

Mitlin, D., Hickey, S., & Bebbington, A. (2007). Reclaiming Development? NGOs and the Challenge of Alternatives. World Development, 35(10), 1699-1720. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2006.11.005

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 27
Independent study hours
Independent study 123

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Eria Thrandardottir Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

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