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Regular version of the site
26
November

Non-Government Organizations as Development Agents

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
Department of Demography (Institute of Demography)
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course aims at developing students' understanding of how the welfare is made jointly by government, business and communities; through what mechanisms there is a coordination of their interests and creation of institutions of interaction and exchange of resources; how can nonprofit organizations combine market resources (equivalent exchange based on the balance of supply and demand) with resources obtainable on the basis of non-market interactions (reciprocity, volunteerism, cooperation).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is aimed at increasing the sensitivity of students to various social problems and finding their effective solutions via not-for-profit organizations. The course is based on a combination of the development of theoretical concepts that explain the polymorphic nature of welfare production and decision-making in the interests of the population, with the development of tools for the application of theoretical concepts to the solution of specific social problems and analysis of the social consequences of decision-making. The use of knowledge in decision-making includes assessment of the situation, critical analysis of available decisions, developing proposals for improving the situation or improving the impact of decision-making that may be available to non-governmental organizations.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To know basic methods of obtaining empirical knowledge about social phenomena, providing opportunities for their use in any subject area of social science
  • To be able to argue the judgments pro and contra corporate social policy based on logics and facts
  • To be able to distinguish and analyze the main aspects of social policy and/ or nongovernmental non-profit organizations
  • To have basic academic skills, such as collecting, analyzing and logically presenting information and data on a certain topic, participating in a group discussion, writing an essay, making a presentation, etc.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • "Welfare mix" and the place of different actors in its creation in modern societies
    The activities of specific organizations are considered using the principles of separation of 3 public sectors of K. Polanyi, taking into account their specific ways of sharing resources, formality and informality, private and public relations, the market and mutual assistance. Welfare state and its reform towards mixed welfare systems in different societies. Typical agenda in the reforms of the last quarter of the 20th century and today, commonality and differences (on the example of different countries).
  • Corporate social responsibility and its application in social policy. Stakeholder management strategy.
    Measures of state influence on CSR programs. Opportunities and limitations of business in solving significant social problems. The role of non-profit organizations in the implementation of CSR programs. Non-profit civil organizations in the system of social policy. Different role models of the state in the realization of citizens' interests. Various functions of NGOs in social policy: integration, substitution, competition.
  • Hybridization of third sector organizations and cross-sector interaction
    Approaches to interpretation through the “multistakeholder partnerships”, “blended value”, and “blurring boundaries”, “double-“ and “triple bottom-line”. Typology of non-governmental organizations working in the social sphere on the basis of "organizational traditions"
  • Concepts and practice of social innovation
    What different actors mean and what they do? Problems of legitimation of new solutions in social policy: interests of various actors, discourses, their coordination and creation of a new regulatory order. Variety of approaches to the interpretation of "social". Alternative approaches to solving social problems: "social economy", "social entrepreneurship", "social innovations", " social finance» Approaches to measuring social impact. Objective and method of measurement. General and specific methods of assessment, their application to differnet organizational types.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar activity
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Final exam
  • non-blocking Seminar activity
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Final exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Essay + 0.4 * Final exam + 0.4 * Seminar activity
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Aluchna, M., & Idowu, S. O. (2017). The Dynamics of Corporate Social Responsibility : A Critical Approach to Theory and Practice. Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1238318
  • Sandro Busso, & Nicola De Luigi. (2019). Civil Society Actors and the Welfare State. A historically-based analytical framework. Partecipazione e Conflitto, (2), 259. https://doi.org/10.1285/i20356609v12i2p259
  • Westley, F., McGowan, K., & Tjörnbo, O. (2017). The Evolution of Social Innovation : Building Resilience Through Transitions. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1663215

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Barr, N. (2012). Economics of the Welfare State. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.oxp.obooks.9780199297818
  • Georg M. Eichler, & Erich J. Schwarz. (2019). What Sustainable Development Goals Do Social Innovations Address? A Systematic Review and Content Analysis of Social Innovation Literature. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F879E2B0
  • Ioanna Boulouta, & Christos Pitelis. (2014). Who Needs CSR? The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on National Competitiveness. Journal of Business Ethics, (3), 349. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-013-1633-2
  • The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility [Электронный ресурс] / А.Crane, D.Matten, A.McWilliams, J.Moon, D.S.Siegel, eds.; БД oxfordhandbooks. - Oxford University Press; 2008. – Режим доступа: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199211593.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199211593 – Загл. с экрана.