The Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies PDip/MA provides you with an advanced understanding of social science debates, theories and concepts relevant to organised civil society.
Strengthening the profile and capacity of civil society is now seen as a top priority by political commentators, social scientists and policy-makers all over the world. There has never been a greater need to develop a critical yet constructive understanding of the actions, behaviours and institutions that populate the space between states and markets, ranging from local voluntary associations to national social enterprises and transnational charities.
This programme draws deeply on the unique combination of scholarly and practical knowledge of the third sector, social movements and philanthropy situated in the School. You develop an in-depth understanding of the evolution of the meanings of civil society across time and space and the role its organisations and institutions play in political, social and economic life.
Teaching imparts country-specific as well as cross-national and transnational empirical and theoretical knowledge of the historical and contemporary challenges faced by these organisations.
You are also engaged in analysing how third sector organisations relate to ongoing social, political and economic transformations. In particular, your capacity to think sympathetically, but critically, about third sector contributions to policy through welfare systems and in other public policy arenas is developed.
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The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Current compulsory modules for this programme are: Design of Social Research; The Idea of Civil Society and Organised Civil Society and the Third Sector.
You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
SO833 - Design of Social research (20 credits)
SO838 - The Idea of Civil Society (20 credits)
SO876 - Organised Civil Society and the Third Sector (20 credits)
SO885 - Social Suffering (20 credits)
SO894 - The Family, Parenting Culture and Parenting Policy (20 credits)
SO938 - Governing Science, Technology and Society in the 21st Century (20 credits)
SO839 - Fundraising and Philanthropy (20 credits)
SO854 - The Sociology of Risk (20 credits)
SO867 - Foundations of Sociology (20 credits)
SO872 - Comparative Social Policy (20 credits)
SA803 - Politics and Sociology of the Environment (20 credits)
SO813 - Sociology of health, illness and medicine (20 credits)
SO823 - Social Change & Political Order (20 credits)
SO998 - Dissertation (60 credits)
Assessment is by coursework, plus the dissertation (for the award of the MA).
This programme aims to:
- provide you with an advanced understanding of social science debates, theories and concepts relevant to organised civil society (OCS), where the latter includes the ‘third sector’ of NGOs, social movements and other formations between the market and the state, and refers to the institutions and practices of philanthropy, altruism and reciprocity
- impart country-specific as well as cross-national and transnational empirical and theoretical knowledge of the current challenges and processes of transformation applying to this sphere of society, and the organisations within it
- develop your understanding of, and capacity to think critically about, the key policy contributions of, and roles fulfilled by, OCS as a significant policy actor in welfare and broader public service system functioning and development
- develop your skills in research design and data collection in areas relevant to, or forming part of OCS
- familiarise you with using primary and secondary data to develop cutting-edge research in the field of OCS studies.
Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we place considerable emphasis on you gaining specialist knowledge in your chosen subject alongside core transferable skills. We ensure that you develop the skills and competences that employers are looking for including: research and analysis; policy development and interpretation; independent thought; writing and presentation, as well as time management and leadership skills. You also become fully involved in the professional research culture of the School. A postgraduate degree in the area of social and public policy is a particularly flexible and valuable qualification that can lead to many exciting opportunities and professions.
Our graduates obtain a range of transferable skills and report high levels of being in employment or further study within six months of graduation across all of our degree programmes.
Recent graduates have pursued careers in academia, journalism, local and central government, charities and NGOs. Our Social Policy related programmes are ranked sixth in the UK for career prospects (2015 Complete University Guide).
Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/