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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    08 September 2017

Course content

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.

Course detail

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.

Programme aims

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.

Through the successful completion of this programme you will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Foundational social science conceptualisations of civil society and their applicability to the modern world and its problems
  • Contemporary theories and ideologies of OCS and associated institutions and practices in a global age
  • Comparative and multi-level approaches to organised civil society
  • The impact of globalisation, shifts in governance, and a range of related ongoing processes of political and economic change for OCS
  • Leading public policy developments in Europe and across the world as these apply to civil society
  • The relationship of international actors to national social policy systems
  • Researching design and methodologies for studies of civil society
  • The use of qualitative and quantitative research methods and their critical application in the scholarly literature and in policy papers.

Modules

You take compulsory modules alongside optional modules of your choice. Modules may include:

  • Design of social research 
  • The idea of civil society 
  • Organised civil society and the third sector 
  • The family, parenting culture and parenting policy
  • Governing science, technology and society in the 21st Century
  • The art and science of fundraising
  • The sociology of risk
  • Foundations of sociology
  • Comparative social policy
  • Sociology of health, illness and medicine
  • Social change and political order

https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/113/civil-society-ngo-and-nonprofit-studies#structure

Careers

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.

Over 98% of Kent's postgraduate students who graduated in 2016 were in work or further study within six months. Recent graduates from our School have pursued careers in academia, journalism, local and central government, charities and NGOs.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at the University of Kent

We offer inspirational teaching and supervision alongside first-class library and IT facilities. You also benefit from our high-impact research in all subjects. Whatever you are looking to study, Kent provides a dynamic and challenging environment for your postgraduate studies.

  • Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017
  • Kent is ranked 25th in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • Kent is ranked 22nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 42% of our academics are from overseas and we have students representing 158 nationalities
  • In the most recent research rankings, 97% of research at Kent was found to be of international quality (REF 2014)
  • Kent is ranked 17th in the UK* for research intensity and research output (REF 2014)
  • Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent/

* of 122 universities, not including specialist institutions


Visit the Civil Society, NGO and Non-Profit Studies page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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