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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2005

SOC 396L • Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Services in Developed and Developing Worlds

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45825 M
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

This course begins with a review of attempts to define and asses the boundaries of NGO activity and moves to an examination of the role of NGOs in providing social services. We will examine the history of NGOs, their structure and financing, and the nature of the problems these organizational forms are best suited to address. We will examine the consequences of professionalization on organizational structure, performance, and the evaluation of outcomes. The course also examines the potential role of NGOs in fostering community participation in the solution of social problems and their role in the development of a sense of citizenship. Although the focus of the course will be on Latin America course participants are free to examine the phenomenon in their own area of interest including the United States.

The course consists of readings with group discussion and presentations related to specific areas of NGO activity. The course grade will be based on a final paper of approximately 25 pages that deals with a topic of the student's choice. Required and recommended readings will be distributed at the beginning of the semester. Individual participants will read literature relevant to their own research topic.


Selected readings:

  • Howell, Jude, and Jenny Pearce. 2001. Civil Society and Development. A Critical Exploration. Bolder: Lynne Rienner.
  • Hilhorst, Dorothea. 2003. The Real World of NGOs: Discourse, Diversity, and Development. New York: Zen Books.
  • Keck, Margaret, and Kathryn Sikkink. 1998. Activists Beyond Borders. Ithaca: Cornell.


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