This unit of study will look at different forms of organisational structures involved in organising and mobilising for social change. These range from service-providing government departments and semi-governmental authorities to various types of non-governmental organisations, co-operatives and community businesses. The unit aims to give students a background in relevant theory, eg. theory of organisational development, and also encourage them to develop their practical skills in the area of organisational management.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse how and why non-governmental organisations have emerged as such powerful types of organisations in different types of societies;  
  2. Identify the theoretical perspectives informing organisational development and apply it to scenarios in class exercises;  
  3. Examine the difference between governance of organisations  
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of social enterprises in a community  


Kenny, S., 2016, Developing Communities for the Future, Cengage Learning Australia
Assessment type Description Grade
Report Report on the key governance instruments of a non-government organisation 750 words 25%
Presentation Class Presentation on a social enterprise operating in Victoria 25%
Essay Discuss the role of non-government organisations in Australia 2,000 words 50%

Required reading

Developing Communities for the Future,
Kenny, S., 2016,
Australia/Cengage Learning

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