This unit (ASA5024) of study investigates and appraises different forms of organisational structures involved in organising and mobilising for social change in Australia and overseas. These range from service providing government departments and semi-governmental authorities to various types of non-governmental organisations, co-operatives and community businesses. Students critique relevant theories, and through reflective development of their practical skills in selected areas of organisational management, praxis will be enhanced.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse how and why non-governmental organisations have emerged as such powerful types of organisations in different types of societies;  
  2. Recognise the difference between governance and management of an organisation;  
  3. Collaborate with others in creating various contextual scenarios and designing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that would adapt to various local-global socio-economic changes with a view to developing a problem solving praxis with responsibility for personal outcomes and commitment to achieving group outcomes; and  
  4. Demonstrate competent decision-making to address emergent or complex problems in contemporary non-government organisations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Discuss the external pressures and internal solutions for today's NGOs 25%
Essay Structuring, resourcing and financing today's NGOs 40%
Portfolio Portfolio of critical appraisal of CSO structures and leadership in current global socio-economic context 35%

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