Management in Non-Government Organisations

Unit code: ASA2033 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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.

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


For Melbourne campuses

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

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 25%
Report on the key governance instruments of a non-government organisation 750 words
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Class Presentation on a social enterprise operating in Victoria
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 50%
Discuss the role of non-government organisations in Australia 2,000 words

Required reading

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

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