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MN4266 Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs): Contexts, Contributions, and Challenges

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

Voluntary organisations are highly significant actors within society, the democratic polity, and the economy. They are also commonly perceived to be distinctive organisations in certain key respects that set them apart from either public sector organisations or commercial enterprises, and which make them particularly challenging to manage. This module will examine the roles played by voluntary organisations, the nature of the organisations themselves, and the issues and challenges that they are facing as a number of significant shifts, that include, for example, technological developments and major public policy initiatives, occur within the wider external environment in which they are embedded. The module will be of interest to students who are considering a career in the voluntary sector, government, the wider public sector, or as management consultants.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Management degrees, Management Science. Optional for Sustainable Development.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MN2001 and MN2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 11 weeks) and 3 x 1-hour workshops, and 2 optional consultative hours ( x 11 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 25
  • Guided independent study: 175

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:An alternative project of up to 3,000 words = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Burt
Module teaching staff:Dr E Burt