ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Fall 2007, Section 001 - Non-Profit Organizations: Theory and Practice
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Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor; Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements.
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Millions of Americans give their time and money every year to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits have played a key role in American society since the Colonial era, providing a wide range of services and goods that include — but are by no means limited to — medical care, education, the arts, and religion. In this course, students will gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector as well as practical knowledge required to work successfully in a nonprofit organization.

In the first half of the course, we will pose and answer questions about the nonprofit sector’s emergence in the United States; its changing relations with government and with the for-profit sector; the current state of the nonprofit sector; and its likely future. Attention to the nature of civil society abroad will shed light on the unique role of nonprofits in the U.S., while comparative analyses of different domains of U.S. nonprofit activity (the arts, education, etc.) will provide an in-depth understanding of the processes and issues that divide and structure the nonprofit sector internally. This part of the course is organized into the following modules:

Module A: Key Historical Moments in the Development of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector
Module B: Nonprofit Sectors in the United States Today
Module C: International Aid and Global Civil Society

In the second half of the course, drawing on readings in law, public policy, and business, we will develop practical knowledge of the special challenges that come with managing and working for a nonprofit organization. Among the topics we will take up in this half of the class are the formulation of nonprofit mission and strategy; the management of relations with boards, committees, volunteers, and employees; and marketing and fundraising for nonprofits.

Students will develop their knowledge of the nonprofit sector through case-based analysis, a research paper on a nonprofit of their choosing, and a mock grant proposal written on behalf of their chosen organization.

Required texts:

  • Robert D. Herman and Associates, The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Management and Leadership (2004) and
  • Lester M. Salamon, ed., The State of Nonprofit America (2002).

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ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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