INGO - International Non-governmental Organizations
2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015
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This course will explore the world of international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) by reviewing the types of, and institutional issues related to, INGOs. We review the activities and roles of INGOs as subcontractors, educators, technical assistance providers, humanitarian aid providers, and policy advocates, and the role of INGOs in civil society and how INGOs are shaped by world politics, states, and economic forces.
The focus of the course is on the financial management of international nongovernmental organizations and describes a wide variety of methods, processes and tools of finance, accounting, and budgeting.
Students are introduced to the skills, methodological approaches, resources, and tools used by international nongovernmental organizations in order to enhance their critical thinking skills and their ability to work effectively in this field.
Human resources management in international nongovernmental organizations offers students the guidance and techniques necessary to implement effective human resources management strategies in public and non-profit organizations — from job analysis to performance evaluation, from recruitment and selection to training and development, from compensation and benefits to collective bargaining. The course also covers important but neglected topics such as recruiting and managing volunteers and working with a board of directors.
Students participate in seminars designed to examine contemporary issues, actors, and organizations relevant to the study and practice of international non-governmental organizations. Seminars may involve guest speakers, field trips, and other forms of non-classroom-based learning to supplement the core program and build understanding of how theory and practice overlap. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. This course may not be completed by directed study. Prerequisite: Admission to Global INGO program.
This course is designed to help students become effective negotiators by introducing them to the theory and processes of negotiation in an international setting. Students will be introduced to negotiating strategies and bargaining techniques.
INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3)
This course is designed to help students develop in-depth experience and knowledge of two of the most widely used and highly valued forms of nonprofit writing: grant proposals and the various documents necessary for holding a fundraising event. It will also provide an overview of other common forms of writing within the international nonprofit sector.
The course covers the major events and issues arising during the management of projects in the order in which they usually occur. The focus of this course is on organizing by projects in both national and international contexts, taking into account the organizational dynamics in project-oriented organizations and the projects' relation to its environment.
This course is the capstone for the INGO degree and enables students to situate the theories and knowledge of international relations, business, management, and human rights in the practical work of international nongovernmental organizations. Prerequisites: INGO 5100; 30 credits completed.
The student completes a thesis project under the supervision of two faculty members. The thesis option is recommended for those considering graduate study at the doctoral level. All theses must follow university guidelines and be deposited in the Webster University library. Proposal forms are available from the department website. Students must secure approval of their proposal from the academic director or coordinator of the program at the site where the thesis is to be done. General policy is to expect proposals to be submitted before the 24th credit hour is completed. Prerequisites: 21 credit hours, INGO 5000, and INGO 5200.
The internship is an intensive experience that provides students with the opportunity to work within an existing INGO and learn first-hand about its mission, goals, and operations. Within the experience, students will employ their understanding of the theories and actors of INGOs to the practice of their specific role and organization. Prerequisite: Admission to Global INGO program.
Required of all MA students completing a thesis project. All theses must follow university and departmental guidelines and be deposited in the University library. Recognizes successful completion of all the thesis requirements.