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ADS711 - Non-government Organisations and Development

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Ware



For students who commenced prior to 2014: Nil

For students who commenced from 2014: ADS701 for students enrolled in courses A511, A611 or A727

Incompatible with:

AID611, AID711

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This is a guided research unit, supported by an interpretive essay and an associated set of readings representing the wider literatures.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • the definition of an NGO;
  • types of NGOs;
  • trends in the number and size of First WorId NGOs;
  • trends in the number and size of Third World NGOs;
  • history of the role of NGOs in development;
  • competing ideas on the evolving role of NGOs;
  • gender and NGOs;
  • the environment and NGOs;
  • the effectiveness of NGOs and grassroots organisations;
  • NGOs as change agents;
  • NGOs as pressure groups, sources of countervailing power and lobbyists;
  • reconciling the role of donor and indigenous NGOs;
  • comparative advantage of NGOs.


1,500-word Book/Literature Review (40%)

3,500-word Critical Essay or equivalent (60%)

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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