HSRV316-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Non-Governmental Organisations and Social Development

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course investigates the characteristics and emergent role of NGOs in contemporary society within the context of challenges and issues related to social development. Learning will be integrated through the use of international and New Zealand case studies.

NGOs (sometimes known as not-for-profit or third sector organisations) are involved in the provision of a broad range of human services. They include organisations that assist people with psychosocial issues at the micropractice end of the continuum, and community work organisations that support people in their efforts to advocate for and achieve social change at a more macro-system level. This course explores how the roles of NGOs are constructed and constrained by the social and political environments in which they are situated. They nevertheless carve out opportunities to challenge oppression and promote social justice.
International research into disasters illustrates the complex tensions faced by NGOs and INGOs in their efforts to support and strengthen communities. The location of the course in Christchurch offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into these tensions, and how these are dealt with following local and global community disasters.
Presenters include local researchers and experts who bring the practical contribution of critical social theory to life.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to competently demonstrate:

 Ability to consider and theorise the social construction of NGOs as part of a network of human service providers, within complex social, political, and economic contexts
 Ability to critically analyse major challenges faced by NGOs in pursuing their goals, including funding and contracting issues, and relationships of power
 Ability to consider questions and concerns that arise around the roles of NGOs in local and global
disaster affected communities, including in relation to international aid programmes
 Advanced digital literacy skills for undertaking literature searches, and capacity to assess and review the relevance of literature to topics/issues under consideration
 Ability to articulate complex ideas in writing, including presenting reasoned arguments, supported by credible sources


Any 30 points at 200 level from HSRV; or, any 15 pts at 200-level in HSRV, and 30 points at 200 level from Schedule C to the BSW, Schedule V to the BA, or
Schedules C or E to the BCJ; or 60 points at 200 level from the BA, BSW or BCJ.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 240
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Karl Popper 508
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Kate van Heugten


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 35% 3000 words
Weekly Topic Assignment 25% 2500 words
Essay 40% 3500 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,687.00

International fee $7,900.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV316 Occurrences

  • HSRV316-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • HSRV316-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)