Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration
PADM-5423: Third Sector Governance and Management
Civil society organizations are an integral part of public management, whether in delivering services, engaging in policy development or building social capital. Strategic, sustainable and effective third sector organizations are important to our society, democracy and economy. This course examines the effective functioning of nonprofit and voluntary organizations and their evolving relationships with governments. It focuses on four important challenges or ‘ competencies’ of governance and management: the ability to 1) engage policy development, advocacy and public education; 2) govern and act strategically in a changing environment; 3) develop financial sustainability; and 4) assess and communicate value and impact. The intent is that students integrate theory and practical application throughout the course, and understand the implications of an effective third sector from the perspectives of both the sector and government.
At the end of the course, student should have:
- a sophisticated understanding of the voluntary and nonprofit sector in the context of contemporary governance;
- knowledge of the primary policy, taxation and regulatory frameworks within which nonprofits and charities operate in Canada, and ability to critically assess options for strengthening the sector and promoting social innovation;
- the ability to assess the effective functioning of boards of directors and governance systems, notably how to exercise a board’s challenge function, set strategy and priorities, manage risk and liabilities, and provide appropriate transparency and accountability to stakeholders; and
- appreciation of theories and models of good practices in the effective and efficient management of third sector organizations in a changing environment.
Although the primary focus is on the third sector in Canada, extensive comparative analysis and international experience will be incorporated into the course. Students are encouraged to draw upon their own experience in working or volunteering in this sector or in government working in partnership and consulting with this sector.
Faculty: Susan Phillips (Winter 2012)
Source: At http://www5.carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2013-winter-course-outlines/ (accessed 30 June 2013)