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MN4266 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs): contexts, contributions and challenges

  • Winner of University of St Andrews' SALTIRE Strategic Enhancement of Learning Fund (SELF) award, 2005.
  • Winner of University of St Andrews' SALTIRE Fund for Initiatives in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (FILTA) award, 2010.

Manager: Dr Eleanor Burt

Looking for Exciting Career Opportunities? Want to Make a Difference? To Travel? To do Something More Than Ordinary? Thought about Greenpeace, Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam? Thought about NGOs?

Please see below for NGO module resources.

Student Testimonials - FAQs - Online Articles/Video - Recruitment-Volunteering-Internships-General Voluntary Sector Links

The University of St Andrews is not responsible for external links.

See Moodle for module materials (seminar preparation, overheads etc.) available to enrolled students.

See the School of Management Honours Handbook.

The Module Guide can be found at Undergraduate Modules.

Required Seminar Readings will be found by searching for MN4266 on the University Library Reading List.

Assessment information for 2018-2019:

1. Book review: The book to be reviewed is Powers, M. (2018) NGOs as Newsmakers: The Changing Landscape of International News, Columbia University Press: New York.
Reviews should be approximately 1500 words in length.
Due 12 noon Friday of Week 7.

2. Essay: Essays should be approximately 2500 words in length (including bibliography).
Due 12 noon Friday of Week 10.

3. Seminar Reading Review: Details will be provided.
Due 12 noon Friday of Week 11.


Testimonials: What Students Have Said About the Module

"Thank you for letting me audit the MN4266 module this semester. I really enjoyed the course and I certainly got a lot out of it. In October I will be starting a Masters in Educational and International Development at the Institute of Education, and I think that your module provided me with debates and discussions that will be a really useful introduction to certain topics on my masters course."

"I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the NGO module this semester. I thought it was one of the most interesting options that I have taken throughout my degree, and I felt that there was a great balance of autonomous tasks and group work."

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for the entire semester of great and stimulating classes and for all your support."

"I just wanted to quickly email to thank you for all you have done over the last semester. The classes were captivating and thoroughly enjoyable! Thanks for all the time and help you gave me, I truly appreciate it."

"I am really enjoying the NGO course. I really enjoy the different topics and the fact that we're able to cover so much varied material, and it's such a refreshing change from learning about business!"

"Thank you for your time and efforts this semester in giving what has honestly been one of the most interesting classes I have taken in my time here. The lectures have been enjoyable and insightful, and the research for the written assignments has opened my eyes to the world we live in, especially the book by Fiona Terry, which I thoroughly enjoyed."

"I very much enjoyed your class this year. It has opened my eyes to new topics and issues, and has even assisted in my personal growth. Thank you very much."

"I would just like thank you for the excellent instruction I received throughout the non-governmental organisations module, it was probably the most valuable module I have completed throughout my time at the university. It was, in fact, this module which first alerted me to the career path on which I now intend to progress; charity law. Thank you again for an excellent course."

"This was perhaps one of the most interesting and informative modules in my four years here. The format of the seminars was excellent, and the approach to work and seminars, while at first appearing harsh, turned out to be a fantastic way of working. Many thanks to Dr Burt, for this module."


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Can I take MN4266 although I haven't taken any management classes previously as part of my degree?
    A: Students who have not taken management as part of their degree can take MN4266. However, they must be prepared to put in the considerable time and effort necessary to bring them up-to-speed for the class. They should also be aware that there are not resources available to provide additional tutoring by the module lecturer. So, students must be well-motivated to do the work as well as being able to work independently.
  • Q: Can I take MN4266 even though there is a partial or full timetable clash with my other subjects?
    A: Students must be present for all of the class hours offered in MN4266. In the event of a timetable clash you must seek and be granted permission to absent yourself from your other subject classes.

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Selected online articles/videos


Student volunteering opportunities

Humanitarian Aid educational and training courses


Charity consultants

General voluntary sector links


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