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MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies

University of Kent

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This new and currently relevant MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is offered by the University of Kent?s highly respected School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research we are proud to have been ranked at 4th in the UK in the most recent RAE. As a recognised world, European and national leader in theoretical and applied social science with a strong liberal arts component, the School is uniquely well positioned to deliver this wide ranging and multi-faceted programme utilising contemporary research knowledge. The MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is designed for well qualified, reflective, curious and profoundly motivated students who wish to gain knowledge of, and the ability to critically analyse, the role that civil society organisations do and should play in political, social and economic life. This new MA is exceptional in the field in terms of its breadth and depth. For example, most programmes in this area tend to focus largely on management and organisational issues and are associated with business studies style approaches. This MA, by contrast, is able to capitalise on the extraordinary range of multi-disciplinary expertise to be found at SSPSSR and the Faculty of Social Science, capitalising on cutting edge knowledge in policy studies, sociology and political analysis. The programme: ? Is taught by authoritative academics leading internationally renowned research efforts on third sector policy and political analysis, philanthropy and social movements ? Allows the student to strike a well tailored balance in line with needs and interests in terms of disciplinary components ? Provides opportunities to connect with a multi-disciplinary research cluster devoted to civil society, drawing together the extraordinary depth of expertise in this sphere available at the School ? Allows unrestricted access to the Kent?s Templeman library, with particularly strong holdings of materials (many available remotely) on social, political, and economic aspects of civil society development Students also benefit enormously from being part of a broader, well established social science community of students and scholars. Being part of the School also offers the chance: ? To engage with a remarkably cosmopolitan teaching staff and student body, drawn from all regions of the world ? To attend a major seminar series, with invited speakers who are leading experts on civil society, social policy, social research, sociology and cultural studies The course is suitable for: ? Internationally oriented students who have specialised or majored in undergraduate programmes in civil society, non-profit studies, policy studies or related areas, and wish to develop, deepen and broaden their existing knowledge ? Practitioners working for or with civil society organisations, who have acquired experiential knowledge of aspects of this sphere, and who now wish to deepen their understanding more systematically by engaging with the latest frameworks and techniques for reflection and analysis ? Employees from local, national and international public bodies and third sector representative and voice bodies, who need to develop insights on civil society as part of their efforts to frame, design, implement, analyse and critique civil society policies The course is flexibly organised, and may be undertaken on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis. The core, mandatory modules provide a uniquely insightful overview of the long term development of social science thinking about civil society equip students with the ability to understand and put to work the most relevant approaches to the subject from across disciplines and provide training in methodological matters. Students then choose from a range of options with strong relevance for civil society development, covering social movements philanthropy and fundraising international social policy analysis, and other bodies of knowledge within particular fields. Students

This new and currently relevant MA in Civil Society, NGO and Non-profit Studies is offered by the University of Kent?s highly respected School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research we are proud to have been ranked at 4th in the UK in the most recent RAE. As a recognised world, European and national leader in theoretical and applied social science with a strong liberal arts component,...

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Entry Requirements

A 2.1 or higher university degree in a social science discipline. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional caining aItemalue+oSn++?

A 2.1 or higher university degree in a social science discipline. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional caining aItemalue+oSn++?

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