SOC Blog-a-thon Day 1: SOC 401A

The Sociology Department Blog-A-Thon Day 1 Featured Course: 

SOC 401 A: The Sociology of NGOS: NGOs, Civil Society, and Legitimacy (A TERM)

SUM 17 SOC 401A
Course Overview: 
  • Instructor: Raphael Mondesir (
  • Schedule: A TERM; MTWTh 10:50 to 1:00 pm
  • SLN: 13531
  • 5 credits (Individuals & Society)
  • This course will satisfy five credits of the Sociology Elective requirement or five credits of the Sociology Upper Division requirement*

The legitimacy and accountability of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) are subjects of ongoing debates in both the media and among academics. This course exposes students to these debates, the major challenges in global development, as well as the role that NGOs play in addressing these challenges. We will use sociological theories and case studies to enhance our understanding of some of the current empirical puzzles in global development. Our case studies will explore recent reports on Haiti, India, Morocco, Uganda, Kenya and Indonesia. Organizations that will be discussed include Doctors without Borders, The Red Cross, Partners in Health, World Visor, Direct Relief, The Aga Khan Foundation, and many more.

*recall, a maximum of 10 credits of 401 can be earned to satisfy both sociology and university requirements. Any credits of 401 taken beyond 10 will not count toward your department requirements, or the 180 credits needed to graduate
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