Fall 2019 - 59380 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Fall 2019 - 59380 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management

Philanthropy: Historical and Contemporary Approaches

Philanthropy: Historical and Contemporary Approaches

 This course provides students with a foundational understanding of philanthropy, it’s historical and political development in the United States, the ethics and values expressed through philanthropy, and a comparison to international perspectives of philanthropy and nonprofit/nongovernment sector. Students interested in nonprofit management and international development explore the critical role of voluntary action in building society. The course is an opportunity to explore the intersection of how philanthropy is both studied and practiced. At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand and explain what philanthropy is.
  • Understand the ethics and values supporting philanthropy, and apply these values to the analysis of philanthropic projects.
  • Know the challenges and opportunities for contemporary nonprofits.
  • Have an international perspective towards the development and roles of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
  • Develop your academic writing skills.

The course is reading, discussing, and writing intensive, humanities-oriented but not managerial-oriented. We will exercise our minds but not techniques in this class.

Readings: No required textbooks for this class. The course is supported by readings compiled from two major sources: 1) Academic-oriented journal articles and books: help you understand the theory, and 2) Practice-oriented articles, e.g., articles from Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Chronicle of Philanthropy: help you reflect on practice.

Tentative readings by week can be found here: http://jima.me/?page_id=547

Grading: analysis of readings (20%), plagiarism test (10%), three essays (40%) and three peer review reports (30%).

Course description:

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of philanthropy, it’s historical and political development in the United States, the ethics and values expressed through philanthropy, and a comparison to international perspectives of philanthropy and nonprofit/nongovernment sector. Students interested in nonprofit management and international development explore the critical role of voluntary action in building society. The course is an opportunity to explore the intersection of how philanthropy is both studied and practiced, with an expectation of improving skills related to development and fundraising, as well as managing organizations or programs that rely on philanthropic support.

Requirements & Expectations:

Individual student performance will be measured by analysis of readings (15%), plagiarism test (5%) group projects (30%) and a final individual project (50%). The final project may be customized toward academic research or policy development according to student’s interests.

Readings:

The course is supported by readings compiled from a wide range of books and academic articles that ground theories of philanthropy and nonprofit/nongovernment sector, as well as practice-oriented articles from Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, et al.

Ph.D.
M.P.Aff
MGPS
M.P.Aff-DC
MGPS-DC
Class Schedule: 
T 9:00AM to 12:00PM
SRH 3.316/3.350