Preview Workflow

Viewing: PS 203 : Introduction to Nonprofits

Last approved: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:19:05 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:19:05 GMT

Change Type
Major
PS (Political Science)
203
018001
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to Nonprofits
Intro-Nonprofits
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Michael Walton
Instructor of Record

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture4040Yesn/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
none
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSBABA Political Science Elective
16PSAMBA Political Science: American Politics Elective
16PSPUBBA Political Science: Public Policy Elective
16PSBSBS Political Science Elective
16OSMPolitical Science Minor Elective
Development of nonprofit organizations and the contributions of nonprofits in the U.S., other countries, and the international community; political, social, and economic roles of nonprofits; nonprofit governance; partnerships with government and other nonprofits; types of organizations in the nonprofit sector; contemporary policy issues. Service project with minor transportation costs.

Formal GEP review and adding to CourseLeaf system.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Critique different models of governance for nonprofit organizations, weigh the pros and cons of different models, and evaluate how leadership applies to nonprofit governance.
 
 
Exam questions.
Sample question: Paperbacks for the Pack – a new campus nonprofit with the mission of assisting students unable to afford textbooks – needs help with figuring out what the responsibilities should be for its board and CEO. Compare and contrast different responsibilities for each and also critique different models of governance in order to argue how this new organization can be governed most effectively.
 
 
Examine elements of program evaluation including the use of logic models.
 
 
Test questions.
Students are asked to apply a logic model to a specifically described nonprofit (as above) with the purpose of assessing learning outcomes in the ability to develop logic models and the ability to analyze possible program outcomes. Emphasis is placed on the challenge of measuring and judging "performance" in nonprofits and appraising the limitations to inferring causality.
 
 
Evaluate different theories, compare and contrast them, and weigh the merits and limitations of each.
 
 
Exam questions.
On exam questions, students are expected to be able to apply theories to real-world phenomena. Theories discussed include those pertaining to examining why nonprofits exist (public goods, the various "failure" theories, and mediating institutions) as well as the varied motives for volunteering including the theory of public service motivation (PSM).
Sample question: Analyze the emergence of FDR’s “New Deal” programs through the lens of the “Failure” theory you believe is most appropriate. Defend your selection.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
no seat restrictions
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
n/a
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
See attached
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Course is already a regular offering within the PS Department and will continue to be.

Referred to in many ways (Third Sector, voluntary sector, independent sector, etc.) the nonprofit sector is a growing part of the social, political, and economic landscape of the United States. This course provides a broad overview of the nonprofit sector by examining:



  • The origin, composition, and role of nonprofit organizations in American society

  • The relationship between the nonprofit, business, and governmental sectors

  • Legal and regulatory issues affecting the nonprofit sector

  • The issues of ethics, accountability, and diversity in nonprofits

  • Key leadership functions of nonprofit organizations

  • What it means to be ‘strategic’ in the management of nonprofit organizations


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:



  • Analyze the size, scope, and dimensions of the nonprofit sector in the United States 

  • Apply the various theoretical perspectives on the nonprofit sector to real-life policy challenges

  • Critique the nonprofit contributions to public policy and the creation of social capital 

  • Describe how nonprofits are organized and the ways in which they seek to accomplish their goals 

  • Evaluate the array of challenges unique to the management of nonprofit organizations 

  • Examine the importance of public trust and organizational responsibility (ethics/accountability) 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Other100no change
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached weekly topics

shgreene (Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:06:56 GMT): Rollback: Student learning outcomes need to be higher up Bloom's taxonomy
shgreene (Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:23:05 GMT): Rollback: Student Learning Outcomes
Key: 4573