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NGO Studies


The dramatic and rising importance of global civil society is undoubtedly underway throughout the world. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the non-profit sector as a part of this exciting new development are working with, collaborating with and/or competing with governments as well as markets as interdependence and globalization begin to change our understanding of society and politics. In these transformative times, NGOs are often regarded as being the driving force behind global changes in politics, economics, social/cultural as well as ethical global issues. It is vital therefore to understand the connections, dynamics, and relationships between state and non-state actors working in the contemporary global political era. NGOs in their strategies and policy objectives, crucially, may even go beyond the domestic boundaries of sovereign states into the realm of global governance. NGOs, therefore, represent a practical strategic part of rethinking the site and nature of politics, power, and authority in the 21st century. Reflecting upon the growing importance of NGOs and civil society, the NGO Studies major at AJOU GSIS seeks to develop an understanding of domestic as well as international networking processes by combining theory and practice in this field of study.

For this purpose, the NGO Studies major provides prospective students with broad categories of subjects ranging from managerial skills for NGOs to NGO strategic cooperation with international organizations. Along with two required courses (NGO Introduction and Research Methods), the NGO major offers four broad categories of classes related to current NGO activities. They are: first, NGO and Civil Society, related subjects including Social Movements and Civic Education; second, NGO and Global Governance, related subjects including International Cooperation and International Organizations; third, NGO and Policy, related subjects including Public Policy and Policy Planning; and fourth, NGO and Management, related subjects including Human Resource Management, Social Marketing, and Financing.

Accompanying these specific academic and theoretical aspirations, AJOU GSIS also seeks to offer more practical opportunities related to NGO activities in South Korea, connecting our students with a variety of internships at local South Korean NGOs. Such practical experience will not only aid an increase in practical and policy orientated knowledge about this important and exciting area of global politics, but will also provide students with an opportunity to use their academic skills and provide students with concrete employment opportunities in the future. This is because state and non-state global institutions look for candidates with a multidisciplinary background and with associated knowledge and experience. The multidisciplinary perspective will also allow students to identify current and future global trends and patterns through which to establish strategic areas of concrete policy advice both in government and civil society. Therefore the Degree program conforms with the overall objectives of the GSIS mission which is to promote cutting edge understanding and commitment to perspectives and policies that contribute to the positive development of global governance. The Degree will therefore be of intellectual and practical interest and establish career orientated opportunities for anyone who aims to work for globally orientated international organizations related to NGO activities, those students interested in constructing and coordinating future developmental projects in a variety of developing countries, those who have the intention of working with a variety of civic organizations, and finally, as a normative goal, anyone with original and inspirational ideas for a better understanding of the world and its evolution in the 21st century. Such candidates are all invited to study for the degree of NGO studies at AJOU GSIS.

Course List of NGO Studies

Courses for NGO Studies are as follows :

Courses for NGO Studies are as follows :
  NGO and Management Related Courses
NGO and Civil Society Related Courses
  • Human Resources Management
  • NGO and Social Movement
  • Strategy and Leadership in NGOs
  • Civic Volunteer Movement and NGO
  • Social Marketing and Finance
  • NGO and Civic Education
  • Organizational Behavior
  • NGO in the Age of Information
  • Korean History
NGO and Global Governance Related Courses
  • Contemporary Korean Society
  • NGO and International Cooperation
  • Korean Economic Development
  • Development Theories and NGO
  • Korean Politics
  • Activities of International NGOs
  • Korean Language I, II
  • International Organization and the Role of NGO
  • Research Methods
NGO and Policy Related Courses
  • NGO and Modern Society
  • Government and NGO Relations
  • Public Policy and NGO
  • Policy Planning and Evaluation
  • Policy Practices and NGO

The specific courses that any student takes are individually chosen, in consultation with advisors, depending on each student’s interests and course availability.

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