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PSMA 7311 Foundations of the Non-Profit Sector


Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

This course promotes a thorough understanding of the nature of nonprofit organizations, the nonprofit sector as a whole, and multi-sector collaboration. It explores the size, scope, and dimensions of the nonprofit sector as well as its history, the various perspectives of philanthropy, and the changing role of the nonprofit sector in contemporary society.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of PSMA 7311, you will have the skills to:

  • Describe and understand the composition and contours of the nonprofit and voluntary sector.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with resources useful for research on the sector.
  • Explain the diverse ways in which citizens have used voluntary action.
  • Explain the historical origins and evolution of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and multi-sector collaboration.
  • Apply the theories used to frame research on nonprofits and philanthropy, domestically, and internationally.
  • Define, analyze, and critique key terminologies, theories, concepts, and issues in the literature and public discourse on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
  • Critically reflect upon the nature of the links between nonprofit and community benefit organizations, democracy, governments, and markets in the United States and abroad, and the implications of these relationships for leadership and management.

Assignment Spotlight

Archdiocese of Newark Project

We will collaborate with the Archdiocese of Newark on a program to include children with intellectual disabilities in mass. A representative from the archdiocese will join our first meeting of class to discuss the ongoing partnership with Seton Hall and describe the projects needing completion this semester.

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To learn more about Seton Hall University's online Master of Public Administration program and its curriculum, call (844) 823-1198 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information here.

The course information on this page is meant to provide a thorough overview and is subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements.