Civil Society Building
Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open
Recent years have witnessed dramatic changes in the social, political and economic arrangements throughout the world. It is increasingly being recognised that the state as an intervener in society, to bring about growth and development, has its limitations. Similarly, the role of private sector as a way of organising society and economy is restricted. The collective power of Civil Society (CS) in building social, economic and political agendas – both locally and globally, is slowly gaining strength. Collaboration between state, private sector and civil society thus is increasingly being viewed as a viable approach for solving complex social and economic problems.
Strengthening civil society as a sector is essential for democracy and for ensuring human development, well-being and equality. Members of a strong civil society will exhibit commitment to freedom and equality, to democracy, participation and mutual recognition of rights, vis a vis state, market and internal functioning.
This course is a response to the above needs and covers a range of conceptual and practical issues faced by civil society in their pursuit of social change.Its several courses of action discusses several courses of action to be taken to bring about social change include networking and partnering with a range of actors and stakeholders including the state and the corporate sector.
- This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international level, offered in a distance education mode.
- It will consider a range of conceptual and practical issues faced by civil society in their pursuit of social change. It includes critical analysis of different debates and perspectives on the theme.
- It draws together theory and practice on civil society, through field case studies and practical illustrations.
- It has leading national and international academics and practitioners as part of guest faculty and its advisory committee.
- The course material is designed and developed, to meet the special requirements of a distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
- Moodle the preferred web-based platform, used by educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
- Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
The course is intended for resource providers, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from South Asia, who are working or interested in working for strengthening civil society organizations. These include staff of donor agencies (multilateral, bi-lateral, state or non-state actors), government officials, civil society organisations, social activists, university students and researchers.
It will provide in-service career opportunity for practitioners. The participants can be mid-career professionals or new entrants, with limited practical experience of working for or with civil society organizations.
On completion of the course, the learners would:
- Acquire basic understanding on the concept of civil society, with particular reference to developing countries
- Be familiar with examples of civil society's contribution to development and strengthening democracy
- Build understanding on strategies for strengthening civil society, at the sectoral and organizational level Course Developers
To strengthen the understanding of the learner on the concept of civil society; critically review existing on strategies for strengthening civil society, in its pursuit of addressing issues of poverty, democratisation and sustainable human development.
- 6 units of study
- Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
- 2–3 videos for the course
- Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
- Additional readings per unit
Unit 1: Conceptual understanding of civil society
Unit 2: Civil society and other actors
Unit 3: Civil society and development
Unit 4: Civil society and democracy
Unit 5: Strategies to strengthen civil society
Unit 6: Global civil society