This interdisciplinary program focuses on the roots of social conflict, on theories and methods for understanding them, and on the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits that address them. To remedy social problems, we need to examine their economic, political, and social roots, as well as the varied forms of organizations that aim to fix them.
NGOs and Social Change Learning Objectives
1. Understand roots of the problems NGOs aim to solve, including the many ways that people have tried to understand and solve social problems.
2. Become critical consumers of research in order to assess solutions for social problems.
3. Analyze different theoretical perspectives and explore how approaches to understanding social problems vary.
4. Examine the social environments in which NGOs operate, including an internship experience.
5. Learn the strategies that organizations use to try to solve social problems and inspire change.