Management in the Voluntary and Community Sector

Management in the Voluntary and Community Sector

Year: 2018-19
Course code: MGT4051
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 2
Course co-ordinator
: Paula Karlsson-Brown
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more informationCherisse McLaren

Course description

This course provides an introduction into the world of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and aims to equip students with the necessary analytical tools to understand how it functions and how it integrates with the public and private sectors in developed as well as developing economies. Extensive use of case study materials will complement the more theoretical approach taken in other Honours courses.


  1. Introduce conceptual and practical themes of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in developed as well as developing economies
  2. Provide an introduction to international VCS organisations
  3. Explore the main theories and debates in VCS research
  4. Explain the role that the VCS plays in the public policy cycle
  5. Explore current approaches to strategy, planning, resourcing, development and evaluation of VCS organisations
  6. Offer the opportunity to develop skills which can be useful in a VCS organisational environment

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain and differentiate between concepts such as charity, philanthropy, activism, volunteering, non-profit, third sector, voluntary and community sector, civil society and social capital
  2. Demonstrate competence in situating their learning within the context of current prominent research debates
  3. Recognise and describe the role of the VCS organisations in public policy
  4. Analyse management approaches and challenges in VCS organisation.
  5. Compare and contrast these roles, functions and challenges in developed and in developing economies, as well as in small scale and large scale VCS organisations
  6. Demonstrate practical skills that can be useful in the VCS organisational environment

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks

Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.


Project - 30% (Reflective piece - 1000 words)

Assignment - 70% - (2500 Words)