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Overview

Are you interested in finding out how social development is affecting the people who live in the world’s poorest countries? Do you want to learn about globalisation and consider its impact on the people of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe?  Are you interested in the way NGOs work to address issues of poverty? Do you worry about the value of their work?

This course will give you the answers you seek – and much more. There has never been a more pressing time to study International Development with NGO Management. Globalisation continues to impact the world’s poorest countries in the global South, and the reaction to globalisation  continues to manifest itself in the global North through Brexit and the election of populist leaders. Conflict, climate change, COVID-19 and humanitarian crises all demand a response from the world.

Our course equips you to find your place in this response. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to research and analyse complex problems, to develop your own and ideas and plans for a development project and how to fundraise for it, and ultimately to find a career that will give you job satisfaction – being part of changing the world for the better.

We use textbooks and real-world experience, encouraging you to step outside the classroom and study beyond the headlines. We offer you the chance to gain valuable work experience in an NGO, such as Save the Children UK or Otra Cosa (Peru), as a core part of your course. 

The extended course is perfect if you want a degree in International Development with NGO Management, but you don’t have the standard entry requirements. 

What makes this course different

Foundation pathway

Foundation Year

Find out more about our flexible social science foundation pathways leading you to an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Sociology with Criminology, Politics and International Relations, International Development and NGO Management, Psychosocial Community Work ,Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Criminology and Criminal Justice (Cyber Crime)

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Placement

Optional placement year available

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1st And only undergraduate NGO Management course in the UK

This is the only course in the UK where you can study NGO Management, and the only course that offers you a work placement in an NGO as a core module.

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1st in London for student satisfaction

An incredible endorsement from our own students, who rated us top in London, and 4th in the United Kingdom for student satisfaction. (Complete University Guide, 2018)

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86% Employment

The latest results from the DLHE 2016/2017 show that more than 86% of our students went into employment or further study after the graduation.

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Global study

Learn with students from all over the world through our vibrant and international community at UEL, as well as our excellent study abroad opportunities in Brazil, USA, Australia, Sweden and Norway.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

By studying international development, you'll be asking vitally important questions. What is poverty? What is the connection between a country's economy and the wellbeing of its people? How do issues such as inequality, conflict and faith relate to development? What is globalisation and how does it impact on all of our lives?

Our course gives special emphasis to the lived experience of people in the developing world. In doing so, it challenges the assumption that development is a purely economic phenomenon.

Your third-year work placement in an NGO, which we'll help you to arrange, will provide you with invaluable experience in the field, whether it's at the Vitality project in Bangladesh or working for the St Francis Hospice in the UK. You'll develop the skills that NGOs look for in people they employ.

In addition to studying theory, you'll learn about real-world issues in modules such as Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Social Change as well as The Politics of Global Powers and Imperialism Now: Economy, State and War.

MODULES

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    Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self: Mental Wealth

    This module will allow you to acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative at interviews as you progress through your academic studies. The module recognises the importance of acknowledging the value of skills, competencies and experience (SCE) beyond academic subject assessment to aid you in securing a job and support your career acceleration. It forms the foundation of the Career Passport pathway in the Communities cluster of the Cass School of Education and Communities, anticipating the more in-depth approach to skills at Levels 4 and 5.

    The focus will be on knowledge of the labour market and the range of individual intelligences and digital proficiency, required for social sciences related employment. The module will consider the relationship between skills, technology and work by introducing you to debates surrounding contemporary work theories. Concepts such as ‘skill’, ‘de-skilling’, ‘re-skilling’ and ‘under-utilisation of skills’ will be explored. You will draw on your own experiences of work and consider how university prepares you for careers in the 21st century, including that of social entrepreneurship; this will include group work and presentation skills. Digital proficiency will enable you to use ICT effectively, encourage technological literacy and reflections on your use of social media and your digital footprint. You will be encouraged to examine personal experience of technologies and how technologies are part of our private worlds - what Sherry Turkle terms ‘the inner history of devices’ and issues related to inequalities and the digital divide. You will develop their emotional, social, physical and cognitive intelligence in preparation for success at Level 4.

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    Exploring Communities as Social Scientists

    This module extends your understanding of local and global communities through applying the sociological concepts of community, identity, place, social memory and migration. It builds on your existing knowledge of the global and local contexts of your future academic study and employment. Cultural capital and knowledge of the complexities of communities will be introduced through topical readings, a guided walk of a London neighbourhood and a visit to a museum that you will prepare for and reflect on, using the key concepts of identity, place, social memory and migration. The module frontloads key academic skills required for university education and consolidates them throughout the module in order to support your learning in other modules at this level and above as well as your future careers.

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    Researching Changing Communities

    The module extends your previous knowledge and understanding of how and why local ‘communities’ change over time. ‘Communities’ will be defined either geographically - such as a territorial neighbourhood/post code or culturally - such as an ethnic, linguistic or religious group. It builds on your experiential knowledge of local and global communities through introducing you to academic and policy-related literature and to sociological concepts, research methods, skills and ethics. The module also consolidates core academic skills valuable in other modules as well as your future career. You will carry out a small, guided research project that will include a semi-structured interview with an individual professionally or socially connected to the ‘community’ combined with secondary research reading academic and policy literature) into the chosen ‘community’. In addition, the research project allows you to engage with and apply sociological concepts studied in all other L3 modules on this programme (for example crime, surveillance, globalisation, as well as core career related modules.).

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    Reimagining the Work of a Social Scientist

    This module brings you into contact with the communities and professional settings that you, as social scientists, may aspire to engage with and/or work within. The module engages you in flipped classroom activities and real-world issues through visits, external speakers and group activities. Through engagement with people who work in social science related fields the module builds your social and cultural capital for future employment and helps you become a flexible thinker. It focuses on understanding inclusivity in the workplace and society. This module will also allow you the opportunity to acquire tangible evidence to support your employability narrative, including preparation for future placements and interviews, as you progress through your academic studies, The focus will be on professional communication skills, team work and industry and community connections. The module will consider the relationship between community action, critical thinking outside the classroom and career aspirations by introducing you to real world settings where social science and social theories are currently applied. It challenges you to think critically about the everyday.

    External visits include group visits to art gallery or a museum, community organisation or an NGO supporting and advocating for people with vulnerabilities and other professional organisations. These visits are followed by guest speakers and lectures which engage you in similar debates. You may also make an independent visit to a court, political organisation or a museum and develop your organisational, independent research and professional communication skills through such visits.

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    Crime, Justice and Surveillance

    This module introduces you to crime and surveillance from sociological and criminological perspectives and offers you theoretical and practical skills and experiences that prepare you for your journey as a criminologist. It considers how surveillance overlaps with many fields, including crime detection and prevention and the management of dangerous spaces and people.  It also offers an introduction to Cybercrime and you will be  asked to produce a public information leaflet that outlines the dangers of the internet. It includes a field trip to see a court in action as part of the teaching for coursework two.

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    Reading the Body Psychosocially

     

    In this module, you will consider the choices you make in relation to your own body and its presentation to others and in so doing will consider how a psychosocial approach to the body embraces choices informed rationally and irrationally. The latter incorporate the personal and political as well as changing attitudes to health and life.

    The human body and the nature of embodiment constitute a critical area of academic research and are central to cultural and social change. In a rapidly changing globalised world the body is a prime terrain of identity formation through popular discourses, surgical interventions, the aesthetisation of everyday life and online practices. At the same time, the commodification of the body, whereby the body becomes fragmented into a series of parts, objectified and represented through the media and promotional culture, is normalised as ‘ideal’. But what of its counterparts: the diseased body; the ageing body; the disabled body or even the monstrous body, the subject of literature and film since Shelley’s Frankenstein and the postmodern turn to vampires and zombies?

    This module adopts a Psychosocial approach (as an integral part of the Social Sciences), whereby the body can be explored as a contested site for the operations of affect, power and identity, and explored via social categories such as gender, race, class and dis/ability. Bringing together sociological and cultural theory with basic concept of Freudian psychoanalysis, this module provides you with a succinct and focused introduction to interdisciplinary thinking within the Social Sciences.

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    Introduction to Digital Sociology

    This module introduces you to Digital Sociology by exploring what it means to be a sociologist in the rapidly developing technological world. It will also introduce you to digital social research methods, asking what issues there are for social researchers in a digital society; what new material is available to social researchers; how social scientists can harness the new tools available to them and how they can navigate through this space in a secure, mindful and ethical way? 

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    Globalisation & Society

    This module introduces you to key issues and debates about globalisation and society.  Knowledge of the complexities of globalisation is introduced through [a] topical readings [b] a guided tour of Parliament [c] a visit to the British Museum that you will prepare for and reflect on, using the key concepts of political economy. As well as the two core visits, the topics are presented and examined through lectures, seminars, workshops and film.

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    Mental Wealth 1: Knowledge, Skills, Practice and the Self

    The module aims to ground and complement other shared or common level 4 programme modules by providing an introduction to the key Vision 2028 ‘UEL Graduate Attributes’, such as the psychological and physical determinants of human performance that are difficult or impossible to be replicated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The module takes a psychosocial approach to exploring ‘the self’ in both personal and professional contemporary contexts. The module aspires to provide an intellectually integrative and socially cohesive workshop experience.

    The module will provide an opportunity for students to review their own personal development to date self-reflexively.

    With these ends in mind, the module introduces students to theories of individual and social inequalities and how the latter can inform one’s approach to ‘community businesses ‘that is, all kinds of activities and enterprises run by local people for local people’ https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-inspired). In the context of understanding the concept of, designing and exploring a community business, students will identify their employment and career aspirations and their personal, professionally relevant skills and potential abilities. Students will learn to develop skills with a psychosocial approach to research by gathering and presenting data in relation to their proposed community project.

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    Introduction to Development Studies

    This module introduces you to the key contemporary debates in development studies through a multi-disciplinary approach covering social, economic, political, cultural, environmental and technological perspectives. The module aims to provide you with understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that relate to global development and offers understanding of and supports you in developing knowledge and skills required for entry into the professional workplace or for higher studies. The module will give you opportunity to develop analytical skills and critical perspectives on global development and you will have guest lectures from educators and practitioners to complement your learning and to ensure you are very much up-to date. The module provides you a firm basis for entry to level 5.

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    Global Political Economy

    This module will help you to make sense of the complex world facing us today and will demystify economics by thinking about this from political perspectives. It is a crucial foundation for you if you have an interest in global affairs and the module seeks to look backwards to important classical theories, to look at the world facing us today (and in the future) to see whether classical approaches from political economy make sense in global times. You will learn some of the basics of economic theory (not through maths) and will consider key traditions within political and economic thought. Further to this you will develop a good understanding of the contemporary global economy and where it came from, focusing particularly on the post-war period, crisis in the global economy over the past thirty years, and what all of this means for us today. By the end of this module you will have a strong understanding of the three main traditions within political economy and how influential they remain in the key social, political and economic.

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    Introduction to NGO Management

    This module aims to introduce and assess the role of NGOs in the context of global development and social

    change. In doing so it provides students with a set of basic critical and practical skills required to work with

    and in NGOs.

    This is the first of 3 modules running through the BA (Hons) International Development with NGO

    Management which will incrementally build a full set of competencies for work in this sector.

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    The Mess We Are In (And How We Got Here)

    In this module we will consider the representation of the present as a moment of crisis. This will include consideration of:

    • Economic crisis, including welfare reform and austerity
    • Political crisis, including democratic deficits and populism
    • Ecological crisis
    • National crisis, including questions of identity, racism and justice
    • Emotional crisis, including links between individual well-being and social structures.

    The module will introduce students to histories of empire and colonialism in order to understand long-standing processes of expropriation and ecological degradation in the name of progress.

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    International Relations

    The module introduces students to the study of international relations through the study of a range of international issues.

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    Alternative Approaches to Development (Mental Wealth)

    This module introduces students to the understandings of development and the alternative approaches to development deployed in different socioeconomic and cultural contexts. Drawing case studies from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Global North (developed countries), the module examines how comparable development issues are understood, problematized and what mechanisms are adopted to resolve the problems in each situation. The discussions will also critique and focus on ‘what works and why’ in development in different contexts.

    The second half of the module will engage with the theoretical and epistemic foundations, the critiqueand the way forward for global development within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to run from 2016-2030 as the global framework for addressing the root causes of poverty in the Global South and the Global North (developing and developed countries) to leave no one behind. These 17 global goals with 169 targets include the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. UK is a signatory to these goals. A London Scholars’ UEL supported project that maps the SDGs in the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets will be a key resource to demonstrate the application of the SDG framework in the context of UK.

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    Space, Bodies and Power

    This module introduces students to debates about bodies and embodiment and the exercise of power across spaces. We will discuss practices of surveillance, bordering and the relation of these practices to colonial practices of ordering and to ecological crisis. We will revisit questions of inequality, inclusion and stigmatisation. This will include a consideration of questions of sexuality and sexual rights and disability rights.

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    Mental Wealth 2: Social Enterprise

    This module aims to introduce students to a range of planning and fundraising models and techniques used in the third sector. It will build their competence and confidence in designing and presenting their own projects and fundraising ideas. It will be delivered in collaboration with UEL Enterprise and other partner third sector organisations. This is the second of 3 modules running through the BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management, which will incrementally build a full set of competencies for work in the not-for-profit sector.

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    Research Methods

    This module explores methods of professional learning, including literature research, practitioner enquiry, action research and ethics.

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    Inequalities and Social Change

    This module enables you to conceptualise the linkages between inequalities, social change and livelihoods and to apply these understandings to ‘real life’ urgent issues to inform and enhance policy and practice.

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    Global Governance

    The module provides an overview of the theory and practice of global governance, with a particular focus on the structure, functioning and competences of the United Nations. By exploring a whole range of policy dilemmas, alternatives and outcomes, the module will help students to develop a critical understanding of the dominant concerns and possible solutions (at national, regional and global levels). In addition, the module addresses the nature of cooperation and major policy initiatives between the UN and other international organizations. In conclusion, the module will revisit the main problems that global governance has encountered along with proposals for solutions.

    In this module, each session comprises a lecture plus a seminar. The aims of the seminars are to stimulate debate, to provide an opportunity for all students to swap ideas, to explore different theories and policy preferences, to link with the lectures in order to aid understanding of the key topics of the course. The module benefits from a variety of approaches (debates, presentations and group discussions) to explore the issues in global governance.

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    Human Mobility and Forced Migration

    This module offers you the skills and knowledge to understand causes, patterns and impacts of migration, including forced migration and displacement. In this module we will develop critical thinking, analytical skills, teamwork skills, group facilitation and active listening skills to explore the diversity of experiences of displacement, diaspora, asylum, and integration. We will use subject-based, digital and life skills in groups to discuss legal regimes governing migration, human rights, reconciliation and peace building and promote social change.

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    Mental Wealth 3: Placement Reflections

    The Placement Reflections module aims to bring together learning from reading, lectures, coursework and discussions during the first two years, first by applying the skills learned in a real- life work environment, then by reflecting on the Placement experience and relating it to the key concepts and debates in your area of study. To achieve this, you are required to work for at least two days a week for a minimum of 10 weeks (or 20 working days total) as a volunteer for an organisation with a speciality in your area of study. During this time, you should carry out an identifiable project agreed with the host organisation for this Module. The Module Leaders of each programmes will provide guidance and briefings for you on securing a suitable placement.

    During the work placement you are expected to:

    • Improve skills for future employment
    • Engage in “real -life” projects which will enable students to put academic knowledge into practice and place practice into an academic context.
    • Develop key personal and professional skills such as team-working, time management, working under pressure and self-evaluation.
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    Applied Research Project in Social Sciences

    This module allows students to apply their understanding of key social scientific theories and concepts as well as issues and methods in social and community work to a research question of their choice. The module introduces necessary research and evaluation tools and methods and ethical procedures, data collection and analysis methods and starts students on their journey to becoming independent researchers. Students will complete an independent research project or an evaluation of a project they have been involved with through placements, volunteering or work experience. Students receive support and guidance throughout the independent research and are encouraged to reflect on the methodological, ethical and theoretical issues that students face in the course of their research experience.

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    African Politics and Development

    This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to African politics and the place of the continent in global affairs today. African political and economic systems are introduced and critiqued, supported by evidence from across the continent. This module will consider the relevance of important political concepts within African contexts and aligns these with relevant social theories from African and non-African theorists alike.

    You will learn through different case studies each week, focusing on one or more African country in order to bring the political theories and concepts to life and to compare and contrast their relevance within different national contexts across the African continent. The development implications of political and economic realities will be discussed, in order to ensure that you understand the importance of this notion in African contexts and how difficult it has been to achieve.

    During the course you will write and publish a blog focusing on a political issue facing one or more African countries and you will also act as a reviewer to the blog that another student has written, prior to submission. These blogs will then be uploaded onto the module website for consumption by the public. You will also complete one section of a country report as part of a student group and collectively you will produce a detailed report about a given African country, considering the political, economic, security, humanitarian and development situation. Sections will be written separately but then co-edited to create a coherent overall piece. On completing this module, you will have both a blog and a country report which will be available online and can be shared with potential employers in future. The skills that you develop, coupled with the in-depth regional knowledge, will prove to be priceless.

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    Conflict Intervention and Development

    To examine the causes and consequences of the proliferation of internal armed conflicts since the last decade of the 20th century, often referred to as complex political emergencies. To engage critically with current conceptual debates on different forms of intervention - particularly emergency aid and military intervention, that characterise so-called New World Order. and, through detailed case studies, different forms of intervention – particularly emergency aid and military intervention - in the post-Cold War order. To provide a critical assessment of these interventions, by focusing on different case studies, and by relating these to contemporary debates around notions of humanitarian assistance, transitional justice and global community.

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    Gender, Power and Politics

    In this module you will explore gendered power relations within the political realm of society. You will be engaged in critical examination of the differential inclusion of men and women in the political realm. This will enable you to understand different forms of their political action in their historical and contemporary contexts.

    Each session of this module comprises a lecture and a seminar. Lectures are based on interactive teaching methods and aim to inform, provide evidence and stimulate informed critical debate on a range of key issues relevant for gender equality in the contemporary world. Seminars are designed to further critical debates relevant for this module by providing students with opportunity to swap ideas, explore concepts, policies, and modes of thinking about gender, gender power systems and identities in the modern world.

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    Global Political Ecology

    What are the drivers of Climate change. Why are policies adopted so far have failed to significantly reduce emission? Why are still many people suffering hunger and extreme poverty in the world? Does the promise of technological fixes offer us hope or instead they are perpetrating the myth of endless economic growth? What are the possible futures in the XXIst century to the main crises we face as a plural humanity? How do inequality and power are interconnected in stratified modes of social metabolism? This are some of the many question we will approach in the study of global political ecology in this module. Though theoretically and methodologically diverse in their individual approaches, political ecologists generally agree that definitions, understandings, and responses to environmental problems will nearly always be inherently political. As a result, political ecology explores the main actors and processes involved in the management and use of a wide range of environmental systems – as well as their often-divergent interests, aims, norms, powers and narratives.

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    Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics

    The aim of this module is to examine the ways in which concepts of race have developed historically in the West and to look at some of the key social, political and theoretical consequences of this. The module begins with looking at the argument that ‘race’ is a social construct then the module examines the ways in which this has been constructed and reconstructed in different historical periods, and the political struggles that have surrounded this.

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    Gender Studies

    The aim of this module is to familiarise you with key concepts, issues, questions and debates in gender studies and explore and analyse gender relations in a range of social spheres and institutions such as education, work, culture, law and the family.

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    Culture, Media and Politics

    This module introduces students to key debates in the field of cultural sociology, including debates about fashion, media, memory and the presentation of self.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

The course is assessed entirely by coursework such as essays, video presentations and a research dissertation.  You'll learn beyond the classroom by getting involved in the work of organisations such as British Overseas NGO for Development (BOND). Four of our students recently attended their annual conference as volunteers and social media coordinators.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • Year 1: 100% coursework
  • Year 2: 100% coursework
  • Year 3: 83% coursework, 17% practical

From lectures and small group seminars at UEL's Docklands campus to working on an NGO project to prevent child trafficking in Nepal, the range of opportunities to learn on this course could not be more varied.

Our students have also undertaken placements relating to money mentoring and finance in Africa, the education of street children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the health needs of Syrian refugees in Greece. 

You'll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real life experience and research, including renowned experts in their field such as Dr Meera Tiwari, who helped 2005 graduate Firoz Patel found the charity Global Development Links (now Childreach International) while he was still an undergraduate on the course.

We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams and Moodle.We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. 

Our students have undertaken placements relating to money mentoring and finance in Africa, the education of street children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the health needs of Syrian refugees in Greece. You'll also have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom by getting involved in the work of organisations such as British Overseas NGO for Development 

Dr Tiwari is on the charity's Board of Trustees - an example of how the course teaching is intertwined with your student placement and later career development.

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. If you need support with certain skills such as academic writing, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments will help you to achieve your potential. 

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. 

We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. 

UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. 

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make theworkload manageable. Assessment methods include group works and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Georgie Wemyss

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Foundation Year in Social Sciences, and Co-Director for the CMRB.

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Robert Michael Ahearne

Robert Michael Ahearne is a Lecturer (Global Studies) in the Department of Social Sciences.

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My experience was awesome. Great lecturers, fantastic learning experience and I travelled to 2 counties to enhance my knowledge. You too can enjoy these practice based teaching platforms. I now run an NGO and manage a core of 25 volunteers leveraging on my experience!

Tokunbo Ifaturoti, BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Having undertaken a work placement in an NGO, you'll have the knowledge and hands-on experience that employers seek. While there is no pressure on you to know your career path when you start the course, a range of exciting options will be open to you when you graduate.

From moving into communications within the not-for-profit sector to becoming a campaign in fundraising agencies, our graduates have taken on a variety of roles in the UK and abroad.

Others have established NGOs and charities of their own, including the Children of Congo Foundation, which provides education for street children, and the Otra Cosa Network, which supports communities in northern Peru through life-changing, affordable volunteering.

Your placement will give you the opportunity to meet and impress professionals in the field. You'll develop an invaluable network of contacts who will have seen your work at close quarters. Many of the students on this course find their first job after graduation through this route. We organise events each year to introduce you to development specialists and practitioners, including from our own alumni.

You may also choose to continue your studies at the University of East London by moving on to one of our postgraduate courses, which also offer the opportunity to conduct research in the field.

"There is no degree for being an NGO fundraiser but if you do International Development with NGO Management and you do your internship in an NGO, you end up with all this great experience in fundraising and you'll have a very different place in the job market," says Professor Allaine Cerwonka, Dean of UEL's School of Social Sciences.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.