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DAFF 3030A - Philanthropy and Oceans

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Good level of English, spoken and written

Course Description

Philanthropic organizations are present alongside governments and civil society actors addressing international transboundary issues such as climate change, biodiversity and marine pollution. This course will explore the relationship between philanthropy in its many expressions, the corresponding nonprofit sub-sector, and the oceans. Texts from different fields such as sociology, history, ethics, international relations, and economics will be used to take a philanthropic lens of a transboundary issue in an international context. Students will • Look at ocean issues from a philanthropic standpoint • Analyze the relationships between the different actors in the non-profit sub-sector • Evaluate the issues and assess the complexity of the situation • Think critically taking into account cultural influences, traditions, ethical stances, economic approaches, and the notion of sustainability.


DANAHEY JANIN, Patricia (Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant)

Course validation

The course will include a lecture plus interactive Q&A, two quizzes, student-led discussions and group presentations. There will be up to 40 pages of required reading per week. Each student will write one reading response, a non-state actor organizational profile, participate in a group presentation on an ocean issue, and write a final research paper on a key actor or historic movement that has influenced philanthropy for the oceans today.

Required reading

  • Anheier, H. K. (2014). Nonprofit organizations: theory, management, policy (Second edition).
  • Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Payton, R. L, & Moody, M. P. (2008). Understanding philanthropy : its meaning and mission. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Scholarly and news articles, reports, maps, infographics, videos, websites, and short stories will be assigned to complement required readings.