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DAFF 25A05 - Philanthropy and Oceans

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Good level of English, spoken and written, no previous knowledge of philanthropy or ocean issues is necessary.

Course Description

Philanthropic organizations are present alongside governments and business 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 weekly lecture, interactive Q&A, 4 short 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. Two extra credit opportunities will be proposed: A non-obligatory ½ day of volunteering followed by a reflection essay or the analysis of a film featuring the ocean followed by an essay. Both the volunteer venue and film list will be provided. These activities are to be confirmed at the start of the semester.

Required reading

  • 1. Anheier, H. K. (2014). Nonprofit organizations: theory, management, policy (Second edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • 2. Payton, R. L, & Moody, M. P. (2008). Understanding philanthropy : its meaning and mission. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • 3. 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, and websites will be assigned to complement required readings.