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DAFF 25A05 - Philanthropy and Oceans

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2020-2021

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 ocean. 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 the concept, differing definitions and manifestations of philanthropy. • Analyze the relationships between government, business and the non-profit sector • Evaluate ocean issues, understand where philanthropic action is present, assess the strengths and limitations of this action and gain insight into 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 interactive discussion and Q&A on core concepts. Short video lectures and approx. 25 pages of reading are given per week. Each student will write short weekly reflections, 6 short discussion posts, a case study assignment, an organizational profile and produce a short final group project. Two extra credit opportunities include an on-line volunteering opportunity or the analysis of a film.

Required reading

  • 1. Wiepking, P., & Handy, F. (2015). The Palgrave handbook of global philanthropy. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2. Payton, R. L, & Moody, M. P. (2008). Understanding philanthropy : its meaning and mission. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • 3. Powell, W. W., & Bromley, P. (Eds.). (2020). The nonprofit sector: A research handbook. Stanford University Press.
  • Scholarly and news articles, reports, maps, infographics, videos, and websites will be assigned to complement required readings.