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Civil Society Governance Course

Research Subjects Include the Organizations That Embody Civil Society’s Public Authority

Course Overview

The main research areas are interdisciplinary fields spanning political science, public administration, economics, and sociology. A broad perspective is offered on the various topics, including organizations and concepts encompassing civil society’s public power, organizational arrangements, policy methodologies, and mutual relationships and networks related to these matters. Policy fields include community development, the environment, social welfare, education, and culture. In terms of organizations, research covers organizations featuring regional characteristics, civic action groups and nonprofit organizations focusing on single theme (e.g., local issues) or goal, cooperative unions, as well as for-profit enterprises, including social enterprises. In terms of systems, organizational arrangements and policy methods, such as decentralization within local governments, cooperative agreements with government administrations, fund-raising, and community businesses, are covered.

This course and the Public Management Course overlap to a degree in terms of the students they were designed for, but the former is mainly for working adults from the civic and market sectors, including leaders of local organizations, citizens active in NPOs and NGOs, and employees responsible for social contributions at for-profit corporations.

The objective of the course is for students to acquire the ability to analyze the processes citizens and civic groups go through—from the point they confront various social problems and implement self-governance and public consensus through to how they work with local governments or the national government to achieve success in public policies and finally establish effective civil society’s governance—and propose policies.

Subject Categories

Basic as well as specialized subjects related to civil society’s governance

research into governance; regionalism and NGOs; civil society governance theory; civil society governance and politics; NPO theory; nonprofit sector research; civil society theory; civil society and community; urban governance theory; etc.

Individual field subjects

Enterprise theory, financial system theory, community development research, culture policy research, think tank theory, gender policy research, etc.

Environmental policy subjects

Environmental and developmental systems research, environmental and local government policy research, environmental coexistence case study research, waste materials policy research, environmental problem case study research, etc.

Subjects that follow the basic public interest philosophy subject

public interest philosophy research, public space formulation theory.

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