POLS 326: 

SPRING 2009

DuSable Hall 246 
 

Professor:                   Fred Mayhew

Class Times:               Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:45 AM

Office Hours:             Tuesday 11:00-12:00, Thursday 11:00-12:00, and by appointment

Office:                                    203 IASBO Building

Email:                         fmayhew@niu.edu

Office Phone:             (815) 753-6147 

 

 

Course Description

The general purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concept of social welfare policy and how it is carried out in the United States.  Specifically this course is designed provide an overview of the nonprofit sector and its role in social welfare policy.  The nonprofit sector is an important and often overlooked player in the policy process.  From delivering services to influencing public policy decision-making, nonprofit organizations play a vital and sometimes controversial role.      

 

Course Objectives

By the end of the semester students should have a basic understanding of:

 

Course Readings

Readings will be available on Blackboard 

 

Grading

Letter grades will be based on a 100 percent scale

 

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60 – 69; below 60 = F

 

Course Requirements

Exam I                                    15%

Exam II                                   15%

2 essays                                   20%

Short paper                              15%

Final Exam                              25%

Participation                            10% 
 

 

Exams:

There will be three during the semester (two shorter exams and a final).  Exam I will focus on the first portion of the course and will cover the topics of social welfare, governance and the size and scope of the nonprofit sector.  Exam II will cover the nonprofit subsectors and their role in governance and social welfare policy.  Exam II will include only those topics covered after Exam I, meaning it will not be cumulative.  The final exam will be cumulative, but will have a strong focus on the topics covered following Exam II.  All exams will include multiple choice and short answer questions.      

 

Essays:

You will be required to write two short essays for the course.  The essays will be due on the day before the Exams I and II and should serve as good starting points for your test preparation.  Essays will be a minimum of 3 pages and a maximum of 5 pages, double spaced.  The essays will briefly summarize what has been covered in the appropriate section of the course and how these topics relate to and affect social welfare policy.  You will also reflect on the material - indicating what was of interest to you, what surprised you, etc.  Essay requirements will be discussed in class and more information will be available on blackboard.      

 

Short Paper:

You will be required to write a short (minimum of 5 pages) research paper that will be due on April 23.  To complete this assignment you will choose one of the topics covered in class (governance, strategic management, advocacy, etc.).  You will conduct research on the topic; at least three sources outside of those assigned for class, and investigate how this topic relates to social welfare policy in the United States.  More information on the paper will be distributed in class.    

 

Attendance and Participation:

It is expected that students will attend all class sessions.  However, it is understood that life sometimes intervenes, in which case I request that you notify me of the reason for your absence (beforehand if possible).  Participation accounts for 10% of your final grade – participation is not attained through your mere presence.     

 

Academic Dishonesty:

Regarding plagiarism, the NIU Undergraduate Catalog states: "Students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources without identifying and acknowledging them. Students guilty of or assisting others in, either cheating or plagiarism on an assignment, quiz, or examination may receive a grade of F for the course involved and may be suspended or dismissed from the university." The above statement encompasses a paper written in whole or in part by another; a paper copied word-for-word or with only minor changes from another source; a paper copied in part from one or more sources without proper identification and acknowledgment of the sources; a paper that is merely a paraphrase of one or more sources, using ideas and/or logic without credit even though the actual words may be changed; and a paper that quotes, summarizes or paraphrases, or cuts and pastes words, phrases, or images from an Internet source without identification and the address of the web site.

 

Students with Disabilities:

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIU is committed to making reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Those students with disabilities that may have an impact on their course work must register with the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR) on the fourth floor of the Health Services Building (753-1303). CAAR will assist students in making appropriate instructional and/or examination accommodations with course instructors. It is important that CAAR and instructors be informed of any disability-related needs during the first two weeks of the semester.

 

Department of Political Science Web Site:

Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consult the Department of Political Science web site on a regular basis.  This up-to-date, central source of information will assist students in contacting faculty and staff, reviewing course requirements and syllabi, exploring graduate study, research career options, tracking department events, and accessing important details related to undergraduate programs and activities.  To reach the site, go to http://polisci.niu.edu

 

Undergraduate Writing Awards:

The Department of Political Science will recognize, on an annual basis, outstanding undergraduate papers written in conjunction with 300-400 level political science courses or directed studies.  Authors do not have to be political science majors or have a particular class standing.  Winners are expected to attend the Department’s spring graduation ceremony, where they will receive a certificate and $50.00.  Papers, which can be submitted by students or faculty, must be supplied in triplicate to a department secretary by the end of March.  All copies should have two cover pages – one with the student’s name and one without the student’s name.  Only papers written in the previous calendar year can be considered for the award.  However, papers completed in the current spring semester are eligible for the following year’s competition even if the student has graduated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Schedule  

(Class schedule is subject to change)

*All readings are available on Blackboard unless otherwise indicated 

 

January 13: Introduction

            Review syllabus, course objectives and expectations

 

January 15:  Social Welfare

READING:

DiNitto, “Politics and Social Welfare Policy” p.1-13 in Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy

 

January 20: Tackling the Concept of Governance

            READING:  

Rhodes, “The New Governance: Governing without Government” p.652-657

 

January 22: The Mixed Economy of Social Welfare

READING:

Lipsky & Smith, “Nonprofit Organizations, Government, and the Welfare State” p.625-648

 

January 27: For Profit Involvement in Social Services

            READING:

            Ryan, “The New Landscape for Nonprofits” p. 127-136

 

January 29: Defining the Nonprofit Sector

            READING:

            Grobman, “Defining and Describing the Nonprofit Sector” p. 13-29
 

February 3: Size & Scope of the Nonprofit Sector

            READING:

            The Nonprofit Sector in Brief, “Facts and Figures from the Nonprofit Almanac 2008      

 

February 5: History of the Nonprofit Sector

            READING:

            Hall, “Historical Perspectives on Nonprofit Organizations in the United States” p.3-38

 

February 10: Economic Theories

            READING:  

            “Economic and Political Theories” p.179-196

 

 

 

 

February 12: Noneconomic Theories

            READING:

            Lohmann, “The Commons, a multidisciplinary approach” p.309-324

 

ESSAY I due in class today

 

 

February 17: EXAM 1: Social Welfare, Governance, and the Nonprofit Sector



February 19: Nonprofits role(s) in Welfare

READING:

Government, Politics, and Law” p.49-62 in The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Management and Leadership

 

February 24: Social Services

READING:

Salamon, “Social Services” p.109-123

 

February 26: Arts, Culture, and Recreation                                 

            READING:

Salamon, “Arts, Culture, and Recreation” p.123-135

 

March 3: Health Care

            READING:

Frank & Salkever, “Nonprofit Organizations in the Health Sector” p.129-144

 

March 5: Education

            READING:

Salamon, “Education” p.95-109

 

March 10: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK

 

 

March 12: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK

 

 

March 17: Advocacy

            READING:

            Boris & Mosher-Williams, “Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations” p.488-506

 

 

 

 

 

March 19: Religious Organizations

            READING:

·         Smith & Sosin, “The Varieties of Faith-Related Agencies” p.651-666

·         Oliphant, “Charitable Choice, The End of Churches as we know them?” p.8-11

 

ESSAY II due in class today

 

 

March 24: EXAM II: Nonprofit Subsectors and their role in governance

 

 

March 26: Boards

            READING:

            Axelrod, “Board Leadership and Development” p.131-151

 

March 31: Mission & Vision

            READING:

            Grobman, “Mission and Vision Statements” p.105-112        

 

April 2: Strategic Management

            READING:

            Werther & Berman, “The Strategic View” p.28-49

 

 

April 7: Accountability

            READING:

·         Ebrahim, “Accountability Myopia” p.56-87

·         Campbell, “Outcomes Assessment and the Paradox of Nonprofit Accountability” p.243-259

 

April 9: Evaluation

            READING:

Mark, Henry, & Julnes, “Introducing a Framework for Evaluation” p. 3-18

 

April 14: Personnel & Diversity

            READING:

·         Polk, “Diversity in a National Nonprofit Organization: Strategy for Success” available at http://www.redcross.org/news/other/diversity/010316polk.html

·         Letts, Ryan, & Grossman, “Human Resources: Developing Employees to Advance Organizational Goals” p.107-128

 

April 16:  Ethics

            READING:

            Grobman, “Ethics” p.113-132

 

April 21: Fundraising

            READING:

            Thornton, “Nonprofit Fundraising in Competitive Donor Markets” p.204-224

 

April 23: Communications & Public Relations

            READING:

            Grobman, “Communications and Public Relations” p.209-221

 

Research Paper due today

 

April 28: Social Entrepreneurship

            READING:

·         Wallace, “Social Enterprise” From Chronicle of Philanthropy.

·         Dees “Enterprising Nonprofits.” P. 55–67

 

 

April 30: Summation & review for final

 

 

 

FINAL EXAM

May 7: 10-11:50 AM