Course Description

This course provides students with insight into the origins and the ideological, social, political, legal and economic contexts of the nonprofit sector. It explores the complexity, diversity, challenges and opportunities through topics including: the scope and nature of the sector; the development of the sector; the role of nonprofits; the changing political, funding and legal environment; forces for change such as social innovation, social finance and social impact, data and technology, and public perceptions.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

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May 02, 2022 to Jul 29, 2022
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $586.64 Click here to get more information
International Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information