Research course

Civil Society and Non-State Actors in Development

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

A wide range of non-state actors, such as civil society organisations, social movements, ‘community-based’ organisations and non-state armed actors can play a key role in social change at different scales. Factors such as the development of digital information and communications technologies, conflict, and the emergence of ‘global’ development challenges that transcend nation state boundaries may increase the importance of non-state actors in certain contexts. Such actors might challenge the status quo, but can also be co-opted by states, international organisations and other political actors, calling into question our assumptions about boundaries between ‘state’ and ‘non-state’ and ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ institutions.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Discipline Convenor
Email
FASS-DPP-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655434