Plagiarism test (10%, due: 9/17)

The first assignment of this course is to pass the plagiarism test and obtain a certificate at the master and doctoral level.  Plagiarism is serious academic misconduct. You will receive zero grade on plagiarized work and there may be other consequences. We have been told not to do this maybe since primary school, and we are always assuming we know what plagiarism is. However, we may assume we know too much (e.g., Notable Cases of Plagiarism).

Analysis of readings (30%)

Annotation on readings (15%)

You are required to read the reading materials before class, at least have one comment on each article, and respond to at least one comment from another classmate. This regular on-going assignment uses online annotation platform, and is due before the class day.

Lead discussion (15%)

You will lead the class discussion section for a chosen week. A page of questions for discussion is due a week before the class. A sign-up sheet is available on Canvas.

Essays and posts (60%)

Essay 1: Historical case analysis: Philanthropy in Texas (15%, due: 10/15)

You are expected to find a case of philanthropy in Texas and analyze its development before 2000. The case can be an organization, a philanthropist, or a historical event in Texas. Please pay attention to 1) The state and national or international socioeconomic background, 2) important events or individuals, and 3) the case’s influence. No more than five single-spaced pages, can be an individual or group project. Firsthand materials required.

Helpful resources: Texas State Library and Archives Commission | Austin History Center | LBJ Presidential Library | Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Essay 2: Ethics case analysis: What is the right thing to do (15%, due: 11/19)

You are expected to analyze a case related to ethical decisions in a nonprofit’s daily operations.   The case must be anonymized but real.  Please pay attention to 1) the case’s background, 2) what the “right” decision should be from different perspectives of ethical values discussed in class, and 3) the case’s influences. No more than five single-spaced pages, can be an individual or group project. Firsthand materials required.

Essay 3: International case analysis: Philanthropy and globalization (15%, due: 12/10)

You are expected to analyze a case of an international NGO (INGO). Please pay attention to 1) the case’s localization strategies of organizational management and project operation, 2) the INGO’s relation to globalization, and 3) how the INGO and local culture/people are mutually informed. No more than five single-spaced pages, can be an individual or group project. Firsthand materials required.

Post to the website (5% each post, due: within a week of essay’s due date)

Post each of your essays on this website, carefully edit its format and attach any visuals (e.g., picture of correspondence from archives and any fun pictures you found/took while working on the essays). Have fun and show off your works!

Please pay attention to 1) since your post will be open to the public, please anonymize any sensitive information and obtain approval from interviewees; 2) please cite and acknowledge your sources and list all the resources used for your projects (e.g., a library/archive collection).

Late Work and Attendance

Late work. All work is due as indicated on the course schedule. Late submission will be taken a 30% off the total possible points as late penalty. For example, for an assignment with 100 total possible points, if you submit late and graded 80, your final grade for this assignment will be 50 (= 80 100 30%). Please send me a notice if you have an emergency (neither travel arrangements nor computer problems are emergencies).  The last week of class is the final makeup date for all late assignments.

Attendance. I do not require you to attend every class, but your absence will be recorded. The times of your absence will not influence your grade, but will be a part of your academic records permanently in the University’s system. Only medical emergencies (mental or physical) can be exempted, and you need to provide a letter of proof from your doctor.