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Graduate Diploma in Social Organization Development

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The School of Social Innovation of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University offers a Graduate Diploma in Social Organization Development. This diploma is conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.

The study and practice of social organization development cover the creation, the consolidation and the strengthening of organizations working in the social field (NPOs, social movements, foundations, charities, co-ops, etc.).

This program is directed at a specific clientele: people already working in the field (employees and management of social organizations, social entrepreneurs, activists, community workers, trade unionists, members of cooperatives and some workers from the public and parapublic sectors); people who already have professional experience but wish to reorient their careers and start their own innovative project.

The program, based on the linking of theory with practice, provides students with the main analytical frameworks and approaches needed to meet the current challenges facing social organizations.

The Graduate Diploma in Social Organization Development is pending approval by the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admissions scholarships available of a value up to $1500

Candidates must meet the following conditions:

i. Hold an honours bachelor's degree (4 years) or its equivalent with an average of at least «B» in Human or Social Sciences or Management; or hold an honours bachelor's degree with an average of at least «B»  in another discipline and have at least five years of relevant work experience in a social organization, a social movement or a social enterprise (a letter of confirmation from a third party specifying the duration of the activity in question must accompany the application).

ii. Provide the following documents:

  • Cover letter (maximum 500 words);
  • Curriculum vitae.

iii. Undergo an interview with the program coordinators (to verify the candidate’s goals and his or her suitability for the program).

Compulsory course (3 credits)

  • INS5101 Theoretical Foundations of Social Innovation (3cr)

Optional courses (9 credits) from the following:

  • INS5102 Self-Management and Workplace Democracy (3cr)
  • INS5103 Collective Action Strategies and Discourses (3cr)
  • INS5104 Technology in Social Innovation (3cr)
  • INS5105 Organizational Consolidation and Transformation (3cr)
  • INS5106 Public Institutions, Funding and Partnerships (3cr)
  • INS5107 Social Innovation and Management (3cr)
  • INS5108 Selected Topics in Democratic Management (3cr)
  • INS5109 Selected Topics in Social Action (3cr)

Research (3 credits)

  • INS6101 Advanced Practical Seminar: Diagnosis and Recommendation (3cr)
  • INS6102 Incubation of a Project in Social Innovation (3cr)

 

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses are withdrawn from the program.

 

Duration of the program

Students are expected to complete all requirements within one year of full-time study. The maximum time permitted, whether full- or part-time, is three years from the date of initial registration in the program.

INS 5101 - THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL INNOVATION (3cr.)

Critical study of founding texts in social innovation and of the main approaches in the field. Study of key actors and strategies in contemporary social innovation.

INS 5102 - SELF-MANAGEMENT AND WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY (3cr.)

Analysis of the main challenges in the democratic organization of work; study of issues arising in the development and consolidation of self-managed organizations.

INS 5103 - COLLECTIVE ACTION STRATEGIES AND DISCOURSES (3cr.)

Study of mobilization and communication techniques in the context of social change and collective action, from strategic planning to tactical execution in the field.

INS 5104 - TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIAL INNOVATION (3cr.)

Study of the effects of technology on social organizations and of ways of integrating digital technologies into the strategies of social transformation.

INS 5105 - ORGANIZATIONAL CONSOLIDATION AND TRANSFORMATION (3cr.)

Study of the coordination methods and direction in the context of established and functional social organizations. Transformation and growth of social organizations from the inside.

INS 5106 - PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, FUNDING AND PARTNERSHIPS (3cr.)

Best practices for establishing partnerships with the public sector, private donors and social groups to promote organizational development. Financial strategies, philanthropy and solidarity financing.

INS 5107 - SOCIAL INNOVATION AND MANAGEMENT (3cr.)

In-depth study of management approaches and tools of social organizations: strategic planning, management and advanced accounting.

INS 5108 - SELECTED TOPICS IN DEMOCRATIC MANAGEMENT (3cr.)

In-depth study of selected topics and contemporary issues in democratic management of organizations.

INS 5109 - SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL ACTION (3cr.)

In-depth study of selected topics and contemporary issues in collective action and social movements.

INS 5501 - FONDEMENTS THÉORIQUES EN INNOVATION SOCIALE (3cr.)

Étude critique des textes fondateurs de l’innovation sociale et des principales approches dans le domaine. Étude des principaux acteurs et des stratégies clés de l’innovation sociale contemporaine.

INS 5502 - AUTOGESTION ET DÉMOCRATIE EN MILIEU DE TRAVAIL (3cr.)

Analyse des principaux défis de l’organisation démocratique du travail; étude des problèmes survenant à l’étape du développement et de la consolidation des organisations autogérées.

INS 5503 - STRATÉGIES ET DISCOURS DE L’ACTION COLLECTIVE (3cr.)

Étude des techniques de mobilisation et de communication dans un cadre de changement social et d’action collective, à partir du développement de plans stratégiques jusqu’à l’exécution tactique sur le terrain.

INS 5504 - TECHNOLOGIE EN INNOVATION SOCIALE (3cr.)

Étude des effets de la technologie sur les organisations sociales et des pratiques d’intégration des technologies numériques dans les stratégies de transformation sociale.

INS 5505 - CONSOLIDATION ET TRANSFORMATION ORGANISATIONNELLE (3cr.)

Étude des méthodes de coordination et de direction dans le cadre d’organisations sociales établies et fonctionnelles. Transformation et croissance des organisations sociales de l’intérieur.

INS 5506 - INSTITUTIONS PUBLIQUES, FINANCEMENT ET PARTENARIATS (3cr.)

Les meilleures pratiques pour établir des partenariats avec le secteur public, les bailleurs de fonds privés et d’autres groupes sociaux pour favoriser le développement organisationnel. Développement de stratégies de financement, de philanthropie et de financement solidaire.

INS 5507 - INNOVATION SOCIALE ET GESTION (3cr.)

Étude approfondie des approches et outils de gestion des organisations sociales : planification stratégique, gestion de projet et comptabilité avancée.

INS 5508 - THÈMES CHOISIS EN GESTION DÉMOCRATIQUE (3cr.)

Étude approfondie de thèmes choisis et de problématiques contemporaines en gestion démocratique des organisations.

INS 5509 - THÈMES CHOISIS EN ACTION SOCIALE (3cr.)

Étude approfondie de thèmes choisis et de problématiques contemporaines de l’action collective et des mouvements sociaux.

INS 6101 - ADVANCED PRACTICAL SEMINAR: DIAGNOSIS AND RECOMMENDATION (3cr.)

Study of a specific issue within a social organization and writing of a report making a diagnosis and proposing recommendations.

INS 6102 - INCUBATION OF A PROJECT IN SOCIAL INNOVATION (3cr.)

Design and implementation of the first stages of an innovative project.

INS 6501 - SÉMINAIRE PRATIQUE AVANCÉ : DIAGNOSTIC ET RECOMMANDATION (3cr.)

Étude d’une problématique spécifique au sein d’une organisation sociale et rédaction d’un rapport formulant un diagnostic et des recommandations.

INS 6502 - INCUBATION D’UN PROJET EN INNOVATION SOCIALE (3cr.)

Conception et réalisation des premières étapes de mise en œuvre d’un projet innovant.

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