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At the completion of this module: Students should have acquired knowledge and understanding of the key legal principles and rules involved in the law of charities and other civil society organisations in Ireland. This understanding will be reinforced by a clinical engagement with an Irish charity with students partnering with a registered Irish charity for the duration of the module. In particular,
• Students will have acquired knowledge and understanding of the key legal principles and rules involved in the law of charities and other civil society organisations in Ireland and actively demonstrated their application to their adopted charities in their clinical projects.
• Students should be able to critically compare and contrast different approaches to charity regulation in light of the comparator countries considered.
• Students should be able to make a clear and informative individual presentation to an audience of peers on aspects of charity law and to contribute actively to team activities.
• Students should be able to engage with contemporary legal and political debates about charities and other civil society organisations and be able to provide, orally and in writing, clear commentary and evaluation of the treatment of these issues in media sources.
• Students should feel confident in volunteering to serve on the boards of NGOs, charities and voluntary organisations or to better assist in their civil society networks post completion of the module.
Introduction to the framework of NGO regulation
Why Charity? Market, State and non-profit boundaries and relations
Form or Substance: Choosing a legal vehicle to establish an NGO
The Statutory Regulation of Charities in Ireland
Funding Good Work: Who funds what and why?
Financial Accounting Regulation – Looking at the Books
Civic Space under threat: Rights, regression and repression
Governance and Fiduciary Duties – The Stakeholder Debate
|Student Effort Type
|Seminar (or Webinar)
|Autonomous Student Learning
Not applicable to this module.
|% of Final Grade
|Portfolio: Show & Tell comprises a number of graded exercises in Weeks 2, 4 and 7 and in the two weeks of guest expert lectures.
|Throughout the Trimester
|Continuous Assessment: Additional Reading Summary. Each week, students share via the Discussion Board a summary of their assigned additional reading. This provides a rich resource and aide memoire for all students.
|Throughout the Trimester
|Group Project: Adopted Charity Report
|Coursework (End of Trimester)
|Within Three Semesters
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
Students 'Show and Tell' posts via Peer Scholar receive peer feedback. Module Coordinator offers moderated feedback which is shared on a class wide basis so that all learn from the experiences of the individual where additional issues arise. Feedback is given to adopted charity teams throughout the semester as they engage with their adopted charity. This feedback takes place both in class and as part of weekly consultation hours made available to students to discuss issues arising and in the Week 8 Report Draft Review. Individual feedback is provided on the charity reports at the end of the examination period to allow students to correct legal inaccuracies or to follow up on important issues and to revise their reports accordingly prior to sharing them with their adopted charities. Students may seek individual feedback by arranging an appointment with the module coordinator post examination results release.