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 offered as a fully online and asynchronous course, 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.

In addition, the course may be offered as a Classroom course.  This course will meet in-person each week on TMU campus.  The dates and times of the classroom course are noted in the course listing.  Classroom courses meet in-person for 3 hours once a week for 12 weeks, plus the exam.

Relevant Programs

Course Sections
Class Number
May 06, 2024 to Aug 02, 2024
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $588.90 Click here to get more information
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
International Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information