ENTR 240: Social Entrepreneurship (GE)
Credit Hours: (3)
Exposes students to the concept of social entrepreneurship and how social entrepreneurs are transforming society to deliver social impact in their home communities and abroad. The content deals with causes, and complexities of major social problems related to poverty, education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and human rights. Significant class emphasis is placed on addressing social issues by researching, developing, and completing social change projects.
Note(s): General Education and Applied Learning designated course. Restricted to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors only.
Detailed Description of Course
Content: The course focuses on the following topics:
1) Intro to Social Entrepreneurship
2) How to identify a social need. Identifying the differences between a traditional market need and a social need.
3) How to Brainstorm using various tools such as mind mapping, photovoice etc.
4) Distinguish the various types and categories of social businesses.
5) How to measure social impact in a social business vs traditional financial impact.
6) Focuses of social issues dealing with poverty, healthcare, environment, and human rights; and identify possible business solutions for this area.
Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course
1) Assigned Readings and Videos
2) Classroom Application in form of hands on activities
3) Individual projects for each subject including research, brainstorming, issue identification, idea generation, and business model including impact.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
1) Expose students to the concept of social entrepreneurship and how social entrepreneurs are transforming society to deliver social impact in their home communities and abroad.
2) Identify business and entrepreneurship skills that will help build a sustainable business model that addresses a societal problem.
3) Build capacity to recognize a good business opportunity, provide you the tools to create a social change plan and learn how to mobilze resources, challenge you to implement a social change project.
4) Address a social issue by researching, developing and completing a social change project that will add value on the local or international level, that applies lessons learned in class while adding value to an organization and community.
5) Explore the magnitude, causes, and complexities of major social problems related to poverty, education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and human rights.
Embedded course measures - Exams, projects, in-class activities, papers
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
March 1, 2018
April 21, 2017
March 01, 2021