Graduate students across the University
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
What is the way that societies improve and solve problems? What is the purpose of business in society? Is there a role for markets and business in issues of civic good, justice, equality, education, environment, health or collective action? Current economic principles, which underpin our trust in markets are not value neutral. Therefore, how we design "market solutions" to problems should be the focus of vigorous and open debate. Social entrepreneurship is a concept that has re-focused us on the meaning of the goods and social practices we value as citizens in a global society.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the essential conceptual frameworks and tools for creating successful social entrepreneurial ventures, initiatives, programs or partnerships that seek to tackle global poverty and collective action problems. It will cover a broad range of cutting-edge social enterprise and social entrepreneurship strategies from the global "North" and the "South" with a special focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The course looks at social entrepreneurship and social ventures through their entire life cycle - from ideation, through start-up to scaling and exit to policy-making - with an emphasis on how market considerations and financial instruments are critical to achieving social and financial goals. Students will interact with guest social entrepreneurs, policy makers, thought leaders and investors to ensure they gain a comprehensive understanding of this dynamic field, and challenge themselves as agents of social change working in development.
View last year's syllabus.