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Want to really change the world? Every Spring semester, learn directly from some of those who founded the field of social entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship Courses at NYU Stern

We are thrilled to offer two extraordinary social entrepreneurship courses produced by the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with NYU's Stern School of Business. These courses are open to all students from across the university. Each of these courses are taught by NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board members who are universally recognized and acclaimed pioneers in the social change space: Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of sustainable brand Seventh Generation, which just sold to Unilever for $700M, and Susan Davis, founder of the U.S arm of BRAC, the biggest NGO in the world. These courses are designed to provide the essential concepts, practical frameworks, and tangible skills needed to be successful in the space. Professors Hollender and Davis will share their hard-won, real-world lessons of success and failure, as leaders who have spent their lifetimes leveraging the for- and non-profit sectors to create a more just and equitable world.

Journalism Course

We are also thrilled to co-sponsor Writing for a Wide Readership, hosted in partnership with the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. This course is open to all graduate students from across the university and will help you share your ideas and vision to change the world in an effective and compelling way.

How to Register

For NYU students outside of the course's home program, please register through your division program advisor and click here for instructions about how to register the courses.


Undergraduate: Sustainable Business & The New Economy

Open to: Undergraduate students across the University
Course Number: BSPA-UB 44
Time: Thursdays, 5:00 - 8:00PM

Sustainable Business & The New Economy, taught by Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former CEO of one of the most successful sustainable brands - Seventh Generation - explores the future of sustainability and sustainable business, the role business plays in concentration of money and power, and how "net-positive" business can contribute to a world of greater justice, equity, and wellbeing.

This class assumes that in some manner you desire to be an active contributor to a just, equitable, and regenerative world. That is my definition of a "social entrepreneur." The course is committed to equipping you to be more effective in that pursuit.

View last year's syllabus.


Professor: Jeffrey Hollender

Co-Founder and Former CEO, Seventh Generation Board Member, Greenpeace US Author, The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win Member and former Director, Social Venture Network

Graduate: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

Open to: Graduate students across the University
Course Number: BSPA-GB 2304
Time: 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.


Professor: Susan Davis

Founder and Former President & CEO, BRAC USA Founding Board Member and Chair Emeritus, Grameen Foundation Co-Author, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know Board Member, Centre for Social Innovation

Graduate: Writing for a Wide Readership

Open to: Graduate students across the University
Course Number: JOUR-GA 60
Time: Wednesdays, 10:20 AM - 12:30 PM

Writing for A Wide Readership is grounded in the idea that expertise is a wasted (and often unlovely) thing if not shared with non-experts. The purpose of the course is to help you, the budding expert/specialist, learn how to write for the public -- people outside your academic discipline. You will work on writing that is rigorous, but never jargon-riddled or obscure; accessible to readers who don’t share your water-cooler; and compelling to people with little previous knowledge of its subject.

View last spring's syllabus.


Professor: Tunku Varadarajan

Adjunct Faculty, NYU Journalism Institute; Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow in Journalism, Stanford’s Hoover Institution; Contributing Editor, POLITICO Europe

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