ECON W40 Social Entrepreneurship . R. Hoksbergen.
Note: This course is now listed as IDIS-W23 (below), and taught by both R. Hoksbergen and P. Snyder.
IDIS W23 How to Change the World. Injustice, social breakdown, and ecological dangers are ever-present and all around. Illiteracy, poverty, maternal mortality, malnutrition, joblessness, conflict, habitat loss, and pollution are all examples. Government programs and charity can help, but they don’t always work, and they are not enough. This course will introduce students to social entrepreneurship, the new and increasingly appreciated strategy for bringing constructive changes to social and ecological problem areas. Social entrepreneurs develop social enterprises, organizations that marshal resources and people to make changes that set the world on a more positive course. These can be either for-profit or not-for-profit organizations, but their primary mission will be to address social or ecological needs in powerful and sustainable ways. In this experientially-based class, students will be introduced to the experiences of successful social entrepreneurs, both international and domestic, as they learn how to build a social enterprise. Students will then work in teams to identify a particular area of need, research their area of interest, imagine solutions, and design start-up social enterprises that move rapidly toward financial sustainability. To supplement the experiential learning, students will learn basic business and organizational tools, read stories of successful social entrepreneurs, visit local social enterprises, skype with international social entrepreneurs, engage with guest speakers, listen to TED talks, and more. This course may fulfill an elective in the IDS major or minor. P. Snyder and R. Hoksbergen. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Note: This course description has been modified since first published in the printed Interim-2015 course catalog.
IDIS W12 Arabic Language and Culture . A. Abadeer.