This course explores the multiple ways that an individual, company, or corporation participates in ventures that impact social and/or environmental issues while simultaneously focusing on financial goals. Through direct dialogue and interaction with guests, students will query, discuss, and argue answers to such questions as: How has the concept and practice of corporate responsibility evolved in recent years? Are social entrepreneurs finding the resources to accomplish their mission in today’s economic environment? Can you do “good” in your business and still make money? How do you get a responsible program up and running in a corporate environment? How is social responsibility operative in environmental programs, energy development, civil and societal issues, and marketing? What is social entrepreneurship?


Academic course objectives:


·         Discuss aspects to business practice outside of issues related to the bottom line

·         Direct interaction with corporations, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, and other organizations actively dealing with social responsibility

·         Provide a model that combines various components considered relative to bringing about change

·         Give students the opportunity to exchange and probe their thoughts and ideas regarding the class examples of social responsibility and entrepreneurship


Note: Due to the pedagogy of the course students must attend the first session.


Elements of the course grade:


Class contribution                                                       30%

Guest hosting/Leading group discussion                    50%

Written assignment                                                     20%