Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs

Course Available
3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Strategize with Social Entrepreneurial Tools that Allow for Future Success

This course will build on the introduction and concepts from the previous course, BUS-X822.  It will provide participants with key tools, models and frameworks for assessing, developing and scaling social enterprise models across a wide variety of sectors.  The course will include:

  • Social Model Canvas
  • Tackling Heropreneurship and Impacts Gap Canvas
  • Metrics for evaluation and impact
  • Design Thinking Tools and Applications
  • Customer Journey Mapping

The course will incorporate 4-5 case studies, lectures, and interviews with social entrepreneurs from several sectors.  Potential case studies include Embrace (global baby incubators), GE Adventure Series pediatric MRIs, Kitchens for Good and Doing Good Works.  The course will include participants listening to recorded materials, engaging in discussions, and a range of exercises to be completed to apply and practice the tools and models featured in the curriculum.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for those that are interested in entrepreneurship careers that can benefit society.  This includes:

  • Early and mid-career professionals, especially those wanting to be intrapreneurs
  • Professionals and leaders in any sector desiring to learn about innovative and effective models for social change
  • Corporate employees seeking to develop dual-value ventures and innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives
  • Social business leaders striving to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Foundation/grant making personnel
  • Nonprofit/NGO practitioners
  • Educators
  • Current or prospective board members
  • Policymakers with an interest in promoting social entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems
  • Funders seeking to become more effective in grant-making and investing

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Course Format:  This course is offered in Online Fixed-Date (fully online) and spans a 7-week schedule.  It is asynchronous, meaning that lessons and assignments are presented weekly, with assignments due within each course week.  Asynchronous learning allows for greater flexibility around your personal schedule.

Course Materials:  All resources will be available to you within the course.

Technical Requirements


Successful completion of BUS-X822, Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction
Recommended Bachelor's Degree

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
BUS-X823 – 004 11 Jul 202328 Aug 2023 3 $679

Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs

11 Jul 202328 Aug 2023
Online Fixed-Date
Megan Pontes

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand how, why and when to design and apply impact metrics for social change across a continuum of organizational structures from traditional nonprofits to social enterprises to traditional for-profits
  • Articulate the value of and key steps of design thinking models through applying frameworks to real world cases
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and integration of core elements of the social model canvas in designing and implementing social enterprise solutions
  • Demonstrate understanding and importance of customer journey mapping as a core aspect of identifying problems and designing and testing relevant solutions


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Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.