The goal of this final course is to provide an experience where students can put lessons learned in preceding courses, BUS-X822 Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction and BUS-X823, Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs into practice. It will provide an opportunity for participants to focus and test "real world applications" of the models, tools, and key learning outcomes of the first two courses in an individual project or program they will design.
The course is set up to be a guided independent study for each student to design and implement an individual project of their choice with input and approval from the instructor. Participants will focus individually on developing their projects. They will do weekly check-ins and provide reports on milestones of project development with the instructor and mentors. There are also several speakers on topics relevant to effective project design who will be recorded for viewing and online discussion. The experience of the course will enable and empower participants to design a high impact, implementable project incorporating key aspects of social entrepreneurship and social change that align with their passion and purpose.
This course will be grounded in a handbook that will provide guidance in one of two ways.
A) For students in current positions, there will be project guidelines for how they can incorporate the key principles of social entrepreneurship in their organization and design real, workable programs, whether in for-profit, nonprofit or other sectors.
B) For students who do not have full time positions, or want to experience their design process outside of their current work environment, they can do an apprenticeship.
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:
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 (asynchronous) and spans a 14-week schedule. It is asynchronous, meaning that lessons and assignments are presented, with assignments due with deadlines that the instructor has set within the course. Asynchronous learning allows for greater flexibility around your personal schedule.
Course Materials: All resources will be available to you within the course.
Successful completion of both:
BUS-X822, Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction
BUS-X823, Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs
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