Course Description

Put Your Social Entrepreneurship Learning into Practice

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.  There will be 2-3 online remote sessions with the remaining course time focused on participants individually developing their projects. Participants will do weekly check-ins and provide reports on milestones of project development with the instructor and mentors at designated times.  There are also several speakers on topics relevant to effective project design who will be recorded for viewing and online discussion.  The experience oft he 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.

Learner Outcomes

  • Apply tools and models learned in previous courses in the certificate program (BUS-X822 and BUS-X823)
  • Demonstrate ability to develop an implementable project plan with timelines, resource needs and success metrics
  • Apply, test and refine theory of change and key analytical tools for project implementation with prospective users, funders and partners

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 (with both synchronous meetings and asynchronous assignments), and spans a 7-week schedule.

Meeting Dates/Times:  To be determined

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Technical Requirements


Successful completion of both:
BUS-X822, Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction
BUS-X823, Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs

Recommended Bachelor's Degree

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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