Undergraduate Courses

ENTR2206: Global Social Enter­prise 

 Social Entre­pre­neur­ship is designed to pro­vide stu­dents with an in-depth expo­sure to entre­pre­neur­ship in the social sec­tor, a rapidly grow­ing seg­ment of the global econ­omy. The course uses the case method to expose stu­dents to lead­ing entre­pre­neurs who have devel­oped and imple­mented busi­ness mod­els to solve social prob­lems such as extreme poverty, dis­ease, illit­er­acy, and eco­nomic and social dis­lo­ca­tion. Aca­d­e­mic focus is on uniquely cre­ative and dri­ven peo­ple who have ded­i­cated their lives to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers through values-based entre­pre­neur­ship. This course is the required core class for all SEI aca­d­e­mic programs.

Global elec­tive (Inter­na­tional Affairs majors/minors only) Global Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Minor Require­ment, Social Enter­prise Track (DMSB Entre­pre­neur­ship Con­cen­tra­tion Only) Requirement

ENTR2210: Social Impact Invest­ing: Con­nect­ing Com­pas­sion and Cap­i­tal 

Social impact invest­ing is a rapidly emerg­ing sec­tor within the global invest­ment com­mu­nity in which investors fund inno­v­a­tive enter­prises ded­i­cated to cre­atively solv­ing the world’s most dif­fi­cult social prob­lems, such as extreme poverty, access to clean water, san­i­ta­tion, agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity, and lit­er­acy. His­tor­i­cally, these ini­tia­tives were orga­nized as non­prof­its or char­i­ties and received fund­ing from dona­tions and grants from foun­da­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Today, many social entre­pre­neurs are instead using for-profit and hybrid busi­ness mod­els to attract invest­ment cap­i­tal in the form of equity invest­ments, loans, and other forms of so-called “patient” cap­i­tal. Stu­dents have an oppor­tu­nity to study the investors, entre­pre­neurs, and enter­prises com­pris­ing the global impact invest­ing uni­verse, and to develop a prac­ti­cal, real-world and sus­tain­able impact invest­ing portfolio.

Global Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Minor Elec­tive, Social Enter­prise Track (DMSB Entre­pre­neur­ship Con­cen­tra­tion Only) Elective

ENTR2320: Busi­ness Model Design for Social Impact

Explores how inno­va­tions are deployed in the devel­op­ing world. There are more than 4 bil­lion peo­ple who could expe­ri­ence an improve­ment in liveli­hood from inno­va­tions devel­oped to suit their needs. How­ever, due to the design con­straints of the devel­op­ing world, inno­va­tors can­not sim­ply deploy to these places with­out appro­pri­ate adap­ta­tions. Offers stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to help develop busi­ness mod­els for iden­ti­fied tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with local deploy­ment part­ners in cho­sen devel­op­ing coun­tries. The course con­sists of the fol­low­ing com­po­nents: under­stand­ing an iden­ti­fied tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion and the local con­text that guided its devel­op­ment, devel­op­ing busi­ness model con­cepts and pro­to­types, inno­vat­ing busi­ness mod­els in response to feed­back, val­i­dat­ing the busi­ness mod­els devel­oped, and build­ing a deploy­ment plan for implementation.

Global Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Minor Elec­tive, Social Enter­prise Track (DMSB Entre­pre­neur­ship Con­cen­tra­tion Only) Elective

ENTR3219: Micro­fi­nance, Lend­ing to the Poor

Inves­ti­gates, ana­lyzes, and addresses one of the core ques­tions sur­round­ing micro-finance: Can busi­ness, through micro-lending pro­grams, truly address the needs of the des­per­ately poor (3 bil­lion peo­ple liv­ing on $2 or less per day) in a mean­ing­ful, scal­able, and sus­tain­able way—where gov­ern­ment inter­ven­tion and char­i­ta­ble relief have failed? The course seeks to enable stu­dents to engage in both a the­o­ret­i­cal analy­sis and prac­ti­cal exam­i­na­tion of the field of micro-finance and address the ques­tion of the impact of micro­cre­dit and micro-enterprise devel­op­ment on alle­vi­at­ing extreme poverty in devel­op­ing coun­tries. With the recog­ni­tion pro­vided by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to micro-finance pio­neer Muham­mad Yunus, micro-finance is cur­rently her­alded as a suc­cess­ful global devel­op­ment tool.

Global Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Minor Elec­tive, Social Enter­prise Track (DMSB Entre­pre­neur­ship Con­cen­tra­tion Only) Elective

ENTR4506: Advanced Stud­ies in Social Enterprise

Focuses on a sin­gle devel­op­ing coun­try. Offers an oppor­tu­nity to ana­lyze the role of socially-driven entre­pre­neur­ship or “social impact enter­prises” (SIEs) in alle­vi­at­ing poverty and its symp­toms (for exam­ple, dis­ease, illit­er­acy and chronic unem­ploy­ment) in that coun­try. To pre­pare for an inten­sive field expe­ri­ence work­ing with local SIEs on one or more hands-on projects, stu­dents have an oppor­tu­nity to study the his­tory, pol­i­tics, and devel­op­ment of the coun­try, with an empha­sis on the role that private-sector ini­tia­tives have played and hope to play in address­ing wide­spread poverty and with a focus on the fail­ures and suc­cesses in eco­nomic and busi­ness devel­op­ment, eco­nomic growth, and poverty alle­vi­a­tion. Offers stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to develop a plan for a micro-investment strat­egy focused on these and/or sim­i­lar busi­nesses and orga­ni­za­tions hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant social impact in a devel­op­ing coun­try. Includes an optional week-long field com­po­nent in a devel­op­ing coun­try dur­ing spring break; stu­dents who do not par­tic­i­pate in the field com­po­nent are given an alter­na­tive research assign­ment. ENTR2206: Social Entre­pre­neur­ship is the required pre­req­ui­site nec­es­sary for this class.

Global Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Minor Elec­tive, Social Enter­prise Track (DMSB Entre­pre­neur­ship Con­cen­tra­tion Only) Requirement

Domini­can Repub­lic Field Research Study Program

ENTR3316: Micro-finance & Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment in Latin America

Regional Elec­tive in Latin Amer­ica (Inter­na­tional Affairs majors/minors only)

Com­par­a­tive Study of Cul­tures NU Core require­ment (Uni­ver­sity wide)

ENTR3318: Busi­ness, Eco­nom­ics & His­tory of His­pan­iola and Latin America

Regional Elec­tive in Latin Amer­ica (Inter­na­tional Affairs majors/minors only)

Com­par­a­tive Study of Cul­tures NU Core require­ment (Uni­ver­sity wide)

South Africa Field Research Study Program

ENTR3306: Global Devel­op­ment Entre­pre­neur­ship 

Regional Elec­tive in Africa (Inter­na­tional Affairs majors/minors only)

Com­par­a­tive Study of Cul­tures NU Core require­ment (Uni­ver­sity wide)

ENTR3308: Busi­ness Eco­nomic His­tory of Mod­ern South Africa 

Regional Elec­tive in Africa (Inter­na­tional Affairs majors/minors only)

Com­par­a­tive Study of Cul­tures NU Core require­ment (Uni­ver­sity wide)

We are an “open door” insti­tu­tion. All of our cur­ricu­lum mate­ri­als, case stud­ies, syl­labi and sup­port­ing doc­u­ments are avail­able for use with all aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions around the world.

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