These courses focus on emerging models of enterprise at the interface of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They examine theories of change and the dynamics of social innovation and develops both conceptual and practical tools for creating high-performance organizations that are capable of addressing problems in a sustainable manner. Analysis of exemplary social business ventures, including alumni cases from the Miller Center Accelerator will illustrate how the discipline of business planning can contribute the development of social ventures that are economically viable at scale.

Quarter:  Winter 2022
Class Code:  SOCI 130
Class Title/Name:  Old Course Title: Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Change and New Course Title: Design Thinking for Society
Professor(s):  Laura Robinson
Class Day(s):  Friday
Class Times:  11:45 am to 3:00 pm
Number of Class Credits:  5
Course Description:  Course Description: This interdisciplinary course examines social entrepreneurship and innovation in the context of global and local social issues. Essential skills, such as creativity, critical and ethical thinking, reflection, transformative communication, leadership, empathy, and teamwork, are enhanced. Students participate in a human-centered design thinking skills training, innovate a solution to a social or environmental problem, and create a business model canvas and case study of the innovation for the final project. (5 units)
Link to Course:  register for this course
Point of Contact for more information: Laura Robinson, lrobinson@scu.edu
Other notes: Draft Syllabus here

Quarter:  Winter 2022
Class Code:  ENGR 169B
Class Title/Name: Social Entrepreneurship II
Professor(s):  Keith Warner
Class Day(s):  Tuesday
Class Times:  6:00pm to 7:00pm
Number of Class Credits:  1
Course Description: 
This course examines social entrepreneurship through the intersection of technology and social innovation. Technical considerations include design of total solutions and for affordability and low cost manufacturing; social considerations include developing deep empathy and an understanding of local circumstances particularly for those suffering extreme poverty.
Link to Course:  register for this course
Point of Contact for more information:  Keith Warner, kwarner@scu.edu
Other notes:  None

Quarter:  Winter 2022
Class Code:  SOCI 150/ETHN 170
Class Title/Name:  Immigrant Businesses in the US: Immigrant Social Entrepreneurship
Professor(s):  Di Di
Class Day(s):  Tuesday & Thursday
Class Times:  3:50pm to 5:30pm
Number of Class Credits:  5
Course Description: 
The course examines why immigrants start businesses in the US, how they run their businesses, and what the social, cultural, and economic implications are for immigrant businesses. Students will learn about immigrant entrepreneurship, engage in business case analysis in both local and global contexts, and develop communication skills to lead to positive social change.
Link to Course:  register for this course
Point of Contact for more information:  Di Di, ddi@scu.edu
Other notes:  None

Quarter:  Winter 2022
Class Code:  MGMT 176
Class Title/Name:  Sustainable Food Systems
Professor(s):  Erika French-Arnold
Class Day(s):  Tuesday & Thursday
Class Times:  12:10 pm to 1:50 pm
Number of Class Credits:  5
Course Description:  In this course, you will study the existing food system, issues of food access, justice and sovereignty as well as opportunities to use technology and innovation to create a more just and sustainable food system. We will examine how food policy and lobbying affect food production and consumption and the role of food policy in food insecurity, health risks tied to food, and climate change.
Link to Course:  register for this course
Point of Contact for more information:  Erika French-Arnold, efrencharnold@scu.edu
Other notes: none

Quarter:  Winter 2022
Class Code:  FNCE 141
Class Title/Name:  New Venture Finance
Professor(s):  Hoje Jo
Class Day(s):  Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Class Times:  Monday & Wednesday 8:00 am to 9:05 In-Person; Friday 8:00 am to 9:05 Zoom
Number of Class Credits:  5
Course Description: 
The objective of the course is to deepen students’ understanding of corporate finance perspectives for the venture capital & private equity industry. Understanding the critical frameworks employed by venture capital & private equity investors, and relating them to traditional finance practice, is thus an important goal.  Additionally, this course aims to understand the cycle of venture capital & private equity, i.e., fundraising, investing, valuation, harvest, and exit. Moreover, another crucial objective is to appreciate the valuation process in the private equity setting.  Industry practice, reflecting private equity’s early state of evaluation relative to many other financial sectors, can often appear to the outside observer as sloppy and not standardized. Thus, analyzing value is likely to be an increasingly important competitive skill in the private equity industry. Finally, we adopt a mission of the social enterprise perspective to create and sustain social value – not just private value by designing and developing financially sustainable and scalable social ventures and dealing with social and environmental issues.
Link to Course:  register for this course
Point of Contact for more information:  Hoje Jo, hjo@scu.edu
Other notes: Prerequisite’s FNCE 121 or FNCE 121S and FNCE 124

Student Fellowship

Miller Center accelerates leadership by providing students with opportunities to learn and work with social entrepreneurs on the front lines of poverty eradication and sustainable development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fellowship is a fully-funded summer field experience along with two-quarters of classwork and academic research for Santa Clara University junior-level students.

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