Social and Sustainable Venturing* [CRN 83307]

Discipline: Management
Instructor: Brown
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1240
End: 1400
Field Work: Day 1 | November 10, 2019 | Brazil
Prerequisites: Student must be of junior or senior class standing Download Syllabus

Global social and environmental trends represent pressing concerns for the future health of the Earth and its diversity of species. The structure and incentives in the current global political-economic system have yet to mitigate global problems such as inequity, poverty, and disease. Environmentally, we have yet to resolve local and trans-boundary problems of air pollution, water pollution, toxic waste, soil loss and climate change. This course is based on the premise that entrepreneurs are powerful agents of social, environmental and economic change. These entrepreneurs – referred to as ‘social entrepreneurs’ – use for-profit, non-profit and hybrid organizational models and leverage markets to address specific social and/or environmental challenges. This course will use lectures, case studies and group exercises and presentations to gain in-depth understanding of the major issues addressed by social entrepreneurs and the different models used to and challenges confronted when initiating and scaling social enterprises.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Understand the social and environmental challenges faced globally and regionally.
  • Enhance knowledge of what are social enterprises and the unique roles social enterprises play in addressing the aforementioned challenges.
  • Gain applied research and analysis skills focused on social enterprise design, launch and scaling.
  • Improve both written and oral presentation skills.


*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 1
Date: November 10, 2019

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the impact of climate change on various marine creatures.
2. Understand the role of NGOs in protecting endangered marine life and how eco-tourism can contribute to (or detract from) the mission of the NGOs.
3. Understand the possibilities and pitfalls of economic participation by local people in eco-tourism.