Course Details

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship combines both theory and practice with an end goal of equipping young lawyers to create a positive social impact in whatever area inspires them whether they decide to work in the public or private sector. First, the course covers the key fundamentals of the social enterprise movement as well as substantive cutting-edge legal doctrine relevant to the sector. Using the "case study method" typically used in MBA classes, students will examine the challenges of starting, counseling, serving, assessing and funding social ventures through the eyes of the entrepreneur, investor, attorney, board member and community leader. The course provides an overview of the emergence and definition of social entrepreneurship and will explore the intricacies of establishing mission / vision / values, basic management best practices, legal structures for both non-profit and for-profit social ventures, managing and sustaining growth, board governance, the profit and purpose tension, impact investing and creating shared value. This basic knowledge set will inform any student who seeks to advise, launch, and/or serve on the board of a social enterprise. By engaging with these case studies, students also learn the basics of leadership and management decision-making. Second, the course provides an intensive introduction to consulting for a social enterprise on a student consulting team. Students have an opportunity to put their newly learned skills into practice as they are grouped into teams and are partnered with a social enterprise to help it solve a specific, real-time challenge the enterprise is facing. In the past, the challenges have been in the areas of growth, revenue, marketing, programmatic issues, scale and legal complexities. This experiential learning will not only give students an opportunity to explore innovative social enterprises through project-based work opening their eyes to the realities of operating a social enterprise, but will also improve their skills in problem solving and client services. During the spring term, students will produce a written memo with their student consulting team while continuing to serve the social enterprise. The Spring Term will culminate with the completion of the written report and a final presentation. The students in this course will be a mixture of private sector and public sector bound students who are interested in learning about the intersection between the two sectors. This course will expose them to the basics of Social Entrepreneurship, excite them and inspire them to continue in the field in various capacities.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 790
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning,  Not a lottery course


Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Faculty: Klahr, Suzanne
Section: SF     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 11