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Instructor Info:Megan Briggs
TA Info:Margo Dalal
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Lemelson Center for Design CLASS

This course will explore how social entrepreneurship affects change in society. Using real world examples, participants in this course will identify key entrepreneurial methods and practices that are, or could be used to foster positive change. The course will start off with a look at the general effects entrepreneurship has on society and then move on to investigating key entrepreneurial processes and techniques that are used for creating change. For participants in this course to be successful, they must desire to make a difference in the world, be comfortable doing research, enjoy sharing their ideas and thoughts in discussions, and be self-directed.

Course Objectives:
  • Gain an understanding of how social entrepreneurship affects change in society
  • Explore and analyze strategies and practices of social entrepreneurship
  • Gain literacy and critical perspective on social entrepreneurship through independent and collaborative group work, class discussion and activities, and assignments
  • Consider how social entrepreneurship may relate to your own interests and work
Evaluation Criteria:
  • Participation in class discussions and activities
  • Completion of assignments: This course will cover a significant amount of material, and introduces many core concepts through the readings and assignments.  Please note that assignments will not be accepted after the due date unless arrangements are made with the course instructor.
  • Presentation of your concept plan project at the end of the course
  • Attendance: If you have more than one unexcused absence throughout the term or more than three absences for any reason, your evaluation for the course may be impacted, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.  Excused absences must be arranged before the start of class, except in cases of emergency.
  • Self-evaluation – To receive a final evaluation for the course, you must submit a self-evaluation.
Additional Info:
  • Please turn off all cell phones.
  • Laptops are permitted in class.  However, it is your responsibility to be attentive during class time – if their use becomes disruptive or distracting, the instructor may decide that laptops are no longer allowed. If you require permission to use a laptop during class as an accommodation, please check with the instructor.


While we will follow a general syllabus that covers a very broad range of information about social entrepreneurship, this course will likely be shaped by student interest and research, especially as projects develop.  It’s possible that some aspects of the course, including readings, assignments, and timeline, may change in response.  It’s important that we hear from you over the course of the semester, and we welcome any feedback you would like to offer.

Please note that the course website will be the definitive source for readings and assignments throughout the semester.