SE Classes

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (PPOL 3050 - Baird) - Fall

This course introduces students to innovative approaches to solve the world's biggest problems, such as poverty, climate change and lack of access to quality healthcare, housing and education. The course incorporates guest lectures by social entrepreneurs from the field via video conference. The course is cross-listed in the College (GDS 3050) and Curry (EDLF 3050) and is supported by the Jefferson Trust and the U.Va. Provost's Office.

uAcademy for Conscious Change - Global Grassroots Social Entrepreneurship Incubator Class – JTerm

This weeklong course walks students through the design processs of social enterprises, emphasizing the importance of empathy in successful social ventures.

Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (PPOL 4735 - Mahoney) – Spring

This is an experiential learning class applies the knowledge gained in Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship to real-world problems that our social entrepreneur partners are facing. Students will work in small teams on challenges proposed by a set of local and international social entrepreneurs organized by the professor. This is a design-thinking-centric course for students interested in investigating how our world is adapting to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of this century.

Impact Investing (PPOL 4730 - Baird) – Spring

“Impact Investing” is the proactive deployment of financial resources to organizations that can provide a positive return on investment as well as an additional, intentional social impact beyond financial returns. Impact Investing explores how funders (grant funders, investors and policymakers) deploy capital to support social entrepreneurs. This course seeks to give you an introductory understanding of utilizing finance as a tool for solving social problems worldwide.

Global Advocacy & Action - MPPs (PPOL 6730 - Mahoney) – Spring

In an increasingly globalized world many social problems can no longer be solved within the confines of a single country or by a single sector. Global health epidemics, poverty, terrorism and human trafficking all require coordinated action by governments, civil society and the private sector to overcome. To tackle these problems we need to develop innovative solutions, the people working at the cutting edge to create smarter solutions and push the fight for social justice forward faster are social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs may pursue their goals through advocacy for better policy or through direct action, but often they find themselves doing both.

Startup (Touve) – Spring

Startup is a 14-week course-plus-simulation designed to provide students with not only the basic tools and vocabulary of new ventures, but also a sense of what it feels like to start, fund, and manage such a venture. The course, by way of in-class case discussions, mentored group work and startup simulations introduces students to a broad range of issues faced by founders and funders of both for-profit and non-profit ventures. The Startup class is open to first- and second-year students at U.Va., regardless of major or School. The experience of the course has been described as, “Entrepreneurship 101 meets the Amazing Race.” Listed as COMM 2559 and ENGR 1559, supported by SE@UVA.