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PPOL 3050 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 UVa Provost's Office.
The first course (PPOL 4735) of these experiential courses has a local focus, and the other has a global focus (PPOL 4730), with 15 students enrolled in each. These experiential courses allow the students to apply what they learn in the Fall course through work with social entrepreneurs in Charlottesville and beyond.
This weeklong course walks students through the design processs of social enterprises, emphasizing the importance of empathy in successful social ventures.
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