SE Classes

Minor in Entrepreneurship, with a Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship

The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Minor is to prepare students to play crucial roles in the new venture community—whether as founders, funders, policy makers, technologists, or executives—thereby impacting positively the world in which we live and creating value of all kinds.

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (PPOL 3050 - Mulloth and 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).

SE@UVA Global Field Experience - Social Entrepreneurship in India (Mulloth) - Summer 2016 (PPOL 3050 required prior to enrolling)

Focusing on the Indian context, the course will leverage case studies, lectures and site visits to help participants learn to think strategically and act tactically, with an economic mindset and a social conscience. The academic foundation for this course will be provided in Dr. Mulloth's Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship course held in Fall 2015. Subsequently, with a series of new case and article discussions, site visits and in partnership with India based venture philanthropy organizations/non-profit foundations, students will have the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to real-world issues by conducting preliminary fieldwork projects in select India cities. In addition to in class case discussions, student teams will work in collaboration with locally based partner organizations to deliver on discrete projects designed to meet existing needs. Host organizations will be asked to consider student team recommendations and provide critical feedback that could then form the basis for additional data gathering, fieldwork and further development of the project by way of potential student internships. The students will also be asked to write individual reports of the key lessons learned and their overall course takeaways. 

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.

Global Field Experience 1 - Crafting Peace: Extreme Social Entrepreneurship - Ireland (PPOL 4500/6500 - Martin) - Spring

This Global Field Experience short course  investigates three interrelated pieces of the Irish peace process: the crafting of political institutions, the crafting of economic opportunities and the contested crafting of the meaning of “The Troubles” and the peace process that has followed.

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.