Professor McCoy from the Mason School of Business offers two courses in Social Entrepreneurship. The first is held on campus during the Spring semester, while the second is a field work course in the Dominican Republic in May and June. These courses are ideal for students interested in understanding and participating in international development projects to address social needs. Students with a desire to help others through building economic opportunities and strengthening communities would be served well by participating in these courses. For more information or to attend an upcoming information session, contact Professor McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course combines the concepts of social responsibility, sustainability, nonprofit management, and consulting to provide students with an opportunity to learn about and address critical social needs, such as hunger, poverty, and poor education. The course would equip students with the basic tools and techniques typically used in consulting in developing countries to enhance their understanding about the appropriate structures, processes, and behaviors that characterize successful nonprofit development and international consulting projects. The course will include techniques for data collection and analysis, and provide students with knowledge of the key concepts, opportunities, and challenges of social entrepreneurship, sustainable international development, and non-profit management through the use of lectures, hands-on exercises, guest speakers, and discussions.
Summer Experience in the Dominican Republic
BUAD 492: Social Entrepreneurship Field Studies (3 credits)
To be effective, international development consultants need not only a mixture of knowledge and skills in the areas of governments, organizations, local customs, local cultures, and language, but also in the processes required to formulate, introduce, implement and evaluate changes in the lives of the entrepreneurs and the communities in which they work. This course builds on the foundation of the Spring course and involves substantial fieldwork. This course examines the consulting process specifically in the context of the developing world and prepares students for a role in international development working with entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The course follows the process of a typical consulting engagement in identifying key project requirements, feasibility and design alternatives and will demonstrate the role of social entrepreneurship in creating innovative and sustainable responses to critical social needs. Students will participate in experiential learning through field work to develop a better understanding of the context of consulting within the domain of social entrepreneurship. The course will also help students improve their teamwork and client management relationship skills, develop their interviewing and presentation skills, and practice effective strategies for training, mentoring and supporting local entrepreneurs.
BUAD 492: Latin American Business & Culture (3 credits)
This immersion course will take place in the Dominican Republic and focus on the cultural, political, and business environment. Through the unique interactions with business, political, social, and educational leaders, students will explore issues related to the Dominican Republic's changing business and social landscape. Students will live with a Dominican host families and participate in 20 hours of Spanish instruction. Excursions to business, political, cultural and historic sites are included to explore the rich cultural heritage and complex business environment that characterize this country. Volunteer opportunities, cultural exchanges, and team building excursions will aid students in gaining a unique perspective on how locals live and work.
EDUC 400: Leadership in Public Service
Professor: Holly Agati
This course will expose students to a variety of government and non-profit organizations and different components/aspects of leading a non-profit. Through lectures, discussions, ensemble projects, presentations, readings and writing assignments, students will develop a deeper perspective from which to interpret, question, reflect upon, and engage with the underlying issues within engaged public service leadership as well as the functional applications thereof. It is also an opportunity to listen to and learn from leaders in government and non-profit agencies. You are expected to examine the characteristics of organizational leadership and to learn how to apply those theories in the workplace.
EDUC 400: Leadership in Community Engagement
Professor: Drew Stelljes
This course aims to help students think critically about what makes for successful leaders in the public sector. Though emphasis is placed leadership and followership in the non-profit sector, lessons and examples are drawn from history, communication studies, education, philosophy, sociology, and politics as well as from the field of social entrepreneurship.
The class will expose students to a variety of non-profit organizations and different approaches to leading a non-profit. Through lectures, discussions, debates, readings and writing assignments, students will develop a deeper perspective from which to interpret, question, reflect upon, and engage with the underlying issues within engaged community leadership. It is also an opportunity to listen to, learn from and critique leaders in community engagement. Guest speakers inclue John Bridgeland, Doug Bunch, Cosmo Fujiyama, Jill Piatichelli, Michael Powell, Tim Cunningham, Sarah Otto, George Srour, Kristen Cambell and more. These leaders represent organizations including Civic Enterprises, Break Away, Clowns Without Borders, Ashoka, National Conference on Citizenship, Global Playground, Building Tomorrow and more.