APS1015: Social Entrepreneurship

APS1015: Social Entrepreneurship
School of Applied Science and Engineering
University of Toronto

Summer 2013
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
BO25, Bahen Centre

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This course is designed for engineering students interested in applying their engineering knowledge and skills to address pressing social or environmental issues of our time. Using the principles of entrepreneurship, this course provides students with an understanding of the systems within which these challenges occur, analyze the range of opportunities and tensions that can be defined within a system, and construct a solution to respond to an important issue.

This course will be engage students independently and in groups through a variety of approaches that embed the principles of entrepreneurship and social change. Lectures will blend theory on key issues related to social entrepreneurship, as well as workshop-style sessions with industry experts and social entrepreneurs. These sessions will help students to understand the broader systems within which social or environmental challenges are situated, and how to introduce solutions into these systems that integrate the principles of entrepreneurship to yield benefits to communities and society as a whole. Students will apply these lessons through individual and group assignments that progressively build on each other through the course of the semester.

Social entrepreneurship is attracting growing amounts of talent, money, and attention. Along with its increasing popularity has come wide diversity in understandings of what social entrepreneurship is, and how it can be applied in practice.

In this course, you will:
1. Learn the principles of social entrepreneurship and systems analysis: You will be introduced to examples and best practices, successes and failures, and opportunities and constraints, in the field of social entrepreneurship.
2. Apply entrepreneurial principles to address gaps in a social system: Using tools and conceptual frameworks presented in class, you will learn how to identify gaps in a social system and construct a social entrepreneurship solution to address these gaps.
3. Apply your engineering knowledge to advance societal outcomes: You will be provided with new perspectives on the opportunities for leveraging an engineering education to positively impact social and environmental change.

Norm Tasevski – Course Director
Email: norm@socialentrepreneurship.ca
Office Hours: By appointment (preferably via Skype)

Karim Harji – Course Director
Email: karim@socialentrepreneurship.ca
Office Hours: By appointment (preferably via Skype)