Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship courses

SISE 2010 Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
The introductory class gives students an appreciation for the field of social entrepreneurship and introduces students to several helpful frameworks that will be used in subsequent classes. Students will examine key concepts and the historical context, understand current theories and debates about social change, and discuss case studies of social entrepreneurs. The class will address two overarching tenets of SISE: Social impact can best be created by moving away from the current divisive approach of separate sectors and towards blended models that connect and combine sectors in new ways Social mission and social impact are the primary focus - understanding what your mission is, and how you create the greatest social impact, is key.
credit hours: 3

SISE 2020 Introduction to Business Principles and Methods
Introduction to Business Principles and Methods
This course assumes no prior background in business concepts and is open to declared SISE minors who have completed SISE 2010. The course is designed to give students basic competence in understanding and analyzing the core elements of sustainable business models. Through this course, students will gain a working vocabulary, theoretical toolkit, and fundamental technical skillset for operating in a business environment. Topics include accounting, finance, strategy, marketing, sales, operations, organizational structure and management.
Notes: Not required for business majors or minors.
credit hours: 3

SISE 3010 Design Thinking for Collective Impact
Design Thinking for Collective Impact
This course is a practical, experience-based introduction to design-thinking tools and techniques for SISE undergraduate minors from diverse departments across campus. Students will be exposed to applied research, ideation and problem-solving tools adapted from human-centered design and architecture. Using New Orleans as a laboratory and working with local partners, students will creatively and collaboratively address local community concerns, leading to a prototype for installation in a neighborhood. In addition, readings, case studies, lectures, and writing exercises will allow students to learn from these local design-thinking experiences to more fruitfully address global problems, such as climate change, poverty, and the AIDS pandemic, that they aim to pursue in their program major and SISE practicum.
Notes: Not required for architecture majors or minors.
credit hours: 4

SISE 4000 Senior Practicum
Senior Practicum
The SISE senior practicum is a course that provides a context for SISE minors to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired over their courses of study to the planning, development, completion, and evaluation of community-based or inspired project. Students will develop a senior practicum project plan in partnership with a faculty advisor. The final project will be presented to the SISE Committee and to the public. Project examples include:Creating a social enterprise,Launching an organization or movement with a social mission, Conducting community-based research, Producing a research paper, Making a documentary or book.
credit hours: 3