What class?

LSAL 4643 – Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship

Why is it cool?

Some businesses are only worried about the bottom line. Others, however, are changing their focus and turning their attention to ideas and solutions that help society, not just themselves.

Through social innovation and social entrepreneurship, business owners worldwide are finding success while bringing resources, opportunities, training and other assets to those who need them.

One such example is Blake Mycoskie. The TOMS Shoes founder donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. TOMS is also investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs through its Social Entrepreneurship Fund.

Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship is cool because students will study a diverse selection of examples of social entrepreneurship and innovation from around the globe. They’ll learn how new ideas are meeting unmet needs, and how entrepreneurs are developing innovative answers to social problems like poverty.

After successfully completing the course, students will have a deeper understanding of social innovation and how it has occurred in different cultures, as well as how it has crossed demographic and geographic boundaries. They also will be able to recognize and assess social innovation, using their newly developed skills to apply what they learn in real-life situations needing innovation.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Liberal Studies.

Tami Althoff
Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.

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