Below is a sample of some of the courses offered at Carnegie Mellon in the field of social innovation.
Instructor: Mark Wessel
The course considers the characteristics of economic growth and conditions in the developing countries today, and the determinants of levels of output, consumption, capital formation and income distribution. Attention is focused on simple growth models as well as on dynamic dual economy models of development. The sources of economic growth are surveyed along with the role of investment, population, labor productivity and education.
Particular attention is given to the role of agriculture in development and to the potential contribution of foreign investment. The role of the expansion of domestic markets in industrialization is also considered. Policies designed to accelerate development are reviewed and assessed.
Instructor: Jerr Boschee
In this course, students will receive both a theoretical and practical introduction to entrepreneurship in the nonprofit world, with a special emphasis on strategic planning, branding, marketing and stakeholder engagement. The course is open to any graduate student from any department at Carnegie Mellon University and also to final year undergraduates.
Among other subjects, the course will cover:
Instructor: Jerr Boschee
This is a course for students interested in learning how to start a for-profit or nonprofit social enterprise. A "social enterprise" is defined as a business that directly addresses a social need through its products and services rather than indirectly through socially responsible business practices such as corporate philanthropy, equitable wages and environmentally friendly operations – or through the "unrelated business" activities mounted by nonprofits. The class is open to any graduate student from any department at Carnegie Mellon University and also to final year undergraduates.
Each student will be guided through an intensive, three-stage business development process:
Instructor: Joseph Mertz
This course studies meaningful ways to use advanced technologies to support developing communities worldwide. It focuses on communities that include the poorest 4 billion people: people who today lack access to modern technologies and infrastructure.
The course will cover three broad areas relating to technology and development:
Because of the nature of the subject, this course will be broad and interdisciplinary. It will cover the basics of technology, economics, and policy, and expect students to explore specific areas of interest in depth on their own. Each student will carry out a project of the student¹s design, and participate in a whole-class project.
Instructor: Babs Carryer
This course provides an overview of the entrepreneurial process, from evaluating the opportunity/idea through development. It also examines issues of importance including startup strategies, raising funds, assessing risks, legal aspects, marketing ideas, and managing resources and growth. This course allows students to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and provides a background for startup ventures.
Instructor: Alison Yonas
Microfinance is the provision of financial services including credit, savings, and insurance to the entrepreneurial poor. During the past 20 years, there has been dramatic growth in the development resources directed at microfinance and in the number of participants in the industry. Microfinance has achieved prominence because of its sustainability, scale, and continued success, even in the face of macroeconomic upheaval and natural disasters. This course will examine microfinance from a developmental, operational, and even psychological perspective. It will examine key issues in the history, design, management, and evaluation of microfinance programs.
Topics likely to be addressed include:
Students will gain skills applicable to: