Classical and contemporary theories of leadership and management will be discussed. The course will then focus on the theory and application of servant leadership as it relates to philanthropic endeavors. While exploring their own life's purpose and passion, students will learn to create a shared vision that inspires many into action to positively impact the world. Issues such as culture, gender and race will be examined in the context of leadership.
The central focus of this course is on an examination of personal values that guides those engaged in change in their ethical decision making and their motivation to participate in providing essential services to their communities. This examination will be guided in part by a review of historically important and still significant theoretical approaches to ethics. Students will critically examine the role their individual faith and belief system plays that may guide them toward purpose, service and leadership in change and philanthropy. At the heart of this examination lies the role a commitment to diversity and promoting social justice plays in our approach to philanthropy. Finally, the knowledge acquired in the course will be used to examine contemporary societal issues such as poverty, social justice, famine relief and crime and punishment.
Social entrepreneurship is a process that applies innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social problems. Students will discover ways to create and sustain social value; understand how to design processes to support innovation, adaptation, and learning; and build leadership for creating change with a clear focus on the needs of those being served.
This course advances knowledge in visioning through designing learning settings that incorporate emergent social concerns and issues utilizing cutting edge technology. Students explore strategic planning, institutional change processes, and policy issues that influence organizations in a rapidly changing global climate. This course enhances an appreciation for diversity within local and global communities.
Globalization has by most accounts led to increased production and wealth across the world; however, the question remains "has globalization enriched or impoverished the quality of life on earth?" This course will examine globalization, its impact on production, creation of wealth and quality of life. Furthermore, global philanthropic solutions to social problems will be examined. Students will be required to select and investigate globally-based philanthropic projects which they will visit in person as part of ESEC 670.
This course is provides a conceptual framework for organizing diverse communities and advocacy work, and an opportunity for developing skills useful for persistence in these endeavors. The course focuses on the community organizing and advocacy efforts of people working together to improve their global communities. The course will also introduce advanced social advocacy skills, with an emphasis on lobbying and direct action as tools for social change. There will be special attention given to organizing and advocacy with economically disadvantaged and historically disempowered communities
This course prepares students interested in social entrepreneurship and change to understand ecommerce, web design and database analysis with a broad perspective of advertising, marketing research and promotional skills and abilities. These methods will prepare leaders for operating on a global scale in support of public service and philanthropy that focuses on fundamental and permanent changes to the ways in which problems are addressed.
This course encourages students to work alongside and learn from globally recognized international and domestic social entrepreneurs who are addressing some of the world's most pressing social and environmental problems. The global change experience will involve an international trip that focuses on making a difference in communities where bonds are created between people and nations that deepen our understandings of the world. This experiential learning might include projects such as human trafficking, HIV-AIDS, educational opportunities, empowerment of marginalized women, environmental conservation that are committed to engaging in building a more just and sustainable world.
This course is designed to prepare those engaged in philanthropic ventures with the tools and information technology required to design, conduct and report practice-based research for the purposes of evaluating the performance of the contemporary philanthropic organizations. In the context of personalized program evaluation projects, students will learn and apply research design and data mining and analysis commonly used program evaluation.
The course will identify and examine the key organizational competencies which are essential to the success of a philanthropic organization. Topics such as governance structures, the role of The Board of Directors, financial management and accountability, budgeting, building strategic coalitions, and advancing the missions of the philanthropic organizations will be discussed. Finally, understanding how to mobilize philanthropists for investing in social change will be explored.
Students will produce an Assessment Portfolio and present them to a panel of experts including academician and practitioners as evidence of completion of program objectives.