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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "MGT 345"
COURSE NAME: "Social Entrepreneurship"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Eugenio La Mesa
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: MW 4:30-5:45PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Junior Standing
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Nowadays, significant social problems dramatically affect both the most developed and developing countries in many fields like education, health care, the environment. Most people think that these serious issues should be solved by either the governments or the third sector, which includes voluntary and community organizations like charities and NGOs. Conversely, the mission of a corporate organization is not to solve social problems but to maximize both its profits and the shareholder value. Social entrepreneurship allows to solve social issues using the instruments and the techniques of classic corporate organizations, however, its main goal is its social mission rather than profit maximization.
The course explains how to become a social entrepreneur, the different options to organize a social business and to find the requested financial support, and how to use the lean start-up methodology to find both the right business model and market fit in order to solve a significant social problem
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

Social entrepreneurships models, financially sustainable models, instruments and techniques of social businesses, profit maximization with a social mission, social problems within a corporate environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand what constitutes social entrepreneurship and the similarities and differences with traditional businesses
  2. Comprehend the differences between social entrepreneurship and the social business as defined by the Nobel Laureate Prof. Yunus
  3. Assess the feasibility of an idea as a true opportunity to add social value as well as to solve a social problem
  4. Know the key elements of the lean start-up approach and the initial concept summary for a social venture
  5. Master the opportunities available to social entrepreneurs when making decisions regarding the organizational structure of their ventures and the different options to finance them
  6. Understand the strategies available to social entrepreneur for scaling their ventures and the strengths and limitations of each of those strategies
  7. Comprehend the value and importance of the social entrepreneurship support ecosystem 
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Understanding Social Entrepreneurship: The Relentless Pursuit of Mission in an Ever Changing World 2nd EditionJill Kickul, Thomas S. LyonsRoutledge978-1138903845  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
Social Business, Theory, Practice, and Critical PerspectivesGrove, Andrea, Berg, Gary ASpringer978-3662512203  
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Group Project presentation mid-term 15%
Group Project presentation final-term 15%
Class participation and quizzes 10%
Final Exam 30%
Midterm 30%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Class

Topics

Assignments

Jan 21

Read syllabus 

 

Jan 23

Introduction

Chap 1

Jan 28

Guest speaker - Eugenio La Mesa Co-Founder & Chairman Cure Thalassemia   

 

Jan 30

Introduction (cont’d)

Chap 1

Feb 4

Defining and distinguishing social entrepreneurship  

Chap 2 and entrepreneurship.duke.edu/news-item/the-meaning-of-social-entrepreneurship/

Feb 6

Guest speaker - Luca Foresti CEO Centro Medico Santagostino

 

Feb 11

Guest speaker - Lorenzo Di Ciaccio Co-founder & CEO Pedius

Feb 13

Defining and distinguishing social entrepreneurship  (cont’d)

Chap 2

Feb 18

Group project in class, review with the professor

 

Feb 20

Defining and distinguishing social entrepreneurship  (cont’d)

Chap 2

 

Feb 25

Defining and distinguishing social entrepreneurship  (cont’d)

Chap 2

Feb 27

Defining and distinguishing social entrepreneurship  (cont’d)

Chap 2

Mar 4

Group project

 

Mar 6

Group project

  

Mar 8 (make up)

 Revision day

 

Mar 18  

 

Recognizing social opportunities: social ideas, the role of innovation 
Chap 3

 

Class

Topics

Assignments

Mar 20

Mid-term exam Chapters 1-2 


Mar 25

Guest speaker - Enrica Cornaglia Ashoka Italy

 

Mar 27

Recognizing social opportunities: social ideas, the role of innovation (cont’d)

Chap 3

Apr 1

Recognizing social opportunities: social ideas, the role of innovation (cont’d)

Chap 3

Apr 3

Guest speaker - Stefano Rossi  Lita.com

 

Apr 8

Recognizing social opportunities: social ideas, the role of innovation (cont’d)

Chap 3

Apr 10

Recognizing social opportunities: social ideas, the role of innovation (cont’d)

Chap 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Apr 15

Guest speaker - Enrica Lo Coco Founder & Chairman Bimbi & co

Apr 17

Group project in class, review with the professor

Apr 22

Developing a strategic plan 


Chap 5

Apr 24

Group project

Apr 29

 

Revision day

 

 

 


Class   Topics  Assignments
   
     
 May 6  Final exam Chapters 3-5  

Developing a strategic plan

Developing a strategic plan

Developing a strategic plan