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Examines strategies and processes of contemporary social change in the United States, other developed countries, developing countries, and transnational contexts. Aimed at students who hope to produce social change from varied social platforms including start-up social enterprises as well as established organizations, and located in the for-profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors. Will also explore different methods for producing social change ranging from social and political mobilization, through the development of specific products and services that can be scaled up through market processes and financial markets as well as new cross sector instruments such as social impact bonds, pay for performance contracts and impact investing. Through an inductive examination of a large number of social change projects, students will gain a knowledge of how different processes and structures of society can be used to leverage social change efforts as well as how these different processes produce different "end games" from open source to government adoption and can produce profound and lasting change in government policy, social research and development, philanthropy and volunteerism, market processes, and social and political mobilization. Course provides a detailed context for students who aspire to make a difference in the world and help drive systemic change.
Also offered by the Graduate School of Education as A-130. To see a short VIDEO describing this course, please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwuiFdVuFVI.