The Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change in 2015-2016 will be Denise Crossan, a professor of social entrepreneurship and director of the initiative on social entrepreneurship at Trinity College, Dublin. Prof. Crossan's courses will include:
PEAC 039: Social Entrepreneurship for Social Change (1 Credit) By integrating innovative approaches with revenue-generating practices, social entrepreneurs and their ventures open compelling and impactful avenues to social change. In this course, students will learn about the pioneering individuals and novel ways that social entrepreneurship responds to social needs that are not adequately served by the market or by the state through in-depth case analysis of social change work (locally, nationally, and globally).
PEAC 049: Be the Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Principle and Practice (1 Credit) Amidst market implosions, human conflict, environmental crises, and on-going demise of the welfare state, the need for new, durable organizational forms, committed to social change, is clear. Social entrepreneurship offer a unique model for creative conflict transformation and community problem solving. Using business practices, social enterprises seek to redress social and environmental concerns while generating revenue. Students will learn about the manifestation of social entrepreneurship principles and practice in non-profit, for-profit, and hybrid organizations. Then students will draft plans for their own social enterprise, thereby garnering a deeper understanding of social enterprise as organizational forms, while also embarking on a journey to explore their own potential as social entrepreneurs.