Social Enterprise Design: Philosophical and Psychological perspectives

Courses in this thread would enable the students to understand the design of social initiatives and social enterprises from philosophical and psychological perspectives.

SED-PPP101 Research Methodology for Social Projects

This is an introductory course on research methodology that focuses on basic research process and survey techniques and provides skills in designing and conducting basic quantitative and qualitative research which can be applied to real life social problems. The objective of this course is to provide the students with all the essential tools with which the students would be able to do the field work necessary for meeting the exploratory requirements of later courses that will involve data collection, interviewing, focus groups, brainstorming, observations, data gathering, analysis and report writing. The course would touch upon the philosophy and psychology of issues related to the design of research methodologies and approaches.

SED-PPP102 Philosophy and Psychology of Education

This course helps in understanding the design of social enterprises and initiatives related to education from the philosophical and psychological perspectives.  This course provides epistemological study of modern educational system and implications of rationalism, empiricism, intuitionism and authoritarianism and other philosophical approaches to education.  This course will also focus on psychological approaches to learning such as behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, constructivism, learning theories, intelligence, statistical measurements, and other allied topics. The course would focus on identifying the philosophical and psychological perspectives for assessing what it means to be educated. After completing this course the students would be able to identify how various educational initiatives and policies link to their underlying philosophical and psychological frameworks and would also be able to analyze their philosophy of education. The student would be able to link problems related to learning, progression, and motivational, behavioral and ethical manifestations to their underlying philosophical and psychological roots.

SED-PPP201 Philosophy and Psychology of Human Nature and Wellbeing

This course helps in understanding the design of social enterprises and initiatives related to health from the philosophical and psychological perspectives.  The course will evaluate the influence of secular and religious distinction between the concepts of human being on the design of social enterprises and institutional development at micro and macro level in the society. It will connect the ontological understanding with institutional design theory to enable students to create better institutional/social solutions in the light of locally perceived ideas on fundamental nature of a human being. This course will explore various schools of thought regarding the teleological and ontological perspectives of human nature. The course will explore the philosophical and psychological dimensions of a human being as a psycho-chemical being or a spiritual being. The course will explore these questions at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, psychology and medicine and institutional design.

 SED-PPP202 Philosophy of Development and Psychology of Poverty

This course helps in understanding the design of social enterprises and initiatives related to poverty alleviation and development from the philosophical and psychological perspectives.  The course will enable the students to understand various development and poverty alleviation initiatives and the design of social enterprises from the point of view of  philosophical and psychological perspectives. The course is an interdisciplinary analysis of poverty and development from the point of view of various philosophical and psychological perspectives. The emergence of ideas related to development, progress, poverty, and wealth issues over time and their prescriptions. The course will examine both material wealth (being rich or poor) and relative social rank (being richer or poorer) and class as it relates to multiple areas of psychology – the brain, cognition, development, and social interactions. The focus will be on understanding how the material environment and our position in a hierarchy can powerfully shape our psychology, and vice versa.

SED-PPP301 Anthropocentricity and Environment: Study of Environmental Initiatives

This course helps in understanding the design of social enterprises and initiatives related to environment from the philosophical and psychological perspectives.  After completing the course students would be able to identify the linkages of social enterprises advocating environmental issues with their philosophical and psychological roots. The course would enable reflection of philosophical positions on the psychology of pollution, disposable culture and throwaway mentality and the design of social initiatives and enterprises. The course is designed to familiarize students with issues concerning world view (cosmology), value conflicts, epistemology (ways of knowing) and principles involved in conflicts over our relationship with the environment. Policy issues such as sustainability and conservation are addressed in this light. Central issues addressed are anthropocentrism vs. eco-centrism, the intrinsic vs. the instrumental value of the environment, historical shifts and cross-cultural tensions involving world view etc.

SED-PPP302 Violence, Will and Human Psyche: A Study of Social Issues

This course helps in understanding the design of social enterprises and initiatives related to violence and peace from the philosophical and psychological perspectives.  After completing this course, the students would be able to link the social enterprises and initiatives that address violence and its aftermath to their philosophical and psychological roots. In this course students will investigate various aspects of the violence epidemic from philosophical and psychological perspectives. Violence is a complex problem and can only be understood though a multidisciplinary approach.  The course will cover the epidemiology of violence; roots of violence including philosophical, biological, psychological, and social causes (for example, economic deprivation, religious factors) and also modern roots, forms and manifestations of specific types of violence; media and the arts portrayal of violence; the business/economic impact of violence; physical and mental consequence; and ways to control and prevent violence in our communities, including criminal justice and public health approaches.

SED-PPP401 Neoliberal Foundations of “Glocalization” and the Resulting Social Issues

This course helps in understanding the design of social enterprises and initiatives related to globalization and glocalization from the philosophical and psychological perspectives.  This course will address the questions regarding the phenomenon of globalization and glocalization through a range of philosophical and psychological perspectives and understand the design of social and multilateral enterprises. It will allow the students to link these perspectives with their positions on ‘pro-‘ or ‘anti-globalization’. Why are financial crises, environmental crises, and health crises also now increasingly experienced as global crises? How are goods, capital and people moving around the world in new ways impact politics locally and globally? How do they relate to national security and national sovereignty? Why does increasing global interconnectedness between countries also lead to greater inequality in countries? How are we all connected together, and who are “we”? How is technology determining our lives creating societal stress and issues?

Social Enterprise Challenges: Socioeconomic, Political, and Power Structures in History

The courses in this thread would enable the students to understand the challenges faced by social initiatives and social enterprises from entrenched power structures, socio-economic forces, political, legal and government entities. These courses would enable the students to learn from history of such challenges and design strategies for collaborations and overcoming change resistance.

SEC-HSP101 Quantitative Analysis for Social Data

The emphasis of the course is on the quantitative analysis of data for understanding relationships and severity of sociological issues and demographic data. The course will highlight the challenges to social initiatives and enterprises to quantitative research from existing power structures in defining the data that is collected and presented. Students will get familiar with the techniques used for analysis of social data and derive meaningful conclusions about social phenomena. The course covers the conceptual and applied aspects of the social research and secondary data and its limitations, as well as the basic mathematics and statistics of quantitative analysis. Topics include the use of graphical representation to identify trends, the use of quantitative tools to obtain descriptive and inferential statistics, deriving hypotheses from theories and conceptual models, sampling, data management, and statistical analysis. Students will learn how to design and implement research projects using the latest data published in Household Income & Expenditure Survey and Economic Survey of Pakistan and statistical/analytical software program such as SPSS.

SEC-HSP 102 Socio-Economic and Political Dynamics of Education in History

This course helps in understanding the challenges faced by social enterprises and initiatives related to education from existing and legacy power structures.  This course helps in understanding the relationship of socio-economic and power structures in defining the educational system across history and across cultures and civilizations and the use of education as a tool of social transformation and change. The role of nation state in using education system as an instrument to develop subjects for the state or the market system would be closely analyzed. It will examine implications on the socio-cultural dynamics of a certain society particularly in the post colonial order and especially in subcontinent. Parallel development of educational system in Pakistan and other countries of subcontinent will be analyzed in the light of recent abdication of responsibility by the government for mass education, and the resulting impact. The course will introduce frameworks to evaluate the impact of education system in the context of socio-economic forces and power structures so that its utilization as an instrument of positive change in the society can be easily obtained. Role of private-public partnership in education will also be analyzed.

SEC-HSP 201 Historical Foundations of Health Care Institutions

This course helps in understanding the challenges faced by social enterprises and initiatives related to health from existing and legacy power structures.  The course would examine the institutionalization of health care in the context of socio-economic and power structures over the past couple of centuries. Students will examine the causes of health issues, their impact on society and the solutions sought to eradicate them in history across civilizations and ages with particular emphasis on subcontinent and Pakistan. This course will also explore the impact of the industrial revolution on health care industry, the impact of technical developments on medicine and public health provision, role of Pharma companies, hospitals and health care professionals in private and public health care systems. This understanding is important to develop socially and culturally compatible health care solutions, and will explore the various incompatibilities which the western built health care system has with the local socio-cultural realities. Case study of indigenous and culturally compatible health initiatives would be studied in the light of the increasing withdrawal of nation states and government from the healthcare responsibility. Role of private-public partnership in health delivery will also be analyzed.

SEC-HSP 202 Socioeconomic, Political Institutions and the History of Development

This course helps in understanding the challenges faced by social enterprises and initiatives related to poverty alleviation and development from existing and legacy power structures.  It is an exploration of topics at the intersection of history, economics, ethics and power structures underlying the quest of development and definition of poverty. How institutions contribute to ‘developmental governance’ in developing and underdeveloped countries and create policy formulations, public administration, and transparency/corruption. What is the effectiveness of development strategies of World Bank, UN, IMF, WTO and other institutions which force the establishment of socioeconomic and political institutions and governments in the post-colonial world? What are the design objectives of these institutions and what has been the result of their development policies. How to reengineer the design of foreign institutions to fit the socio-cultural fabric of developing countries? How and why some countries have achieved poverty reduction and development while others have not? What is the political economy of development? What drives governments to focus on development and poverty reduction? What is the relationship between poverty and inequality, health, democratization, urbanization, and demography?

SEC-HSP 301 Socioeconomic Transformation and Threat to Environment

This course helps in understanding the challenges faced by social enterprises and initiatives related to environment from existing and legacy power structures.  The course would enable the students to identify the political and socio economic forces that need to be modified to slowdown the degradation of the environment. They will be able to identify the legal and policy initiatives that contribute to the degradation and be able to formulate policy proposals that can arrest the change. This course provides an integrated overview of history of climate change and the threat to environment caused by socio-economic transformation and the vested interests of power structures. How socio economic changes are going to impact the environment in future in the light of history of experiences of environmental catastrophes brought about by the interplay of political forces. The course will analyze the social changes and adaptations that human communities have already made and those they will most likely make as the Earth’s climate continues to change in the coming years.

SEC-HCP 302 History and Kinds of Violence; Socioeconomic, Legal and Power Structures

This course helps in understanding the challenges faced by social enterprises and initiatives related to violence and peace from existing and legacy power structures.  This course will examine historical perspectives of violence from political science, economics, and sociology. The discussion includes strategic use of violence, logics of the organization of violence and participation in violence, and explanations for the causes of conflicts/wars onset and termination.  How does violence differ from other types of political action? How state authority of violence and abusive use of state power leads to emergence of non-state actors and agents of violence? What is the relationship of violence with the weaknesses in legal, judicial and administrative machinery? When and why is violence employed in place of peaceful solutions to conflict? How or why do justifications for violence differ from justifications for other types of political action? What accounts for individual and mass participation in violence? What are the psychological, social and economic effects of violence? Interaction of roles of public institutions, private enterprises, and their interaction with mafias and NGOs would be studied.

 SEC-HSP 401 Socioeconomics and Political Impacts of Glocalization

This course helps in understanding the challenges faced by social enterprises and initiatives related to globalization and glocalization from existing and legacy power structures.  This course will deal with known dimensions of glocalization, the economic one, and discuss the domestic economic and political implications and consequences of trade and financial liberalization. Attempts to globalize development and reduce property by critically analyzing the main instrument used to do so, foreign aid. Explore the political side of globalization paying attention to the diffusion and promotion of democracy around the globe and to the impact of globalization on conflict. The course will examine the expansion of human rights regime, globalization of justice and its potential political consequences; the fear of abandoning local values and rise of localization. Analyze the extension of the human rights system and the creation of the ICC, and will discuss the potential practical consequences on human rights violations and other governments’ domestic responses

Social Advocacy Communications; Aesthetics, Arts and Literature – Studio Based Workshops

The courses in this thread would enable the students to create innovative expression of their social advocacy message using arts and aesthetics.

SAC-AAL 101 Visual Storytelling: Photography and Documentary in Advocacy

This studio helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives through visual story telling using photography and documentaries.  This photography and documentary video production studio emphasizes nonfiction field production as part of aesthetics, arts and literature thread and enables powerful storytelling through videos. The studio combines theory, history and practice. Hands-on demonstrations, screenings, readings, lectures and discussion prepare students to produce a documentary video. Students gain production experience working individually and in groups. Classes include an emphasis on research, pre-planning and writing skills as integral components of video production. The course is intended to stimulate creative and innovative photography and video for advocacy purposes. After completing the course, students would be able to use photography and documentary for documenting their exploration of problem areas and developing a convincing presentation. This course will take students in the visual world of television and social media in order to explore these mediums as index and agents of social change. Through a final film screening event at the end of the course, which will be open to public, partner organizations and film subjects, we hope to start a dialogue on selected issues too.

SAC-AAL 102 Computer Arts and Graphics Designing

This studio helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives through computer arts and graphics designing. In this course students will be taught the key skills which will enable you to create exciting creative graphics in a professional manner using several applications used by pros worldwide. From basic to more advanced techniques, this course will give students the opportunity to get practical experience on the latest technology while enjoy an interactive study experience. The course outline has been designed to bring out the artistic side, allowing students to express their creativity and assist them to improve their skills in the field of creative design. This course, will share the knowledge required to produce strong image concepts and communicate ideas through images and text, while developing your knowledge of effective design production. The course is designed to train students in obtaining some expert graphic design skills whilst using industry standard applications to produce complex design solutions.

SAC-AAL 201 Recitations/Readings related to Health and Well Being

This studio helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives through recitations and readings and literature for promoting well-being. This course is part of the arts, literature and aesthetics thread which has been designed with the objective of to make the students appreciate that literature is not something which is boring and which is a necessary evil to be passed through rote learning. The course will generate an interest in poetry and literature as a form of creative expression of dealing with issues related to health, happiness and well being. The students would learn to appreciate poetry and literature through listening to readings and recitations by masters of literature and performers of our culture and West. The students would explore how recitations and readings can serve as an antidote to depressions and illnesses arising from stress due to health and other social conditions. The course would also develop in them the enjoyment to be gained through masterful recitations and readings. The methodology of this course is based on the following quotation: “Reading is a contagious disease. It cannot be taught. It can only be caught. It can only be caught from someone who has the disease”.

SAC-AAL 202 Poverty/Development; Advocacy through Performing Arts

This course helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives through performing arts. Performing Arts for social change is the use of theater and performances to give voice to oppressed, poor, disenfranchised and others who are often not heard. Performances depict their experiences, feelings, challenges and issues. Performances are used to get people to think, to hear what too often remains silent, and to find ways to create necessary change within their society. The course will explore collaborations with the groups that need to be given voice through artistic performances. After completing this course, the students would have learned about the use of performing arts for advocacy and for spreading awareness for a positive social change.

SAC-AAL 301 Literary Writings and Expression as Antidote to Violence

This course helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives through literary writings and expression as an antidote to violence. This course focuses on the use of literary writings and expression as antidote to violence. The course is based on literary works that have had a profound impact on readers and have created abhorrence to violence and war. It will explore the politics and aesthetics of the extreme; affective questions about sensation, fear, disgust, and shock; and problems of torture, pain, and the un-representable. The course will explore texts that help in understanding violence, that frame violence as something that evokes resentment of violence. The course will also explore works that mitigate or collude with violence. The course will help the students understand what is violence? Is violence same as force? Do we know violence when we see it? Is it something knowable or does it resist or even destroy knowledge? After going through this course the student would learn about the power of expression and literature in support of advocacy.

SAC-AAL 302 Street Art/Art Activism for Environmental Awareness

This studio helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives related to environment through street art and art activism. Street and graffiti art are part of the modern urban scene that are developed in public spaces, and may imply unsanctioned art as well as art accepted by the establishment. This experiential learning course would make use of one or more of the techniques used by street artists such as murals, stencil art, sticker art, and street installations for improving the ecosystem of the large cities and raising about the social and cultural issues. Students would study activism and subversion in urban art. Street art can be a powerful platform for reaching the public, and frequent themes include adbusting, subvertising and other culture jamming, and reclaiming the streets. It allows artists who may otherwise feel disenfranchised, to reach a much broader audience than traditional artwork and galleries normally allow.  After completing this course, students would have learned the scope of street art and how it can be used for social advocacy and raising awareness.

SAC-AAL 401 Aesthetics Approach to Urbanization and Ghettos

This studio helps in developing social advocacy communications for social enterprises and initiatives related to globalization through an aesthetics approach to urbanization and ghettos. The course will explore the link between the urban structures and ghettos to rampant commercialization of architecture at the expense of aesthetics and arts. Students would study how urbanization and ghettos lead to violence, crime, anti-social behavior, and emotional problems. Relationship of such issues to the building structures, walkways, streams, trees, arrangements of buildings and facilities will be studied from the point of view of enabling social change and healthy living. Selected areas of the cities and their problems will be studied using models and case studies.

Social Change Management; Ethical, Cultural & Religious Perspectives

The courses in this thread studies the alignment of ethical, cultural and religious forces as a source of social change.  Social change has to be built into the ethos of the society through the alignment of these forces before it can become self-generating and sustainable.

SCM-SCR101 History of Social Advocacy; Pakistan and Subcontinent

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the history, theory and emerging activities of social entrepreneurship in Pakistan and Subcontinent and contrast this with the phenomenon around the world.  The course would look at the history of ethical, cultural and religious forces that have led to the emergence of social advocacy movements in this part of the world. Special emphasis would be placed for such advocacy initiatives over the last 200 years to determine the emerging scenarios.  The objective of this course is to place the social entrepreneurship phenomenon in the local historical perspective as an interplay of ethical, religious and cultural forces in the context of the government and socio-economic structures.

SCM-SCR 102 Creativity, Novelty and Beauty via Education

This course would analyze the role of education in building the appreciation of aesthetics, conception of beauty and ugliness, and development of creativity and novelty. How conventional schooling kills creativity has lately become a serious concern. Several approaches to education such as the constructivist and experiential learning are being pursued because they enable the expression of novelty, and lead to creativity and innovation. The course will focus on the aim of education to develop that appreciation in students which enable them to distinguish what is beautiful from what is ugly. The course will focus on education that allows students to reflect on beauty and excellence in our actions, beauty in our words, beauty in our expression, beauty in our writing, beauty in our relationships, beauty in our thoughts, beauty in our scientific endeavors, and beauty in our pursuits of life. It is this pursuit of elegance and beautiful that leads us to creativity and innovation. Strive for excellence and beauty would be analyzed through calligraphy and other means.

SCM-SCR 201 Health Issues Across Cultures and Ideologies/Language – 1

This course introduces the history of the field of medical anthropology and orientations related to analyzing health and medicine in society and culture. Readings will exemplify interpretive strategies applied to health-related experiences, discourse, knowledge, and practice. This course will explore relationships between religion, culture, and health in the context of public health projects. It will examine historical developments, examples of faith-based public health organizations, and current research on “religious health assets,” both locally and internationally. Students will conduct qualitative research projects on the culture of a faith-based organization. The concepts of wellness health, illness and disease have become issues of controversy. This course focuses on the happiness and its overlap with health and wellbeing asking questions such as: What is happiness and health? How does illness affect our understanding of what matters? Do our views about death and mortality affect how happy we are and how meaningful our lives are? Our answers to them have important implications for policy and health care. The course will enable the students to focus on a health issues of a particular community whose language they need to pick up during this project.

SCM-SCR 202 Poverty and Women Empowerment/Language-2

This course will explore the relationship of poverty eradication and women empowerment in the context of religious and cultural dimensions. The course would analyze the results of the women empowerment initiatives and their relationship with the goals of the poverty eradication. It would look at case studies of various developmental solutions to eradicate poverty and generate employment in a socially inclusive manner. The purpose is to enable students to think locally and holistically in a developmental context to avoid any side effects of the modern developmental methods. This course will also analyze the phenomenon of social disintegration which is a natural consequence of cultural modernization. This has been experienced in various parts of the world leading to destruction of the traditional social order like that of the extended family system leading to exclusion and issues such as those of single mothers will also be analyzed. Women empowerment and poverty study in a carefully selected community will serve as a vehicle for the 2nd course in a regional language.

SCM-SCR301 Artificial vs. Natural/ Self Sustainable Design

This course would focus on the debate between mechanistic structure vs organic structuring of society and organizations in the context of ethics, religion and harmony with the natural environment. A mechanistic structure, also known as a bureaucratic structure, describes an organizational structure that is based on a formal, coercive, centralized network of components. The mechanistic structure is easy to maintain and best suited for companies that operate in a stable and certain environment and being controlled externally. Organic structures are used in organizations that face unstable and dynamic environments and need to quickly adapt to change.  Mechanistic and artificial structures are sometimes called fragile, while organic and natural systems are considered to be more resilient and stable and are often called anti-fragile systems. The artificial and mechanistic structure of our cities, nations and environment has destabilized the environment with the rapid changes now occurring in every facet of life. This course would look at the design of natural and organic systems that can provide the much needed stability in today’s unstable world.

SCM-SCR302 Cultural Roots of Violence: Religion, Ethics and Law

The complex relationship between religion, violence, and peace is a central problem that overlaps academic disciplines, historical periods, and global cultures. In recent years it has taken center stage in a number of academic disciplines including history, anthropology, political science, and religious studies. While some scholars have argued that religion has been hijacked by violence, others have asserted that religion is inherently violent. Still others have moved to a more nuanced argument by positing that religion, conflict, and violence are interwoven across history and cultures. They have stressed that religions sometimes nurture their identities by being in conflict with dominant cultures, and that this conflict is not necessarily always violent, but can produce enormous benefits. But are conflict and violence necessary components of religion? Can religion be a resource for peace? We shall explore this question and the viewpoints and arguments that inform it with special emphasis to the conflicts seen in Pakistan and subcontinent.

SCM-SCR401 Fusion of Global and Local Horizons, Emerging Trends in Fashion and Design

This course takes students on an exploration of the links between body, beauty and fashion from a variety of perspectives ranging from sociology, social policy, economics, psychology, religion and medicine in a globalized world. These various perspectives together offer students a way of seeing how individual level issues (like self esteem, belief, religion, stigma and identity) shape and are shaped by community level issues (mass media), societal level issues (gender) and global level issues (globalization and westernization), and religious and cultural issues. The course also focuses on cultural representations and understandings of the human body and ideals of beauty with particular reference to foreign invasion of local cultural values and religious norms. To this end, the course is gender inclusive and presents both the female and male perspectives on beauty and body image. In this context, how human bodies and standards of beauty are increasingly influenced by a global media, which promotes a progressively narrow concept of beauty, will be critically discussed. Lectures address other globally and socially constructed aspects of beauty and identity, such as: race, class, culture, ethnicity, sexual identity, age, and ability/disability. The course would be designed around how these forces are impacting the culture and religious norms in Pakistan and subcontinent.

Social Enterprises Management; Study of Social Enterprises and Management

The courses in this thread focus on Social Enterprises management, growth and sustainability issues.

SEM101 Results Based Project Management

This course is a unique and comprehensive blend of Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation knowledge. It lays the foundations of almost all the courses in the program. In this course the students learn both theoretical and practical aspects of selecting, planning, designing, organizing, managing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating their projects. They are exposed to the Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Tools and Techniques such as developing WBS, Baselines, Indicators, M&E Framework etc. By the end of the course students will acquire essential skills and develop a greater understanding required to make better decisions about project management and performance measurement.

SEM102 Study of Social Enterprises in Education: HRM

Study of social enterprises dealing with educational issues with an emphasis on HRM especially related with management, hiring, training, development of high quality teachers and educational administrators. The course would involve study of social enterprises in education with specific focus on human resource management of the teachers which in education is the most important of the resources. Students would analyze the hiring, retention, development, of human resource in the context of educational enterprises specifically those in the social sector. Students would be given a framework for analyzing the HRM practices of educational enterprises. The course would involve fieldwork and development of case studies of social sector educational initiatives.  After completing the course, students would be able to generalize the HR framework learned through this course to other types of social enterprises.

SEM201 Study of Social Enterprises in Health care: Operations and Processes

This course will consist of study of social enterprises in health care industry with emphasis on operations and processes which are literally a matter of life and death in health care. Students would be expected to document the existing processes of social enterprises using a predefined framework. The course would involve fieldwork and development of case studies of social sector health initiatives. The given framework will enable them to understand the causes of delays, inefficiencies, mistakes, high costs, post-care infections, misdiagnosis, and other issues in the provision of quality health care. After completing the course, students would be able to generalize the framework for analysis of processes of health enterprises that was learned through this course to the analysis of processes of any other type of social enterprises.

SEM202 Study of Social Enterprises: Finances and Accounting

This practical course gives non-financial people the tools and understanding to interpret and use a Social Enterprise’s financial information, accounts and budgets in straight-forward and non-threatening way.  People running Social Enterprises need to develop an understanding of how finance, balance sheets and proper budget setting can help them make better business decisions.  These are decisions that can maximize the effect of growth on their Social Enterprise and ensure that any surplus generated is used to good effect.  This course will help provide answers to questions such as: “Where should the surplus go? What financial liabilities are being incurred?  Is the enterprise growing at the expected rate?  Should money be spent on extra resources to cope with the growth? Is there need to hire more people?” Although all figures are important, some are more important than others.  Knowing where the Social Enterprise stands financially throughout the year is vital to organization’s development, growth and prosperity.  Students will understand how to read and use financial information on a day-to-day basis, to get control on organization’s finances.    This course will cover basic accounting and finance as required for analysis, budgeting and decision making in a social enterprise. Student will learn book keeping using accounting software, preparing program, project and organizational budgets and decision making on the basis of variance analysis and environmental factors.   The course would involve field data analysis of financial health of some social development initiatives.

SEM301 Study of Social Enterprises: Marketing

With the increasing demand of social services, it has become increasingly important for social enterprise to market their services and ensuring that the target beneficiaries know about the availability of solution to their issues. Course will focus on promotion of the cause and promotion for obtaining funding for social enterprises. Creating awareness about a social cause, then branding the cause, and working towards achieving the tipping point for social change is a huge challenge which requires creating a virtuous cycle of positive reinforcements that leads to the ever growing word of mouth. The course studies life cycle of social movements and transformations from advocacy groups to movements to social leadership to political leadership. It covers various stages of impact of social marketing from awareness to becoming an activist. Problems and challenges in social marketing, cultural and structural Impediments, social propaganda will be studied. The course would require fieldwork surveys and interviews to determine the marketing mix of social enterprises and their strengths and weaknesses.

SEM302 Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills

Not all conflicts are destructive.  Some lead to a sharpening of critical issues and the creation of new systems and institutions beneficial to society.  In some instances conflict leads to much needed change.  Thus, the challenge to public managers is not to try to eliminate conflict but to manage disagreements as productively as possible. This course focuses on managing public disputes and emphasizes the significance of praxis. Explores constructive alternative dispute resolution processes to legalistic, adversarial methods of dispute resolution in the public and nonprofit sectors. Knowledge and skills developed during this course are those needed to analyze complex conflict and dispute situations, shape appropriate processes to involve the right parties, constructively negotiate settlements, select mediators and facilitators, and design dispute resolution programs. This course emphasizes conflict management and resolution leadership.  The course will involve fieldwork requiring analysis of conflict resolution initiatives.

SEM401 Strategic Issues of Social Enterprises

This course introduces strategic management frameworks using which social organizations can carve out their distinctive value proposition. The course focuses on collaborative advantage obtained through harnessing of socio-economic and power structures and networking with cultural and social forces in support of the enterprise and navigating through often conflicting religious, cultural, philosophical positions. This course is about leadership and strategy for creating, developing, and scaling the impact of high-performing social enterprises. Unlike the business world where most stakeholders agree on the definition of success and are driven by market forces, managers of social enterprises have to grapple with multiple and often conflicting goals, diverse funding sources, and complex challenges of defining and measuring performance. Disciplined, strategic management and leadership are critical. Students will focus on the skills necessary for building organizations (and, sometimes, reshaping the ecosystems they inhabit) so as to address societal problems and seize social opportunities more effectively.

Social Entrepreneurial Leadership; Challenge of Leadership

This thread focuses on courses that would enable the students to discover their inner self and develop their character and competences necessary for leading the social change.

SEL103 Ethics & Society: Islamic Perspective

This course dives into the history of social studies and its modern ethical framework comparing it with Islamic metaphysical and epistemological development of ethics and society. It examines the possibility and scope of the social studies in Islam by looking into the ideas of key social thinkers in Muslim history to examine their thoughts and their impact on crafting Muslim interaction with society. It delves into the traditional understand of key Islamic terms related to social studies and their modern reinterpretation. It will also be understood how Euro-centric understanding of society and history has shaped the Muslim mind into enframing Islam into its western precepts especially in the form of business, institutions, philanthropy and social discourse.

SEL104 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Motivation

The course aims at inspiring students to become successful entrepreneurs and attain leadership in their respective fields of endeavor. It investigates the role of interpersonal skills, personality, mission and vision, self organization, time management, in the development of an inspiring leadership.  The course involves extensive interactions with startup and renowned entrepreneurs for inspiring passion and enabling mentorship for the conception, identification, and implementation of entrepreneurial personality and projects. Readings of case studies of successful entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs”, their experiences, and the characteristics required for overcoming failures and setbacks on road to success.

SEL203 Leadership in Healthcare

The course would focus on case studies of the leadership in social sector health care initiatives.  Students would be exposed to the leadership challenges in healthcare in social sector through a number of guest speakers in leadership positions. Students would also be given biographies of prominent personalities in the area of social health care. Using frameworks for analyzing leadership of social health care, students would learn to appreciate the challenges and their resolution by individual leaders. After completing the course, students would be able to use the framework for analyzing similar leadership situations in other areas.

SEL204 Leadership in Social Transformation

The course explores the role of leadership in organizational efforts to change thinking, systems, and policies—taking into consideration the contested process by which the responsibility of addressing intractable problems is distributed among key diverse actors in a shared-power world. Traditional approaches to leadership defined by single heroic individuals who influence followers are contrasted with new perspectives—consistent with the demands of today’s complex problems—particularly when we aspire to inclusive, transparent and democratic solutions. Emergent perspectives such as servant leadership and transformational leadership reveal leadership as the collective achievement of members of a group who share a vision, and who must navigate the constellation of relationships, structures, processes and institutional dynamics within the larger system in which they are embedded. The course will focus primarily on the organizational level of action, but connections to the individual and policy levels will also be explored. An opportunity to apply course concepts in the context of a particular organization of the student’s choice (with instructor approval) will deepen and personalize the student’s understanding of the interconnections between the three levels of action, and challenge assumptions about leadership and social change and their implications for practice.

SEL303 Leadership in Environmental Project

Environmental Leadership course is a collaborative, interdisciplinary service-learning project in which student teams are matched with non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and businesses to address local environmental needs. Students gain leadership, communication and professional skills by engaging directly in applied problem-resolution while providing valuable assistance to our community partners. Students get unique and practical learning experiences that develop field-based research, writing and presentation skills; and with project management and team-building experience and skills; and organization get cost-effective and high-quality services.

SEL304 Leadership Issues in Violent Areas

The course focuses on the challenges that leaders face within different types of organizations that are active in the conflict resolution field, in particular non-governmental organizations, governments, and international organizations. The students will analyze real-world experience, shared from experienced leaders in the field of conflict resolution especially in war torn areas and areas where violence is rampant. They will also do skills-training in the different aspects of the mediation and facilitation processes, which will be useful in any leadership capacity. The course will involve studies of biographies of leaders who had a substantial contribution in resolving the conflicts and managing the violence such as Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X etc.

SEL402 Sustainability of a Social Enterprise 

Students will learn about the issues pertaining to sustainability in a social enterprise. This would involve discussion on solutions for sustainability, including creation of Endowment Fund and creative solutions where need for continuous pumping of external funds is not present. This often requires ownership of the change by the affected people. Indigenous, home-grown, social compatible, and culturally assimilated initiatives that become part of the culture and traditions of the communities gather a life of their own and do not require any further advocacy and promotion and funding. Social enterprises that can sprout spontaneously on their own and that can grow by gathering nourishment from their environment are the model that will be studied. This course would look at case studies of such sustainable organizations and initiatives.