Take a Social Impact Course in Spring 2019

Whether you’re just starting your exploration in social impact and business or you’re looking to refine your knowledge in this space, taking a course at Wharton is an excellent way to learn more about this continuously-evolving field.

Wharton offers numerous courses that will help you understand and tackle many of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world.

We’ve updated our Social Impact Courses page so that Penn and Wharton students can explore and find a course that matches their interests for the Spring 2019 semester.

Below is a snapshot of just a few of the many undergraduate and graduate courses available, listed in alphabetical order by department.

BEPP 214: The Nonprofit Sector: Economic Challenges & Strategic Responses  

Professor Ashley Swanson

Meets Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Take this course if you’re interested in the unique economic environment facing nonprofit organizations.  You’ll learn from real-world examples of nonprofit organizations adopting, and adapting, effective strategic, governance, and management approaches from the public and for-profit sectors.

LGST 215/815: Environmental Management, Law, and Policy

Professor Sarah Light

Meets Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course focuses on the relationship between business, the regulatory state, and the environment. We will read and discuss a series of legal and business cases in which law, policy, and management intersect, such as the challenge of how to address electronic waste, whether informational governance in the climate context should be public or private, and how to regulate Uber and Lyft’s environmental impacts when there is a dearth of empirical evidence on the subject. In addition to grounding our discussions in an understanding of major pollution-control laws adopted by Congress in the 1970s-1990s, we will examine how business and corporate law impose environmental obligations on firms, including environmental disclosure obligations imposed on publicly traded firms by securities regulations, and the Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides” on environmental marketing. Finally, we will look at private environmental governance, which encompasses actions by private organizations like firms and non-profit standard-setting organizations that impose parallel environmental obligations on firms and others operating within markets.

MGMT 720/209: Corporate Diplomacy/Political and Social Environment of the Multinational Firm

Professor Witold Henisz

Meets Monday/Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (MGMT 720) or Monday/Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (MGMT 209)

How well do you perceive the capitalist system to be working? What are the perceptions of your last and (likely) next employer’s stakeholders on this question? How well do you and they perceive democracy to be working? What is behind the populist threat to democracies and capitalism? Are you interested in a case based class adopting a strategic lens to analyze how managers, consultants, analysts, creditors and investors can and should respond and make environmental and social factors more central and material in these systems? If so, take this course.

MGMT 804/264: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management

Professor Stephen Sammut

Meets Monday/Wednesday 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. (MGMT 264); Monday/Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. (MGMT 804, Q3); Monday/Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (MGMT 804, Q4)

This course describes the venture capital process for the benefit of entrepreneurs seeking capital. The course covers the structure of the VC industry, company formation, due diligence, valuation techniques, negotiation of term sheets, value add activity, and governance and exiting. The course requirements include team development of a VC simulation and a final quiz.

Check out our full running list of social impact courses. We list courses that are available in Spring 2019 as well as courses that may be offered other semesters.

For more information about available courses, professors, evaluation data, or registration, visit Wharton SPIKE. Undergrads, don’t forget about the Social Impact & Responsibility concentration, housed in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics department.