This spring, the Patricelli Center will offer two half-semester courses. The first is focused on understanding complex social and environmental problems, and the second is focused on developing a toolkit for tackling those problems.
These classes are open to students from all class years and majors. For more information, see below or contact the PCSE director, Makaela Kingsley.
0.5 credits, Q3 (January 23-March 6), Fridays 1:20-4:10
In recent years, growing interest in social entrepreneurship has pushed students to “solve” complex social and environmental problems with new ventures of their own design. Unfortunately, this approach often overlooks a critical foundation of social change: understanding the root causes of problems and the contexts that surround them before seeking solutions. In this class, students will study a problem and the systems that surround it and create a “systems map” that documents the economic, political, and cultural factors behind their problem as well as the current solutions landscape. (Note: enrolled students will be eligible to receive a $4,000 stipend to present their work at the Map The System Global Challenge in England during June 2020.)
0.25 credits, Q4 (March 23-May 6), Fridays 1:20-3:20
This course will be useful for students who want to think critically about how social change happens, launch their own project or venture, innovate solutions to social and environmental problems, hone their activism, and/or build practical skills. We will start by interrogating the term “social entrepreneurship” and exploring the tactics and tendencies of successful change agents. Students will practice mindsets and skillsets for studying problems and implementing interventions by working on a real life social issue: stress and anxiety among students at elite US colleges and universities.