CSPL 240: Nonprofits and Social Change

Wesleyan students want to change the world. Understanding how change occurs is a great place to start. Check out Nonprofits and Social Change – a new .5 credit course offered this Fall at the Allbritton Center – to take a closer look at the social sector:

This course explores the world of nonprofits and how they help—or don’t help—the process of social change. As nonprofits increasingly address issues and concerns that governments have previously addressed, a critical analysis of how and why they carry out their work is central to the Allbritton Center’s concern with public life.

Each of the seven class sessions will include:
1) background on a particular social issue (including global health, inner city education, clean water, hunger, refugees and national borders)
2) a “case study” of a nonprofit addressing that issue
3) discussion with leaders of that nonprofit

Jeff Shames, a member of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees and Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, teaches courses at MIT including Perspectives on Investment Management and The Global Health Lab, a project-based class about how to scale global health organizations focused in Africa and Southern Asia.
Rob Rosenthal is the John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and the  Director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

This class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:50 PM for the first half of the semester. Click here for a list of innovative courses coming to the Allbritton Center next year.