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TERM:2020-21 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 367
COURSE TITLE: Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Business
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Elden Wiebe
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Social and environmental concerns can be addressed in many ways, including within a for profit framework. The deliberate combination of social and environmental purpose with profit has led to the development of several expressions of what has become known as social-purpose businesses. This course will survey and differentiate the variety of socially- and environmentally-oriented businesses that exist in the business landscape.

Prerequisites: BUSI 200 and successful completion of at least 24 credits
REQUIRED TEXTS: There is no textbook required for this course. The course material will include articles from academic journals, case studies, websites, videos and guest lectures.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Reflection paper - identify a social issue10%
Analysis of Greyston Bakery15%
Social enterprise case study35%
Social enterprise consulting report40%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The course enables students to both understand the conceptual and practical considerations associated with social enterprise. Students will be able to:
  • Develop and describe a conceptual framework for social entrepreneurship;
  • Explore how enterprises have used business opportunities to achieve social, economic and environmental missions;
  • Contrast and compare social enterprises, for-profit ventures and non-profit programs at the level of mission, strategy, culture, management, and impact;
  • Understand the range of organizational and legal options available to social entrepreneurs;
  • Identify the sources of financing, investment and grant making options available to social entrepreneurs.
  • Research and assess social enterprises on several key dimensions
  • Develop skills to assess and offer insight (consulting) to social enterprises
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Orientation and Syllabus
  • Business as a Tool for Social Justice: Is it possible?
  • What do you really care about?
  • Case Study: Craig Kielburger and Save the Children
  • Social Enterprise Models Compared and Contrasted
  • Examples of Social Entrepreneurs
  • Legal and Organizational Options - Options and Constraints
  • Case: For the Love of Laundry
  • Cultural Clashes - Mission, Money, Management, Culture
  • Case: Free Geek Toronto
  • Overview of Feasibility Assessment; Minimum Specifications
  • Funding
  • Case: Women’s Communiy House and Mine 101: Is Social Enterprise Worth it?
  • Operating the SE
  • Case: Hope Blooms
  • Measuring Impact
  • Scaling the Social Enterprise
  • Case: CMNGD Linens—Scaling a WorIntegration Social Enterprise
  • Social Enterprise Ecosystem
  • SE in Developing Countries
  • Group Presentations


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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