Social Impact, Entrepreneurship, & Design
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Level: Graduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: UTNS 5101
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Design Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Civic Engagement
This university-wide course provides students with the opportunity to develop or expand their ideas that seek to address social and environmental challenges and create actionable plans to move them forward. For students from across divisions, the course is meant to support the process of discovery, ideation, prototyping, and user testing, as students develop their ideas. In addition, expert-led workshops introduce diverse topics that will expose students to the critical skills and knowledge needed to develop entrepreneurial ideas for social good, helping students understand how their ideas can achieve socially just and sustainable outcomes. These ideas may take the form of new products and services, strategies, and systems (non-profit or for-profit) structured independently or within existing organizations. As part of the course deliverables, students will be required to apply to the university’s New Challenge or Green Fund, or other outside fellowships and competitions such as Dell’s Social Innovation Challenge.
So as to ensure a cross-divisional diversity in the students enrolled, all registrations will need to be pre-approved by the faculty. Please email Michele Kahane and Cynthia Lawson to express interest and request permission.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Graduate students.