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Certificate in Social Business

 

Overview

This interdisciplinary certificate will provide students from any major, as well as non-matriculated students at CSU Channel Islands and the external community coming from any discipline, the opportunity to develop their knowledge of social business. The course of study is similar to the Minor, but fewer electives are required. Also, as noted, individuals outside the University may enroll in the Certificate program.

Core Courses

In both the Minor and Certificate Programs students will take three new courses focused on social business:

BUS/ECON/SOC 203: Introduction to Social Business (3 units) 

Interdisciplinary overview of Social Business models and their application to social, economic, technological, cultural, political and environmental issues both locally and globally. Introduction to the finance and planning of Social Businesses as well as comparisons to traditional and other alternative business models.

BUS/ECON/SOC 301: Social Business Planning (3 units) 

Addresses the major issues confronted when planning a social business: identification, diagnosis and measurement of social problem, elements of a social business plan including all types of resource flows, plausible forecasting about them, tax issues, and legal issues. Students will interact with an existing social business and research its business plan.

BUS/ECON/SOC 498: Research in Social Business (2-3 units) 

Engage in the creation of original intellectual or creative work by collaborating with a faculty member on research of a social business. Includes in-depth and possible on-site study of a social business using knowledge from previous courses in the minor/certificate, and the writing of a case study about the chosen social business.

Electives

For the Minor and Certificate only one of the courses below may be lower-division (100-299).

For the Minor, students choose three of the courses below.

For the Certificate, students choose two of the courses below.

Note that while the courses are categorized by theme, there are no requirements about the distribution of the courses by theme.

Economics and Poverty

BUS 336/SOC 336 Social Entrepreneurship (3 units)
Social entrepreneurship is about creating and leading organizations that strive to advance social change. Draws from both theory and practice to explore important trends in the private and social sectors, which are creating space for innovation and opportunities for individuals with business skills to drive positive change. Incorporates case studies, exercises, field trips, group presentations, and, a semester-long service project.

ECON 362 Environmental Economics
(econ 110 and 111 prereq) (3 units, plus 6 prereq units)
Economic analysis of environmental problems and policy. Market failures due to externalities, public goods, and common property resources are examined. Private (market) and public (government) solutions to environmental problems are examined.

ECON 411 Economics of Entrepreneurship
(econ 110 and 111 prereq) (3 units, plus 6 prereq units)
Application of economic concepts to entrepreneurial strategies and decisions. Analysis of entrepreneurial activities as related to production, markets, innovation, risk, and the macroeconomy.

POLS 426 Politics of Developing Countries
(pols 103 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Examines political, economic and social development in developing countries .

ANTH/ECON 444 Values and Valuables
(anth 102 or econ 110 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Examination of the intimate linkages between the creation of cultural values and the perception of economic value through the analysis of production and exchange in various cultural contexts. Synthesis of the debates in the field of economic anthropology and application to pre-historic, modern, Western and non-Western societies.

BUS 448/SOC 448/ ECON 448 Globalization and Development
(soc 100 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Examines empirical and theoretical issues of globalization from a sociological perspective, to understanding how the forces of globalization affect economic, political and cultural systems of both developed and developing nations.

ECON 473 Development Economics
(econ 310 or 329 prereq; econ 110, 111, and math 140 or 150 prereq) (3 units, plus 12 prereq units)
Economic underdevelopment and its causes from historical, institutional and structural perspectives. Theories and patterns of growth and development, and the role of government, trade, education. Regional focus may vary by semester.

Science and Technology

BIOL/BUS 331 Biotechnology in the Twenty-first Century (3 units)
Presentation of recent advances in biotechnology and discussion of societal implications. Topics include the processes and methods used to manipulate living organisms, or the substances and products from them, for use in medicine, agriculture, food production, gene therapy, forensics and warfare. The social, ethical and political issues raised by modern biotechnology will be discussed. No credit given toward the biology major.

BIOL 345/POLS 345 Science and Public Policy (3 units)
Examines the relationship between science, politics, and public policy and prepares students to make informed decisions concerning the societal implications of many rapidly advancing avenues of scientific research.

PHY 448 Team Based Research: Product Design for the Developing World (3 units)
This is a course where students learn to work together in multidisciplinary teams. Teams are assigned a specific practical problem, and have to apply a variety of physical principles to solve the problem. The solution will incorporate design principles, implementation and technological methodologies, and business/management insight.

Culture and Politics

ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
The study of recent and modern societies using a cross-cultural perspective to gain an understanding on the range of human expression in culture and society. Issues discussed include ethnicity, gender, family structure, kinship, sex and marriage, socio-economic class, religion and the supernatural, language and culture, economics, political and social organization, art, and culture change.

GLST 200 Intro to Global Studies (3 units)
An introduction to globalization and its effect on governance, economic success, culture, the environment, and other global issues of human concern.

SOC 201 Social Problems (3 units)
Examines social problems in the United States from a sociological perspective. Social problems in the community such as homelessness, poverty, and racism will be explored through integrating classroom discussion, lecture, and reading.

CHS 292 Chicana/o Studies Service Learning and Civic Engagement
(chs 100 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Two hours lecture per week/two hours activity per week
Introduces students to the practices necessary for effective research and work on issues of social justice in Chicana/o communities. Students will learn how to identify, research, and reflect upon problems through the examination of case studies and hands-on service learning and civic engagement experiences. The course prepares students for more advanced service learning skills required in CHS 492.

POLS 426 Politics of Developing Countries
(pols 103 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Examines political, economic and social development in developing countries .

ANTH/ECON 444 Values and Valuables
(anth 102 or econ 110 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Examination of the intimate linkages between the creation of cultural values and the perception of economic value through the analysis of production and exchange in various cultural contexts. Synthesis of the debates in the field of economic anthropology and application to pre-historic, modern, Western and non-Western societies.

Health and Environment

ESRM 100 Intro to ESRM (3 units)
This course covers a broad spectrum of environmental science topics including: biogeochemical cycles, biological diversity, world food supply, effects of agricultural production on the environment, energy, water and air environments, and societies’ impacts on the environment. Current environmental issues such as loss of biological diversity, global climate change, ozone depletion, and natural resource management will be discussed.

BIOL/BUS 331 Biotechnology in the Twenty-first Century (3 units)
Presentation of recent advances in biotechnology and discussion of societal implications. Topics include the processes and methods used to manipulate living organisms, or the substances and products from them, for use in medicine, agriculture, food production, gene therapy, forensics and warfare. The social, ethical and political issues raised by modern biotechnology will be discussed. No credit given toward the biology major.

BIOL 333 Emerging Public Health Issues (3 units)
Discussion of emerging infectious diseases and other health related issues with global concerns such as AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, cardiovascular diseases, animal and bird diseases which may be transmitted to people, food and blood safety issues, environmental public health hazards, immigration and public health issues, potential biological weapons and their impact on human and animal populations in the world and the ecosystem.

ESRM 340/POLS 340 Politics and the Environment (3 units)
Exploration of environmental politics in both the international and domestic contexts.

CHS/NRS 343 Health Issues in the Latino/a Community
(chs100 prereq) (3 units, plus 3 prereq units)
Examines the health issues affecting the Latina/o community and considers interventions, public health policies, and health promotion programs, used to improve the health status of the Latina/o community.

BIOL 345/POLS 345 Science and Public Policy (3 units)
Examines the relationship between science, politics, and public policy and prepares students to make informed decisions concerning the societal implications of many rapidly advancing avenues of scientific research.

ESRM/SOC 440 Population Studies
(soc 100, math 202 prereq) (3 units, plus 6 prereq units)
This course focuses on the basic concepts, skills and issues in demography and population studies. It will apply concepts to contemporary population issues such as family demography, urban transition, environmental degradation, and economic development 

Admissions & Current Students:

Admission to the University is not required for this certificate program.  To apply for the Certificate in Social Business, download and fill out the Certificate Application Form (PDF, 119 KB) and submit transcripts to Extended University at the address below.

Non-matriculated students enroll through the Open University process on a space available basis.

Please submit all forms to:

CSU Channel Islands Extended University
Sage Hall 2109
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012

 

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Andrew Conley  Andrew Conley
 Graduate Programs Recruiter
 (805) 497-3921 
 andrew.conley@csuci.edu

 

For more information on the California Institute for Social Business, please visit their website at: http://socialbusiness.csuci.edu/about/index.htm

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