Social Entrepreneurship



Teacher:  Mr. Homa






Description and Objective:

The goal of the class is to expose you to the field of social entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on understanding how social entrepreneurs effect change in poor communities in the developing world. Your exposure will come through extensive reading, active class participation, the preparation of analytical and research papers, and the design of a practical field project.

In addition to the goal described above, there are three objectives. The first objective is for you to learn about how and why people find themselves in the situations in which they do throughout life. We will look at a wide variety of fields to better understand this issue the first semester.  The second objective to be able to apply what you learn to a specific scenario.  And the final objective is for you to experience the challenges of social entrepreneurship by designing (but not implementing) your own social enterprise or recommending changes to an existing social enterprise to improve its performance.


Class rules:

1.  Follow directions.  You are seniors.  ‘Nuff said.

2.  Always be in the door before the bell rings.  If you come in late for any reason quietly sit down and then talk to me after class.

3.  All school rules apply in this classroom.

4.  No food or drinks (water is permitted).

5.  Always have your notebook with you.

6.  Always do your own work.

7.  Be an active participant in class and your own education.

8.  Cell phones must be turned off and placed in the phone holder at the front of the room at the beginning of each class.  This is how I take roll for class.  If you don't have a phone then place a card with your name in the slot for your number.  I will keep any phone I see being used outside of designated times until the end of the school day and a parent must pick up the phone.


Books for class:

There is not a single textbook for this course as we will be using a wide variety of sources throughout the semester.  The majority of readings for this course will be found in digital form on the website.

Your Grade: Engagement

All assignments, assessments, and projects will have due dates.  Some dates will be chosen by me and
other due dates will be chosen by you.  Your grade is completely in your control through how engaged
you are in your own education.  You are welcome to come in during any tutorial to makeup, redo, or
simply try harder on anything you do in this class.  There is a final "drop-dead" date for everything
which will be the Friday of the second to last week of the semester.  After that date you will not be able
to do anything else.  This truly puts the ball in your court.  Your are more than welcome to get
whatever grade you want to depending on how interested and engaged you are with your own


Anytime you have any problems with work PLEASE come talk with me.



Canvas is the primary way to keep track of your grade.  I update grades on a regular basis.  You may always speak with me but make sure you have checked Canvas and have been keeping track of your grades throughout the semester.


Your grade will be based on the following for the first semester:

1.  Each day one student will start the class with a brief presentation of a world event occurring within the past four week.  Each student will sign up for three presentations during the semester.  Be prepared a few days ahead of your due date.  I will give more details in class.

2.  Map Quiz

     Each week first semester you will have a quiz over different parts of the world. I will give more
     details in class.

     The maps are found on the website.

3.  Question Journal
     I will explain this assignment in class.

4.  Everyone needs to drop by during turortial to tell me a bit about yourself.

Second Semester

 5.  Design Project

     This project will constitute the entire second semester.  A full explanation will be given in class.


The grading scale:

A= 100-90





Extra Credit:

ex·tra (µk“str…) adj. Abbr. ext., ex., X 1. More than or beyond what is usual, normal, expected, or necessary. See Synonyms at  superfluous.


Extra credit is just as the definition implies.  I do not give extra credit.  From time to time I will add a few questions on an assignment or test but you will not know in advance.  Do not ask about extra credit!  This means you had better do all your work the first time!




1.  Each student should keep a notebook throughout the semester.  How you keep a notebook is completely up to you.  If you don’t know how to keep track of things at this point I doubt I can help you.


Final note:

You are here to learn.  I do not give you a grade.  The effort you put into this class will give you your grade.  Have a great year!