Academics & Aid

Courses

Action-based Learning

The Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course is a signature element of the Michigan Ross MBA curriculum. All first-year full-time Ross MBA students can choose to work in the field on projects that drive social impact while providing applied training in high-performing organizations in education, social enterprise, government, philanthropy, and more. This unique seven-week course is the capstone of the first full year of the MBA program and takes students across the world.

With partners from Habitat for Humanity to CARE Bangladesh, across the world from Troy, Michigan, to Turkey, to Tamil Nadu, teams work to improve access to fresh produce, delivery of healthcare services, and business planning practices, creating value for client organizations and society at large. See more projects, learn more about MAP, or consider sponsoring a project at your organization.

Social Impact Courses

The Center for Social Impact culls a list of courses throughout the University of Michigan that focus on social entrepreneurship and innovation, nonprofit and public management, and related topics. If you have any course suggestions or additions, please submit them to socialimpact@umich.edu.

For more courses offered by our affiliate schools, visit Ross School of Business, Ford School of Public Policy, School of Social Work , School of Education, and School of Information. Many courses that are not listed here offer portions of their curriculum to topics related to social impact. For a campus-wide listing of sustainability course offerings, please visit the Graham Institute course listing.

Graduate Course Offerings


Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Leading Innovation Through Social Entrepreneurship – Center for Entrepreneurship ENTR 390 – Typically offered: Winter
  • An Introduction to Innovation: Tools for Career Success – Center for Entrepreneurship ENTR 599 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Urban Entrepreneurship – Center for Entrepreneurship ENTR 490 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Imagine, Innovate, Act – Engineering ENGR 390 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Clean Tech Entrepreneurship – Engineering ENGR 521 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Clean Tech Venture Opportunities – Ross ES520 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Comprehensive Health Care Strategies – Ross BE 523 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Global Health Innovation – Ross TO 563 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development and Enterprise – Ross STRAT 566 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid – Ross BA 612 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Co-Creation of Value – Ross STRAT/MKT 624 – Typically offered: Winter/Spring
  • Social Intrapreneurship – Ross MO 637 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Introduction to Microfinance – Ross ES 644 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Solving Societal Problems Through Enterprise and Innovation – Ross ES 646 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Business in Society – Ross STRAT 680 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Social Venture Fund – Ross ES 703 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Strategies for Sustainable Development II: Managing Social Issues – Ross STRAT 565 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Innovation in Global Health Delivery – Ross STRAT 562 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Leading & Leveraging Difference – Ross MO 605 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Topics in Global Enterprise – Ross STRAT 735 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Citizen Interaction Design – School of Information SI 538 – Typically offered: TBD
  • Global Information Engagement Programs – School of Information SI 691 – Typically offered: TBD
  • Sustainable Food Systems – Taubman UP 508 – Typically offered: TBD


Nonprofit and Public Management

  • Public Management – Ford School PUBPOL 587 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Policy and Management in the Nonprofit Sector – Ford School PUBPOL 671 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Social Welfare Policy – Ford School PUBPOL 746 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Government Regulation Industry and Environment – Ford PUBPOL 564 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Organization and Management of Health Advocacy and Community-Based Nonprofits – Public Health HMP 604 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Leading Nonprofit Organizations – Ross MO 672 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Washington Campus: Business and the Public Policy Process – Ross BL 688 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter/Spring
  • Independent Study – Ross BA 750 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Managing Projects and Organizational Change – School of Social Work SW 660 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Executive Leadership and Organizational Governance – School of Social Work SW 665 – Typically offered: Fall


Advocacy & Social Change

  • The History and Future of Detroit – Ford School PUBPOL 626 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Social Activism, Democracy, and Globalization from the Perspective of the Global South – Ford School PUBPOL 717 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Women & Employment Policy – Ford School PUBPOL 730 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Poverty & Inequality – Ford School PUBPOL 736 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Ethics & Negotiation – Ross BL 555 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Competitive Tactics and Policy – Ross BE 580 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – Ross STRAT 662 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Social Change Theories – School of Social Work SW 611 – Typically offered: Winter/Spring/Summer
  • Community Development – School of Social Work SW 650 – Typically offered: Winter/Spring/Summer
  • Organizing for Social and Political Action – School of Social Work SW 652 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Youth Empowerment – School of Social Work SW 713 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Neighborhood Planning (Urban Planning) – School of Social Work SW 655 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Community-Based Policy Advocacy – School of Social Work SW 674 – Typically offered: Fall/Spring/Summer
  • Social Justice Advocacy – School of Social Work SW 724 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Methods for Economic Development Planning – Taubman UP 539 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Participatory Planning and Community Development – Taubman UP 528 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Ideologies, Race, and the American City – Taubman ARCH 506 – Typically offered: Fall


Public Policy & Social Impact Law

  • Applied Policy Seminar – Ford School PUBPOL 578 – Typically offered: Fall, Winter
  • Child & Family – Ford School PUBPOL 750 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Poverty and Inequality – Ford School PUBPOL 736 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Social Welfare Policy – Ford School PUBPOL 746 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services – School of Social Work SW 530 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Social Policy Development and Enactment- School of Social Work SW 671 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Art Law – Law School LAW 748 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Voting Rights / Election Law – Law School LAW 793 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter


Nonprofit Finance, Fundraising & Development

  • Philanthropy and Higher Education – School of Education EDUC 769 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Budgeting and Fiscal Management – School of Social Work SW 661 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Grant getting, Contracting, and Fundraising – School of Social Work SW 663 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer
  • Philanthropy and Evaluation – School of Social Work SW 799 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer


Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics

  • Non-Market Strategy – Ford School PUBPOL 515 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Values, Ethics, and Public Policy – Ford School PUBPOL 580 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Global Corporate Social Responsibility – Ford School PUBPOL 662 – Typically offered: TBD
  • Ethics of Corporate Management – Ross BL 536 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter/Spring
  • Legal & Ethical Environment – Ross BL 557 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Social Marketing – Ross MKT 614 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Leading with Values – Ross MO 620 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Generative Coaching – Ross MO 628 – Typically offered: Winter


Undergraduate Course Offerings


Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Advanced Entrepreneurship Practicum Engineering – Center for Entrepreneurship ENTR 412 & 413 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Introduction to Microfinance – Ross ES 444 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Sustainability and Society – LS&A LSA ENVIRON 207 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Finding Your Venture – Center for Entrepreneurship ENTR 490.002 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Urban Entrepreneurship – Center for Entrepreneurship ENTR 490.012 – Typically offered: Fall


Nonprofit & Public Management

  • Declare: A Social Justice – School of Social Work SW 300 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Nonprofit Organizations – LS&A ORGSTUDY420 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Arts Management –MTD THTREMUS 385 – Typically offered: Fall


Advocacy & Social Change

  • The History and Future of Detroit – Ford School PUBPOL 466 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Poverty & Inequality – Ford School PUBPOL 475 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Child & Family Policy – Ford School PUBPOL 475 – Typically offered: Winter
  • Facilitating Dialogue Across Fault lines: Race, Identity, and Socio-Cultural Difference – Ford School PUBPOL 475 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Systematic Thinking: Problems of the Day – Ford School PUBPOL 201 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work – School of Social Work SW 504 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and Services – School of Social Work SW 530 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Introduction to Community Organization, Management and Policy – School of Social Work SW 560 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Social Problems and Social Work Today – School of Social Work SW400 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Introduction to Environmental Justice – LS&A ENVIRON 222 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning – LS&A ENVIRON 370 – Typically offered: Fall
  • Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, and Politics – Taubman ARCH 409 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Architecture, Sustainability, and the City – Taubman ARCH 357 – Typically offered: Fall/Winter
  • Sustainable Food Systems – Taubman UP 408 – Typically offered: Fall


Social Impact Law, Fundraising & Development

  • Legal Issues in the Arts – MTD THTREMUS 438 – Fall/Winter