Degree candidates must successfully complete 60 credits, including all required courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A residency of two academic years is required.
In the first year, students receive a deep review of social innovation in all its forms, from corporation programs, non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurship, and including the disciplines involved, from mobile and digital technology to science, conservation, ethics and human sciences. Skills, such as communication design, mapping, visualization and community design are interspersed with lectures and hands-on assignments for real client organizations.
Throughout the two-year program, the Guest Lecture Series will be delivered live or via video conferencing from around the world—curated to inspire new thinking and dialogue about the nature of human societies. Speakers will include business leaders, environmentalists, indigenous people, field workers, researchers, academics, shamans, poets, artists, musicians, policymakers, physicians, astronomers, physicists, dollar-a-day farmers, human rights activists and innovators in social issues.
The second year's goal is the creation of a thesis, for which, with the help of a team of mentors and advisors, students will identify and research an issue of their choosing, then develop a thorough understanding of the context and challenges. They will write a proposal that captures their recommended solution, then design it fully in a form ready to be implemented. Each thesis must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department co-chairs in order for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.
Monday, April 1, 2013