BUS 390: Social Innovation in Scandinavia

4 credits
1 week on campus, 3 weeks abroad
Professor Drew Hess

Social Innovation in Scandinavia introduces students to the business, history, and culture behind the sustainability initiative in Scandinavia. This course takes a theoretical and practical look at why and how social innovation has flourished in Scandinavia. The class lectures and case studies on design thinking, local history and culture, and social entrepreneurship, are complemented with visits with area start-ups and entrepreneurs. While the DIS facility in Stockholm is the central location for the class, the students will also spend time traveling throughout Sweden and Denmark in order to meet with representatives from socially-minded businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as government agencies that are focused on the broad notion of sustainability. The class examines various approaches to tackling such pressing problems as climate change, immigration, economic and gender equality. The course is scheduled to be abroad for the first three weeks of spring term, with final presentations and wrap-up held on campus during the final week of the semester.

Pre-requisites: Meets requirements for the business administration major, as well as the requirements for an ENV and ENT elective. There are no pre-requisites for the course.

Program Fee (paid to W&L): $ 3,802 This fee includes: Accommodation, program fees, welcome meal, in-country transportation.

Estimated Additional Costs: Airfare (estimate $1,200), meals ($420), passport, visa (if applicable), inoculations (if applicable), books, cell phone, and spending money.

For further details, please contact Professor Drew Hess at hessa@wlu.edu