BUS 390 – Social Innovation in Scandinavia

Four credits, EXP
1 week on campus, 3 weeks in Scandinavia 
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 facilities in Stockholm and Copenhagen are the central locations 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.

Meets requirements for the business administration major, as well as the requirements for an ENV and ENT elective. There are no prerequisites for the course.

Program fee (Paid to W&L): $3,975
Includes programming, room, fees, and ground transportation. Breakfast will be included every day, as well as a few other meals.

Additional costs: airfare, books, most lunches and dinners, cell phone, spending money, COVID-19 testing, passport, and visa fees (if applicable)

For further details, please contact Professor Hess (hessa@wlu.edu)

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Applications open on October 6th, 2022