BUS 374 – Social Innovation

Note: This course code has changed from B 374 to BUS 374. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


  1. Students develop an intermediate to advanced level of understanding of the social innovation and social entrepreneurship space.
  2. Students become effective in addressing social problems including, but not limited to poverty, education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and social injustice.
  3. Students explore career and education opportunities in the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship through research and study.
  4. Students successfully analyze social ventures through various lenses and offer critical and valid suggestions for improvement.
  5. Students create a “portfolio for change” that will become a reference and example for future academic work and career options. The portfolio will prove mastery of the social innovation social entrepreneurship concepts and topics.


        Social Innovation is for those who want to make a difference in the world. This course both provides a general overview of social innovation and teaches several specific skills vital for success. Examples of social innovation and the changemakers behind them will be studied, discussed, and analyzed. The course introduces the many vehicles of social innovation, such as nonprofits, social businesses, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, impact investing, philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility, so students will learn how to leverage these different methods to maximize their ability to impact and improve the lives of others. Students will apply these concepts to a social issue that they find important and will see that they have the potential as disciple leaders to change the world. They will leave this course with a new perspective and new skills. As they apply what they have learned, they will become a light in all walks of life: in leadership, innovation, discipleship, and charity. 

        To The Student

        During this class, you will discover opportunities and career paths in the social arena. You are responsible for realizing and applying the course outcomes. Search deep and converse often with your loving Heavenly Father on how you can best help Him build Zion and make the world a better place. 

        Finally, this course teaches new and innovative approaches used by social innovators throughout the world. Take the time outside of class to master and apply these skills and, “be the change you want to see in the world.”

        Learning Model Architecture

        Prepare: Students will study selected readings and videos.

        Teach One Another: Students participate in class and group discussions using a discussion board.

        Ponder & Prove: Students will submit a changemaker journal, innovator presentation, and a social innovation portfolio. Additionally, students will complete weekly reading quizzes and reading reports.

        Required Materials

        1. Text: How to Change the World by David Bornstein (ISBN 978-0-19-533476-0). This book is available as a low-cost ebook through the University Store.
          • When you purchase the e-book through the University Store, you will receive an access code in an email sent to your student email address.
          • If you have questions or need assistance after purchasing the e-book, contact the Support Center.

        Disclaimer: The BUS 374 material was collected from many sources. The authors and publishers own their material and the views and opinions expressed therein. 


        Category Pts. Each Qty. Points Total Approximate % of Total
        Reading Quizzes 15 14 210 20%
        Enrichment Activities 15 14 210 20%
        Application Activities 20 12 240 23%
        Reflection Journal 15 13 195 18%
        Innovator Presentation 50 1 50 5%
        Final Portfolio 70 1 70 6%
        Final Journal 50 1 50 5%
        Participation/Reading Reports 3 13 39 4%
        TOTALS 1064 100%

        Grading Scale

        93%–100% = A

        80%–82.9% = B-

        67%–69.9% = D+

        90%–92.9% = A-

        77%–79.9% = C+

        63%–66.9% = D

        87%–89.9% = B+

        73%–76.9% = C

        60%–62.9% = D-

        83%–86.9% = B

        70%–72.9% = C-

        Below 59.9% = F

        Class Policies and Important Notes

          1. Late Work: As a general rule, late work is not accepted. Students must respect their education and the instructor’s time. Exceptions include medical emergencies, family tragedies, or other extreme circumstances. Road trips or sick roommates are not exceptions. Students may turn in some work early if needed. In the end, the instructor has discretion over accepting late work.
          2. The BYU-I Honor Code applies and is enforced.
          3. Turnitin: Turnitin is used in this course. No additional action is required on your part. Your assignments will be automatically run through Turnitin's originality checker to promote academic honesty and discourage plagiarism.
          4. Learning is the student’s responsibility: This includes deep study, taking notes, personal reflection, engaging in meaningful interactions with instructor and peers, and applying the skills and concepts.
          5. Participation: This course requires consistent participation for a student to master the content. Students must be active participants in the online course. If one is not present, all miss out. 
          6. Learning Styles: We all have different learning styles. It is challenging to hit everyone’s learning style at all times. The student and instructor must work together to ensure inclusion.
          7. Revisions to Syllabus: This syllabus is subject to change throughout the semester.