Social Innovation: Strategies of Social and Environmental Sustainability

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Environmental Studies
Sociology
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
English
Contact Hours: 
45
Prerequisites: 

None

Description: 

This course explores the emerging reality of social innovation, social production and social businesses and their ability to generate social impact efficiently, effectively, and sustainably. We will explore this global phenomenon through international case studies, with an emphasis on local Milanese cases.  During this process the city of Milan will unfold itself through its many creative communities and its unique model of social change "all'italiana".

Milano has been for decades a breeding ground for numerous cases of social innovation especially in the fields of housing and food and in recent years it has established its place as a research hub on social innovation with prominent thinkers like Ezio Manzini, François Jégou and Anna Meroni of the Politecnico di Milano university.

This course forms part of the IES Abroad Independent Research Program. It can be combined with the RE 499 Introduction to Research Module for an additional 1-credit.