Sociology | Topics in Social Policy
S360 | 20309 | Cornell
Liberal arts undergraduates often think of seeking jobs in the named
professions, such as law or social work. Yet there are many
opportunities elsewhere in the service economy, in the non-profit
sector. “Entrepreneurship” typically is associated with for-profit
enterprises, yet non-profit entities also develop new activities in a
community, take risks, create economic development opportunities,
employ staff, and create new jobs. Liberal arts graduates, with their
wide training and interests, are especially well suited for such jobs.
Students in the course will examine the social and economic context in
which non-profits operate, their role in community building, and the
importance of creating new organizations to address new social needs
and problems. They will also be introduced to the administrative
aspects of non-profit development, including networking, grant
writing, financial planning, marketing, fundraising, and interacting
with local, state, and national political entities.
Throughout the course each student will work on creating a job for
themselves. They will do so in the context of the Indiana Limestone
Heritage Parks project, a project which is developing a series of
parks focusing on the history of the limestone industry in southern
Indiana. Potential activities include outdoor recreation, a museum, a
folklife project, and designing consumer products made of limestone,
so student projects may range from creating horse trails for people
with disabilities to arranging opera in the parks.
Requirements: 3 portfolios, 3 tests
This is a service-learning course.
This course is directed towards students in all departments in the
College of Arts and Sciences and students in Journalism, Music, Labor
Studies, SPEA, HPER, Education, Social Work, and Informatics.