Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice

I. July 3–July 14, 2023
II. July 17–July 28, 2023
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 8:00–11:00 a.m.
Ciara Ungar
Students with an understanding of basic algebra will be most prepared for this course, but it is not required.

“I gained immense knowledge about economics and entrepreneurship. I learned a lot about how to use my critical thinking and business skills.”  – Melissa H. | Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Course Description

Can economic growth be reconciled with sustainability? Can social entrepreneurs find solutions to climate adaptation challenges? How do we incentivize fishermen to conserve the world’s fisheries? Can microfinance loans to the entrepreneurial poor reduce global poverty? What practices can businesses adopt to align their bottom lines with sustainability? How can we do well while doing good – and while embracing principles of equity, access, participation, and human rights?

In the context of policies, course participants are introduced to key concepts and skills associated with social entrepreneurship, finance, and economics and are consequently enabled to think proactively about solving some of the world’s biggest problems – while also probing how profitability and social justice might intersect and at times come into conflict.

Students are introduced to economic concepts such as supply and demand, utility, macro- and microeconomics, the time value of money, and the use of indicators. They also engage with key concepts relating to business formation and management, raising funds using debt or equity, and financial accounting.

Participants begin to see some of the largest social problems we face today as essentially economic challenges – and are then asked, through a mix of projects, debates and case studies, to come up with potential solutions, their work culminating with a social enterprise pitch competition.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

Please note, this course may have multiple classes being offered in a particular session. Students should only register for one class and with one call number.

To view detailed information on a particular offering, click on the call number to be directed to the Directory of Classes catalogue.

Session 1 Classes

  • EESJ0101 (D01) | Call Number: 10492

Session 2 Classes

  • EESJ0101 (D02) | Call Number: 10493

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


Ciara Ungar

Ciara Ungar is a New York City-based Author on Leadership, Entre-Leader Business Coach & Consultant, an Award-Winning Strategist, and an International Speaker. She is also a Mass Challenge Mentor and Advisor, and sits on the Forbes Coaches Council and multiple Boards. Additionally, Ciara is the Founder & CEO of two companies: The Why Group, Inc. and YouAreLovd. Ciara brings a blended background across Communication, Psychology, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice from Purdue University, Georgetown University, and The Wharton Business School. She applies her robust 17 years of expertise working with Fortune500 companies, high potential startups, top global agencies and Angel/VC Investors to her work in entrepreneurship, leadership development, business strategy and professional growth, working with startup founders. A disciple of “Start With Why,” her purpose is to guide others through transformative thinking as they build businesses, teams, and personal purpose that inspires change.

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Specific course details such as topics, activities, hours, and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University. Not all instructors listed for a course teach all sections of that course.