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Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT)
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6823 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University

Updated: 11.17.14

SISE-Approved Elective Courses

Some of the courses listed below may require pre-requisite classes, instructor's approval to enroll, or a specific form to request enrollment. Students are expected to be proactive when attempting to enroll in courses outside their majors or minors.

SISE 4040-01  Collaborative Approaches to Complex Problems
Instructor: Ann Yoachim
With a focus on theory and practice, this course will explore problem solving approaches in disciplines ranging from biomedical engineering to political economy. Through individual research and group projects, students will engage and learn new collaborative approaches that are being used to solve complex problems ranging from environmental change to institutional racism. Course material will be drawn from the arts and humanities, architecture and design, business and law, and the social sciences and sciences. The course is open to all undergraduate students and serves as an upper level SISE elective. Students who have not taken SISE 3010 will be asked to participate in a one day workshop on Design Thinking at the beginning of the semester.

SISE 4560-01: Innovative Approaches to Social Change Internship Seminar
Instructor: Carol Whelan
This seminar is designed for students participating in an intensive public service internship in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The goal of this course is to offer opportunities for students to discuss their internship experience, reflect on the significance of public service, explore how academic knowledge can be applied outside of the classroom, and facilitate individual growth and career development.

SISE 6020: Senior Practicum
Offered Spring 2015
SISE 4020 a pre-requisite and co-requisite for SISE 6020
The SISE senior practicum is a course that provides a context for SISE minors to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired over their courses of study to the planning, development, completion, and evaluation of community-based or inspired project. Students will develop a senior practicum project plan in partnership with a faculty advisor. The final project will be presented to the SISE Committee and to the public. Project examples include:
Creating a social enterprise,

  • Launching an organization or movement with a social mission,
  • Conducting community-based research,
  • Producing a research paper, or
  • Making a documentary or book.

ADST 4830 Black Women & Social Action
Instructor: Lewis, Nghana

Pre-requisite: First tier Service-Learning requirement completed.
Co-requisite: Students wishing to use this course to fulfill the Capstone credit must also register ADST 5110 (0 credit).
This course deepens students’ understanding of core tensions, issues, and themes in African & African Diaspora Studies and provides a framework for students to apply this understanding to the completion of a community-based service-learning project. The course meets the second-tier requirement for graduation; thus, a prerequisite for enrollment is completion of the first-tier service-learning requirement. Note: Students may fulfill the capstone requirement if co-registered with ADST 5110.

GHSD 7200: Developing Issues - Theory and Measurement
Instructor: Murphy, Laura

Prerequisite: GHSD 6040 or equivalent introduction to international development
This course critically reviews major theories, concepts and debates about social, human and economic development in the developing world. These concepts are useful to public health researchers and practitioners aiming to advance human well-being. We compare and contrast major development theories: economic growth, modernization, dependency, neoliberalism, sustainable development, human development, and human rights approaches.  Then we address contemporary, critical perspectives that are reshaping development practice: the Capabilities Approach, Human Rights, and Post-Development thought. These challenge notions of: poverty, participation, gender, culture, technology, globalization, sustainability, foreign aid, and development actors/institutions.  Insights from critical research on development agencies and projects show how theories, world views and assumptions translate into real "development" programs and projects that have often unexpected, unintended outcomes. The course is required for all doctoral students. It will be helpful for the reflective public health student who wants a broad, interdisciplinary, critical overview of current trends in development theory and its implications for practice.

IDEV 3200: Approaches to Sustainable Development
Instructor: Monhartova, Anna

Pre-requisite: IDEV 1010 and ECON 1020  
Optional 20-hour service learning component IDEV 3890-11
Optional 40-hour service learning component IDEV 3890-20
This course is designed to examine the impact of macroeconomic policy and political structure on environment, gender, communications, modernization and cultural change, basic needs, democratization, and appropriate technologies.

IDEV 4958: Introduction to GIS
Instructor: Hernandez, Julie

While Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been used for more that 50 years to serve military and natural resources management objectives, they have only recently received a surge in interest from International Development, Public Health and Social  Sciences professionals.  This class will focus on those GIS functionalities that are immediately applicable to IDEV, Public Health and Social Sciences research projects. It will do so by introducing the students to the core applications of GIS technology: the definition of an issue that can be described and explained through spatial analysis, the collection of relevant data, and the production of cartographic outputs capable of engaging policy-¬‐makers, program managers, and communities.

MCOM 3010 Management Communication
Instructors: Grant, Kelly & Nelson, Ashley

Pre-requisite: ENGL 1010
Students outside the Business School must complete a course request form in the Office of Undergraduate Education, Suite 200 in the Business School, Goldring-Woldenberg I.
Emphasizing a problem-solution approach, MCOM 3010 teaches students to produce professional written documents and oral presentations; to analyze various communication purposes, strategies, and audiences; and to work effectively in teams. Some sections of this course will satisfy one of the University’s public service requirements and will provide an additional public service credit.

LGST 3010 Legal/Ethical/Regul Busn
Instructors: Groome, Sanda & Hogg, Michael

Prerequisites: ECON 1010 or ECON 1030 and MCOM 3010
Pre or co-requisite: CDMA 1201.
Open to Business Students only. All other students must complete a course request form in the Office of Undergraduate Education, Suite 200 in the Business School.
LGST 3010 examines ethical and legal issues that affect business decision-making. The course covers ethical decision-making, including the concepts of professionalism, integrity-based management, compliance-based management, and corporate social responsibility. The course then focuses on the ethical and legal issues associated with the legal system, the litigation process, alternative dispute resolution techniques, business torts based on negligence, intent and strict liability, including fraud, product liability, misrepresentations, and misleading advertising, contracts, consumer protection issues, business crimes, bankruptcy, labor and employment law, laws surrounding equal opportunity, and property law, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trade names, and trademarks

ADST 6050 Black Feminism and Social Movement in the United States
Instructor: Nghana Lewis.
This course surveys major thought and development in black feminism to understand its application to political, social, and economic issues relevant to black women’s lives.

ADST 6090 Criminal Justice and African & African Diaspora Studies

Instructor: Nghana Lewis.
This course broadens ADST course offerings at advanced levels; in addition, it enhances the disciplinary range of ADST courses.  

COMM 3260 Media Analysis
Instructors: Porto, Mayer, and Staff
The study of the structure of media industries and their contents based on humanistic and social science approaches. Theorizes major trends in industry ownership and practices; the effects of political economy on textual symbols, discourses and genres; the function of media programming in reinforcing or altering perceptions of ideas, events, and people. Familiarizes students with research methods for analyzing media.

COMM 4820 Special Topics in Communication
A detailed study of particular issues, problems and developments in the history, theory and criticism of communication. Topics may be drawn from any of the departmental areas of concentration, for example, the concept of invention, the rhetoric of religion, non-verbal communication, mass media and culture and similar themes. May be taken twice for credit on different topics. This course satisfies the capstone requirement.

EBIO 3690 Experimental Animal Behavior
Instructor: Dr. Jordan Karubian

This course provides students the opportunity to design, implement, write-up, and present independent research project related to animal behavior. Research will be conducted on live animals at the Audubon Zoo or Audubon Park. The course will emphasize general principles of literature review and synthesis; experimental design; the collection, organization and analysis of data; and written and oral presentation of results. The course consists of 3 hours of laboratory per week (at the park or zoo) and 2 hours of seminar per week (on campus). This course fulfills the Newcomb-Tulane college intensive writing requirement. The course also provides an optional service learning component, with the related goals of (1) assisting curators at Audubon Zoo and/or Audubon Park with management of animal populations; (2), raising public awareness about the behavior, ecology and conservation of free living or captive animals; and (3) enhancing student understanding of behavioral ecology via experiential learning opportunities provided by the service learning.

EBIO 4660 Topics in Biology

GHSD 6850: Population – Environment Theory and Evidence
Instructor: Laura Murphy

This class examines the links between human population dynamics and the natural environment in theory, policy debates, and real case studies. These relationships are affected by political, social, technological, and economic systems and by our values (i.e., equity, justice) and expectations (i.e., around standards of living). The relationship between people and the environment is (at least!) two-‐‐way: population change affects the environment, and changes in the environment can stimulate people to change behaviors. It is dynamic and changing constantly.  These relationships affect health and well-being, and the long-term sustainability of environmental services. Actions are needed at many levels of society, and from many actors, to ameliorate changes affecting natural systems and human populations.

POLS 4560 - NOTE: This course is a service internship offered during a semester abroad program in Costa Rica in Fall 2015. For more information, please visit

IDEV 3200 – Approaches to Sustainable Development Service-Learning Course
Instructor: Anna Monhartova

More than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty. Over 1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to drinkable water.  About 6.9 million children under five years of age died in 2011 (nearly 19,000 children each day and almost 800 every hour).  While there are numerous factors that have contributed to this situation, one of the most significant is the ineffectiveness of development programs.

Although there are economic, environmental, political, and social reasons that have caused development programs to fail, data suggests that the most common reason for failure is inadequate project analysis and planning. To create effective development programs, an effective project analysis process must be implemented. This course will introduce you to the project development process and through the use of case studies, help you develop an analytical methodology that will allow you to design, create, implement, and evaluate development programs.

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