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Monitoring and Evaluation

SIG-6950
Monitoring and Evaluation
Spring semester

Thursdays 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: TBA

This course is designed to complement the thesis process, and will examine how to measure program effectiveness and evaluation (M&E). Monitoring is the routine process of data collection and measurement of progress toward program objectives; evaluation is the use of social research methods to systematically investigate a program's effectiveness. Students will be guided on the development of their own measurement plan and data collection.

Entrepreneurship

SIG-6185
Entrepreneurship
Fall semester: 1 credit
10/01/20 – 12/21/20 *Note the last class date is a Monday per the academic calendar.
Thursdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
Instructor: Kobla Asamoah

This course is devoted to equipping students with the business language and concepts needed for real-world venture success. Students will gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience in the key business building blocks needed to execute a successful start-up that is viable, financially sustainable and scalable. Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate and present their respective theses as a business concept.

Leadership II

SIG-6182
Leadership II
Spring semester

Fridays 12:00 - 6:00 pm (7 weeks, begins 1/15)
Instructor: Karen Proctor

This is the second part of a two-semester course. Please see SIG-6180 for the course description.

Global Guest Lecture Series IV

SIG-6225
Global Guest Lecture Series IV
Spring semester
Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/16/19 - 5/01/19)
Instructors: Faculty

This is the second part of a two-semester course. This weekly yearlong lecture course exposes students to the lives and ideas of some of the most important people defining social innovation in the world today. Speakers are curated to inspire new thinking and dialogue on various opportunities for careers in social innovation, and how design plays a role in each of them.
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Metrics and Data Visualization II

SIG-6175
Metrics and Data Visualization II
Spring semester
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/17/19 - 5/02/19)
Instructor: Wenfei Xu and Kalli Retzepi

This year-long course looks at theory and practice of gathering and visualizing data by integrating the identification of metrics into ongoing student projects and evaluating metrics from case studies in order to understand their strategy. In the fall, the course focuses on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. In the spring, students study data and visualization for explanation: how various tools and techniques help us communicate with and influence others. Guest lecturers include data scientists, financial modelers and corporate social responsibility experts.

Thesis Consultation: Implementation

SIG-6940
Thesis Consultation: Implementation
Spring semester
Monday 6:00 – 9:00 (1/14/19 – 5/06/19)
Instructors: Jeffrey Franklin, Mari Nakano, Esther Y. Kang, TBA

With the help of thesis advisors, students complete their thesis and develop it into a form ready to be implemented. Presentation of the thesis to the full board of advisors is required; following approval, each student presents their final thesis to a public audience. A review committed consisting of the program chair, additional faculty and outside experts will critique presentations at critical intervals during the semester.

Leadership I

SIG-6180
Leadership I
Fall semester: 2 credits
10/02/20 – 12/18/20 (11 weeks)
Fridays 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EST
Note: 11/13 and 12/4 will be virtual labs, other meetings will be live sessions via Zoom
Instructor: Karen Proctor

A survey of key leadership theories and practices will be examined in this course, with the aim for students to discover their leadership identity and apply their new knowledge and understanding in positive social change contexts. Through in-class discussion, case studies and leadership development process documentation, students will engage in intensive, reflective experiences that have been designed to transform leadership notions into knowledge. The course helps students to consider the "why" of their DSI experience from a leadership lens.

Global Guest Lecture Series III

SIG-6220
Fall semester: 3 credits
9/30/20 – 12/16/20
Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:15 pm EST
Instructors: Miya Osaki, Emily Herrick

This weekly yearlong lecture course exposes students to the lives and ideas of some of the most important people defining social innovation in the world today. Speakers are curated to inspire new thinking and dialogue on various opportunities for careers in social innovation, and how design plays a role in each of them.

Metrics and Data Visualization I

SIG-6170
Metrics and Data Visualization I
Fall semester: 3 credits
09/29/20 – 12/15/20
Tuesdays 8:00 am – 11:15 am EST
Instructor: Wenfei Xu and Kalli Retzepi

This yearlong course looks at theory and practice of gathering and visualizing data by integrating the identification of metrics into ongoing student projects and evaluating metrics from case studies in order to understand their strategy. In the fall, the course focuses on data and visualization for exploration: asking useful questions and engaging in purposeful discovery. In the spring, students study data and visualization for explanation: how various tools and techniques help us communicate with and influence others. Guest lecturers include data scientists, financial modelers and corporate social responsibility experts.

Thesis Consultation: Research, Writing, Presentation

SIG-6190
Thesis Consultation: Research, Writing, Presentation
Fall semester: 6 credits
09/28/20 – 12/14/20
Monday 6:00-9:00 pm EST ***
Instructors: Kara Meyer, Mari Nakano, Sloan Leo, Sahar Ghaheri

***Thesis Advisors will arrange with their students on the best times to meet weekly, Gates presentations will be scheduled by thesis advisors during the day to accommodate timezones.

Guided by their faculty advisors, students conduct research to develop a thorough understanding of the context, landscape and challenges of their thesis topic. They design and implement a series of prototypes to test and refine their theory, and create a compelling presentation, which brings each vision’s potential to life through words, images and graphics. Presentation to the thesis advisory board for approval of the thesis topic is required.

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