UC Berkeley’s Haas School Rolls Out New Fall Courses on Social Networks, Social Finance, Women in Business
The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley this fall features an array of new courses focused on contemporary topics such as the economics of social networks, social finance and the varied impacts of investing in women, the school announced earlier this month. The school will also for the first time offer students the opportunity to take a popular course online rather than in the classroom.
The first new class, the “Economics of Social and Other Networks,” will look closely at a range of social networks to help students understand competition within and across platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, cable TV and more. The class will be taught by Haas alumnus Nicholas Economides, who is visiting this year from New York University’s Stern School of Business. One version of the course will be available to full-time and evening & weekend MBA students, and another will be open to undergraduates.
Social finance is the subject of a second new course, entitled “Money and Meaning: Sourcing Capital for Social Enterprises.” This class will be taught by Professor Jennifer Walske, who directs Haas’ Global Social Venture Competition, and Esther Park, former vice president of strategy and business development at RSF Social Finance, a nonprofit connecting investors and social entrepreneurs. Students will study the social finance process through cases and hear from high-profile impact investors and other speakers. As part of the course, student teams will use the knowledge they gain to identify and recommend an investment idea to a panel of impact investors.
A third new course will zero in on the subject of gender equity in the business world. Taught by corporate social responsibility expert Kellie McElhaney, who directs Haas’ Center for Responsible Business, “Women in Business” will take a closer look at Goldman Sachs’ womenomics theory, which draws a link between the economic health of a country and the health of its female population. Specifically, the new course will examine trends and issues facing women in business and leadership.
Finally, Haas this fall is piloting a new online course as part of an effort to provide MBA students with greater flexibility in customizing course content to match their interests, learning styles and schedules. Professor Cameron Anderson, who teaches the popular “Power & Politics” class, this fall will take the course online. The new offering, which combines real-time lectures with other learning opportunities that students can take advantage of at their own pace, filled up quickly and remains oversubscribed, the school reports.
Learn more about new courses offered at the Haas School this fall.