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Leading Social Change (Jealous/Schwartz)
Spring 2021   LAW 623-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
W 6:40PM - 8:30PM

Additional Information

Skills Training
None

Grading
15% Participation,
30% Exam,
25% Paper,
30% Other (Active participation including co-leading a section one session 15% 3 Written Reflections: 30% Short paper 25% Final: develop a personal leadership philosophy and action plan 30% )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
2.0

So You Want to Change the World? Taught by Ben Jealous—civil rights leader, tech investor, and 2018 candidate for Governor of Maryland—and Dr. Ariel Schwartz, Managing Director of Penn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy, this class invites students to pick their One Big Thing and explore multiple paths for making real social change. The semester will be split into four sections. In the introductory section, students will find ways to translate personal passion for social change into a clearly articulated goal and explore what it means to lead with heart. The next three sections will dive into different ways to solve big problems in our communities, our country, and the world: social impact tech start-ups, running for office, and leading an issue campaign. Occasional guest lectures by master practitioners will help us concretize what we are learning. Students will cultivate their own vision and approach to leading social change. Student involvement will include co-leading at least one discussion section and writing four short essays—one articulating your “One Big Thing” (impact goal) and three reflections on the approaches we explore. The final assignment will be a recorded video pitch for solving the challenge you have identified. Class meetings will happen on Zoom. The course will feature lively discussion and interactive ways of grappling with solving tough social problems. This class will be challenging, fun, and likely very different from your other courses.

Course Concentrations

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Engines of Liberty" by David Cole
Publisher: Basic BOoks
Required

"Innovation and Scaling for Impact" by Christian Seelos and Johanna Mair
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Required

"Rules for Radicals" by Saul Allinsky
Publisher: unknown
Required

"The Lean Start-up" by Eric Ries
Publisher: Currency
Required

"You’re More Powerful than you Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen" by Eric Liu
Publisher: Public Affairs
ISBN: 9781610397087
Required

"Lean Start Up for Social Change" by Michael Gelobter
Publisher: unknown
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