Engaged Scholar Courses

The Swearer Center develops and teaches courses that offer students the chance to explore their interest in social change both in and outside of the classroom.

Fall 2014 Courses

Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy 
Sociology 1870A

Interested in learning more about philanthropy, foundations, and social change? Soc1870A, Investing in Social Change, covers history, concepts, and dynamics of philanthropy and social change, and introduces a range of approaches to making financial investments to achieve sustainable impacts. Students work in teams to develop strategies for the investment of actual grant dollars: learning more about a particular community, issue or population; identifying a focus and approach; inviting proposals; recommending grantees; and setting up the means to evaluate the outcomes of that investment. Download the course syllabus here.

Course participation is by application only; even students who pre-registered must be admitted through the application process. Interested students must attend the first class session on Thursday, September 4. Students who cannot make that class must consult in advance with course instructors either in person or via email (linda_cook@brown.edukate_trimble@brown.edu). Course applications must be submitted by email to the course instructors no later than noon on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the class by Monday, September 8. Downloadable applications are available here