Each year, Tisch College cosponsors undergraduate courses that help students acquire the knowledge and learn the skills they need to be effective active citizens.

Below are the courses Tisch College is cosponsoring in Spring 2016:

Organizing for Social Change (PS 118-06)

This course will trace community organizing to some of its early roots in the United States, as well as drawing connections between community organizing and other movements, including the labor, civil rights, and environmental movements. Presentations and discussions with other Boston area community organizers will be included, as will be opportunities to visit with and observe local community-based organizations.

Instructor: Daniel LeBlanc, CEO of Somerville Community Corporation and member of Tisch College Board of Advisors

How Campaigns, Communications, and Organizing can Impact our World (PS 118-22)

Conventional political wisdom is dead. The proliferation of media channels has radically transformed the way we communicate and the way we campaign for public office, impacting traditional campaign tactics and opening the door for different strategies and candidates. This course will explore how the way we communicate and campaign has changed, and the impact those changes have on our political process. We will include guest lectures from campaign professionals, elected officials, and grassroots organizers to illustrate the transformation of the modern political campaign, and discuss/debate the impact these changes will have on the future of our electoral system. We will also use the 2016 Republican and Democratic Primaries as a case study, and closely analyze the tactics and strategies used by the campaigns as they move through the winter and spring of 2016 toward the nominating conventions.
Instructor: Doug Rubin, former Senior Strategist for Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, and Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Government Internships: Learning While Doing (PS 118-23)

Students will be placed in one of a dozen State House offices—for a legislator, committee, in the Governor’s office, or for an executive branch agency—to serve in a policy-focused internship. These experiences will be supplemented with a once-a-week, 90-minute class built around discussion of shared experiences, as well as on the interplay between policy and politics. The primary goal is for students to develop real world skills and a deeper understanding of how politics and policy intersect to create law, regulatory programs, and social change.

Instructor: Benjamin Downing, MA State Senator

Innovative Social Enterprises (ELS 141/AMER 141)

This course explores social entrepreneurship within for-profit and non-profit organizations. It covers elements of integration of innovation; development and management of a business within and existing corporate culture; and, focuses on the benefits and limits of adapting business practices to the operating environments of the social sector.
Instructor: Ambereen Mirza, Consultant, researcher and instructor in social entrepreneurship