Modern Developing Nations: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems
Program Number 1266
Professor Tarun Khanna
Fall; Q1Q2; 3 credits
M/W 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
University-wide training course
Cross listed at professors of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard School of Public Health
Classes is held on Harvard University Cambridge campus - Sever Hall 113
Enrollment: restricted to 30 HBS students within bigger university-wide course enrollment
This program provides a framework (and numerous lenses) by which to take into account the salient economic and personal dilemmas regarding the five billion folks of the establishing world, and work in a team establishing toward determining entrepreneurial approaches to these types of issues. Example talks will take care of challenges and solutions in areas as diverse as wellness, training, technology, metropolitan planning, and arts together with humanities. The segments by themselves will likely to be team-taught by professors from engineering, the arts, urban design, health and business. The course will accept a bias toward action by enabling pupils to comprehend the potential of individual agency in handling these problems. All pupils will be involved in the development of a small business plan or give proposal to handle their opted for issue in a specific developing country/region, focusing the significance of contextualizing the entrepreneurial intervention. The student-team will if at all possible be comprised of pupils with diverse backgrounds from over the University.
The program is perfect for pupils from all elements of the University. The course would be listed at HBS, FAS, HSPH, HGSE, HLS, HMS, HKS and, time allowing, other Harvard traits. A year ago, the program attracted students from all over the University, including numerous advanced level undergraduates. The combination of pupil experiences is essential for the success.
The lectures and deep-dive instance scientific studies would be the core of this course, a must for many attendees; the program requirements tend to be tailored separately towards the requirements of undergraduate and graduate students, with an abundance of opportunities for cross-fertilization of tips and experiences.
There will be an introductory and finishing module, interspersed with a module for each of the four problem groups, each lasting 2 to 3 days. In addition you will see a regular area, mandatory for undergraduates, recommended for graduate students, for a far more in-depth research of selected readings and, perhaps, discussions of additional interesting situations of success or failure. Graduate Teaching Fellows (TF), with appropriate understanding of the materials and geography, will operate the small sections.
Lectures will review the offered evidence on the occurrence, factors and consequences of the issue involved. The lectures and parts will draw on some inter-disciplinary needed readings, a number of situation researches, and many suggested readings which is designed for deep-dives. Additionally, we're going to draw thoroughly on video clip and film products whenever relevant. Case researches of each option will examine whether and why it worked, and exactly how it may were improved, as well as compare the effort with other ambient successes and failures. Some review lectures might-be delivered by site visitors; the way it is researches would be talked about interactively and could feature the protagonists wherever possible.
Graduate pupils should be necessary to develop a task report. The idea of the project will be provide an applicant option - this may take the type of a company program, an idea to build a non-profit, an idea to create a regulatory input, all of these tend to be equally admissible - that solves a crisply claimed, and significant, issue in a particular setting in South Asia.
Graduate students must self-assemble into project groups. Each team must mix and match pupils from several Harvard professors (hence, including, a group of lawyers won't do, but combining these with health practitioners or community wellness or general public plan pupils will). In addition, groups, once assembled, must try to consist of any undergraduates which might elect to take part as full-fledged associates instead of their particular (undergraduate) last report.
Following the program, although not as a part of it, groups that get to a limit standard of excellence within their task reports can be entitled to funding through Southern Asia Initiative for exploratory focus on their project. Test tasks from final semester feature:
- MOBLIZE! a task group trying to encourage literary and technological knowledge by increasing the availability of modern library solutions to remote Indian villages because they build mobile digital libraries (Team from FAS & HGSE)
- South Asia Education Finance team which focused on becoming a pioneer specialized service provider to both community and private sector lenders within the educational loan marketplace; enabling South Asian students to meet their particular financial requirements through a larger, more streamlined and democratic system. (staff from HBS, HGSE & MIT)
Demands for Graduate Pupils
The two main demands for graduate students will be:
- lecture attendance and participation, 30%
- last task with an interim team-level report from the project. (30percent interim report; 40per cent last report)
Please note that section attendance isn't necessary for graduate students. In regards to grading, part participation will help the pupil's level if she/he is in the margin between grades, but area non-attendance will have no unfavorable influence. Graduate students may assist the correct TF to style a suitable role for themselves inside the sections, and, if they plan to attend area, should select into one at the start of the course.