In the Social Economy stream, students examine a wide variety of business forms which share a common characteristic of being guided not primarily by profits but by a social purpose. While there are many different ways to define the social economy, this sector is generally understood to include co-operatives, non-profit businesses, not-for-profit firms, along with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.
In examining these forms of business, students will focus not only on operations at the level of the firm, but also the relationships among such firms. Such relationships include traditional community economic development organizations, efforts to form co-operative groups, alternative and fair trade networks as well as alternative and endogenous development models.
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This course introduces students to the social economy (including co-operatives, credit unions, worker-owned firms, non-profit social service organizations, etc.). It investigates the history of the social economy and its potential contributions to local, regional and international socio- economic development.
The course examines alternative business and economic structures to those of the private corporation in the contemporary world. Particular attention is paid to cooperatives and worker-owned firms and their impact not just on those who work in such organizations but also on the wider economic environment in which they operate.
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