For-Credit Courses

For-Credit Online Courses in Social Impact and Sustainability

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) offers for-credit online courses centered on social impact and sustainability. Our non-degree students are typically professionals or entrepreneurs seeking to enhance their skill sets and gain strategies to impact social change in the workplace and beyond. Taught by faculty active in their respective industries, our for-credit courses are relevant for nearly any area of business or the nonprofit sector. 

Our 12-week for-credit courses are delivered in an online and synchronous format. Taking an online course for credit allows for the future possibility of counting that credit toward a graduate degree. For-credit courses can be a low-stress first step to beginning a graduate degree, including one of GCNYC’s Master of Science degrees.  

Overview

Type of Course

12-Week, 4-Credit Courses

Start Date

Week of April 26, 2021

Prerequisite

Bachelor’s degree; participants with a genuine interest in sustainability and social impact

Time Commitment

6:00pm – 9:30pm, online once a week

Years of Experience

Designed for participants with all levels of work experience

Cost

$975 per course

Takeaways

Create Sustainable Environments
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Move beyond a “one size fits all” model and consider the sustainable systems and organizations you would like to promote. Our courses equip you with the social impact tools to succeed.

People-First Everything
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Learn how to reach people, not consumers. Learn to not only understand what people need, but also what they deserve.

Global-Minded Approach
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Gain insights on how to critically and strategically analyze challenges in the context of the global marketplace as well as worldwide social impact.

Induce Critical Thinking
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Approach problem solving by examining case studies and real-life scenarios that push you to ask the right, and often difficult, questions.

Effective Future Leaders
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Gain insights on developing comprehensive strategies that are results-oriented and consider risk, sustainability and social impact.

Competitive Positioning
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Learn to apply a range of analytical tools and frameworks for assessment and development of a firm’s strategic capability, competencies and competitive position in a variety of global settings. 

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List Of Courses

Sustainable Fashion Business Strategy

Timing:

Tuesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Building a new sustainably-focused fashion business, or shifting an existing business not currently managing sustainability considerations, requires a specific set of skills, considering all needs of the business from supply chain to marketing messaging. As the world changes and demands a new paradigm for operating a business – eschewing the former singular goal of profit for shareholders and replacing that with the need to serve a wide range of stakeholders a new knowledge base, a greater flexibility and an entirely different skill set is required to succeed. Success under such a paradigm is not just doing better than before but actively doing good.

This module covers the range of considerations specific to operating with a common good lens but general to every fashion business, focusing on product creation including designing for reduced impact, material sourcing for sustainability and ethics, supply chain considerations, tools and metrics by which to manage sustainability/ethics/impact in your business, brand voice and impact messaging, circular economy considerations, risk management, positive impact opportunities, best business structures for positive impact, and shifting stakeholder perspectives. Through readings, lectures, class discussion, guest speakers, and development of a sustainability focused business outline students will develop the toolset needed to function at any level of a business – from independent contributor to CEO – to support positive impact.

Faculty:

Michelle Gabriel – Managing Director at Purslane

Michelle is currently the Managing Director of Purslane, the first zero-waste and carbon neutral catering and events company in the US. A sustainability and small business strategist with more than 15 years of experience, she specializes in company management, operations, product development, supply chain transparency, project management, and creative direction for hospitality, product, and apparel brands. Michelle’s current work focuses on pushing the hospitality industry towards greater sustainability by creating a more viable, healthy, and profitable future for the planet, people, and brands. Michelle earned her M.S. in International Fashion Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian New York College and her B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati.
Navigating Global Change

Timing:

Wednesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Climate change. Population growth. Collapsing natural resource stocks. Economic inequality. Governance breakdowns. Automation. Ideological conflict. Distressed infrastructure.

We live in a world that will be forced to confront these challenges, whether we like it or not, whether we are ready or not. Do you know how these factors will affect your professional future and your organization? Businesses don’t operate in a vacuum. They simultaneously shape and are shaped by the geopolitical, economic, social, natural, and technological environments in which they operate. As companies seek to navigate the risks and opportunities presented by future changes, they urgently need curious, ethical, and responsible leaders who can look at these global trends and solve problems across corporate functions.

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills and tools to successfully face some of the most significant global issues for business managers. It asks participants to envision the future they would like to live in, and to consider the myriad ways of leading their communities and companies to that future. During the course, participants will be challenged to think about ways to rebalance equity across the value chain, promote circular economies, and integrate cross-sector approaches that lead to positive social and environmental impact.

Faculty:

Seisei Tatebe-Goddu – Chief Operating Officer at Future Now & Future Now Fund

Seisei is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Future Now Fund and Future Now, organizations which are building the power to improve Americans’ lives by winning state legislative majorities and working with them to achieve goals for the common good. Previously, she was the founding COO of Run for Something, Deputy Director of Operations for the North Carolina Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, and founder/managing director of a consulting group that worked with over 70 clients across the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe on strategy and organizational development challenges. She earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and her BA from McGill University.
Values-Based Leadership

Timing:

Mondays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

Being an exceptional leader in today’s complex and fast-moving business environment demands specific skills and the ability to successfully predict and adapt to changing realities. Through their words, actions and behaviors values-based leaders seek to inspire, influence and motivate the people in their organizations to lead with shared values and implement them consistently to the benefit of their business and the common good. In Values-Based Leadership Skills for An Interconnected World, students will accelerate their leadership by reflecting on their own assets and developmental needs, learn how others perceive them and leverage this new self-awareness to create their own leadership development action plan.  Because performance in a leadership role requires more than just knowledge and skills, we will use group experiential activities to help students gain an understanding of the factors that drive effective values-based leadership across the spectrum of contexts affecting their ability to achieve great results.

Faculty:

David Grad – Co-Founder and CEO at Elevator9

David is Co-Founder of the learning and development Tech Start-Up, Elevator9 and Senior Consultant with the Kaufman Partnership, where he is an executive coach and facilitator of corporate leadership programs.  Previously, David had a 23 year career as an Emmy-winning creative strategist, producer & consultant for executives, brands & social enterprises.  His media career spanned roles including Executive Producer leading teams at MTV’s in-house agency, creative director of social impact campaigns, television host and actor in plays, independent films and commercials.  He earned his MS in Strategic Communication from Columbia University, a BA in Mass Communication and a BA in Theatre from Florida State University.
Global Ethics, Compliance and Governance

Timing:

Mondays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

This course explores the key issues in global ethics, compliance and corporate governance and the extent to which the current prevailing arrangements secure corporate accountability, responsibility and integrity within all types of organization whether for-profit, non-profit, educational or governmental. The course will provide students with a foundational understanding of the key concepts and elements that make for a solid and effective governance framework including structure, practices and treatment of key stakeholders including shareholders. The course will also incorporate a theoretical and practical understanding of ethics and compliance programs and the key elements that go into the creation of an “effective” corporate integrity program based on global standards developed over the past three decades, including analysis of codes of conduct, training and communications programs and the handling and treatment of whistleblowers. US, European and global influences will be addressed in the review of all such key ethics, compliance and governance practices.

Faculty:

Dmitri Shuster – Co-Head of Global Markets Trading at Crédit Agricole

He is currently an advisor to QBIX – a social network and community app and most recently was a Co-Head of Global Trading Division & Global Head of Foreign Exchange, of Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as well as a Board Member of Global FX Division of the Global Financial Markets Association. He received his BBA from Baruch College and his MBA from Stern School of Business, NYU and is presently a candidate for the DBA in Finance at the University of Manchester, UK.
Business Strategy as an Instrument for Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability

Timing:

Tuesdays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

This course aims to provide students with academic knowledge and analytical tools with which to discuss and practice strategic management in a world characterized by rapid change and increasing concerns for economic, social and environmental sustainability. The course seeks to address the who, what, why, where and how of strategic decisions, with an emphasis on generating sustainable growth across national boundaries. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake the necessary research and analysis to advise a firm on the issues that organizations face, and the choices they must make, to develop strategies for sustainable growth.

Faculty:

Gastón de los Reyes - Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Social Impact & Innovation

A scholar specializing in CSR and social entrepreneurship as well as business ethics, policy, and strategy, Gastón has presented widely on these topics and has published numerous articles in academic journals including Business Ethics QuarterlyCalifornia Management Review, and Journal of Cleaner Production. Gastón earned a Ph.D. in Ethics and Legal Studies from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. His first appointment was with the George Washington University School of Business’s Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy, teaching business ethics and social entrepreneurship. Before his doctoral studies, Gastón practiced law, studied philosophy, and worked in finance.
Money as a Force for Social Good

Timing:

Mondays 6:00pm to 9:30pm EST

Course Description:

The course aims to equip students with a general overview as to how global and local circumstances shape social business and microfinance, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to determine what factors they should take into account when developing their own social ventures, or when creating an enabling environment for social business and microfinance. Particular attention is paid to how different political, cultural and economic institutional environments favor the evolution of different forms of social business and how different forms of social business negotiate tensions between social and commercial objectives.

Faculty:

Diana Won - Program Manager at The Pershing Square Foundation

She is currently Program Manager, The Pershing Square Foundation where she manages a $20 million annual portfolio of grants across programs areas including sourcing, due diligence, grants management, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. From 2015-2016, she was a Henry Luce Scholar and Social Impact Consultant for the M.Y. Social Company in Seoul, South Korea. A former Fulbright Scholar, she received her MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and her BA from Rutgers University.

GCNYC Non-Matriculated For-Credit Policy

Students who have taken for-credit courses (non-matriculated) are eligible to apply these credits toward an M.S. degree program at GCNYC.

A maximum of 4 credits may be applied toward a master’s program ​free of charge. If a student wishes to apply more than 4 credits, a $500 transaction/matriculation fee applies.

Enroll in a For-Credit Course at GCNYC!

Taking an online course for credit at Glasgow Caledonian New York College serves as high-quality professional development or as a stepping stone to pursuing a full graduate degree program. Enhance your business knowledge with a course in sustainability, social impact, or risk management! 

Request more information to learn about enrolling as a non-degree student or apply now to one of GCNYC’s for-credit courses.