Course Description

Entrepreneurship has always been central to the American Dream. New types of entrepreneurs centered in California’s Silicon Valley are transforming marketing, communications, and the operations of almost every business in society. Home to many of the institutions and corporations that are driving this technological change, the region harbors some of the wealthiest and most powerful people on the planet. At the same time, Silicon Valley contains some of the greatest wealth and income inequality in the nation. Students in this course will have the opportunity to speak with innovators and industry leaders including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, engineers and marketing professionals. At the same time, students will also speak with civic leaders, policy experts, and various social service providers who help those who are trapped in poverty and lack economic opportunity. Students will wrestle with several ethical questions throughout the course related to the following themes: higher education and civic responsibility; entrepreneurship and the common good; and technology and economic inequality.