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SOCY 7744 Philanthropy in Biography&Society (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

An interdisciplinary course designed for graduate students from across the university seeking to understand the personal meaning and financial trends of philanthropy, especially among wealth holders; and for those who may become donors, fundraisers, or nonprofit executives. Philanthropy is one component of moral biography by which individuals freely allocate resources to achieve their discerned vocational purposes. Topics include: the history of philanthropy; its philosophical, spiritual, and sociological underpinnings; its patterns and trends in the U.S. and globally; its motivations; how research methodology affects findings; the daily personal assistance we provide to others; and how to conduct biographical conversations with donors.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul Schervish

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: GSOM8844

Comments: This course is cross-listed with EDUC7744, SCWK7730, GSOM8844, and TMCE7116.


Last Updated: 26-Feb-14