Business and Social Impact

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.

In our complex world, the social, environmental and economic needs of our planet and people have never been greater. The business winners of the future will be companies that can use sustainability as an opportunity instead of a barrier – and businesses can’t afford to be complacent.

In this course, examine the foundations of businesses that have true social impact. Work with real-company examples to build foundational business knowledge, including strategy, marketing and operations. Work in teams to build a model business, and pitch your social enterprise idea to the class at the end of the course.

If you are interested in business and committed to making a difference, this course is for you.

TAMAR MILNE, MA, is a core member of UBC Sauder’s responsible business teaching team. She teaches sustainability, ethics and social entrepreneurship courses, drawing on her two decades of management roles in marketing, communications, sales and sustainability. She has been recognized with a number of awards, including the 2017/2018 Sauder Alumni Talking Stick Award, the 2016 Commerce Undergraduate Society’s Teaching Award, and the 2012/13 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. She has also served as Chair of UBC Sauder’s Sustainability and Ethics Group and as a Teaching and Learning Fellow with UBC’s University Sustainability Initiative.


Course Format

During the course, from Monday to Friday, you’re online for two hours a day attending a live, virtual class. You can log on from wherever you are. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and vary by session.

In addition to the live virtual classes, you can expect to spend 4–5 hours per week reading, researching and participating in discussion boards.

All UBC Future Global Leaders students have access to the online Virtual Student Lounge where they can hang out and develop friendships with students from across Canada and around the world.

Learning Technology
We use Canvas, an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based learning application. You will receive instructions to access this application two business days before your first class.

UBC Extended Learning suggests that you have the following technology in order to keep up with the program and complete assignments online:

  • access to a computer that meets the following minimum specifications:
    • Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

You can also use your IOS or Android mobile device by downloading the Canvas App in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

After you register, you are directed to create an account. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Available Sessions

Course currently not available for registration.