The Babson-Equal Exchange Curriculum on Cooperatives

The Babson-Equal Exchange Cooperative Curriculum for Graduate Schools is designed for students in professional graduate schools. The curriculum is presented in three modes: As a semester-long course, typically consisting of 14 class sessions; as a half-semester course, lasting 7 class sessions; and as a two-part workshop, the parts of which may be attended individually or together in sequence. The semester-long course provides a reasonably thorough treatment of most cooperative issues consistent with what would be expected at the graduate school level. The half-course is designed as an introductory course on cooperatives. The Introduction to Cooperatives Workshop is meant to provide a rapid overview of cooperatives, differentiating them from other types of organizations, and providing students with information on how to find jobs with cooperatives and a brief treatment of how to start a cooperative with other cooperators.  This Curriculum was funded by a grant from Equal Exchange, a fair trade cooperative, as part of accelerating the fulfillment of its 20 year vision adopted in 2006, that in 2026 there will be: “A vibrant mutually cooperative community of two million committed participants trading fairly one billion dollars a year in a way that transforms the world.”

Course documents written by John Whitman, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, include