Course Description

Especially in the face of growing societal and environmental challenges, investors are increasingly asking how they can direct their investment dollars to impact positive change.  This course balances theory with actual case studies to show how profit incentives may be combined with social consciousness for a win-win outcome. Students will come away informed, inspired, and well-equipped to pursue a lifetime of championing social causes.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand how “conscience investing” can be incorporated into portfolio construction
  • Differentiate the various forms especially Socially Responsible Investing versus Impact Investing
  • Evaluate the trade-offs that may exist between investment impact, risk, and reward


To enroll in Strategic Investments elective courses, students must have completed ECON X499.1, ECON X499.2, and ECON X499.4 with a grade C or better. 

If you have substituted ECON X499.1 with a ECON 134A please email your unofficial transcript to help@professional.ucsb.edu for assistance.  

Concurrent Enrollment Permissible: If you have already enrolled in ECON X499.1 / ECON X499.2 / ECON X499.4 and wish to register before the courses have completed, please contact PaCE Support at 805-893-4200 to bypass the prerequisite.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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1:30PM to 3:30PM
May 03, 2023 to May 31, 2023
UCSB Campus
Kerr Hall
Room 2140
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course fee credit (1 units) $165.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
1 units
Section Notes

A full refund is given (less a $40 administrative fee per course) if notice of dropping from the course is received by PaCE 5 or more business days prior to the first day of instruction.  A 50% refund is given (less a $40 administrative fee) if notice of dropping from the course is received 1-4 days prior to the course start date.  See the full Drop Policy here.