Stanford PACS affiliated faculty and scholars offer courses and workshops for undergraduates, Ph.D. and masters students across the university each quarter. Topics range from philanthropy and civil society to governance, policy, and more. Hands-on courses offer ways to ideate and move from ideas to real world action. To check to see whether any of the following classes is offered during a given quarter, search Stanford listed courses here.

Stanford PACS’ flagship course is the year-long research workshop, intended for graduate students conducting research on the nature of civil society or philanthropy and advanced undergraduates doing research of writing senior honor theses on related topics.

PACS Course Highlight

PACS Course Highlight

Students from the Theories of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Real Life Seminar Series

How will artificial intelligence change the way you live, work and learn?   What skill sets will you need in the...

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COMM 230ABC – Digital Civil Society

Taught by Lucy Bernholz, Toussaint Nothias, Jonathan Pace, Argyri Panezi, and Cadence Willse.

In a short three decades we’ve seen the hope for digital networks shift from liberating and democratizing to an anxious...

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COMM 230X – Digital Civil Society +1 Speaker Series

Taught by Lucy Bernholz, Toussaint Nothias, Jonathan Pace, Argyri Panezi, and Cadence Willse, and Teaching Assistants Xinlan Emily Hu and Eli Cahan

Three decades ago, digital networks were seen as a liberating and democratizing force. Today, as society grapples with ‘fake news,’...

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EDUC 374/ POLISCI 334/ SOC 374 – Seminar on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Co-taught by Woody PowellRob ReichPaul Brest

Year-long workshop for doctoral students and advanced undergraduates writing senior theses on the nature of civil society or philanthropy. Focus...

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EDUC 377B/ STRAMGT 368 – Strategic Management of Nonprofits

Taught by Bill Meehan

This course seeks to provide a survey of the strategic, governance, and management issues facing a wide range of nonprofit...

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EDUC 377C/ GSBGEN381 – Philanthropy: Strategy, Innovation and Social Change

Taught by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Appropriate for any student driven to effect positive social change from either the for-profit or nonprofit sector, Strategic Philanthropy will...

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ETHICS 232T/ POLITIC 236/ POLITIC 236S – Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector

Taught by Bruce Sievers

What is the basis of private action for the public good? How are charitable dollars distributed and what role do...

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Ethics of Technological Disruption

Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, Professor of Philosophy and of Education, Stanford

Mehran Sahami, Professor (Teaching) of Computer Science; Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford

Jeremy Weinstein, Professor of Political Science; Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Sakurako and William Fisher Family Director, Stanford Global Studies Division; Ford-Dorsey Director of African Studies, Stanford

Hilary Cohen, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford

  Course Description:    Course website: https://techethics.stanford.edu   In 2001 Google adopted the tagline “Don’t Be Evil” to describe its...

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Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change

Taught by Professors Rob ReichMehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein

Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change is a new undergraduate course whose aim is to explore the ethical and social...

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Free Speech, Democracy, and the Internet

Taught by Nate Persily

This course will cover contemporary challenges to democracy presented by the Internet.  Topics will include disinformation, polarization, hate speech, media...

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GSBGEN 319 – Strategic Philanthropy and Impact Investing

Taught by Paul Brest and Mark Wolfson

The course will be structured around the perspective of a foundation or a high net worth individual who has decided...

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GSBGEN 367 – Problem Solving for Social Change

Taught by Paul Brest

GSB graduates will play important roles in solving many of today’s and tomorrow’s major societal problems—such as improving educational and...

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GSBGEN 393 – Practicum in Applied Philanthropy: Achieving Impact from a Major Gift

Taught by Bill Meehan

Giving away money well-i.e., achieving genuine planned impact in a measurable way–turns out to be as hard or harder than...

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Philanthropy and Strategy – Online Course

This ongoing, free course introduces the strategic framework that underlies any social program–whether concerned with health, education, drug abuse, or...

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Policy Practicum: Creating a Social Media Oversight Board for Content Decisions

Paul Brest, Former Dean and Professor Emeritus

Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law

Dan Ho, William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law

Rob Reich, Professor of Political Science

In recent years, social media platforms have faced public scrutiny for their practices in managing controversial content. New technologies are...

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POLISCI 30SI – Digital Security and Civil Society

Taught by Lucy Bernholz and Divya Siddarth

Digital Security and Civil Society: Course Overview from Stanford PACS on Vimeo. This class will instruct students in the political...

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SOC 298: The Social Psychology of Contemporary American Politics (SOC 398)

Taught by Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior

Where do individuals’ political attitudes and behaviors come from, and how can they be changed? In this class we will...

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SOC 375W: Workshop: Politics, Morality, and Hierarchy

Taught by Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior

Advanced research workshop with a focus on new theory and research, recent publications, and current research by faculty and graduate...

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Technology for Social Good

Taught by Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich

Digital tools have changed the way we volunteer, give money, and organize for social good. This class offered through the Stanford...

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The Active Citizen in the Digital Age

Taught by Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich.

We participate in our communities in many ways – as neighbors, volunteers, voters, donors, members of local organizations (PTAs, churches,...

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