Course Topics

The following course topics represent the sessions or classes indicated in the curriculum options (full semester, half-semester, workshop on cooperatives). These files may be updated from time to time by their authors. Feel free to contribute new topics or alternatives to those offered here. For this you may use the curriculum template file provided below.

Be sure all students in the United States are familiar with the International Cooperative Alliance and the National Cooperative Business Association.

Introduction to the Course on Cooperatives, by John R. Whitman


Conceptual Framework, by John R. Whitman


Evolutionary and Historical Considerations, by John R. Whitman


Types of Cooperatives, by John R. Whitman


An Introduction to Cooperative Financing Strategies, by Molly Jill Burress


How Equal Exchange Aligns Capital with Mission, by Daniel Fireside and Rodney North


Financial Analysis of Cooperative Enterprises, by Margaret Lund


Legal and Governance Considerations
See The Law of Cooperatives, by Autry and Hall (ABA, 2009), order from ABA or Amazon.
See also the Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative (CLARITY):
http://www.clarity.coop/
Guidelines for Cooperative Legislation, third revised edition, by Hagen Henry
(International Labor Organization, 2012/1998):


The Worker Cooperative Life Cycle: Equal Exchange, by John R. Whitman


Worker Cooperatives, by Melissa Hoover


Worker Cooperative Values and Ownership Culture, by George Cheney and Ashley Hernandez


Producer Cooperatives

Purchasing Cooperatives

Shared Services Cooperatives

Consumer Cooperatives

Credit Unions, by Nancy Pierce


Housing Cooperatives, by Judy Sullivan


Health Cooperatives

International Cooperatives

Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives, by Margaret Lund


Cooperatives in the African American Experience, by Jessica Gordon Nembhard



See also:
“Cooperative Ownership in the Struggle for African American Economic Empowerment.” Humanity and Society, Vol. 28, No. 3, August 2004.
www.federationsoutherncoop.com/coopinfo/H&S%20AA%20coop%20strategy%20Nembhard.pdf

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business– Cooperative Service. “Black Farmers in America, 1865-2000: The Pursuit of Independent Farming and the Role of Cooperatives.” USDA Rural Business– Cooperative Service RBS Research Report 194, 2003.
www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/rr194.pdf

Cooperative Jobs and Opportunities, by Sarah Pike


Management Considerations, by John R. Whitman

Cooperatives and Unions, an interview:
http://www.community-wealth.org/content/rob-witherell

Curriculum Template File