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Special Topics Courses 2017-2018


  • Content in any given year will depend on the instructor.
  • Enrolment is restricted to Rotman Commerce students.
  • To take a 400-series course, 14.0+ credits are required; for a 300-series, 9.0+ credits are required; and for a 200-series, 4.0+ credits are required.


RSM212H1S – Accounting for Finance Professionals
RSM318H1S – Social Entrepreneurship
RSM410H1S – Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance

RSM212H1S – Accounting for Finance Professionals

Instructor: Dragan Stojanovic
Prerequisite: RSM219H1

We are proud to introduce a new Special Topics in Management course intended for students in the Specialist in Finance and Economics. It is an intermediate-level course that builds on the foundations from RSM219H1, Introduction to Financial Accounting. It is meant to be taken instead of RSM220H1, Intermediate Financial Accounting I, by students not in an Accounting Specialist.

This course will be especially helpful for students planning to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam, and it focuses on analysing financial statements prepared under IFRS and US GAAP.

RSM318H1S – Social Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Laura Doering
Prerequisite: None

In Social Entrepreneurship, students apply their business acumen to addressing global and local problems. Over the course of the semester, students learn how to define social problems and create organizations that address those problems in a sustainable manner.  We rely on written and live cases with guest entrepreneurs to explore how individuals launch and fund social ventures, as well as the primary challenges they face.  As students master social entrepreneurship concepts, they also work in teams to develop their own ventures.  In the past, student teams have proposed social ventures that address water shortages in Brazil, promote educational funding in India, and facilitate access to fresh produce in northern Canada.

RSM410H1S – Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance

Instructor: Steven Balaban
Prerequisite: RSM333H1

The primary objective of the course is to improve students’ ability to understand the concepts and institutions involved in private equity. The course will provide students with skill sets so they can analyze and understand private equity from multiple perspectives: the perspective of the individual/firm seeking and receiving private equity finance; the perspective of the private equity fund; and, the perspective of the limited partners that provide finance for private equity funds. Students will also learn how to build Leverage Buyout (LBO) models.

This course uses case analysis to learn about private equity, including an emphasis on practical elements and will involve guest speakers who will share their experiences in the private equity industry. Whether students are interested in a career in private equity or are looking to familiarize themselves with the industry, this course will offer an in-depth understanding of how private equity works and an ability to analyze and present complex situations in the private markets.


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